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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  • Great Acting By James & A New Dimension to the Character

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    This is an outstanding episode. John Amos plumbs the emotional depths of his character as he relives the pain of having his father abandon him. It's nice to see him vulnerable and pained since we're so accustomed to him being the rock for his family. It also adds more dimension to James because now we understand why he is so committed to his family - he would never want them to experience the pain his father caused him. His dad seems clueless. He doesn't seem to understand why abandoning his family was not a good idea.moreless
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 (1)

  • 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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