"Stomach Mumps (a.k.a. "Penny and the Facts of Life")"
Season 6, Episode 6
Number (#115) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date August 24, 1978
Air date: October 14, 1978
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Michael G. Moye
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 606
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Johnny Brown
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Janet Jackson
Ben Powers
Guest starring: None
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Stomach Mumps is the sixth episode of Season 6 of Good Times, and also 115th episode overall. Written by Michael G. Moye, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, first airing on October 14, 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."


When Willona learns that one of Penny's friends is pregnant, she explains the situation to the 11-year-old - that her friend has a case of the 'stomach mumps'. Florida urges Willona to tell Penny the truth, putting a strain on the rekindled friendship.

Plot summaryEdit

Willona (Ja'net DuBois) faces a crisis when her adopted daughter, Penny (Janet Jackson), begins asking questions about one of her 13-year-old girl friends. It seems that the girl has gotten herself pregnant, and Penny wants to know what's causing her friend's abdominal swelling. Unwilling to explain the facts of life, Willona comes up with a beauty of a whopper: Penny's chum, it seems, has a bad case of "stomach mumps."

Guest starringEdit

No guests appeared in this episode.


Florida: It's a sad thing when kids have to guess about sex because their parents are too scared to tell them the facts.
Willona (about Penny): If I tell her about sex, she'll just rush into it.
Florida: Since when did knowing about sex make kids rush into it? Not knowing about it is the problem.
Florida (to Willona): You're not gaining anything by letting Penny run around Chicago thinking that booster shots will keep her stomach down.

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