Good Times

Season 3 Episode 15

The Family Tree

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Aired Unknown Dec 23, 1975 on CBS
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The Family Tree
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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

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Ja'net DuBois

Ja'net DuBois

Willona Woods

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 (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (referring the Thelma's cooking)
      J.J: Well, around here, we call Thelma "old salt." Because everything she cooks tastes old and salty.

    • Michael: Ma, I don't care what kind of ice cream you get, as long as you get chocolate.
      Florida: Michael, we always have chocolate. I'm gonna get vanilla this time.
      Michael: Ma, I can't get down if my ice cream ain't brown!
      Florida: Well, I'll take your portion, and bar-be-cue it!

    • Henry: (to James) My, you sure have grown.
      James: Well, what'd you expect, it's been over 35 years!

    • (Florida and the kids are trying to make excuses for James not coming out to see Henry)
      Florida: He was so excited, he's probably in the bedroom changing into his other suit.
      J.J.: But dad only has ONE suit!

    • James: Hey wait a minute. Uh, the kids are having some ice cream and cake. You might as well stay for the party.
      Henry: Are you sure, Jimmy?
      James: Well, you're the one that was always sayin', "don't waste no food" didn't you?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Roots: While telling the kids the importance of knowing their family tree, Florida mentions the Alex Hailey novel "Roots". In January 1977, just over a year after this episode aired, Good Times's star John Amos would co-star in the groundbreaking seven part ABC miniseries version of that story.

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