| Season 5, Episode 3 (1c) |
Number (#88) in series (133 episodes)
|Tape date||August 18, 1977|
|Air date:||September 28, 1977|
|Network/Country:||CBS-TV / United States|
|Written by:||Gordon Mitchell & Lloyd Turner|
|Directed by:||Gerren Keith|
|Production code:||503 (501c)|
|IMDB||The Evans Get Involved: Part 3 (a.k.a. Meet Penny)|
Bern Nadette Stanis
|Guest starring:||Chip Fields|
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Penny and her abusive mother unexpectedly move, which shocks Willona and the kids. When Penny runs away and hides at the Evans household, her mother decides to abandon her.
Willona becomes heartsick with worry about Penny's apparent fate ... when she turns up at the Evanses' apartment. She's run away from home, and this time, her mother doesn't want her back.
In part three of Good Times' fifth-season opener "The Evans Get Involved" (originally telecast as part two), the Evans children and Willona (Ja'net DuBois) are saddened when ten-year-old Penny (Janet Jackson) and her abusive single mother Mrs. Gordon (Chip Hurd) disappear. Sadness turns to surprise when they discover that Penny is hiding in the Evans apartment. Angrily admitting that she no longer uphold her maternal duties, Penny's mom abandons her -- leading Willona to consider adopting the girl herself.