"Where There's Smoke"
Season 5, Episode 16
Number (#101) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date December 15, 1977
Air date: January 25, 1978
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Bruce Kalish & Philip John Taylor
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 516
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Cast Information
Starring: Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Janet Jackson
Johnny Brown
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Brenda Sykes
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Where There's Smoke is the sixteenth episode of Season 5  of Good Times and the 101st episode overall. Written by Bruce Kalish and Philip John Taylor, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, first airing on January 25, 1978.


The mystery of the burned sofa cushion is generating various stories. But Penny seems to be the only one who knows what really happened.


Willona visits the Evans while Florida is out, and she smells smoke. The couch cushion is almost thoroughly burnt. JJ, Michael, and Thelma each have different stories as to how the couch caught fire.

Plot summaryEdit

It's "Rashomon" time when the couch in the Evans living room catches fire. Under the baleful glare of Willona (Ja'net DuBois), each of the Evans kids -- J.J. (Jimmie Walker), Thelma (BernNadette Stanis), and Michael (Ralph Carter) -- has a different story as to what caused the conflagration. But only Willona's adopted daughter, Penny (Janet Jackson), knows the whole truth.

Guest starringEdit


J.J.: One good thing did come out of all of this.
Willona: What's that?
J.J.: We got rid of all Thelma's soup!
Mandy (to Thelma): That casserole smell delicious. What is your secret ingredient?
Thelma: Powdered chicken lips!

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