Good Times

Season 6 Episode 6

Stomach Mumps

Aired Unknown Oct 14, 1978 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
28 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Willona adamantly refuses to discuss the birds and the bees with Penny especially after Willona learns a 13-year old friend of Penny's is pregnant. This leads Willona to tell Penny, that her friend has stomach mumps and not to go near her.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Willona seems to be dead set on keeping Penny's mind off of sex in any way possible. She explains to Florida her main reason for concern is because Penny's 13-year-old friend is pregnant, but Florida advises Willona to teach Penny about sex the right waymoreless

    Another excellent episode that shows how the Evans' have no problem approaching a difficult subject. Florida insists that Willona tell Penny about sex the accurate way, rather than just forbidding her to go near her pregnant friend, before Penny learns it from the streets. An excellent example of how so many parents need to get themselves past the embarrassment and talk to their kids about sex before something happens, rather than wait until it's too late, as was almost the case with Penny.moreless
  • Tackling a difficult subject (caution, spoilers)

    This is a great episode! Willona finds out that Penny's friend Tina is pregnant, and refuses to talk to Penny about sex. Florida vehemently insists that Willona should talk to Penny before it is too late. Their argument results in the neighbors not talking, and Penny is forbidden to even visit the Evanses. Penny comes over to the Evans's apartment to get some eggs, and reveals that although her mother told her that Tina has the stomach mumps, it looks to her like Tina is pregnant. Just before Florida can tell Penny the truth, Willona discovers Penny there and sends her out.

    While JJ tries to reconcile Willona and Florida, Penny comes running in, her hair mussed - she was almost molested (she went over to a friend's place to get something and the guy there said he wouldn't give whatever it was to her unless she allowed him to...). Luckily she got away, but Willona realizes that she does need to tell Penny the truth about sex and pregnancy, while Florida calls the police about the near-rape.

    This was not schmaltzy and not awkward. Seeing it made me remember how much I loved Good Times and the way they tackled topics that were as relevant back then as they are today.moreless
Ja'net DuBois

Ja'net DuBois

Willona Woods

Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle

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

Jimmie Walker

Jimmie Walker

James "J.J." Evans, Jr.

Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter

Michael Evans

Johnny Brown

Johnny Brown

Nathan Bookman (1977-1979)

Ben Powers

Ben Powers

Keith Anderson (1978-1979)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Florida reminds Willona of how skimpy she used to dress in high school, Willona acts as if high school is such a far time away for Penny. However, Willona says in this episode that Penny is 13, (although that can't be possible since Penny was 9 a year before,) if that is true, then high school would only be about a year away for her.

    • Goof: In this episode, Willona says that Penny is 13 years old. Penny hasn't been living with Willona a whole year by the time this episode was done, and she was just under 10 when Willona first adopted her.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Florida: It's a sad thing when kids have to guess about sex because their parents are too scared to tell them the facts.

    • Florida: What is wrong with that woman? Doesn't she know that every year, 1 million teenaged girls get pregnant in the country?
      J.J.: Imagine how many get pregnant in the city.
      Florida: J.J., of that million, over 10,000 are 14 and under.

    • (Florida to Willona, at the end of their argument)
      Florida: Goodbye Mother Goose, old woman in the shoe! Ain't got but one child and still don't know what to do!

    • Florida: You're not gaining anything by letting Penny run around Chicago thinking that booster shots will keep her stomach down.

    • Florida: You know how J.J. is.
      Willona: Yeah, just like the two kids on the bus. Couldn't have been no more t han Penny's age, they were in the back seat hugging and kissing so fast and furious that if the bus driver put on the brakes, the bus could've coastered through town on pure friction!
      Florida: Well if parents would take the time to educate their kids about sex, they wouldn't have to cheapen it in the backseat of a bus.
      Willona: What parents? They teach sex in school now.
      Michael: They do? I'm going back for my extra credit.
      Florida: Michael!
      Michael: Just jiving, ma, just jiving.
      Florida: (to Willona) It's still the parents' responsibility.

    • Willona:If I tell her about sex, she'll just rush into it.
      Florida: Since when did knowing about sex make kids rush into it? Not knowing about it is the problem.

    • Willona: Penny, go home and wait for me.
      Penny Okay, but I want you to know that it's no fun being by myself all the time. Sometimes I wish I had a baby.

    • (Thelma and Keith are kissing)
      Penny: Why don't I ever see anything like this on Sesame Street?
      Keith: Cuz Big Bird can't pucker.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was videotaped on August 24, 1978.

    • The cast painting at the end of the credits in later episodes featured a group shot taken while the actors were in break filming this episode. Look at the clothes they were wearing, that tells you where that last shot came from.