Good Times

Season 1 Episode 4

God's Business is Good Business

Aired Unknown Mar 01, 1974 on CBS
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God's Business is Good Business
An old friend of James, who is now a shady televangelist, stops by the Evans apartment and offers James a job that would pay $100 a day. James is set to take it, however, Florida is dead set against James accepting the job, believing the job goes against his morals and values.moreless

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  • In many ways a typical episode, good ambiguity in message, not a ton of laughs for me.

    James is tempted to join the retinue of an old friend - who's now a sleazy televangelist.

    One of the things about "Good Times" for me is not that the episodes were that hilarious, 9 out of 10 times, the opening scene plays for the most laughs, with the writers front-loading the stories to give J.J. as many lines as possible before settling into the "issue" of the week.

    The reverend (played by the melodious-tongued Roscoe Lee Brown) is sufficiently oily in his pandering, Willona has the better of the verbal exchanges in this episode, and Florida is wise, skeptical, and cautious. This really is a simple story overall, full of the idea that all isn't what one would hope and that there is usually a con man behind every plan. Though James is an old friend, he seems a bit over-anxious to drop everything to go on the road with the "holy roller".

    Perhaps what works the best for this episode and many others of "Good Times" is an ambiguous ending. The characters live in the projects and can't really affect events around them - they just make the best choices possible as the world carries on. The show finishes with a scene of the reverend on television, continuing his fraud as usual.moreless
John Amos

John Amos

James Evans (1974-1976)

Ja'net DuBois

Ja'net DuBois

Willona Woods

Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter

Michael Evans

Jimmie Walker

Jimmie Walker

James "J.J." Evans, Jr.

Bern Nadette Stanis

Bern Nadette Stanis

Thelma Evans Anderson

Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle

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

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rev. Sam: Ah, Honest James, married. I'll be damned.
      Florida: In due time.

    • [After discovering that the healing of the man in a wheelchair at the revival is fake, J.J. puts on an impromptu audition]
      J.J.: What do you say, Rev? I got a gig?
      Rev. Sam: What do you say, James? There's always room on God's train for one more.
      James: You can make that room for two more, Sam. 'Cause he ain't going and I ain't going.
      Rev. Sam: James, you're passing up a golded opportunity.
      James: Sam, they don't print enough money to make me ruin my son's life.
      J.J.: Come on Dad, RUIN ME!

    • Willona: Maybe you can get in the movies. I can see the title now "Blackula gets Religion". That way, you get the blood and the bucks.

    • Florida: It says so right in the Bible, 'The day will come when the lion will lay down with the lamb.'
      James: Yeah, but only the lion gonna get back up!

    • (After Rev. Sam preached)
      Florida: That was good! Now let's see you do Geraldine!

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    • Florida: That was good! Now let's see you do Geraldine.

      Geraldine was one of many characters portrayed on the Flip Wilson Show, by Flip Wilson.