List of Joan of Arcadia episodes

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Joan of Arcadia is a CBS television fantasy/family drama about a teenager named Joan Girardi (Amber Tamblyn), who sees and speaks with God and performs the tasks that God gives her. The series premiered on September 26, 2003 and ended on April 22, 2005, airing over two seasons and a total of 45 episodes.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 23 September 26, 2003 (2003-09-26) May 21, 2004 (2004-05-21)
2 22 September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24) April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22)


Season 1 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "Pilot" Jack Bender & James Hayman Barbara Hall September 26, 2003 (2003-09-26) 100
Sixteen-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, is trying to solve the case of a serial killer.
2 2 "The Fire and the Wood" James Hayman Hart Hanson October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03) 101
Joan enrolls in advanced-placement chemistry, after God asks her to stop being an underachiever; Will ruffles feathers during an arson investigation.
3 3 "Touch Move" Josh Brand Barbara Hall October 10, 2003 (2003-10-10) 102
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 4 "The Boat" Kevin Dowling Randy Anderson October 17, 2003 (2003-10-17) 103
Helen fears Joan is becoming eccentric when she enthusiastically tackles her boat-building project; Will encourages Kevin to join a wheelchair basketball team.
5 5 "Just Say No" Steve Gomer Tom Garrigus October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24) 104
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 the items she unearths are paintings created by Helen during a dark period in her life. Elsewhere, Will goes to bat for a rape victim even though the district attorney feels the case isn't strong enough. Also, Joan catches the interest of a class charmer and a newspaper job falls right into Kevin's lap.
6 6 "Bringeth It On" David Petrarca Joy Gregory October 31, 2003 (2003-10-31) 105
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 together outside of school. Meanwhile, Will's first case working with Det. Toni Williams involves an abandoned newborn left in a trash bin, presumably by a student from Arcadia High. Another story line has a classmate sensing a gay vibe in Luke.
7 7 "Death Be Not Whatever" Peter Levin Barbara Hall November 7, 2003 (2003-11-07) 106
Joan baby-sits for a 8-year old boy (David Dorfman) who is obsessed with death; officers assault a black man at a gas station.
8 8 "The Devil Made Me Do It" James Hayman Hart Hanson November 14, 2003 (2003-11-14) 107
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 exhibited. Elsewhere, Will feels pressure from the DA's office to call a man a hero after he shoots and kills a home intruder. Meanwhile, Kevin grows weary of receiving special treatment because he uses a wheelchair.
9 9 "St. Joan" Martha Mitchell Randy Anderson November 21, 2003 (2003-11-21) 108
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 heroine who claimed to hear divine voices and was burnt at the stake. Helen finds her daughter's newest obsession troublesome and urges Will to have the entire family visit a therapist. Meanwhile, Will is unjustly raked over the coals for shutting down a crack house.
10 10 "Drive, He Said" Ron Lagomarsino Tom Garrigus December 5, 2003 (2003-12-05) 109
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 emotions after getting a positive result on a home-pregnancy test. Meanwhile, Joan dreads having to take her driver's exam, and Luke is presented with a major distraction just before he's supposed to compete in a high-stakes competition.
11 11 "The Uncertainty Principle" Helen Shaver Joy Gregory December 12, 2003 (2003-12-12) 110
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's government.
12 12 "Jump" Timothy Busfield Hart Hanson January 9, 2004 (2004-01-09) 111
Joan is saddened when she learns Rocky (David Dorfman) ("Death Be Not Whatever") has died, causing her to further question God about life and death. Will loses his job when his discovery and public revelation of the town's political corruption causes the city government (including the police department) to be dissolved by the State Governor. Luke continues to work on his science fair project and his growing attraction to Grace, while Kevin is injured in a game of wheelchair basketball.
13 13 "Recreation" Elodie Keene Barbara Hall January 16, 2004 (2004-01-16) 112
At Helen's insistence, 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 to a little recreation of their own; Kevin and his boss, Rebecca, find it hard to ignore their mutual attraction; Joan, as she is trying to sort out her feelings for Adam, is instructed by God to throw a party while her parents are away; Luke helps Joan pull off a successful party.
14 14 "State of Grace" Steve Gomer Joshua Ravetch February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06) 113
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, Helen wonders if she would be right for the job. Both Kevin and Luke separately deal with the aftermath of a kiss. And Will and Toni deal with a case involving a reverend accused of child molestation.
15 15 "Night Without Stars" Kevin Dowling David Grae February 13, 2004 (2004-02-13) 115
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 volunteers; Kevin starts to get cocky again and sleeps with his girlfriend, Rebecca; previous events emotionally catch up with Will; and Luke makes a shocking admission to Kevin.
16 16 "Double Dutch" Alan Myerson Tom Garrigus February 20, 2004 (2004-02-20) 116
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 17 "No Bad Guy" James Hayman Sibyl Gardner February 27, 2004 (2004-02-27) 114
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 to join the band. Will must deal with an elderly driver who accidentally killed several people.
18 18 "Requiem for a Third Grade Ashtray" Kevin Dowling Joy Gregory March 12, 2004 (2004-03-12) 117
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 stuck in an elevator with a pregnant woman who is about to give birth; Kevin believes he might be recovering some sensation in his stomach area and gets an EMG (a nerve conduction) test done.
19 19 "Do the Math" Rob Morrow Antoinette Stella April 2, 2004 (2004-04-02) 118
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 becomes suspicious of Adam and Joan closeness.
20 20 "Anonymous" Steve Gomer David Grae April 30, 2004 (2004-04-30) 119
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 continue to share a bond over their passion for art, Joan vows to discover a hidden talent that Adam will admire. However, her disastrous attempt to be the yearbook's star photographer soon adds to her insecurities about losing him. Meanwhile, Will and Toni attempt to set up a sting for a man who is planning to hire a hitman to murder his wife.
21 21 "Vanity, Thy Name Is Human" Jerry Levine Robert Girardi May 7, 2004 (2004-05-07) 120
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.
22 22 "The Gift" Martha Mitchell Stephen Nathan May 14, 2004 (2004-05-14) 121
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 through Adam's backpack for gift ideas, Joan is stunned to find a condom there. She soon wonders if sex is the "gift" God had in mind, and she nervously ponders whether or not she'd be ready for such a big step. Meanwhile, Kevin begins covering court proceedings for the paper and ends up causing a stir in one of Will's cases.
23 23 "Silence" James Hayman Barbara Hall May 21, 2004 (2004-05-21) 122
Upon hearing that Joan may have been suffering from the symptoms of Lyme Disease for months, a somewhat relieved Will and Helen believe this news may explain Joan's mood swings and atypical behavior, while a concerned Adam wonders if Joan will be different upon her recovery. Meanwhile, the hospitalized Joan experiences a crisis of faith -- and considers revealing to someone close to her that she's been talking to God. In separate circumstances, Helen and Will begin to rethink their belief systems after, respectively, experiencing spiritual dreams and miraculous events.

Season 2 (2004–05)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
24 1 "Only Connect" James Hayman Barbara Hall September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24) 201
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 sued for emotional distress by Andy Baker, whose drunk driving caused the accident that paralyzed Kevin; Luke and Grace try to adjust to their relationship.
25 2 "Out of Sight" Rob Morrow Stephen Nathan October 1, 2004 (2004-10-01) 202
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.
26 3 "Back to the Garden" Kevin Dowling Joy Gregory October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08) 203
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 and Carlisle on a mission to find corrupt cops and Kevin gets let in on the lawsuit.
27 4 "The Cat" Steve Gomer David Grae October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15) 204
God wants Joan to adopt a stray cat; Aunt Olive gets a stroke which paralyses her from the waist down; Will again starts an internal investigation; Grace finally lets Luke in and Judith gets 'coerced' into a possible date.
28 5 "The Election" Rob Morrow Ellie Herman October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22) 205
God wants Joan to make a difference in the election; Will has problems with the new head of the police department and asks his son to find dirt, as does Joan to try win the election for the one who fired her from the yearbook club.
29 6 "Wealth of Nations" Kevin Dowling Tom Garrigus October 29, 2004 (2004-10-29) 206
God wants Joan to get everyone a piece of the pie and get Joan to use her new-found knowledge to make money; Kevin meets an old friend; Grace and Luke meet twice to 'study'; Will wants to countersue the Bakers, and Joan finds out there are things God can't do right.
30 7 "P.O.V." Graeme Clifford Lindsay Sturman November 5, 2004 (2004-11-05) 207
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 lawyer to discuss a counter-lawsuit.
31 8 "Friday Night" Elodie Keene Stephen Nathan November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12) 208
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 subsequently made some misguided plans for herself for that evening, which later causes the guilt-ridden Joan to wonder if she could have prevented her friend's misfortune.
32 9 "No Future" James Hayman Barbara Hall November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19) 209
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 feels guilty as he recalls how poorly he treated Kevin in the hours preceding his accident. Additionally, Grace reluctantly agrees to join Luke for dinner at the Girardi's on his birthday.
33 10 "The Book of Questions" Steve Gomer Ellie Herman November 26, 2004 (2004-11-26) 210
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 problem becomes evident, Joan begins to understand why Grace is so private – and why she's long been avoiding having her bat mitzvah. Meanwhile, Luke racks his brain to come up with a meaningful bat mitzvah gift for Grace. Additionally, Adam and Joan have different ways of coping with Judith's death. Will supports Lucy's less-than-legal means of trying to get one of Judith's friends to describe Judith's on-the-run killer, and Kevin's ex-girlfriend is deposed for the trial.
34 11 "Dive" Martha Mitchell David Grae December 10, 2004 (2004-12-10) 211
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. Meanwhile, Will continues his quest to find Judith's killer, and Kevin goes on a date with Beth. Additionally, while reflecting on Judith's death and Kevin's accident, Helen becomes overwhelmed with concern about her family being in harm's way.
35 12 "Game Theory" Gloria Muzio Tom Garrigus January 7, 2005 (2005-01-07) 212
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 plans to Roger, an engaging college student on the campus she's visiting, he tells her that college is attainable and persuades her to hire him as a tutor. Meanwhile, Adam becomes jealous of Joan's rapport with Roger; Will sees a dark side of Lucy; Helen questions her commitment to Catholicism, and Beth finds it difficult to resume a relationship with the wheelchair-bound Kevin.
36 13 "Queen of the Zombies" Graeme Clifford Joy Gregory January 14, 2005 (2005-01-14) 213
God instructs Joan to try out for the school play; Adam builds the sets for the play; Grace becomes jealous of Luke and Glynis.
37 14 "The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi" Martha Mitchell Lindsay Sturman January 28, 2005 (2005-01-28) 214
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 quite go the way he wants; tension builds between Lucy and Will; as Luke prepares to get his drivers license Grace tries to educate him on the harmful impact vehicles have on the environment.
38 15 "Romancing the Joan" Joanna Kerns Barbara Hall February 11, 2005 (2005-02-11) 215
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 takes a break from her Catholic studies; Kevin decides to get back into the dating game.
39 16 "Independence Day" James Hayman Ellie Herman & Stephen Nathan February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18) 216
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 conversation with God about free will, she decides to use it as a rationale for lying to her mother in order to go on the trip as she's convinced that Helen simply wants her to remain a dependent little girl. Meanwhile, Luke is shocked when the nerdy, girl-obsessed Friedman rebuffs the advances of the surprisingly infatuated Stevie.
40 17 "Shadows and Light" Kevin Dowling Tom Garrigus & David Grae February 25, 2005 (2005-02-25) 217
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 Stevie with the Social Security number that Stevie's mother is withholding, Joan gets Kevin to use his investigative reporting skills. Kevin's findings end up leading Will to make a discovery that quickly turns Stevie's world upside-down. Meanwhile, Adam is upset with Joan for telling Helen that he tried to have sex with her, and Kevin is conflicted when the local television station asks him to do a report that pertains to paralysis.
41 18 "Secret Service" Michael Fresco Story by : Ben Eicher
Teleplay by : Joy Gregory & Lindsay Sturman
March 4, 2005 (2005-03-04) 218
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 service. Without more direction from God than to rise above the injustice, Joan tries to figure out if she's meant to help a bitter former nun, Lilly, who is overseeing the service project, or one of the social outcasts who are serving as a result of their own offenses. Meanwhile, Joan's also upset that her reluctance to begin a sexual relationship with Adam is driving a wedge between them. Also, Adam meets a troubled artist at the community center; Joan gets Luke a job at the bookstore; Kevin has another car accident.
42 19 "Trial and Error" Neal Israel Story by : Matthew Donlan & Jeremy Martin
Teleplay by : Marc Flanagan
April 1, 2005 (2005-04-01) 219
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, who has secretly betrayed her. Joan surprises everyone with her passion in prosecuting a mock case against the equally motivated defense attorney, Grace. Meanwhile, while trying to hide his guilt from Joan as she plans a special anniversary night out with him, Adam decides to confess his wrongdoing to an appalled Grace. Meanwhile, Will investigates the murder of a girl and Helen continues her study of Catholicism.
43 20 "Spring Cleaning" Bethany Rooney Lyla Oliver April 8, 2005 (2005-04-08) 220
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 guidance counselor... As part of Joan's clean sweep, she returns everything Adam ever gave her, which only adds to the awkwardness between them. Meanwhile, when Joan returns some items to Mr. Tuchman that he loaned her, a jealous student with feelings for Tuchman vindictively tells the school authorities that Tuchman initiated intimate relationships with both her and Joan. Also, Kevin considers getting a place of his own.
44 21 "Common Thread" Elodie Keene Stephen Nathan April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15) 221
Before a storm will hit the town. Adam and Joan have a falling out with each other. Adam leaves and heads into the woods to avoid the approaching storm. But when the storm hits, Adam gets lost. When Joan becomes worried that Adam might be in danger. She calls her father and every one searches for Adam while the storm dies down. In the end of the show, Adam is rescued by Ryan Hunter – a young, charming dot com millionaire who also talks to God. He smiles in a very sinister way at Joan before the credits roll.
45 22 "Something Wicked This Way Comes" James Hayman Barbara Hall April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22) 222
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 sinister agenda... Initially, Joan is simply curious about Ryan Hunter, the charming, wealthy and influential man who revealed to her that he also speaks to God, and who rescued Adam from the woods during a storm. However, she soon discovers Ryan's dark side and is alarmed that he's insinuated himself into the lives of her loved ones, who are quick to dismiss Joan's qualms about him.

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