"The Evans Get Involved: Part 1 (a.k.a. Meet Penny)"
Season 5, Episode 1 (1a)
Number (#86) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date August 11, 1977
Air date: September 21, 1977
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Austin Kalish & Irma Kalish
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 501 (501a)
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Cast Information
Starring: Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Janet Jackson
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Johnny Brown
Guest starring: Chip Fields
Ronalda Douglas
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The Evans Get Involved: Part 1 is the first episode of Season 5 of Good Times, and the eighty-sixth overall; it is part of a season opening four-episode story arc. Written by Austin and Irma Kalish, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, originally airing on September 21, 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.


A new neighbor girl, 10-year-old Penny Gordon, becomes friends with Willona and the Evans family. Later, they discover a horrifying secret - that Penny is viciously abused by her mother.

Plot summaryEdit

Season five of Good Times opened with a multipart story, introducing new series regular Janet Jackson. In part one, J.J. Evans (Jimmie Walker) finds that he has been followed home by ten-year-old Penny Gordon (Janet Jackson). Making herself at home in the Evans apartment, Penny arouses the family suspicions with her highly fanciful -- and obviously self-protective -- stories of her own home life. Part one of "The Evans Get Involved" originally aired as a 60-minute "special" episode, which has since been re-edited into two separate half-hours for syndication purposes.

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