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 Will Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Helen Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Joan Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Kevin Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Luke Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Grace Polk (44 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Adam Rove (44 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Friedman (33 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Glynis Figliola (23 episodes, 2003-2005)
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Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : her police chief father, her somewhat overbearing mother, her geeky younger brother and former football star older brother, now paralyzed. They'd never believe her if she told them that God is talking to her. Does Joan have a higher purpose on earth, or are these strange conversations just in her head? Written by Ted Weiland

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In her DVD commentary for the first season episode "Jump," show creator Barbara Hall explains why Adam usually calls Joan "Jane." Hall says that in Adam's first appearance (in the episode "The Fire and the Wood"), he was still pretending to be a stoner to distance himself from others and protect himself emotionally in the aftermath of his mother's suicide. In service to that ruse, Adam would often pretend to be "out of it" - unable to focus or get simple facts quite correct. Hence, although he knew perfectly well that her name was Joan, he started calling her "Jane" to seem spacey - and it stuck as a joking term of endearment between them. Hall says that one can always tell when Adam is angry at Joan by noting when he uses her real name. Hall also says that this topic is one of the questions about the show she gets asked the most. See more »

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[Joan, Adam, and Grace are studying]
Joan: What should we do first?
Grace: Ask your brother for the answers.
Joan: To be humble you have to be proud.
Adam: Wait, arent those opposites?
Grace: Ah, ask him ask him.
[Luke just walked in]
Joan: No, no lets just break it down ok. Is there a chemical formula for twigs?
Adam: Uh
[from the top of is head]
[...]
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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: What Is the Underground Church? (2013) See more »

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One of Us
Performed by Joan Osborne
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WONDERFUL show
19 November 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This show is nothing like Touched by an Angel or anything insipid delivered on the Pax network. It is instead a deep reflection on how complicated it is to to be human. How do we find moments of consolation in those dark moments of desolation? How do we connect to ourselves and others?

It just so happens, Amber Tamblyn as title character Joan Girardi, (one of my personal favorites since her days as Emily Quartermaine on General Hospital) plays a cynical teenager who sees God. But God doesn't perform miracles. And he/she looks a little different every week. Joan is just trying to figure out who she is, like any of us she's digging around "in the trash trying to find something that matters." Joan's family is going through some real stress in Season 2 with the lawsuit against the oldest son Kevin who was left permanently paralyzed after a drunk driving accident...

Not being particularly religious, I feel incredibly drawn to the questions and issues this show raises every week.

Incisive writing, compelling acting. I can't remember what I was taping Friday nights.


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