Good Times

Season 6 Episode 6

Stomach Mumps

Aired Unknown Oct 14, 1978 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • 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.
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