"The End of the Rainbow"
Season 6, Episode 21
Number (#130) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date March 1, 1979
Air date: August 1, 1979
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Michael G. Moye & Jacqueline Henken
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 621
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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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The End of the Rainbow was the 21st episode of Season 6 of Good Times, also the 130th overall series episode. Written by Michael G. Moye and Jacqueline Henken, the episode, which was originally scheduled to serve as the series finale, was directed by Gerren Keith; it aired on CBS-TV on August 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.


J.J. creates and sells the character "Dyno-Woman" to a comic book publisher (modeled after Thelma). J.J. is getting his own "pad" too. Thelma announces she's pregnant, just in time too, for her husband Keith has learned he can play pro football again because his injured knee has completely mended. He'll also be signing with a major NFL team. Neighbor Wilona becones the head buyer at the boutique she works in and gets a raise in her salary that will allow her and daughter Penny to move from the projects. Michael,already in college,decides to move out and live on campus and continue his education. Thelma and Keith will be living in a great apartment in North Chicago but insist that Florida come live with them to help care for Thelma's baby. In great co-incidence,it turns out the building they're moving into is the exact same one Wilona and Penny will also live in and is right upstairs from Willona's! Florida & Wilona laugh and cheer at this wonderful news and end the series with a hug.

Plot summaryEdit

In what was originally intended to be the conclusion of Good Times six-season run, this episode has one of the most outlandishly "happy" endings in sitcom history. On the first wedding anniversary of Thelma (BernNadette Stanis) and Keith (Ben Powers), Thelma's brother J.J. (Jimmie Walker) receives word that he has landed a high-paying job with a comic book company. Even better, Keith's injured knee miraculously heals, enabling him to accept a six-figure contract with the Chicago Bears. And upon moving into Thelma and Keith's luxurious new apartment, Thelma's mom, Florida (Esther Rolle), is thrilled beyond words to discover that she didn't have to leave her old friend and neighbor Willona (Ja'net DuBois) behind in the ghetto after all!

Guest starringEdit

No guest stars appeared in this episode.