Good Times: Season Two
Season 2 DVD Cover.
Season Information
Episodes aired:
24 aired
CBS-TV, September 10, 1974 - March 18, 1975
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Good Times: Season 2 episodesEdit

This page lists all of the episodes aired in the second season of the CBS-TV series Good Times. The season opening episode, "Florida Flips" aired on September 10, 1974, and the season finale, "The Lunch Money Ripoff", aired on March 18, 1975, as a total of 24 episodes were aired that season. Johnny Brown appears as Nathan Bookman, the conniving building superintendent, for the first time in the episode "The Family Business"; the character would remain a recurring one until the depaurture of John Amos from the series, when the storyline has James die in an auto accident at the start of Season 3, as Brown is made a main part of the cast that season.

Season 2 (1974-1975) Edit

Season 2 episodes
Image # in Series Prod. Code # in Season Episode Title Written by Directed by First aired Tape Date
JJ Image Needed 14 201 1 "Florida Flips" Jack Elinson & Norman Paul (teleplay/story)
John Donley & Kurt Taylor (story)
Herbert Kenwith September 10, 1974 July 18, 1974
For J.J.'s 18th birthday, his parents want to get him art supplies, but James' bad credit complicates matters. Meanwhile, J.J. is picked up by police for robbing a liquor store.
JJ Image Needed 15 202 (202a) 2 (2a) "J.J. Becomes a Man (Part 1)"
a.k.a. "J.J. Is Arrested"
Jack Elinson & Norman Paul Herbert Kenwith September 17, 1974 August 1, 1974
For J.J.'s 18th birthday, his parents want to get him art supplies, but James' bad credit complicates matters. Meanwhile, J.J. is picked up by police for robbing a liquor store.
JJ Image Needed 16 203 (202b) 3 (2b) "J.J. Becomes a Man (Part 2)"
a.k.a. "J.J. Is Arrested"
Jack Elinson & Norman Paul Herbert Kenwith September 24, 1974 August 15, 1974
The police question J.J. about the robbery and the Evanses contemplate going to a loan shark for J.J.'s bail.
JJ Image Needed 17 204 4 "Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah" John Baskin & Roger Shulman Herbert Kenwith October 1, 1974 July 25, 1974
Michael forges his parents' signature on a busing questionnaire to get out of being shipped to a better school in a white neighborhood.
JJ Image Needed 18 205 5 "The Man I Most Admire" Michael Morris Herbert Kenwith October 8, 1974 August 8, 1974
Michael must write an essay for school on the person he admires. He picks his mother for her strength, but Florida suggests that James would be the better person to write about.
JJ Image Needed 19 206 6 "Thelma's Young Man" John Baskin & Roger Shulman (teleplay)
Roland Wolpert (story)
Herbert Kenwith October 15, 1974 September 12, 1974
Florida and James are shocked when they meet the man Thelma has been secretly dating for two months. And with an impending wedding, her parents are concerned about their obvious differences.
JJ Image Needed 20 207 7 "The I.Q. Test" Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan Herbert Kenwith October 22, 1974 September 5, 1974
Florida and James are surprised when Michael gets very low marks on his I.Q. test despite being one of the smartest kids in his class. After Michael explains the test, his parents visit the school to express their concerns.
JJ Image Needed 21 208 8 "The Encyclopedia Hustle" Bob Shayne & Eric Cohen Herbert Kenwith October 29, 1974 August 29, 1974
When a blind man comes to the Evans household selling encyclopedias, James takes pity on the man and signs a contract agreeing to buy them. But after he leaves, James reads the fine print and realizes he's made a mistake.

Note: Ron Glass guest stars as the encyclopedia salesman.

JJ Image Needed 22 209 (209a) 9 (9a) "The Gang (Part 1)"
a.k.a. J.J. and the Gang
Jack Elinson, Allan Manings, and Norman Paul (teleplay)
Eric Monte (story / teleplay)
Herbert Kenwith November 12, 1974 October 17, 1974
To his parents dismay, J.J. joins a gang. Their fears are proved warranted when J.J. is shot.
JJ Image Needed 23 210 (209b) 10 (9b) "The Gang (Part 2)"
a.k.a. J.J. and the Gang
Jack Elinson, Allan Manings, and Norman Paul (teleplay)
Eric Monte (story / teleplay)
Herbert Kenwith November 19, 1974 October 31, 1974
J.J.'s wound is only superficial but James wants revenge on the man who shot his son and will do anything to get it.
JJ Image Needed 24 211 11 "Florida, the Matchmaker" Jack Elinson & Norman Paul Herbert Kenwith November 26, 1974 October 3, 1974
Florida wants Willona to settle down and fixes her up with one of James' friends.
JJ Image Needed 25 212 12 "The Windfall"
a.k.a. James Goes to Far...
Allan Mannings Herbert Kenwith December 3, 1974 October 10, 1974
James stumbles on a bag containing $27,000 of stolen money. He wants to keep it but Florida convinces him to take the money to the police. No good deed goes unpunished - James doesn't know that the bag originally contained $29,000 dollars.
JJ Image Needed 26 213 13 "Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle" Norm Liebmann & Larry Markes Herbert Kenwith December 10, 1974 November 7, 1974
Thelma's favorite cousin is staying with the Evanses for Christmas. Her visit becomes an issue when Thelma discovers she has a serious drinking problem.
JJ Image Needed 27 214 14 "Florida's Big Gig" Bob Peete Herbert Kenwith December 31, 1974 November 21, 1974
Florida accompanies James on his job interview at a department store, but the supervisor prefers to hire Florida and not James.
JJ Image Needed 28 215 15 "Florida Goes to School" John Baskin & Roger Shulman (teleplay)
Michael E. Coleman (story)
Herbert Kenwith January 7, 1975 December 5, 1974
Florida wants to get her GED but between night school and working, her relationship with James suffers.
JJ Image Needed 29 216 16 "The Nude"
a.k.a. "Painting Naked Woman"
Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant (teleplay}
Barry E. Blitzer {story)
Herbert Kenwith January 14, 1975 December 12, 1974
Florida has a problem with a woman who wants J.J. to paint her in the nude. Though the portrait is a gift for her husband, Florida doesn't want her posing in the family's apartment.
JJ Image Needed 30 217 17 "The Family Business" Jack Elinson, Allan Mannings & Norman Paul (teleplay)
Alex Barris (story)
Herbert Kenwith January 21, 1975 December 19, 1974
James is rejected for a bank loan to open his own fix-it shop. So, he sets up business in the apartment.
JJ Image Needed 31 218 18 "The Debutante Ball" Jack Elinson & Norman Paul (teleplay)
Patricia Edwards (story)
Herbert Kenwith February 4, 1975 January 16, 1975
J.J. falls for a girl from a ritzy family. Despite being crazy about one another, her parents won't let him take her to a fancy dance because he's not good enough for them.
JJ Image Needed 32 219 19 "The Dinner Party"
a.k.a. "Dog Food Lover"
Bob Fisher & Phil Naples (teleplay / story}
Allan Mannings (story)
Herbert Kenwith February 11, 1975 January 23, 1975
The Evanses suspect their elderly neighbor is surviving on dog food. They invite her over for dinner but are faced with a dilemma when she insists on bringing the meatloaf.
JJ Image Needed 33 220 20 "The Houseguest" Jack Elinson, Norman Paul, John Fenton Murray & Elon Packard Herbert Kenwith February 18, 1975 January 30, 1975
James' childhood friend (Thalmus Rasulala) brings more than old stories when he comes to visit - his $5,000 gambling debt brings two thugs looking for payment to the Evans household.
JJ Image Needed 34 221 21 "My Girl Henrietta" Bob Peete Herbert Kenwith February 25, 1975 February 13, 1975
J.J. is determined to quit school and work full-time in order to marry his girlfriend, Henrietta. James and Florida don't understand until a very pregnant Henrietta visits the Evanses.
JJ Image Needed 35 222 22 "The Enlistment" Art Baer & Ben Joelson Herbert Kenwith March 4, 1975 February 20, 1975
When both James and J.J. lose their jobs, J.J. decides to help his family by joining the army.
JJ Image Needed 36 223 23 "Thelma's Scholarship" Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant Herbert Kenwith March 11, 1975 February 27, 1975
Thelma has an opportunity to attend a prestigious boarding school. But when a snooty sorority girl (Randi Kallan) is too insistent that Thelma join, she realizes they only want her because she's black.
JJ Image Needed 37 224 24 "The Lunch Money Ripoff" John Baskin & Roger Shulman Herbert Kenwith March 18, 1975 March 6, 1975
James tries to teach Michael some tactics on how to handle a bully at school. Michael has his own ideas and invites the boy over to his house.
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