Good Times

Season 6 Episode 20

A Matter of Mothers

Aired Unknown Jul 18, 1979 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Willona's latest boyfriend, Jeffrey, has been showering her and Penny with extravagant gifts even though they've only been seeing one another for a couple months. Little does Willona know, that he is part of a plan to make Willona look like an unfit mother, a plan engineered by Penny's birth mother.moreless

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  • When Willona's new boyfriend seems too good to be true, it turns out to be more right than she expected, as she learns he's a pawn in the sick game Penny's birth mother is playing in order to get Penny back.moreless

    This episode makes me glad I kept watching the show. One thing I enjoy in a series is character development, and even though Willona was usually on the sidelines, I enjoyed watching her come into her own. When the show started, she just seemed like the typical "goofy next-door neighbor-best friend" that primetime shows tended to spawn for their lead characters. She was single, worked all day and, at times it seemed, partied all night, when she wasn't gabbing with her best friend Florida. It was a pleasure to see her mature when Penny came along, to learn that this party-girl also has a solid heart of gold, not just for the Evans' kids, but for all children, and to see her take a stand to save Penny from her birth mother was a triumph. This episode showed that her love for Penny was true, that she was willing to fight for her, even if it seemed hopeless, and that she had the strength to do the right thing, even when it hurt.moreless
  • Good Times was a realistic show. It showed the flip-side of rich. It showed a family struggling to make it. The things that happen in the show are things we see everyday.moreless

    I like Good Times anyway. This episode was a really good one. We see a little girl express her true feelings. She had grown some since being away from her mother. She no longer feared Ms. Gordon. She was able to stand up to her so to speak. She understood who her real mother was. The whole idea of the party was clever on Ms. Gordon's part. I mean hiring a man to be Wilona's boyfriend was a great idea. Then he just denied the whole realtionship in an instant. He looked so cold. He was ready to see Willona be carted off.

    That had to be the episode to win everyone's heart.moreless
  • Penny's mother is back in the ghetto and is dead set on making Willona look like an unfit mother in order to get Penny back. She claims that times change and people change, but as it's soon revealed, some people never change.moreless

    An excellent episode that shows that some people never change, and also shows as Willona pointed out, money can buy almost everything including lies, deceit and betrayel. In a battle between parents, Willona once again proves herself worthy of being Penny's mother whereas Mrs. Gordon proves she's not fit to be near children. An excellent example of this is when Penny doesn't give her the tape and she tries to hit her again...fortunately this time, Willona's there to stop it before it starts.moreless
Ja'net DuBois

Ja'net DuBois

Willona Woods

Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle

Florida Evans (1974-1977), (1978-1979)

Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter

Michael Evans

Johnny Brown

Johnny Brown

Nathan Bookman (1977-1979)

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Penny Woods (1977-1979)

Rod Perry

Rod Perry


Guest Star

Dave Turner

Dave Turner

Officer Giles

Guest Star

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon

Officer Lawson

Guest Star

Chip Hurd

Chip Hurd

Mrs. Gordon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Willona and Mrs. Gordon are talking, Willona says 'you come barging in here, setting me up like I'm some sort of gangster', but when the tape is played back with their conversation on it, she says 'you come in here like I'm some sort of gangster'.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Penny: (With tears in her eyes) It dosn't matter what you say, it dosn't matter what she says, it dosn't matter what anyone says, I will always love you mom (She says giving Willona a hug).
      Audience: Awwwww. (Applause)

    • Leona Gordon: Didn't you see the look in that kid's eyes? She WANTS to come home with me, it's all those expensive gifts, the tape recorder and the $2500 brass bed. What could you possibly offer to top that?
      Willona: Love, and you?
      Leona Gordon: I'm here aren't I?
      Willona: So's the garbage, it don't make no difference.

    • Florida: Willona what's going on? Who is she?
      Willona: She's Penny's natural birth mother and she had this whole thing pre-arranged.

    • Officer: Come along you two.
      Willona: Can't I just stay here and...
      Officer: I'm afraid not ma'am, you'll have to...
      Willona: Officer! I'm on the 17th floor, what do you think I'm going to do, fly out the window?

    • (the party's being busted by the police, who believe Willona's the head of it)
      Willona: This is a mistake.
      (Mrs. Gordon enters)
      Leona Gordon: That's right, Mrs. Woods, and the mistake seems to have been yours.

    • Michael: You know Sugarfoot?
      Florida: What?
      Michael: He's here with a couple of his ladies.
      Willona: Wait, wait, drugs, hustlers...Jeffrey said these were his friends.
      Florida: Well where did he grow up, on Death Row?

    • Florida: Willona, that woman over there is spiking all your punch.
      Jeffrey: What's the matter with that?
      Florida: With GOLDFISH?

    • Jeff: These are regular down to earth, normal, everyday people.
      Willona: Yeah, if everyday was Halloween.

    • Willona: Jeffrey, there are people here who don't know WHO they are, letalone WHERE they are, and that guy Worm has enough drugs on him to turn on Mount Rushmore!

    • (Penny offers Mrs. Gordon the tape recorder)
      Penny: Here, take it.
      Willona: Penny, baby, we need that for evidence.
      Penny: It doesn't matter! (starting to cry) No matter what the court says, no matter what she says, no matter what anyone says, I'll always be with you, Mama!

    • Willona: You know this proves that money can buy almost everything, lies, deceit, deception. Look, you get your actor and your props out of here before I break your neck.
      Leona Gordon: You're not serious.
      Willona: Oh yes I am, serious as suicide.

    • Willona: Your plan ain't going to work because I have too many people to back me up. People at my church, people where I work, and people in this whole neighborhood.
      Leona Gordon: And I have 2 policemen, pictures, and a dozen witnesses who will swear you were throwing a wild party in the presence of a minor. Add an upscale lawyer to that and you tell me who the judge is going to believe.

    • (After Mrs. Gordon tries to hit Penny because she wouldn't hand over the tape recorder)
      Willona: Now, are you going to tell me that all your violence is still in the past?

    • Willona: That child wakes up at night screaming thinking your abuse, the beatings, the bruises, the cuts, the burns with the hot iron. She ain't gonna forget it. You remember it, I remember it, I hope to God that one day she can finally forget.

    • Mrs. Gordon: She is not your daughter.
      Willona: She is too my daughter.
      Penny: Momma?
      Willona/Mrs. Gordon: Yes? What?

  • NOTES (5)