"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
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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.


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.

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?

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