"A Matter of Mothers"
Season 6, Episode 20
Number (#129) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date February 1, 1979
Air date: July 18, 1979
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Michael G. Moye & Jacqueline Henken
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 620
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Johnny Brown
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Janet Jackson
Ben Powers
Guest starring: Chip Fields
Rod Perry
Barry Cutler
Dave Turner
John Witherspoon
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A Matter of Mothers is the 20th episode of Season 6  of Good Times, and also the 129th series episode overall. Written by Michael G. Moye and Jacqueline Henken, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV; it originally aired on July 18, 1979.


Someone is trying to make Willona look like an unfit mother.


Willona's new boyfriend is trying to buy her and Penny's love by giving expensive gifts. Turns out it is Penny's birth mother, Leona Gordon who is paying the bills and getting the boyfriend to give the gifts. Leona wants Penny back.

Plot summaryEdit

Willona (Ja'net DuBois) cannot understand why Jeffrey (Rod Perry), her latest boyfriend, has suddenly begun showering expensive gifts upon her and her adopted daughter, Penny (Janet Jackson). Things become painfully clear when the source of the "gifts" is revealed. It seems that Penny's abusive birth mother, Leona Gordon (Chip Hurd) wants the girl back -- it turns out she now has an extremely wealthy boyfriend and she'll go to any lengths to prove to the authorities that Willona is an unfit guardian.

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Willona (to Leona about Penny): That child wakes up at night screaming thinking your abuse, the beatings, the bruises, the cuts, the burns with the hot iron. She ain't gonna forget it. You remember it, I remember it, I hope to God that one day she can finally forget.
Leona Gordon: Didn't you see the look in that kid's eyes? She wants to come home with me, it's all those expensive gifts, the tape recorder and the $2500 brass bed. What could you possibly offer to top that?
Willona: Love. And you?
Leona Gordon: I'm here, aren't I?
Willona: So's the garbage, it don't make no difference.
(After Mrs. Gordon tries to hit Penny because she wouldn't hand over the tape recorder)
Willona: Now, are you going to tell me that all your violence is still in the past?
(When Penny offers Mrs. Gordon the tape recorder)
Penny: Here, take it.
Willona: Penny, baby, we need that for evidence.
Penny: It doesn't matter! (starts to cry) No matter what the court says, no matter what she says, no matter what anyone says, I'll always be with you, Mama! (hugs Willona)

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