| Season 5, Episode 12 |
Number (#97) in series (133 episodes)
|Tape date||December 1, 1977|
|Air date:||December 21, 1977|
|Network/Country:||CBS-TV / United States|
|Written by:||Robert Stevenson & Rosalind Stevenson|
|Directed by:||Gerren Keith|
Bern Nadette Stanis
|Guest starring:||Alice Ghostley |
George Ranito Jordan
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Penny's Christmas is the twelfth episode of Season 5 of Good Times and the 97th episode overall. Written by Robert and Rosalind Stevenson, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, first airing on December 21, 1977.
Penny is desperate to buy Willona a Christmas gift but has no money after her wallet is stolen. Stealing a necklace seems to be her only option, but her actions may land her in foster care.
Everybody's excited about Penny's first Christmas with Willona as the official adoption draws close; but when her money is stolen, Penny steals a necklace for Willona's Christmas present, is arrested, and her social worker starts to seriously reconsider allowing Willona to adopt her.
Just before purchasing a Christmas present for her foster mother, Willona (Ja'net DuBois), Penny (Janet Jackson) is robbed of her wallet. Desperate to get Willona a gift, Penny resorts to shoplifting -- and ends up in police custody. Will this unpleasant episode lead to Willona losing her opportunity to legally adopt Penny?