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  • Florida's Protest

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    S 3 : Ep 11 - 11/25/75

    Florida and James become outraged when the kids get a touch of food poisoning after eating meat from the local supermarket. She organizes a group of concerned citizens and they boycott the market. The protest gets effective results, but not before Florida experiences her first trip to jail.

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  • Willona's Dilemma

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    S 3 : Ep 10 - 11/11/75

    When J.J. brings home Walter, a man from his art class, he hits it off with Willona. Despite the fact that he's deaf, he and Willona begin a relationship one that Willona thinks is headed for the alter and she is unsure of how to tell him that she's not interested in marrying him without making him think that him being deaf is the reason.

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  • The Politicians

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    S 3 : Ep 9 - 11/4/75

    A feud erupts in the Evans' household when James and J.J. take the side of Alderman Fred Davis during his attempt at a re-election while Florida, Thelma and Willona take the side of his young opponent. It seems Davis is a shyster who gets nothing done in the neighborhood, which is why she can't believe James would back such a loser.

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  • Michael's Big Fall

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    S 3 : Ep 8 - 10/28/75

    When James is out of town, Florida and her brother Wilbert are left to deal with a troubled Michael. His cutting classes, getting into fights at school and low grades are all warning signs that lead Florida to make an appointment to see Michael's teacher.

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  • The Baby

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 10/21/75

    While James is out of town, Florida and the kids throw a baby shower for a friend, Loretta. However, the joyous occasion is dampened when Loretta announces her plans of giving the baby up for adoption. Meanwhile, while Florida, Thelma and Willona go out shopping, Loretta goes into labor, leaving J.J. and Michael panicking.

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  • The Weekend

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 10/14/75

    A friend of James' gives him permission to use his cabin to celebrate his and Florida's 20th wedding anniversary. However, the trick is trying to get Florida to stop worrying about the kids. Meanwhile, while James and Florida are away, J.J. takes over the household by force and acts like a dictator.

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  • Florida's Rich Cousin

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 10/7/75

    Florida plans on borrowing money from her cousin to help pay some unexpected bills. James's pride stands in the way causing him to storm out to a bar, leaving Florida to learn about the shocking news about her seemingly wealthy cousin by herself.

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  • Love in the Ghetto

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 9/30/75

    Thelma has great news, she's engaged to her latest boyfriend, but she's nervous about breaking the news to James and Florida. Later, her opinion of great news differs greatly with her parents who hit the roof after learning this, and in a surprise move, J.J. is on Thelma's side.

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  • Operation Florida

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 9/23/75

    Florida has had a pain in her side for the last two weeks but doesn't want to see a doctor out of fear of the cost. However, when James learns of her dilemma he decides to pay any cost for Florida's treatment, even after he learns she has to have a gallbladder operation.

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  • The Family Gun

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 9/16/75

    It seems crime has been at an all time high in the neighborhood, causing the Evans family to take extra precautions, like for instance, installing extra locks on their doors. However, James has taken a step that Florida and the kids aren't ready for, he has bought a gun. Later, when the gun disappears, all hell breaks loose, as James tears the apartment apart, looking for it.

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  • A Real Cool Job

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 9/9/75

    After taking some courses at a trade school, James has graduated and now has a chance at getting better paying jobs. However, James soon, finds that he's still in the same old situation, of having a hard time finding work period. So, when he is finally offered a job, he accepts it despite the fact that there is one catch, it's in Alaska.

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  • Enlistment, The

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    S 2 : Ep 22 - 3/4/75

    While Florida is away in Cleveland for a family funeral, the Evans' family is hit with a double dose of unemployment blues after both James and J.J. lose their jobs. James' boss at Brady's puts him on a temporary lay-off and the movie theatre where J.J. works is closing down. Wanting to support his family, J.J. decides to join the U.S. Army.

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  • My Girl, Henrietta

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    S 2 : Ep 21 - 2/25/75

    Florida thinks it's strange that she has never met the often talked about Henrietta, J.J.'s girlfriend. So when she calls the Evans home, Florida invites her over for dinner. Meanwhile, J.J. makes an announcement that he has been thinking of asking Henrietta to marry him. This sends shockwaves through the Evans household, but things really get touchy when Henrietta shows up at the door, pregnant.

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  • The Houseguest

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    S 2 : Ep 20 - 2/18/75

    A childhood friend of James' arrives for a visit and quickly his gambling problem becomes an Evans family problem when two hoods show up looking for him to pay off a $5000 debt. Meanwhile, with a houseguest, J.J., Michael and James must learn to share the pull out couch in the living room.

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  • The Dinner Party

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    S 2 : Ep 19 - 2/11/75

    An elderly resident of the projects appears to be living on pet food after Michael takes out her garbage. The Evans family's attempt to do something for her is complicated when she brings a meat loaf to dinner and the kids suspect it is made from dog food.

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  • Lionel the Playboy

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 2/8/75

    Lionel's new wealthy lifestyle begins to have an effect on him and a carefree attitude begins to be seen by his family. He stays out all night every night and begins to cut class. He soon begins to debate on whether or not to drop out of college, something that Louise, George and Jenny are adamantly against.moreless
  • The Debutante Ball

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    S 2 : Ep 18 - 2/4/75

    J.J. is enchanted with his new girlfriend, Clarissa, and is all set to take her to a ritzy debutante ball. However, Clarissa has come to the Evans' apartment with some bad news, her parents won't let her go with J.J., citing that they think she's too good for him.

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  • The Family Business

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    S 2 : Ep 17 - 1/21/75

    Realizing his mechanical skills, Florida suggests that James open a fix-it shop but when they go to the bank, they're turned down for a loan. This leads James to set up shop right in the apartment, despite a clause in the lease and pretty soon Bookman begins nosing around trying to put an end to the family business.

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  • The Nude

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    S 2 : Ep 16 - 1/14/75

    A woman, known in the projects as the "Wiggler" asks J.J. to paint a nude portrait of her as a birthday gift for her husband. However, Florida has a hard time understanding why a woman would pose in the nude and why she has to pose in the Evans' apartment. Meanwhile, Florida is also not too happy that James is taking such a liking to "the Wiggler."

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  • Florida's Big Gig

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    S 2 : Ep 14 - 12/31/74

    James is sure he's going to get a sales position at a department store but when he brings Florida along on the interview he is in for a big surprise, the supervisor would rather hire Florida rather then him. It seems the supervisor would "kill two birds with one stone" hiring a African American woman.

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  • Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 12/10/74

    Cousin Naomi is visiting the Evans' for the Christmas season and the whole time she has been there, has been time spent in the bathroom. However, her visit is not a happy one for Thelma, who discovers that Naomi is hiding a serious drinking problem. Meanwhile, the rest of the Evans family prepares for holiday festivities.

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  • The Windfall

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 12/3/74

    James finds a bag of robbery loot adding up to $27,000. After some coaxing from Florida, James decides to turn it in. However, what Florida doesn't know is that there was $29,000 in the bag and James kept the other $2000 and James has no regrets especially after the only reward he was given was a $50 gift certificate for the supermarket.

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  • Florida, the Matchmaker

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 11/26/74

    A wedding has Florida realizing that Willona is the only friend of hers left that isn't married. So this leads Florida to try her hand at matchmaking, and matches her with Duane, friend of James'. However, Florida is a little crestfallen, when Duane leaves the wedding early, claiming he doesn't feel well and she thinks her matchmaking plans have failed, that is until they arrive the next day at the Evans door, together.

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  • Thelma's Young Man

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 10/15/74

    Thelma's been seeing the same man for two months and hasn't introduced him to the family yet. However, when she comes home with an engagement ring, Florida and James demand that they meet him and they are in for a surprise when they finally do.

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