Joan Golfinos, Mad About You
Joan Golfinos (Suzie Plakson)
Joan was introduced in the 5×01 as Debbie’s new girlfriend. Debbie and Joan made brief appearances sporadically throughout the season, although mostly separately as Joan become Jamie’s gynecologist.
In 6×02, Joan admitted that she sometimes fantasized about sleeping with Debbie’s male cousin Ira, writing in a letter that in another life they might have had a chance. When Ira found out he became obsessed with it and ended up insulting Debbie and then groped Joan, who pushed him away. The storyline was handled as a joke.
In 6×19, Debbie was upset when she discovered that Joan had accepted a nomination as one of “The 20 most Eligible Bachelorettes in New York”. They argue over Joan’s willingness to pretend to be single and straight but after a kitchen fire, Joan proposed marriage, they both professed their love for each other and kissed for the first and only time in the series.
Debbie and Joan returned in 7×03, before their wedding, when Joan saw Debbie flirting and then making out with male character Chris Debbie then made a few appearances during the season, but Joan was not shown or mentioned again until the series final where it was revealed that Debbie and Joan eventually reconciled and continued to be a couple until at least the year of 2021.
- 18 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Debbie Buchman (Robin Bartlett, lesbian, recurring, wife)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
Male love interests:
- Ira Buchman (John Pankow, regular 144 eps)
Relationship story arc with a man: Yes
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? Yes
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? Yes, their only kiss was during first day of May's sweeps season 1998
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.