Grace and Adam are sitting outside on the stairs. She's rehearsing her client, who's mighty morose. She asks him to state his name. He does, and asks, "My last name isn't Beanstalk, is it?" Grace says no. She keeps asking her polite little questions but Adam quickly gets up and says he can't do this right now. He takes off, and she chases after him, asking, "Hey! Did your girlfriend get to you?" He says, "No. It's just " Grace: "What?" Without stopping or breaking stride, he says, "I cheated on Joan." Grace stops short, but Adam keeps going for a moment, and then stops, and turns. He keeps his eyes down, though, afraid to meet Grace's expression, whatever it is. She looks sad and troubled and surprised. He finally looks at her. She sighs, at a loss for words. Adam: "Say something." How about "You dick"? Grace: "What? What do you want from me?" He marches over to her and says, "It was just sex, a couple of times. It didn't mean anything." Uh huh. I guess he thought he'd see how that went over with Grace before he unloads it on Joan. I also take this opportunity to gloat to Frink about being right that it wasn't their first time. Grace: "And you had to tell me this why?" Frink: "Lawyer-client privilege." Adam doesn't know: "But I had to tell someone. I figured you'd understand." Not too selfish or misguided. So often confession is about making the confessor feel better without regard for how it makes the confessee feel. And here I can see the use of priests. They're professionals. Get yourself to a confessional, Adam. He elaborates, "I mean, you're the one with the whole view on relationships not being possessive and everything." Grace: "So I'm supposed to tell you it's okay?" Adam shrugs a bit: "Yeah yeah -- no " Grace tells him not to drag her into this, although it's a little late for that. Even if I bought this unconvincing turn in his character -- which I don't -- I would have a lot of trouble buying his casual attitude about it, and this confession to Grace, with an expectation of support riding on its coattails. I could believe he'd admit to her what he'd done, but only because he found it unbearable to keep to himself and had no one else to tell, not because he almost blithely assumed her support. Come on -- he's madly in love with clingy-clingy Joan, and he's a virgin (or was, anyway), and he's pretty sensitive to boot. This is not the Adam they've been writing for two seasons, no matter how many "horny seventeen-year-old boy" explanations people offer up. The only possible explanation I'm entertaining is a self-sabotaging impulse driven by depression secondary to being in a suffocating and unfulfilling relationship. Still, even that just doesn't sit right with me, because the writers are making it about the sex. And I just don't believe that's the greatest driving force in Adam's personality.
Joan of Arcadia
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 849 USERS: C+
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Joan of Arcadia