Anyway, anyway. Joan blurts out, "Dad's brother called me today." Whoa. You might want to at least yell out a warning before you drive the whole rig right off the road. Will looks like he's not sure he heard her right; Helen looks concerned. Will asks what she said. Joan laughs a bit: "Richard called me today." Kevin: "Who?" Will and Helen exchange troubled looks. Joan: "Our uncle Richard. Dad's brother." Luke: "Half." He winces a bit, I guess because this remark reveals his complicity but he can't stand the inaccuracy, and continues, "He's a half-brother." Will: "You dragged Luke in on this?" Joan: "Don't you think we all had a right to know?" Helen: "Honey --" Joan: "Were you planning on lying to us our whole lives?" Well, yeah, probably. Wouldn't be the first or last time that happened in a family. Will says softly that he never lied to Joan. Well, now I'm sure, as an altar boy, Will must have been exposed to the idea of sins of omission and sins of commission. He also claimed Richard was a distant relative, though I suppose he was speaking metaphorically. Whatever. Joan points out that Helen lied to her face the other day. Helen defends herself by saying she was respecting Will's wishes. Joan, with a measure of gleeful indignation: "About lying to us!" Will: "You had no right, Joan." Joan: "This is my family, too. My history. I know you didn't want us to find out, but he's a part of who you are, Dad." Will: "He's not any part of me. Richard -- it's been years and years. None of this matters." Joan insists it does: "I saw the pictures of you two!" Will, who's been very calm until now, gets a little more upset as he tells her, "You shouldn't have gone looking --" Joan: "For what? Things in my house? Remember the one with you and Richard on the bike? You must! You saved it! I know having a brother is not that great " Shot of Luke swallowing a retort. "But the way you looked together " Will replies, "There's a lot " He looks at Helen, who seems distressed but also relieved this is finally out, and at Kevin, who just has a dark look on his face. Will reminds Joan of what she already knows: that his father abandoned his mother, his sister, and him when he was six. He tells her that her grandfather had a whole second family, and Richard was his other son: "I used to go there when I was little when everyone felt civilized about the mess he had made." Joan's listening to this with watery eyes, as her father's voice becomes louder and more emotional. "But then I grew up. And I started looking at his new family, and seeing everything they had and what we had to do without." Joan, tearfully: "That was so long ago." Will hollers, "A kid doesn't like to feel replaced!" Will strives to keep from crying but fails. Joan, who really and truly doesn't know when to shut it, says, "He said, if you wanted to talk " That pushes Will over the edge, and he gets up from the table and goes upstairs. Helen follows him. Joan stares toward her father's seat while Luke stares down at the table. Kevin gives her a WTF? gesture with his hands. And then we go abruptly to commercial again.
Joan of Arcadia
Episode Report CardDeborah: A | 288 USERS: C+
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Joan of Arcadia