Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005)
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The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi 

Joan saves one of the mean girls at school from being hit by a truck and suddenly becomes popular. Kevin uses the opportunity to do a TV interview with Joan as a tryout for the local news. ... See full summary »


Martha Mitchell


Barbara Hall (created by), Lindsay Sturman


Episode credited cast:
Joe Mantegna ... Will Girardi
Mary Steenburgen ... Helen Girardi
Amber Tamblyn ... Joan Girardi
Jason Ritter ... Kevin Girardi
Michael Welch ... Luke Girardi
Chris Marquette ... Adam Rove (as Christopher Marquette)
Becky Wahlstrom ... Grace Polk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Bogart ... Storm Summers
Veanne Cox ... Personable Woman God
Hilary Duff ... Dylan Samuels
Patrick Fabian ... Gavin Price
Kim Fifield ... Indignant Girl
Juliette Goglia ... Little Girl God
Mark Hames ... Professional Reporter #1
Jared Hillman ... Brian Beaumont


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Joan saves one of the mean girls at school from being hit by a truck and suddenly becomes popular. Kevin uses the opportunity to do a TV interview with Joan as a tryout for the local news. The student tries to befriend Joan afterwards, but during an award presentation, she will not confirm whether Joan saved her life. Will becomes increasingly suspicious of Lucy's interactions with him and his family. Luke studies for his driver's license test while Grace objects to cars for environmental reasons. Written by Horomnizon

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Fantasy



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Personable Woman God: It's a beautiful day, isn't it? Sunny, crisp, clear. Did you have a nice day at school?
Joan Girardi: Okay, homework overdose here.
Personable Woman God: Just thought I'd ask. Show I care, 'cause I do.
Joan Girardi: And you always want something. What is it this time?
Personable Woman God: Since you're offering, would you be a doll and get me a latte?
Joan Girardi: [seeing Dylan and her friends by the coffee cart] Oh, no. Not them. And the Lord sayeth "Geteth me a latte."
Personable Woman God: Little acts can mean a lot.
Joan Girardi: Wouldn't the three dollars be better spent helping the poor?
Personable Woman God: Yes, but you were ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Joan of Arcadia: The Rise and Fall of Joan Girardi

I liked this episode of Joan of Arcadia because Hilarys in it... Not only that, In it she's evil and a bitch and Hilz never been like that in any of her movies so far which makes it different 'n i like that!! In all her movies so far she's been the sweet nice girl that she is in real life. It seems strange seeing her act like a bitch! i Just could never imagine her been like this in real life... I hope to see some movies with her acting eviler rather than been adorable/nice, i ain't complaining i mean i love all her movies it would just be a change to see her acting different. I'd love to see her in a thriller... A House of wax sorta thing because thats not scary its just a little jumpy (I don't really like proper horrors!!):).

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28 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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