| 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|
|IMDB||Requiem for a Wino|
Bern Nadette Stanis
|Guest starring:||Robert Guillaume |
J. Christopher Sullivan
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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.
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.