A small fry extortionist bullies Michael into handing over his lunch and milk money on a daily basis, a disturbing situation Michael tries to keep from his family.
It's like a dream come true when Thelma gets a scholarship offer from an exclusive girl's school -- until a visitor from the school gives the family reason to re-evaluate.
Marcy Jones (Ta-Tanisha), the most popular girl in high school, has achieved the impossible -- she's turned J.J. into a one-woman man. James Sr. is charmed by J.J.'s heartthrob, but the Evans women aren't nearly as enthusiastic about the situation.
The kids fear their father's recurring headaches and emotional outbursts are symptoms of hypertension, but Florida thinks the kids are just overreacting -- until James takes out his tenseness on her and the furniture.
A new "health tonic" could help the Evans family cure what's ailing them -- poverty, for Florida is stopped in the supermarket and asked to be the product's television spokeswoman. But, the family's golden goose lays a lead egg when young Michael has a strange reaction to the elixir.
Florida sets out to not only prove she's the best housekeeper in the project, but also that winning the "best kept apartment" contest is not dependent on who you know.
The family wishes the hot water young Michael has gotten than into was running through the pipes rather than coming through the door in the person of an angry Housing Authority official.
Based on past performance, the odds in favor of J.J. becoming a high school senior are between slim and none, and the probability of his being held back worries the whole family.
Florida and James are caught living by a double standard -- one for their teenage son and another for their daughter. The problem stems from the fact that there's an "older" man in Thelma's life.
It looks like J.J. won't have to "find" any more art supplies. The aspiring young artist has been found by a man who wants to become his patron. The sweet smell of success begins to go sour, however, when J.J.'s benefactor turns out to be a man James has secretly despised for some 20 years.
You don't mess up in school and get away with it if you're a member of the Evans family. Just ask young Michael, who faces the wrath of his father after being suspended from school.
Silver-tongued revivalist Reverend Sam, played by guest star Roscoe Lee Browne, believes that religion has its rewards, but he's not waiting for the Hereafter to collect.
Government aptitude and physical tests show that James is a certified, qualified and bonafide candidate for a union apprenticeship program, but his birth certificate says differently.
A sudden run of good luck and J.J.'s deistic painting of a local derelict create a religious conflict in the Evans household.
It looks as though the Evans family will be forced out into the streets because a second job for James hasn't solved his family's troubles, and Florida is opposed to the other solutions because they are either illegal, immoral or embarrassing.
Good Times clip - starring Janet DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker, Esther Rolle, John Amos.
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