Joan of Arcadia: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 26
2003

Pilot

16 year old Joan Girardi is approached by someone claiming to be God. He gives her a mission, get a job. Will Girardi, Joan’s dad and new chief of police for Arcadia, i…

2 Oct 03
2003

The Fire and the Wood

Joan enrolls in advanced-placement chemistry, after God asks her to stop being an underachiever; Will ruffles feathers during an arson investigation.

3 Oct 10
2003

Touch Move

God encourages Joan to learn how to play chess; Will must work with a psychic on a missing toddler case; Helen hopes a miracle will enable Kevin to walk again.

4 Oct 17
2003

The Boat

Helen fears Joan is becoming eccentric when she enthusiastically tackles her boat-building project; Will encourages Kevin to join a wheelchair basketball team.

5 Oct 24
2003

Just Say No

Joan learns from God that she’s holding a garage sale on Saturday, which doesn’t leave her much time to sort through her family’s unwanted belongings. Among t…

6 Oct 31
2003

Bringeth It On

Joan gets a lesson in popularity when God tells her to try out for the cheerleading squad, and her efforts to impress two pom-pom girls pay off with an invite to hang out toget…

7 Nov 07
2003

Death Be Not Whatever

Joan baby-sits for a 6-year-old boy who is obsessed with death; officers assault a black man at a gas station.

8 Nov 14
2003

The Devil Made Me Do It

God’s mysterious ways once again bewilder Joan, when He asks her to volunteer at the high-school art show, so that she can keep Adam Rove’s sculpture from being exh…

9 Nov 21
2003

St. Joan

God wants Joan to score an ““A”“ on a test about French saint Joan of Arc. As the teen hits the books, she draws comparisons to the life of the young he…

10 Dec 05
2003

Drive, He Said

Each of the Girardis deal with crises of varying seriousness, the worst of which puts Will at the mercy of a crazed gunman. The day also finds Helen reacting with mixed emotion…

11 Dec 12
2003

The Uncertainty Principle

God instructs Joan to ask a troublemaker to the winter formal. Will uncovers secrets that could prove unfavorable to the former Chief of Police and other members of the city&#…

12 Jan 09
2004

Jump

Joan is saddened when she learns Rocky (Death Be Not Whatever) has passed away, causing her to further question God about life and death. Will loses his job when his discovery…

13 Jan 16
2004

Recreation

At Helen’s insistance, she and Will take a getaway to a spa, but all does not go well when Will cannot forget about his job. And with the parents away, the kids are up t…

14 Feb 06
2004

State of Grace

God tells Joan to join the debate team, where her partner has a stuttering problem. A new security system is implemented at Arcadia High School. After the art teacher quits,…

15 Feb 13
2004

Night Without Stars

Joan’s newest mission from God is to work with kids, so she volunteers to help babysit children of abused mothers; Joan becomes jealous when Adam falls for one of the vol…

16 Feb 20
2004

Double Dutch

God tells Joan to learn to jump rope with a group of inner-city teens, one of whom Joan discovers is homeless. Kevin goes on a date, but not with who you think.

17 Feb 27
2004

No Bad Guy

After Joan stands up for one of her classmates being bullied, an embarrassing picture of Joan, taken with a picture phone, is rapidly spread around school. God instructs Joan t…

18 Mar 12
2004

Requiem for a Third Grade Ashtray

God instructs Joan to help out with the a chaotic Girardi household; Adam has his first art show; Will and Toni witness a carjacking. Will and Toni, while making an arrest, get…

19 Apr 02
2004

Do the Math

God tells Joan to take piano lessons; Joan helps her piano teacher deal with her past; Joan learns a painful secret Will and Helen have been keeping from the family; Iris becom…

20 Apr 30
2004

Anonymous

Joan joins the yearbook staff, per God’s request, and decides to use this assignment as a means of impressing Adam…
Feeling threatened that Iris and Adam cont…

21 May 07
2004

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 accident̷…

22 May 14
2004

The Gift

After God tells Joan to give Adam a gift, she finds something that leads her to wonder if God’s suggesting she have sex with him…
While secretly searching thr…

23 May 21
2004

Silence

When the hospitalized Joan is diagnosed with Lyme disease, she begins to question if she’s been seeing God or merely experiencing the hallucinations that can be symptomat…

About Joan of Arcadia

Joan of Arcadia is a drama that follows a typical family facing atypical situations, not the least of which is their teenage daughter’s conversations with God. A tough but soft-hearted police detective in Arcadia, Will Girardi ( Joe Mantegna ) dreams of providing a safe haven for his family and community. An outbreak of serious crime in his idyllic new town has challenged Girardi’s desire for order, as have the ups and downs he faces with his family. Daughter Joan ( Amber Tamblyn ), an average teenager, has been acting a little strange. Most don’t know that it has to do with the unusual way various people keep popping up, introducing themselves as God and then giving her specific directions to do things, such as get a job, join the debate team or volunteer with children. The appearances are hard for her to believe, even more so as she never knows who’s going to turn up next. One minute it’s a cute boy her own age, the next it’s the lunch lady or a little girl. She’d been keeping it a secret from everyone, though she has finally revealed it to her artistic and generally sensitive boyfriend, Adam ( Christopher Marquette ), who believes she’s been experiencing hallucinations. Rounding out the Girardi family are her art-teacher mother, Helen ( Mary Steenburgen ); her 16-year-old science-geek brother, Luke ( Michael Welch ), and her older, newspaper-writer brother, Kevin ( Jason Ritter ), a former high-school sports star who is in a wheelchair as a result of a car accident. Joan’s unlikely new best friend is her publicly caustic and rebellious, but privately insightful and supportive classmate, Grace ( Becky Wahlstrom ). Unsure of what God wants—if God exists—and if she’s even sane, Joan tentatively follows God’s cryptic directives, all the while trying to retain a normal teenaged existence. Theme Song: “ One of Us “ Performed by Joan Osborne CBS Broadcast History: September 2003 – May 2005

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