Good Times: Season Five
Good Times Season 5 DVD Cover.
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24 aired
CBS-TV, September 21, 1977 - April 3, 1978
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Good Times: Season Five episodesEdit

This page lists all of the episodes aired in the fifth season of Good Times. The season's premiere episode, "The Evans Get Involved: Part 1", premiered on September 21, 1977, as Janet Jackson joined the cast as Penny Gordon, an abused child who lives in the project building with her mother that Willona winds up adopting in an 4-episode story arc that opened the season.

The season's final episode, "That's Entertainment, Evans Style" aired on April 3, 1978, as a total of 24 episodes were aired.

Season 5 (1977-1978)Edit

Season 5 episodes
Image # in Series Prod. Code # in Season Title Written by Directed by Original Air Date Tape Date
JJ Image Needed 86 501 (501a) 1 (1a) "The Evans Get Involved: Part 1"
a.k.a. "Meet Penny"
Austin Kalish & Irma Kalish Gerren Keith September 21, 1977 August 11, 1977
When a cute little girl follows J.J. to his home, she tells the story of a happy home life which couldn't be further from the truth. Meanwhile, Florida is honeymooning in Arizona.
JJ Image Needed 87 502 (501b) 2 (1b) "The Evans Get Involved: Part 2"
a.k.a. "Meet Penny"
Sid Dorfman Gerren Keith September 21, 1977 August 11, 1977
When Penny shows up with a broken arm, Willona, J.J., Thelma and Michael are certain that she is being abused, but they have a hard time finding someone who will believe them.
JJ Image Needed 88 503 (501c) 3 (1c) "The Evans Get Involved: Part 3"
a.k.a. "The Solution"
Gordon Mitchell & Lloyd Turner Gerren Keith September 28, 1977 August 18, 1977
Penny and her abusive mother unexpectedly move, which shocks Willona and the kids. When Penny runs away and hides at the Evans household, her mother decides to abandon her.
JJ Image Needed 89 504 (501d) 4 (1d) "The Evans Get Involved: Part 4"
a.k.a. "The Fina1"
Austin Kalish & Irma Kalish Gerren Keith October 5, 1977 August 25, 1977
Willona thinks her chances of adopting Penny are bleak because she's unmarried, so Bookman pretends to be her husband for the interview with the social worker.
JJ Image Needed 90 505 5 "Thelma Moves Out" Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf Gerren Keith October 12, 1977 September 8, 1977
Thelma is anxious to have her own privacy and moves to an apartment that seems more crowded than the one she just left.
JJ Image Needed 91 506 6 "Willona, the Fuzz" Richard Frieman (story & teleplay)
Sid Dorfman (teleplay)
Gerren Keith October 19, 1977 September 15, 1977
Willona's new job goes against her morals, but she decides to put her values on the back burner to earn spare money for Penny's ice skating lessons.
JJ Image Needed 92 507 7 "Wheels" Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf (teleplay)
Bill Freedman & , Al Schwartz (story & teleplay)
Gerren Keith November 2, 1977 September 29, 1977
J.J. and his friends buy a car from Bookman. The problems with the car are not as big as the problem of deciding who gets to drive it next!
JJ Image Needed 93 508 8 "Breaker, Breaker" Elroy Schwartz Gerren Keith November 9, 1977 July 28, 1977
Michael has fun pretending to be J.J. while using a CB radio. But the girl he meets over the airwaves doesn't disclose everything about herself.
JJ Image Needed 94 509 9 "Bye, Bye, Bookman" Robert Wolterstoff & Paul M. Belous Gerren Keith November 16, 1977 October 6, 1977
The deplorable conditions of the building cause the Evanses and Willona to generate a petition to get Bookman fired. Bookman and his wife create their own scheme to stay in the building.
JJ Image Needed 95 510 10 "Thelma's Brief Encounter" Bruce Kalish & Philip John Taylor Gerren Keith December 7, 1977 October 13, 1977
J.J., Michael, and Willona think that Thelma's new boyfriend is married. J.J. uncovers some shocking information.
JJ Image Needed 96 511 11 "Requiem for a Wino" Gordon Mitchell & Lloyd Turner Gerren Keith December 14, 1977 October 20, 1977
Fishbone (guest star Robert Guillaume) 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.
JJ Image Needed 97 512 12 "Penny's Christmas" Robert Stevenson & Rosalind Stevenson Gerren Keith December 21, 1977 December 1, 1977
Penny is desperate to buy Willona a Christmas gift but has no money after her wallet is stolen. Stealing a necklace seems to be her only option, but her actions may land her in foster care.
JJ Image Needed 98 513 13 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" Dan Wilcox & Tom Dunsmuir Gerren Keith January 4, 1978 November 17, 1977
J.J. has to become the father figure of the Evans household when Michael's disinterested attitude about responsibility lands him and Penny in jail for riding in a stolen car.
JJ Image Needed 99 514 14 "Willona's Mr. Right" Laura Levine Gerren Keith January 11, 1978 November 10, 1977
Willona's ex-boyfriend returns to rekindle their romance. But she declines his marriage proposal because his career would cause the family to constantly move. However, Penny feels like a burden and runs away.
JJ Image Needed 100 515 15 "J.J. and the Boss' Daughter" Bob Baublitz & Kevin Hopps (story & teleplay)
Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf (story)
Gerren Keith January 18, 1978 December 8, 1977
When his boss' daughter expresses her attraction for J.J., he decides to pursue a relationship hoping it will put him in favor with the boss.
JJ Image Needed 101 516 16 "Where There's Smoke" Bruce Kalish & Philip John Taylor Gerren Keith January 25, 1978 December 15, 1977
The mystery of the burned sofa cushion is generating various stories. But Penny seems to be the only one who knows what really happened.
JJ Image Needed 102 517 17 "I Had a Dream" Jim Rogers Gerren Keith January 30, 1978 November 3, 1977
J.J. fears that a deserved promotion at work is going to go to a white co-worker. Later that night, J.J. dreams of being a white man.
JJ Image Needed 103 518 18 "The Boarder" Don Segall Gerren Keith February 6, 1978 December 22, 1977
The Evanses get a boarder to help pay the rent. But he's hiding a small secret: he's a witness to a crime and is currently in police protection.
JJ Image Needed 104 519 19 "J.J.'s Condition" Bill Nuss & Dusty Kay Gerren Keith February 13, 1978 January 19, 1978
J.J.'s relationship with a married woman causes him to get an ulcer. His condition worsens when he realizes the soon-to-be divorced woman still lives with her husband.
JJ Image Needed 105 520 20 "Willona, the Other Woman" Michael G. Moye Gerren Keith February 27, 1978 January 26, 1978
Bookman's wife, Violet, suspects him of cheating. When she sees him and Willona together on several occasions, she's convinced they're having an affair.
JJ Image Needed 106 521 21 "Something Old, Something New" Sid Dorfman Gerren Keith March 13, 1978 January 12, 1978
Grandpa Evans comes to visit with his fiance and an idea to make them rich. The plan is derailed when his fiance, Lena, chooses to walk out on him because she feels neglected. Richard Ward guest stars.
JJ Image Needed 107 522 22 "Willona's New Job" Michael G. Moye Gerren Keith March 20, 1978 February 16, 1978
Willona finally gets a promotion at the boutique, but her boyfriend, Frank, wants her to decline the offer and accept his marriage proposal.
JJ Image Needed 108 523 23 "Write On, Thelma" Judi Ann Mason Gerren Keith March 27, 1978 February 9, 1978
Thelma's play is chosen as the production for the neighborhood theater. Her happiness quickly evaporates when she learns that her play will need a complete rewrite.
JJ Image Needed 109 524 24 "That's Entertainment, Evans Style" Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf Gerren Keith April 3, 1978 February 23, 1978
The Evans family produces a neighborhood benefit to raise money for a local day care center.
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