One of a few episodes that ends with no applause from the studio audience.
Florida: (reading a telegram) We regret to inform you that your husband, James Evans, was (voice breaking) killed in an auto...(unable to finish reading it)(/em>
(reading the telegrams)
J.J.: Hope you always have room for me in your heart, and on your couch in your new home, signed Grandpa.
J.J.: M-I-Crooked letter-Crooked letter-I-Crooked letter-Crooked letter-I-Humpback-Humpback-I.
Florida: You know, It would be so sad if we were on the way to Mississippi, we saw some brothers and sisters coming up to Chicago, and we were telling each other "go Back, Go Back"!
This season-opener was videotaped on July 15, 1976.
J.J enters the scene wearing a fake bald cap.
It was reported on an E! True Hollywood Special about Norman Lear productions that this script was initially drafted for All in the Family when they were having problems with Carroll O'Connor and considered killing his character off. Since the problems with O'Connor were worked out, they adjusted the script to suit Good Times and use it kill off James Evans.
In an interesting sign of the times, Michael, who in previous years didn't really like girls, shows that he is maturing when he develops his first crush on a neighborhood girl.
This episode was videotaped on July 15, 1976.
The series is now airing on Wednesdays.