"My Son, the Father"
Season 4, Episode 21
Number (#82) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date February 10, 1977
Air date: March 2, 1977
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Written by: Sid Dorfman
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 421
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Moses Gunn
William Sims
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My Son, the Father is the twenty-first episode of Season 4 of Good Times, and also the 82nd series episode overall. Written by Sid Dorfman, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, originally airing on March 2, 1977.


J.J. plans on taking Michael to a father-son dinner. But when he learns that Carl is taking him, his feelings are crushed.


Michael's school is holding a father/son dinner. JJ assumes he will go with Michael as a father figure. Micheal tells JJ that he has already asked Carl to be his stand-in-father.

Plot summaryEdit

Having unofficially assumed the mantle of surrogate father to his younger brother Michael (Ralph Carter), J.J. (Jimmie Walker) cockily assumes that Michael will ask him to go to a father-son dinner. But when Michael chooses Carl (Moses Gunn) as his guest instead, J.J. goes ballistic. As a result, Michael and Carl join forces to deflate J.J.'s ever-expanding ego.

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