"The Evans Get Involved: Part 3 (a.k.a. Meet Penny)"
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)
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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
Kathleen Doyle
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The Evans Get Involved: Part 3 is the third episode of Season 5 of Good Times, , and the eighty-eight overall. It is part of a season opening four-episode story arc. Written by Gprdpm Mitchell and Lloyd Turner, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, originally airing on September 28, 1977.


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.

Plot summaryEdit

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.

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