Roscoe Lee Browne as Reverend Sam
|Appeared on:||Good Times|
|Episodes appeared in:||"God's Business is Good Business" in Season 1|
|Character played by:||Roscoe Lee Browne|
About the ReverendEdit
Reverend Sam, a flashy televangelist who instead of living the word, uses religion as a hustle. After James had tried to contact Sam several times, He finally pays a call on his old army buddy James, and offers him a job with his entourage that will pay him $700 a week(Sam told James "$100 a day, 7 days a week"). However, Florida, who sees right through Sam's act, is less than thrilled that her husband would want to work with him, as she calls him "a phony" who fleeces his flock.
In recalling a time in the army with Sam, James mentions the time when as James says. "cleaned out a bunch of non-comms in the company chapel!", as Sam beat several other soldiers at craps, then moments later, as the two were walking back to the barracks, the guys came running after the two, as James recalls "I split with the money...they split Sam!"
He also said that later, when Sam was "laid up in the infirmary", as he gave Sam all of his craps winnings, as he earned the nickname, as Sam calls him when he visits the Evans' apartment, "Honest James!"
When Sam arrives, he tries to explain to Florida that he needs an honest man" like James, not necessarily "a religious man" as he explains "You see, my collection is coming up a little bit shy lately, and I have the strong feeling that while I'm at the pulpit, spreading the Good Word, my ushers are in the john, splitting the big take!"
James, who is quite enticed by the prospect of earning big money traveling on crusades with Sam, has a clash of conscience when he sees how Sam's hustle really works and when JJ thinks about following in Sam's path.