Good Times - Season 3

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  • The Rent Party
    The Rent Party
    Episode 24
    3/2/76
    9.0
    While J.J. is in St. Louis at an art show, the Evans family decides to hold a rent party to help out Wanda, a neighbor in the building, whose electricity has just been turned off. However, the party may come to a quick halt when the heartless building superintendent, Nathan Bookman catches wind of it. Meanwhile, Michael, Thelma, Willona and Florida all prepare to provide entertainment during the party.moreless
  • The Break Up
    The Break Up
    Episode 23
    2/24/76
    8.3
    Thelma's fiance's idea of romance is taking her to a basketball game but that is the least of her worries after he gets a big break in California leaving her with two options, stay with her family in Chicago or move to California with her fiance. Florida tries to calm a furious James and insists that it's time to let Thelma make her own decisions.moreless
  • Florida the Woman
    Florida the Woman
    Episode 22
    2/17/76
    8.7
    After a morning of being taken granted for by her children and her husband, Florida decides to take her boss up on a lunch invitation. This eventually leads to a confrontation with a jealous James.
  • J.J. in Trouble
    J.J. in Trouble
    Episode 21
    2/3/76
    8.0
    When James and Florida go out of town for a family wedding, the children are left at home alone and J.J. soon begins acting like a dictator. And Thelma and Michael argue at J.J and Wilona stop them for agrue. However, J.J. is in for a shock when he receives bad news that he has given VD to an ex-girlfriend. This leads an embarrassed J.J. to debate on whether or not to visit a free clinic for treatment.moreless
  • The Investigation
    The Investigation
    Episode 20
    1/27/76
    8.7
    The family is being investigated by the FBI because they are suspected to be security risks due to Michael doing research about and communicating with a Communist country for a term paper. However, the investigating leads to James losing his job and J.J. suspects this is also the reason why he got fired from his job at the Chicken Shack.moreless
  • Sweet Daddy Williams
    1/20/76
    8.4
    J.J. has been commissioned by a number's runner, Sweet Daddy Williams, to paint the portrait of his girlfriend, Savannah. In return, J.J. will get his own "one man show." However, pretty soon, Sweet Daddy's influence becomes too much for Florida and James to take and try to encourage J.J. to turn Sweet Daddy's offers down. But soon, things take a turn, when Savannah gets a look at J.J.'s painting of her.moreless
  • J.J.'s Fiancee (2)
    J.J.'s Fiancee (2)
    Episode 18
    1/13/76
    8.1
    After their parents sternly refuse the notion of J.J. and Diana marrying, Diana decides to run off to Indiana and elope with J.J. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Thelma makes two shocking discoveries, first while at the prom she realizes that J.J. and Diana never showed up and second she somehow switched purses with Diana and discovers that she has a drug problem and number for the supplier.moreless
  • J.J.'s Fiancee (1)
    J.J.'s Fiancee (1)
    Episode 17
    1/6/76
    8.1
    J.J. and his girlfriend, Diana, are getting serious and the topic of marriage comes up, something which both J.J. and Diana both want. However, both of their parents are totally against the notion. Meanwhile, Diana has been acting strange, she steals money from her mother and a ring from a jewelry store, but it turns out that this is just a means to support a hidden drug problem.moreless
  • A Place to Die
    A Place to Die
    Episode 16
    12/30/75
    8.6
    An elderly man that Michael befriended stops by the Evans' apartment just prior to the New Years celebration and knowing that he only has a little time left, decides that this would be the best place to pass on, surrounded by a loving family and friends. Meanwhile, James is out of town while taking a temporary job and gets snowbound causing him to miss the New Years festivities.moreless
  • The Family Tree
    The Family Tree
    Episode 15
    12/23/75
    9.2
    Thelma researches her family tree for a school project and discovers James's father is very much alive and living in the Chicago area. However, when James learns that Thelma has invited him as a surprise for his birthday, he refuses to see him. This leads Florida to discover the truth as to why James lied about his father still being alive.moreless
  • Cleatus (a.k.a.) Cousin Cleatus
    12/16/75
    8.4
    A bank robbery in Atlanta has the FBI showing up at the Evans' apartment to question Florida since her nephew, Cleatus is the prime suspect. Things get tense, when Cleatus arrives at the apartment with a briefcase full of money and wanting a place to stay. Meanwhile, a new stereo that Florida has won, causes a power outage whenever the family uses it.moreless
  • 12/9/75
    8.5
    Thelma brings home a friend who she is tutoring in French and instantly J.J. is smitten. J.J. goes all out trying to impress her, however, when she rejects him he quickly loses all of his confidence and slips into a depression.
  • The Mural
    Episode 12
    12/2/75
    9.0
    Thelma comes home with great news that she won a college scholarship, but is short of funds by $200. Meanwhile, J.J. is commissioned by a bank to paint a mural and in return will receive $250 and agrees to give her the money she needs. However, the bank is reluctant to pay after seeing the finished product.moreless
  • Florida's Protest
    Episode 11
    11/25/75
    8.8
    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.
  • Willona's Dilemma
    Episode 10
    11/11/75
    8.6
    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.moreless
  • The Politicians
    Episode 9
    11/4/75
    6.8
    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.moreless
  • Michael's Big Fall
    Episode 8
    10/28/75
    8.7
    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.
  • The Baby
    Episode 7
    10/21/75
    8.0
    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.moreless
  • The Weekend
    Episode 6
    10/14/75
    8.4
    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.moreless
  • 10/7/75
    8.2
    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.
  • Love in the Ghetto
    Episode 4
    9/30/75
    8.4
    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.
  • Operation Florida
    Episode 3
    9/23/75
    8.1
    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.moreless
  • The Family Gun
    Episode 2
    9/16/75
    9.2
    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.moreless
  • A Real Cool Job
    Episode 1
    9/9/75
    8.7
    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.moreless
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