| 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)|
|IMDB||The Evans Get Involved: Part 1 (a.k.a. Meet Penny)|
Bern Nadette Stanis
|Guest starring:||Chip Fields|
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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.
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.