Joan of Arcadia: Season 2

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 24
2004

Only Connect

After a summer of therapy and with school resuming Joan tries to return to a ““normal”“ life even as she ignores God, who keeps reappearing; Will is sue…

2 Oct 01
2004

Out of Sight

Judith, a wild friend of Joan’s from summer camp, starts school at Arcadia High; Will investigates a drive-by shooting; Kevin confronts Andy about the on-going lawsuit.

3 Oct 08
2004

Back to the Garden

God instructs Joan to start a community garden; Judith continues her downward spiral; Luke puts up a strong front with Grace; a former police informant is killed setting Will a…

4 Oct 15
2004

The Cat

God has Joan adopt a wild cat; Helen’s Aunt Olive has a stroke while visiting; Will calls Internal Affairs to investigate for corrupt cops.

5 Oct 22
2004

The Election

Things get dirty in a student council election as God instructs Joan to support a candidate; Helen must deal with a student who protests another students work of art.

6 Oct 29
2004

Wealth of Nations

Gods tells Joan to help her mother collect clothes for the homeless; Kevin attempts stand-up comedy in order to impress Beth; Will wants to counter-sue the Bakers.

7 Nov 05
2004

P.O.V.

Joan struggles with the pressures of Junior year; God assigns Joan to work on a videography; Adam and Judith work on a project together; Will, Kevin, and Helen meet with a lawy…

8 Nov 12
2004

Friday Night

After being prodded by Judith to go on a real date, Joan and Adam nervously prepare for a romantic night at a fancy French restaurant. Little do they know that Judith has subse…

9 Nov 19
2004

No Future

As Joan begins to deal with Judith’s death, she faces the added pressure of having to relive the day of Kevin’s accident during her deposition. Meanwhile, Will feel…

10 Nov 26
2004

The Book of Questions

While helping Grace shop for a dress for the occasion, Joan is delighted to finally meet Grace’s seemingly perfect mother, Sarah. However, when Sarah’s drinking pro…

11 Dec 10
2004

Dive

As Joan tries to work her way up to the high dive despite her acrophobia, Luke attempts to overcome his paralyzing fear of undertaking an activity at which he might fail. Meanw…

12 Jan 07
2005

Game Theory

Despite everyone’s protests, Joan allows her snobby, Ivy League-educated guidance counselor to advise her against applying to college. However, after Joan relays her plan…

13 Jan 14
2005

Queen of the Zombies

God instructs Joan to try out for the school play; Adam builds the sets for the play; Grace becomes jealous of Luke and Glynis.

14 Jan 28
2005

The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi

After saving a girl’s life Joan suddenly becomes famous but she soon learns fame is fleeting and can even turn against you; Adam has a job interview that doesn’t qu…

15 Feb 11
2005

Romancing the Joan

God wants Joan to do an extra credit assignment on Romantic poetry; Adam takes on a perky and cute assistant (special guest star Haylie Duff); Lucy gets a promotion; Helen take…

16 Feb 18
2005

Independence Day

Incensed that Will and Helen have forbidden her to go to a concert with Adam and stay overnight with him in his father’s camper, Joan goes anyway.
After Joan has a…

17 Feb 25
2005

Shadows and Light

Joan is convinced that she’s meant to help Stevie keep her part-time job with Adam, despite Stevie’s mother’s order that she quit. In an effort to supply Stev…

18 Mar 04
2005

Secret Service

After Price discovers Joan holding an empty egg carton near his freshly egged car, he wrongly assumes she’s the culprit and punishes her with a weekend of community servi…

19 Apr 01
2005

Trial and Error

Joan prepares to prosecute a case for a mock trial at school, per God’s request, while enthusiastically planning a way to celebrate her one-year anniversary with Adam, wh…

20 Apr 08
2005

Spring Cleaning

In the wake of Joan’s difficult breakup with Adam, God tells her to do some therapeutic cleaning, which ends up putting her in the middle of a scandal involving her guida…

21 Apr 15
2005

Common Thread

Joan and Grace fear the worst when, on the heels of failed attempts to reconnect with Joan, the emotionally fragile Adam goes missing during a hike…
Despite Grace&#…

22 Apr 22
2005

Something Wicked This Way Comes

God tells Joan that her last two years were just practice for her greatest challenge, which will be to face off against a mysterious man who, though he also talks to God, has a…

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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