What About Joan

What About Joan

2001 - 2003, Comedy, Romance
A high-school teacher forges friendships with fellow staff members.

Episode Guide

  • What About Joan - Jake's Dilemma (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Jake's Dilemma

    When Jake quits his job, Joan starts dispensing career advice.

  • What About Joan - You Can't Go Home Again (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    You Can't Go Home Again

    Joan has second thoughts about agreeing to let Ruby date an old boyfriend.

  • What About Joan - Green Bay (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Green Bay

    When Jake and Steinie head north for an out of town football game, Joan uses the opportunity for a girl's night out with Ruby and Alice.

  • What About Joan - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Joan (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Joan

  • What About Joan - Testing, Testing (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Testing, Testing

    Joan reluctantly enlists Jake to help prepare the class for a citywide test.

  • What About Joan - No Bar Is an Island (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    No Bar Is an Island

    Joan's power of persuasion works on Jake's friend when he hires one of her acquaintances as a waitress.

  • What About Joan - Quiet Time (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Quiet Time

    Joan panics when Jake renews his own apartment lease for two more years; Joan's marriage advice to Mark fails.

  • What About Joan - My Dinner With Jake (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    My Dinner With Jake

    Joan (Joan Cusack) tells her curious students how she first met Jake after he unexpectedly shows up at her classroom.

  • What About Joan - The Curse of the Sweater (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    The Curse of the Sweater

    Joan tries refusing to knit a sweater for Jake, citing a curse that cost her a series of boyfriends.

  • What About Joan - Joan Sets Up Alice (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Joan Sets Up Alice

    After setting up Alice with a handsome young chef, Joan presses Jake to invest her money in his new restaurant.

  • What About Joan - Quid Pro Quo (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Quid Pro Quo

    Joan feels guilty after Mark gets caught speeding since she was the one who encouraged him to drive faster.

  • What About Joan - Mr. Roboto (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Mr. Roboto

    Joan's comments about his job upset Jake; Ruby throws a party to lift Betsy's spirits.

  • What About Joan - Betsy's Wedding (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Betsy's Wedding

    Joan's (Joan Cusack) plans for Betsy and Mark's (Jessica Hecht, Wallace Langham) wedding go awry after a blizzard blankets Chicago.

  • What About Joan - Ruby Doobie Doo (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Ruby Doobie Doo

    Joan and the gang try to cheer up Ruby (Donna Murphy), who is depressed because she never pursued a singing career.

  • What About Joan - Maeve (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:


    Joan trusts Jake won't succumb to the advances of a beautiful conference planner during a company retreat.

  • What About Joan - Joan's Sister Visits (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Joan's Sister Visits

    Joan (Joan Cusack) is anxious about her sister (guest star Ann Cusack) meeting Jake (Kyle Chandler); Mark (Wallace Langham) agrees to try again with Betsy (Jessica Hecht).

  • What About Joan - Free Speech (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Free Speech

    Joan competes with other teachers to get money for her speech team after the school board cuts the budget.

  • What About Joan - Joan Meets the Parents (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Joan Meets the Parents

    Joan (Joan Cusack) begs for a second meeting with Jake's (Kyle Chandler) parents after she makes a bad first impression. Guest star: Stefanie Powers.

  • What About Joan - The Proposal (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Proposal

    Joan learns that her class cheated on a test; Jake coaches Betsy on negotiating in relationships.

  • What About Joan - Sex Talk (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Sex Talk

    Joan burdens Jake with serious relationship issues, but it is her frank discussion on sex that really gets him going.

  • What About Joan - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    The private lives of high-school teachers as they explore the possibilities of friendship and romance. This episode: Joan's boyfriend gets serious.