J.J. has some fast decisions to make when he mistakenly enters an important art contest...with someone else's painting. J.J. wants to admit the honest error, but to point out the mistake may cost him far more than he can afford.
Good fortune shines on the Evans family and creates the happiest day of Florida's life! J.J.'s painting finally pays off, Willona is moving uptown, and Keith and Thelma have special surprise of their own.
Willona is forced into the stand of a lifetime when Penny's natural mother comes to reclaim Willona's adopted daughter. Penny and Willona are at first pleasantly surprised when special gifts begin arriving from a mysterious source, but horrified when they discover just who that source is.
Florida's efforts to pass an important medical exam for work may be thwarted by a well meaning gift from the very children she cares about most. Things turn from bad to worse when Michael's attempts to deal with the troublesome gift land him in the city jail.
J.J.'s far-reaching search for a date overlooks an eager candidate who takes some dangerous steps to insure that she'll never be forgotten again. The pretty T.C. is tired of being just like "one of the guys," but her latest attempt to snag J.J. may ruin their relationship forever.
Florida's anxious search for a doctor turns to anger when the only one she finds is too busy to be interested in her problem. Doctor Brown is eager to leave the problems of the projects and move to an easier practice uptown, but she'll have to deal with Florida Evans first.
J.J.'s got something that Sweet Daddy wants, and whether or not he gives it up will be a matter of life or death, but this time for Sweet Daddy. J.J.'s rare blood type will save the life of his neighborhood's long-time tormentor. Now he must decide whether that life should be saved at all...
Florida's interest in one of her young passengers solves one serious problem, but creates another when the youth becomes convinced that his own mother doesn't care about him, on the conclusion of a two part episode.
Florida's concern for one of her young passengers puts her on a collision course with the child's mother, until his problem becomes a matter of life or death, on the first of a two part episode.
The Evans family sets out to buy their first house, but even after pooling their resources, find there are still major obstacles to overcome. Although it is no mansion, Florida and J.J. have found the house of their dreams, and the family is drawn together as they anxiously wait for word on their loan.
Keith's boss refuses to let him off on Christmas Eve, so the entire Evans family goes "on the road" with a Yuletide celebration that includes singing, dancing and comedy. J.J. acts as master of ceremonies for Florida, Willona, Thelma and Penny, who team up as the "Pointless Sisters" with a rendition of "Steam Heat." Bookman (as Santa) does a disco dance, and the talented Keith favors his audience with impressions. Ralph Carter as Michael Evans sings "Rock You to Your Socks," a song that he composed.
Florida becomes part drill sergeant, part den mother to a busload of school children trapped in a deserted tenement building during a frigid Chicago snowstorm.
J.J. is the only witness to a serious auto accident and now, depending on his testimony, he'll lose either his family or his face.
An unemployed J.J. is torn between his old emotions and the flat broke facts when a special girlfriend returns to town with her extravagant tastes. J.J. tries desperately to avoid the truth - and may find out too late the high cost of his deception.
Michael first stuns the Evans family with his decision to move out - and then shocks them totally with the second part of his plan. Florida, realizing that no amount of screaming will make Michael change his mind, tries a more silent approach that she hopes will keep her family together.
J.J.'s well meaning efforts to give art lessons to a couple of local kids may be hazardous to his health. The Evanses are mystified by the unusual behavior of J.J.'s most talented student, until they meet the reason for his strange behavior face to face.
As a lower-middle-class Black family living on the south side of Chicago, the Evans family tries hard to make ends meet. Endowed with a great sense of humor, there are many laughs along the way.