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"Penny's Christmas"
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
Production code: 512
IMDB Penny's Christmas
Cast Information
Starring: Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Janet Jackson
Johnny Brown
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Alice Ghostley
George Ranito Jordan
Helen Verbit
Dap "Sugar" Willie
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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.

SynopsisEdit

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.

StorylineEdit

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.

Plot summaryEdit

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?

Guest starringEdit

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