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Joan of Arcadia Season 2 Episodes

Season 2 Episode Guide

22 Episodes 2004 - 2005

Episode 1

Only Connect

Fri, Sep 24, 2004 60 mins

As the second season begins, Joan returns from summer therapy following what she perceived as hallucinations and refuses to discuss the "'G' word" with Adam. Meanwhile, Helen is considering coming back to the Catholic faith; and Will is losing his faith even in man when he's sued by the family of the boy who paralyzed Kevin. Adam: Christopher Marquette. Kevin: Jason Ritter.

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Episode 2

Out of Sight

Fri, Oct 1, 2004 60 mins

Joan, still keeping her distance from God, reconnects with her best friend from Gentle Acres camp, a wired teen now going to Arcadia High who can't seem to win over Joan's friends. Meanwhile, Helen continues her inquiry into spiritual issues, and Will is troubled by a case involving the shooting of a child. Kevin: Jason Ritter. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom.

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Episode 3

Back to the Garden

Fri, Oct 8, 2004 60 mins

As part of a physics project, Joan decides to plant a garden "in the rankest place" in school to see if it can survive, and the experiment elicits varying responses from her friends. Meanwhile, Will and Helen shield Kevin from the details of the lawsuit. Adam: Christopher Marquette. Kevin: Jason Ritter. Helen: Mary Steenburgen.

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Episode 4

The Cat

Fri, Oct 15, 2004 60 mins

While visiting, Helen's eccentric, world-traveling Aunt Olive (Cloris Leachman) has a stroke and moves in with the Girardis to recuperate. Meanwhile, God asks Joan to care for a feral cat and Will asks Internal Affairs to investigate possible corruption in the precinct. Lt. Preston: Annie Potts. Judith: Sprague Grayden.

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Episode 5

The Election

Fri, Oct 22, 2004 60 mins

God gets Joan involved in the student-body presidential elections and Joan campaigns for the underdog, but soon finds herself wanting to win at all costs, even if it means playing dirty. Lucy: Annie Potts. Adam: Christopher Marquette. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom.

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Episode 6

Wealth of Nations

Fri, Oct 29, 2004 60 mins

Joan helps Helen at a church clothing drive and finds a way to help the poor and make some money for herself and Judith, but the scheme jeopardizes the drive. Meanwhile, Lucy (Annie Potts) shows interest in Will's lawsuit. Pete: Ian Bohen. Beth: Kimberly McCullough. Sister Watters: Constance Zimmer.

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Episode 7


Fri, Nov 5, 2004 60 mins

God appears to Joan as a filmmaker and encourages her to make a videography of her life for public TV, but her new perspective leads her to misinterpret a moment between Adam and Judith. Meanwhile, Will and Kevin hire a cutthroat lawyer (Evan Handler) without consulting Helen, who has a secret of her own. Lucy: Annie Potts. Gavin Price: Patrick Fabian.

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Episode 8

Friday Night

Fri, Nov 12, 2004 60 mins

Joan is stressed as she and Adam prepare for their first official date at an upscale restaurant. Meanwhile, Grace and Luke can't agree on the best way to spend the evening and go their separate ways, only to end up missing each other. Judith: Sprague Grayden. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom. Adam: Christopher Marquette.

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Episode 9

No Future

Fri, Nov 19, 2004 60 mins

Depositions are taken in the lawsuit against the Girardis, dredging up emotional issues for the family, especially for Will and Helen, who are confronted with the animosity they felt toward each another at the time of Kevin's accident. Meanwhile, Price does his darndest to squelch the already fragile Joan's hope for a bright academic future; Luke's wish for his 16th birthday is to have dinner with Grace. Becky Wahlstrom. Chuck Kroner: Evan Handler. Lucy: Annie Potts.

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Episode 10

The Book of Questions

Fri, Nov 26, 2004 60 mins

Joan is on a quest to help Grace survive her bat mitzvah, beginning with a shopping trip for an appropriate dress to wear for the occasion. At the same time, Luke is at a loss for a gift to offer his sweetheart on her big day. Meanwhile, Will investigates Judith's stabbing death, and Kevin offers Beth (Kimberly McCullough) encouragement as she prepares to testify in the case against his family. Lt. Lucy Preston: Annie Potts. Rabbi Polonsky: Paul Sand. Ryan: Charlie Koznick.

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Episode 11


Fri, Dec 10, 2004 60 mins

God's vague instruction to do something that scares her leads Joan to try out for the school diving team, as does Luke, who is determined to impress Grace with an act of bravery. Meanwhile, Helen would like all of her children to proceed with more caution, and Will follows up on a lead in Judith's murder case. Lt. Lucy Preston: Annie Potts. Lilly Watters: Constance Zimmer. Beth: Kimberly McCullough. Det. Carlisle: Mark Totty.

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Episode 12

Game Theory

Fri, Jan 7, 2005 60 mins

As Joan debates whether she should continue her education past high school, God points her in the direction of a handsome and supportive college-age tutor. Meanwhile, Helen and Will are at odds over his working with Lucy and her religious conversion; Kevin's romantic future with Beth (Kimberly McCullough) is in doubt. Lilly: Constance Zimmer. Det. Carlisle: Mark Totty. Goth Kid God: Jeffrey Licon.

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Episode 13

Queen of the Zombies

Fri, Jan 14, 2005 60 mins

Joan receives heavenly encouragement from God when she auditions for an overly ambitious director's school play about young zombies in love. In other developments, Kevin is leery of Andy's offer to drop the lawsuit; and Luke's bond with Glynis (Mageina Tovah) over science unleashes feelings of jealousy in Grace. Elizabeth Goetzman: Corri English. Friedman: Aaron Himelstein. Andy Baker: Riley Smith.

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Episode 14

The Rise and Fall of Joan Girardi

Fri, Jan 28, 2005 60 mins

Joan acts like a Good Samaritan and in return becomes somewhat of a local celebrity after she puts herself in harm's way to help save the life of a snooty classmate (Hilary Duff), who rewards Joan's heroism by becoming her way-too-clingy friend. Meanwhile, Kevin sees an opportunity to get himself on TV by telling his sister's story. Also, Will decides to dig deeper to determine what lengths Lucy would go to please him. Annie Potts. Elle: Lauren C. Mayhew. Gabby: Tyler Kain.

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Episode 15

Romancing the Joan

Fri, Feb 11, 2005 60 mins

As Valentine's Day approaches, Joan worries that her romance with Adam could be sabotaged by his "perky blonde assistant" (Haylie Duff). Meanwhile, God tells Joan to familiarize herself with the poetry of the Romantic movement; Kevin keeps it a secret from Helen that he's going out with her ex-nun pal Lilly (Constance Zimmer); and Will debates whether to inform his wife of his problems with Lucy. Roger: Mark Matkevich. Det. Carlisle: Mark Totty.

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Episode 16

Independence Day

Fri, Feb 18, 2005 60 mins

Joan feels that she's old enough to make her own decisions when she prepares to defy Helen's authority and go on an overnight trip with Adam. Meanwhile, it's clear that Stevie likes Friedman, but Luke has trouble understanding why his friend doesn't seem to reciprocate the feeling. Also, Kevin tries to help Andy put the accident behind him and get on with his life. Andy: Riley Smith. Stevie Marx: Haylie Duff. Goth Kid God: Jeffrey Licon. Old Lady God: Kathryn Joosten. Carlisle: Mark Totty.

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Episode 17

Shadows & Light

Fri, Feb 25, 2005 60 mins

Joan makes a puzzling discovery about Stevie (Haylie Duff) as she tries to help the girl obtain a Social Security number, despite the fact that Stevie's mother has expressly forbidden her daughter from getting a job. At the same time, Joan's taking flack from Adam for telling Helen the intimate details of their love life. Meanwhile, Kevin is offered a job in the TV-news biz, but is wary of the assignment because it involves his disability. Glynis: Mageina Tovah. Det. Carlisle: Mark Totty.

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Episode 18

Secret Service

Fri, Mar 4, 2005 60 mins

Joan debates whether to take the next step in her relationship with Adam, while also facing the consequences of being framed---by God---for egging Mr. Price's car: a weekend of community service supervised by Lilly Watters (Constance Zimmer). Also, Luke feels like he has suffered an injustice by not being awarded a science prize; while Helen considers what to do after the school board cuts the art program's budget. Friedman: Aaron Himelstein. Glynis: Mageina Tovah. Ms. Lischak: Elaine Hendrix.

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Episode 19

Trial and Error

Fri, Apr 1, 2005 60 mins

A school assignment gets uncomfortably personal for Joan when she's chosen to play the role of prosecutor in a mock trial based on the children's story "Jack and the Beanstalk." On the side of the defense is Grace, who's representing an ill-at-ease Adam in the part of Jack. In other events, Helen is troubled that Kevin is dating Lilly (Constance Zimmer); and an 8-year-old girl's murder appears to be an open-and-shut case for Will. Det. Carlisle: Mark Totty. Glynis: Mageina Tovah.

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Episode 20

Spring Cleaning

Fri, Apr 8, 2005 60 mins

Instead of venting her romantic woes, Joan throws her energy into spring cleaning, which proves more than just therapeutic when it leads to the discovery that somebody at school needs her help. Joan's relationship problems cause Luke to feel insecure about his future with Grace, but then she surprises him with an ultra-cool gift; Kevin considers moving into his own apartment, an idea that upsets Helen. Dana Tuchman: Kevin Rahm. Lilly: Constance Zimmer. Friedman: Aaron Himelstein.

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Episode 21

Common Thread

Fri, Apr 15, 2005 60 mins

Adam needs Joan to be there for him as a friend, but she finds it difficult to forgive and forget the hurt he has caused her. Helen's in a similar, albeit far more serious, situation when the man who raped her 25 years ago attempts to meet with her and personally apologize before he dies of cancer. Meanwhile, Luke disapproves of Friedman's pot-smoking, that is, until he considers marijuana use from a scientific perspective. Aaron Himelstein. Carl Rove: David Grammer. Grace: Becky Wahlstrom.

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Episode 22

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Fri, Apr 22, 2005 60 mins

Joan's seeing and talking to dead people, including her deceased friend, Judith (Sprague Grayden), who tells Joan to prepare for a test. Joan's family and loved ones start to wonder whether the high-schooler is losing it again, but Helen is left to question her own sanity after she too has a ghostly encounter. Meanwhile, Ryan Hunter, the young man who saved Adam's life, is becoming a constant, uncomfortable presence. Ryan: Wentworth Miller. Cute Boy God: Kris Lemche.

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