"Requiem for a Wino"
Season 5, Episode 11
Number (#96) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date October 20, 1977
Air date: December 14, 1977
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Gordon Mitchell & Lloyd Turner
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 510
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Cast Information
Starring: Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Janet Jackson
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Johnny Brown
Guest starring: Robert Guillaume
Helen Martin
Bill Martin
J. Christopher Sullivan
Dap "Sugar" Willie
Cal Gibson
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Requiem for a Wino is the eleventh episode of Season 5 of Good Times and the 96th episode overall. Written by Gordon Mitchell and Lloyd Turner, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, first airing on December 14, 1977.


Fishbone the wino is convinced that he has no friends. When a mix-up makes everyone think he's dead, he's pleasantly surprised at the number of people who show up at his wake.


A homeless man returns to the Evan's apartment building after having been away for awhile. Later, they hear he died in an accident and hold a wake. Turns out, Fishburn's wallet was stolen and another man died. Fishburn finds he has friends.

Plot summaryEdit

In a plot line straight out of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, neighborhood wino Fishbone (Robert Guillaume), convinced that he hasn't got a friend in the world, staggers out of the local bar and into the night. The next thing he knows, Fishbone has been relieved of his wallet by another bum -- who is promptly killed in a traffic accident. The discovery of the wallet leads the Evans family to conclude that Fishbone himself is dead, leading to an eye-opening conclusion wherein the bilious boozer attends his own wake.

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