Joan of Arcadia
Night Without Stars

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The camera pulls back from Joan and Little Girl God as Joan watches them leave with tears in her eyes. Finally Joan says, "The way I felt about Iris...it was so ugly. Why would you put those feelings in me?" Little Girl God replies, "Everyone has a part of themselves they don't like, Joan. You carry it around like a weight. The lucky ones realize that, when it becomes too heavy, you can choose to set it down. That's when you can see things the way they really are." Joan considers this. Little Girl God says, "Come on. I'll walk you home." She extends her hand to Joan. Joan smiles slightly and takes it. As they walk down the hall, Joan comments, "Great. I'm being escorted home by a six-year-old."

A song called "Older Chests" by Damien Rice is on the soundtrack. Helen's on the sofa reading an art book when she hears Will come in behind her. She doesn't turn around, but lifts her head, alert to the possibility of another blow-up -- or who knows what? Will hangs back in the front hallway, unsure how to approach her or atone for his actions. Helen stays put, holding her breath a little, sad. As Will approaches the room slowly, she turns to look at him. His expression is one of remorse. She turns her head back again slowly, considering how to let go of the weight of anger and pain she's carrying now. Helen digs down inside herself for the profound forgiveness and maturity every successful long-term relationship demands. She puts her book aside as Will appears beside the sofa, apologizing without words, asking forgiveness with his outstretched hand. Helen takes his hand and lets him help her up. They look at each other, exchanging no words, only the kinds of complicated expressions that build up between two people over time. Will's face crumples slightly as he embraces her, and cries into her shoulder, holding her tightly to express his sorrow for how he treated her, and all they've been through. The camera changes angles and withdraws through a nearby room as they hold and comfort each other. Wonderful work by both actors. "Some things in life may change / And some things / They stay the same / Like time, there's always time / On my mind / So pass me by, I'll be fine / Just give me time..."

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Joan of Arcadia

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