Stevie's leaving the foster home when Joan calls her name. Stevie: "It's Bridget." Joan's like, riiiiiight. She returns Stevie's iPod (ch-CHING!). Stevie unenthusiastically thanks her and turns to go. Joan asks where she's going, and Stevie tells her she got her SSN, so she's got a couple of job interviews. Joan keeps after Stevie like a guy who doesn't know what it means when his date says, "I'm reeeeaaaalllly tired." She asks about school, but Stevie says she can't go back there, and she's going to get emancipated and get a job. I assume she means emancipated from the foster home, because Charlie doesn't have custody now, according to what they just told us in the last act. Joan tells Stevie she's a kid, and she has a family. Stevie demurs, but Joan goes off about how much Charlie and Ericalice care about Stevie, and again, her point would be a lot stronger if Ericalice hadn't been planning to leave the country. Joan continues, "Do you really think she's a criminal? All she ever did was love you!" Oh, Joan, you're not going to trap me into a debate about the ethics of what Ericalice did. Not at minute 51, anyway. Stevie looks sad and conflicted as Joan tells her that if she's going to run away without appreciating what she's been given, then she's getting exactly what she deserves. And y'all probably don't "deserve" yet another rant about this plot, but sadly, one is coming anyway, posthaste. Stevie's life was awesome before this happened. Now it kind of sucks. And shit like that happens, but for God to have basically tricked Joan into making this particular shit happen by framing it as something positive ahead of the fact, and then not providing a convincing reason for it after it blew up in Joan's face, feels disturbing and cruel to me. I mean, at least when God tested Job, he was honest about why he did it, and didn't cover it with bullshit about Greek philosophy and light bulbs. I don't know. Joan is supposed to learn and grow from her missions, and I just don't see how it's going to happen here. And what REALLY bugs me here is that this episode was still better than a lot of offerings this season. Haylie Duff actually wasn't bad, and the B and C plots were excellent, for the most part, and if the A plot hadn't succumbed to a bunch of problems that were incredibly distracting but also eminently avoidable, this episode would have been a real keeper.
Joan of Arcadia
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B | 807 USERS: B-
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Joan of Arcadia