Joan comes down the kitchen stairs as Kevin leaves. Helen demands of Joan, "Does Luke have a girlfriend?" Joan: "Yeah, Glynis. Everyone's hooked up except for me!" Helen: "Are they...have they..." Joan: "Ecch! Where's deaf and invisible when you need it? I'm not talking, Mom...about anything...okay?" Helen agrees. She's sitting at the table; Joan's standing at the counter, jabbing chopsticks into a container of Chinese food but not eating. She says, "It's just that...I like Adam." Helen: "I know, honey..." Joan: "Mom, please. I know you think I'm dating him but I'm not. I mean, we kissed once, and please, never repeat that to me or anyone else, because I'm already grossed out I told you." What? Dude, she was there. Okay, I suppose she didn't see it. Joan continues, "But it was just a kiss, you know...just a...one-time kiss." Helen says okay. Joan: "That doesn't mean we're dating, does it?" Helen opens her mouth to reply, "Well..." Joan interjects: "Right, I know, of course not. It's just that I think Adam kind of thought it did, and he was kind of, you know, about it, and -- and I -- I -- I was sort of, you know...too! And now he likes someone else! This Iris." She laughs a mirthless, dismissive laugh. Helen looks concerned. "And I don't know what he sees in her. I mean, she's all...you know. I want him to be happy; I'm not one of those people who gets all perky when someone else is miserable -- or maybe I am, but -- I do think Adam should be happy. Just not before I'm happy. I mean, he can be happy with someone else after I'm happy with someone else. Does that make me a total maggot?" Helen can't even get one word out before Joan rambles on, "Whatever. The real question is: should I try to get him back? I mean, what if he falls in love with her and then I realize that I really do like him and it's too late? But if I break them up and get him back and then realize that I really don't want to be with him, then he's gonna hate me again! Which I could not stand, because I really like him." She sounds almost teary and she sighs heavily. "There's just no good answer here." Helen finally gets to speak: "Honey, you are dealing with a lot of emotions..." Joan: "Mom, I can't have this conversation now, okay?" She goes back up the stairs. Helen's probably thinking she should have stopped at one. Great work by Amber Tamblyn here.
Joan of Arcadia
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Joan of Arcadia