Good Times

Season 2 Episode 18

The Debutante Ball

Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1975 on CBS
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The Debutante Ball
J.J. is enchanted with his new girlfriend, Clarissa, and is all set to take her to a ritzy debutante ball. However, Clarissa has come to the Evans' apartment with some bad news, her parents won't let her go with J.J., citing that they think she's too good for him.moreless

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Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle

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

John Amos

John Amos

James Evans (1974-1976)

Jimmie Walker

Jimmie Walker

James "J.J." Evans, Jr.

Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter

Michael Evans

Bern Nadette Stanis

Bern Nadette Stanis

Thelma Evans Anderson

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • J.J. appears different outfits in separate scenes in 1) a shower cap and towel, 2) formal movie usher gear, and 3) a red-based tuxedo.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (The Robinsons agree to let Clarissa go out with J.J., and they leave)
      Florida: Well, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, it looks like they were good enough for each other.
      Mr. Robinson: Yeah, for the moment. But actually, Clarissa's going away to college in a couple of weeks. A long way away, and as far as these painting are concerned, I thought they might be a good business investment, but that's all your son meant to us.
      Florida: Now what do you mean by that --
      James: Oh, no, no, no, that's alright, it's alright baby, it's alright. The man's just tellin' it like it is. He's the kind of man that's gotta say what's on his mind, just like me, huh bruh?
      Mr. Robinson: [chuckles] Right.
      James: That's why I'm sayin', get the hell out of my house. I said get the hell out, both of you!

    • Mr. Robinson: You make success sound like a dirty word, BRUTHA!
      James: No, success ain't a dirty word, it's FORGETTIN', forgettin' where you came from.
      Mr. Robinson: You're right, I don't want to know the stink of the ghetto no more. I had to work my butt off for a lot of years to get where I am, and I don't want to be reminded of being here. And that goes for my wife AND my daughter.
      James: What do you think I want for my family? What do you think I'm scratching and scraping for? I'll tell you one thing, if we DO get out of the ghetto, one thing we ain't gonna do is forget the ones that got stuck here!

    • J.J.: Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, I would say hello but by the looks on your faces I think I'll say goodbye.
      James: No, Junior, this is your home, this is the place you don't have to break and run from nobody, now get back over here!

    • Mrs. Robinson: Clarissa, let's not make a scene, get your things and let's get out of here.
      Mr. Robinson: The sooner the better.
      James: Yeah, ain't you heard? There's **** 'round here.

    • (J.J., after the confrontation between James and Clarissa's parents begins)
      J.J.: Hello, uhhh, may I offer yall some kool-aid?
      James: You don't offer no kool-aid to Mr. and Mrs. Oreo!

    • James: Well, well, well, welcome to the ghetto! How'd you get here, posed as spooks?

  • NOTES (2)