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Good Times: Season Three
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Good Times Season 3 episodesEdit

This page lists all of the episodes aired in the third season of the CBS-TV series Good Times. The season opener, "The Real Cool Job", originally aired on September 9, 1975. The season finale episode, "The Rent Party", aired on March 2, 1976; the episode marked the final appearance of cast member John Amos as James Evans Sr., as he elected to leave the series.

Season 3 (1975-1976) Edit

# in Series Prod. Code # in Season Written by Directed by Episode Title Original Air Date Tape Date
38 301 1 "The Real Cool Job" John Baskin, Roger Shulma (teleplay)
Hubert Geiger (teleplay & story)
Herbert Kenwith September 9, 1975 July 24, 1975
James gets the break he has been waiting for: a good paying job. After completing trade school, he finds out that the job is in Alaska.
39 302 2 "The Family Gun"
a.k.a. "James Goes Overboard"
Bob Peete Herbert Kenwith September 16, 1975 July 17, 1975
James buys a gun to protect his family from the dangerous environment of the building. After Thelma is attacked, James discovers that his gun is missing.
40 303 3 "Operation Florida" Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant Herbert Kenwith September 23, 1975 July 31, 1975
The cost of medical treatment is enough to prevent Florida from seeing a doctor. But James insists that she seek medical attention and after discovering she needs surgery, he'll do whatever it takes to pay for it.
41 304 4 "Love in the Ghetto" Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant Herbert Kenwith September 30, 1975 August 28, 1975
Thelma's parents are less than thrilled when they discover she's engaged.
42 305 5 "Florida's Rich Cousin"
a.k.a. "Cousin Edgar"
John Baskin & Roger Shulman Herbert Kenwith October 7, 1975 August 14, 1975
James is against borrowing money from Florida's cousin. When he walks out in a fit of rage, Florida discovers some disappointing news about her cousin.
43 306 6 "The Weekend"
a.k.a. "Happy Twentieth"
Jack Elinson & Norman Paul Herbert Kenwith October 14, 1975 September 4, 1975
For their 20th wedding anniversary, James gets the use of a friend's cabin. Without the kids, Florida is reluctant to go.
44 307 7 "The Baby"
a.k.a. "Bye-Bye, Baby"
Bruce Howard Herbert Kenwith October 21, 1975 September 18, 1975
During a celebration at a baby shower, the joy turns to sadness when the mother-to-be announces she is putting her baby up for adoption.
45 308 8 "Michael's Big Fall" Bob Peete Herbert Kenwith October 28, 1975 September 25, 1975
While James is out of town Florida and her brother must figure out what's wrong with Michael. With poor grades and cutting class, Florida realizes a meeting with Michael's teacher should get to the bottom of things.
46 309 9 "The Politicians"
a.k.a. "Young Versus Old"
Jack Elinson & Norman Paul Herbert Kenwith November 4, 1975 August 21, 1975
Politics tear the Evans household in half when J.J. and James are rooting for Alderman Fred Davis, while Florida, Thelma and Willona prefer his young competition.
47 310 10 "Willona's Dilemma" John Baskin & Roger Shulman Herbert Kenwith November 11, 1975 October 2, 1975
Willona falls for a deaf man from J.J.'s art class. The budding relationship appears to be heading to the altar in spite of the man's handicap.
48 311 11 "Florida's Protest" Allan Mannings (teleplay)
Patricia Edwards (story)
Herbert Kenwith November 25, 1975 October 9, 1975
After the kids get food poisoning from the meat Florida purchased at the local supermarket, Florida gathers a group of concerned neighbors and boycotts the store. Before she gets positive results, Florida is put in jail.
49 312 12 "The Mural" Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant (teleplay / story)
Thad Mumford (story)
Herbert Kenwith December 2, 1975 October 30, 1975
Thelma wins a scholarship to college but is $200 short. After J.J. finishes the mural the bank commissioned, he'll have enough money to give to Thelma. However, the bank is unwilling to pay once the mural is unveiled.
50 313 13 "A Loss of Confidence" Jack Elinson & Norman Paul Herbert Kenwith December 9, 1975 November 6, 1975
J.J. falls head over heels for Thelma's friend. But after she declines his romantic advances, he feels completely dejected.
51 314 14 "Cousin Cleatus"
a.k.a. "Florida's Nephew Goes Bad..."
December 16, 1975 November 13, 1975 Jack Elinson, Norman Paul (teleplay)
Ron Allen Thompson (story / teleplay)
Herbert Kenwith
After a bank robbery in Atlanta, the FBI question Florida about her nephew, Cleatus, the prime suspect. She doesn't believe he had anything to do with it until Cleatus appears at the door needing a place to stay and a bag full of cash.
52 315 15 "The Family Tree" Bob Peete Herbert Kenwith December 23, 1975 November 20, 1975
During a school project, Thelma learns that James' father is alive and lives nearby. As a surprise for his birthday, she invites him over, but James wants nothing to do with him.
53 316 16 "A Place to Die" December 30, 1975 December 4, 1975 Jack Elinson & Norman Paul (teleplay / story)
John Baskin & Roger Shulman (teleplay)
Herbert Kenwith
Before their New Year's Celebration, a dying old man whom Michael befriended decides that he wants to die in the Evans household, surrounded by loved ones.
54 317 (317a) 17 (17a) "J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 1"
a.k.a. "I Pronounce You..."
Roger Shulman & John Baskin Herbert Kenwith January 6, 1976 December 11, 1975
J.J.'s parents are against him getting married to his girlfriend, Diana. Her parents don't want them to get married either, but they also don't know that she's concealing a drug addiction.
55 318 (317b) 18 (17b) J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 2
a.k.a. "I Pronounce You..."
Roger Shulman & John Baskin (teleplay / story)
Jack Elinson & Norman Paul (teleplay)
Herbert Kenwith January 13, 1976 December 18, 1975
Instead of going to her senior prom, Diana would rather elope with J.J. in Indiana. However, the purse she leaves behind reveals Diana's drug problem.
56 319 19 "Sweet Daddy Williams" James Ritz Herbert Kenwith January 20, 1976 January 8, 1976
J.J. gets his own art exhibit in exchange for painting the local numbers runner's girlfriend.
57 320 20 "The Investigation" Bruce Howard Herbert Kenwith January 27, 1976 January 15, 1976
Michael's research for a term paper lands the Evans family in hot water when the FBI discover he's been communicating with a Communist country and think the Evanses are a security risk.
58 321 21 "J.J. In Trouble" John Shulman & Roger Baskin Herbert Kenwith February 3, 1976 January 22, 1976
While the parents are away, J.J. learns that he has given VD to one of his girlfriends. His humiliation prevents him from visiting a free clinic for treatment.
59 322 22 "Florida the Woman" Jay Sommers Herbert Kenwith February 17, 1976 February 5, 1976
Florida does not feel appreciated by her family and decides to go on a lunch date with her boss. James' jealousy drives him to confront Florida's boss.
60 323 23 "The Breakup" Bob Peete Herbert Kenwith February 24, 1976 February 12, 1976
Thelma is in a relationship dilemma when her fiance gets a great opportunity in California. She's torn between moving to California to be with him and staying with her family in Chicago.
61 324 24 "The Rent Party" John Baskin & Roger Shulman Herbert Kenwith March 2, 1976 February 19, 1976
When a neighbor's electricity is turned off, the Evanses decide to have a rent party to help raise the funds. But their cold-blooded superintendent interrupts the party.
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