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Joan of Arcadia: Vanity, Thy Name Is Human

Joan takes a cosmetics class, per God's request, and Kevin doesn't react well to crossing paths with the last girlfriend he dated before his disabling accident. Glynis' flattering makeover attracts a great deal of positive attention at school, which only adds to Joan's disappointment when Adam fails to notice her own new look. Meanwhile, Kevin, who remains bitter with the belief that he had been dumped by Beth because he had become a paraplegic, harshly rebuffs her efforts to make peace with him.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x21
Production Number: 120
Airdate: Friday May 07th, 2004

Director: Jerry Levine
Writer: Robert Girardi


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Guest Stars
Aaron Himelstein
As Friedman
Recurring
Becky Wahlstrom
As Grace Polk
Recurring
Chris Marquette
As Adam Rove
Recurring
Derek Morgan
As Undersheriff Roy Roebuck
Recurring
Elaine Hendrix
As Ms. Lischak
Recurring
Jeffrey Licon
As Goth Kid (God)
Recurring
Kimberly McCullough
As Beth Rhinehart
Recurring
Mageina Tovah
As Glynis Figliola
Recurring
Mark Totty
As Detective Carlisle
Recurring
Amber Ford
As Girl
Andrea Ana Persun
As Croatian Woman
David Ruprecht
As Bill Cummins
Erin Chambers
As Cheerleader (God)
Joel Murray
As Balloon Sculptor (God)
John Fleck
As Ken Thompson
Josip Kuchan
As Tall Man
Ping Wu
As Pharmacist
Shelley Long
As Miss Candy
Main Cast
Joe Mantegna
As Will Girardi
Mary Steenburgen
As Helen Girardi
Amber Tamblyn
As Joan Girardi
Jason Ritter
As Kevin Girardi
Michael Welch
As Luke Girardi
Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Army Of FreshmanPut Me In A Photograph 
David WilcoxFall Away 
Jeff LingleLime Sherbert 
Jeff LingleWetter Than Water 
Joe DeveauLast Of Him 
Q-Burns Abstract MessageDrifting Off 
VealI Hate Your Lipstick 
Wilfred N & The Grown MenOh Yeah Oh Yeah 
Young CircleChained At The Wrist 


Episode Quotes
Balloon Sculptor (God): Good is relevant. Beauty's relevant. Everything's relevant. Except for me. I'm absolute.
Joan: I thought that was vodka.

Glynis: I think I'm going to walk down the hall without my glasses. Wish me luck...and balance.

Goth Kid (God): Everybody has a best feature, Joan. I saw to that.

Joan: Did Mom send me up here to see if I'm nuts?
Kevin: I don't think there's any doubt about that.

Helen: (sniffs) Is that you?
Joan: Yes.
Helen: You stink!
Joan: Thank you.

Joan: So the rank, stinky, slob thing, that's a turn-on for you?
Adam: If it's who you are.

Adam: I really liked that pink shirt you were wearing the other day.
Joan: I think I threw that out.

Adam: The mall gives me a rash, Jane.

Adam: I don't see the giraffe.

Glynis: What a glorious day today.
Joan: Can you even see it?

Adam: The mall really does freak me out...its like all the stores are yelling at me!
Joan: I guess that makes us both crazy.
Adam: We got that going for us.

Joan: Power to the pimple.

Joan: The bat mitzvah thing? Isn't that over?
Grace: You'll know when it's over. There'll be a big, embarrassing party with rubber chicken and old Jews dancing to Donna Summer.

Miss Candy: There's no need to apologize for the pursuit of beauty. Ancient civilizations understood this.
Joan: So, it's important to look your best while...being a human sacrifice?

Joan: (referring to Luke) He doesn't compliment you?
Glynis: Once he told me my dermis was pleasantly exothermic.

Joan: Caring about your appearance is a soulless expression of vanity.
Helen: If you've been smoking marijuana, honey, you need to tell me.

Joan: We're both about more than superficial appearances. Like you!
Grace: Hey, I look good!



Warning: Joan of Arcadia season 1 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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