|Good Times: Season Six|
|Good Times Season 6 DVD Cover.|
Good Times: Season 6 episodesEdit
This page lists the episode which aired in the sixth and final season of Good Times.
The series had a new character enter the picture, in Keith Anderson, a collegiate football star who was recently drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears, whom Thelma began dating, and then began courting, as it's depicted in the season opening episode "Florida's Homecoming: Part 1", which was part of a four-episode story; Ben Powers joined the cast and assumed the role. Esther Rolle, who had played the role of Florida Evans, who had left the series at the end of Season 4 because of creative differences with the producer, Norman Lear, over the direction the series was going in, as well as character development, had a change of heart and decided to return to the series.
Janet Jackson, who played the part of Penny, who had went from a recurring character early the previous season to a main character, began to be seen in the opening credits in Season 6. A total of 24 episodes were aired, beginning with the first of the four episode story arc "Florida's Homecoming", which aired on September 16, 1978. The final episode that aired was the episode "Cousin Raymond", in which Calvin Lockhart guest starred as Raymond Brown, Florida's professional gambler cousin. The episode, which was taped on February 22, 1979, aired in January 30, 1980. Actually, the last episode taped was the episode "The End of The Rainbow", where good fortune seemed to spread throughout the Evans' clan, and over to Willona, as they are all able to move out of the projects. The episode was taped on August 1, 1979.
Season 6 (1978–1979) Edit
|# in series||Prod. Code||# in season||Title||Written by||Directed by||Original air date||Tape date|
|110||601||1||"Florida's Homecoming: Part 1"||Michael S. Baser, Kim Weiskopf, & Norman Paul||Gerren Keith||September 16, 1978||July 27, 1978|
|Thelma is in love with Keith, a promising football player who's signing a million dollar contract to play for the Chicago Bears. After he proposes marriage, Thelma calls her mother in Arizona to get her permission.|
|111||602||2||"Florida's Homecoming: Part 2"|| Joseph Bonaduce (teleplay / story)|
Sid Dorfman (teleplay)
Norman Paul (story)
|Gerren Keith||September 16, 1978||July 27, 1978|
|Florida moves back home to help plan the wedding, but Thelma's wedding jitters are getting too much for her to handle. To make matters worse, J.J. gets fired.|
|112||603||3||"Florida's Homecoming: Part 3 (The Wedding)"|| Sid Dorfman & Wayne Kline (teleplay) |
Norman Paul (story)
|Gerren Keith||September 23, 1978||August 3, 1978|
|J.J. turns to a loan shark, Sweet Daddy Williams, to get the money to pay for Thelma's wedding. The beautiful ceremony ends with Keith breaking his leg.|
|113||604||4||"Florida's Homecoming: Part 4 (United We Stand)"|| Joseph Bonaduce & Bruce Howard (teleplay / story) |
Norman Paul (story)
|Gerren Keith||September 30, 1978||August 10, 1978|
|Keith's broken leg causes him to lose his million dollar football contract. As a result, Thelma and Keith must live in the Evanses' apartment. And J.J. is faced with a dilemma when Sweet Daddy Williams comes to collect on his loan.|
|114||605||5||"Florida Gets a Job"||Michael G. Moye||Gerren Keith||October 7, 1978||August 31, 1978|
|J.J. and Florida are not having much luck looking for employment. She comes across a want ad for a school bus driver, but her chances seem slim when Alderman Fred Davis' relative applies for the same job.|
|115||606||6|| "Stomach Mumps"|
a.k.a. Penny and the Facts of Life
|Michael G. Moye||Gerren Keith||October 14, 1978||August 24, 1978|
|Willona discovers that Penny's 13-year old friend is pregnant. Instead of telling her the truth, Willona tells Penny to stay away from her friend because she has the "stomach mumps."|
|116||607||7|| "J.J. the Teacher"|
a.k.a. J.J.'s Favorite Student
|Mark Fink||Gerren Keith||October 21, 1978||September 14, 1978|
|J.J. meets a young student who wants art lessons. Though J.J. offers to teach for free, the boy's father refuses to let him study with J.J.|
|117||608||8||"Michael's Decision"||Gene Farmer||Gerren Keith||November 8, 1978||September 21, 1978|
|Michael decides to move out of the apartment to have more freedom. Florida doesn't want him to leave and has a fit when she discovers he plans to have a white girl as a roommate.|
|118||609||9||"J.J. and the Plumber's Helper"||Michael G. Moye||Gerren Keith||December 2, 1978||October 12, 1978|
|J.J.'s ex-girlfriend is visiting and plans an expensive night of romance. J.J. can't pay for the evening because he just lost his job.|
|119||610||10||"The Witness"||Joseph Bonaduce (teleplay) & Bruce Howard (teleplay / story)||Gerren Keith||December 9, 1978||September 28, 1978|
|J.J. witnesses a car accident between Keith and Savannah, Sweet Daddy Williams' girlfriend. Though it was clearly Savannah's fault, Sweet Daddy forces J.J. to keep his mouth shut, regardless of Keith's injuries.|
|120||611||11||"The Snow Storm"||Len Riley & Bud Slocumb||Gerren Keith||December 13, 1978||November 16, 1978|
|Florida gets stuck in a snow storm with a bus full of kids. They must find shelter in an abandoned building to avoid freezing to death.|
|121||612||12|| "The Traveling Christmas"|
a.k.a. Christmas in a Cab
| Sid Dorfman (story) |
Wayne Kline & Norman Paul (teleplay)
|Gerren Keith||December 20, 1978||November 23, 1978|
|It's Christmas, but Keith's boss won't give him the night off. The Evanses decide to have a party at the taxi-cab company with singing, impersonations and Santa making a visit.|
|122||513||13||"House Hunting"||Gene Farmer||Gerren Keith||January 3, 1979||October 19, 1978|
|The Evanses decide to buy a house, but have difficulty convincing the bank manager to give them a loan.|
|123||614||14||"Florida's Favorite Passenger: Part 1"||Michael G. Moye||Gerren Keith||May 23, 1979||October 26, 1978|
|Florida realizes that a young boy on her school bus has difficulty hearing. But the boy's mother has difficulty believing Florida.|
|124||615||15||"Florida's Favorite Passenger: Part 2"||Michael G. Moye||Gerren Keith||May 30, 1979||November 9, 1978|
|Florida realizes that a young boy on her school bus has difficulty hearing.|
|125||616||16||"Blood Will Tell"||Anthony Bonaduce & Celia Bonaduce||Gerren Keith||June 6, 1979||January 18, 1979|
|Sweet Daddy Williams (Theodore Wilson) needs a blood transfusion and the only one who can help is J.J. In spite of his reluctance, Sweet Daddy's thugs grab J.J. from his apartment and take him to the hospital.|
|126||617||17||"Where Have All the Doctors Gone?"||Carmen Finestra (story) Mark Fink & Julia Ann Mason (teleplay)||Gerren Keith||June 13, 1979||February 15, 1979|
|Penny gets sick while Willona is out of town and Florida takes her to the free clinic. The out-of-touch doctor has difficulty relating to the people in the inner-city and threatens to leave in the midst of a neighborhood health crisis.|
|127||618||18||"J.J. and T.C."||Mark Fink & Wayne Kline||Gerren Keith||June 20, 1979||March 8, 1979|
|Bookman's assistant has a crush on J.J., but he only thinks of her as a tomboy - until he sees her provocatively dressed at a local bar.|
|128||619||19|| "The Physical"|
a.k.a. Florida's Physical
|Len Riley & Bud Slocumb||Gerren Keith||July 11, 1979||January 25, 1979|
Florida must pass a physical in order to keep her bus driving job. Instead of resting the night before, she must deal with mayhem when Michael gets arrested.
Guest Star: Kim Fields
|129||620||20||"A Matter of Mothers"||Michael G. Moye & Jacqueline Henken||Gerren Keith||July 18, 1979||February 1, 1979|
Someone is trying to make Willona look like an unfit mother.
Guest star: Chip Fields as Ms. Gordon, Penny's mother.
|130||621||21||"The End of the Rainbow"||Mark Fine & Wayne Kline||Gerren Keith||August 1, 1979||March 1, 1979|
A whirlwind of good fortune hits the Evans household when Keith is offered another football contract, J.J. gets a job at a comedy company and Willona moves to the same fancy apartment building as Keith, Thelma and Florida.
|131||622||22||"The Evans' Dilemma"||Michael G. Moye (teleplay) & Cecil M. Brown (teleplay & story)||Gerren Keith||September 18, 1979||December 14, 1978|
Keith is acting very bizarre, but his odd behavior has little to do with stress from looking for work. No one knows he's hiding a bad drinking problem.
|132||623||23||"The Art Contest"||Joseph Bonaduce||Gerren Keith||December 13, 1979||December 21, 1978|
J.J. has entered an art contest he's sure to win. But when he forgets his art portfolio, he relies on Bookman to bring it to the contest. After winning first prize, J.J. realizes that he entered the wrong painting.
|133||624||24||"Cousin Raymond"||Bill Duke & Walter Smith||Gerren Keith||January 30, 1980||February 22, 1979|
Florida's cousin Raymond visits bringing lavish gifts for everyone. But when Florida discovers how Raymond came into the money, she refuses to accept the three bedroom apartment he gives her.
Guest star: Calvin Lockhart as Raymond Wilson, Florida's cousin.
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