Good Times

Getting Up the Rent

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 2/22/74
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  • Episode Description
  • With an eviction notice over their heads, the Evans family scrambles to come up with $74 dollars needed for their rent. Despite Florida's opinion, James goes down to the pool hall to try to hustle some money; J.J. comes up with a scheme of his own and Florida and Willona go down to the welfare office.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Amos

    James Evans (1974-1976)

  • Ja'net DuBois

    Willona Woods

  • Ralph Carter

    Michael Evans

  • Jimmie Walker

    James "J.J." Evans, Jr.

  • Bern Nadette Stanis

    Thelma Evans Anderson

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Sometimes referenced as the first episode of Good Times - The Evans Family is threated with the possibility of eviction and must find a way to get the needed rent money by day's end.

    By LainiTiye, Jul 18, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Thelma: Who was you yellin' at in the hallway? Michael: Eric. Me and him was playin' "Cops and Militants." Thelma: So? Michael: He kept makin' me the cop!

    • Thelma: Are we going to get help from Daddy? Florida: Not the Father you're thinking of. (turns to their picture of Jesus) Lord, we need Your help.

    • (Thelma's pretended to faint to stall the repossession men) J.J.: The poor child ain't had anything to eat for 2 weeks except for some bad oatmeal. Thelma: Where am I? J.J.: Marshall Fields...the poor child's delirious, she thinks she's in Marshall Fields.

    • Florida: That was the same Monty who said that Nixon was going to be poor folks best friend!

    • (To the Hustler at the Welfare Office) Willona: Jive Turkey. You ain't got a pot or a window.

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode was videotaped on January 7, 1974.

    • This was the third episode to air, however it was the first episode videotaped and considered the pilot of the series.

    • Hal Williams is better known as Lester Jenkins on the NBC sitcom, 227. This is his first of two, unrelated appearances on Good Times. He can also be seen in season six's "J.J. the Teacher."

    • Some resources list this as the first episode to have aired. According to TV Guide, it didn't air until February 22, 1974.

    Trivia (4)

    • In this episode's opening credits, Bernnadette Stanis is credited as simply "Bern Nadette."

    • At the episode's start, watch Michael try not to laugh as he talks to Thelma in the kitchen.

    • Michael recieved bulletins from several organizations including CORE(Congress of Racial Equality) and SNCC(Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).

    • It is strange that James had to knock to be let into his own home, but later, Willona just walks right in.

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