"Cousin Cleatus (a.k.a. "Florida's Nephew Goes Bad...")"
Season 3, Episode 14
Number (#51) in series (133 episodes)
James subdues Cleatus
James is able to subdue Cleatus after he threatens to keep Michael, who he was trying to hold as "ransom", hostage in "Cousin Cleatus" in Season 3.
Tape date November 13, 1975
Air date: December 16, 1975
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Jack Elinson & Norman Paul (teleplay)
Ron Allen Thompson (story / teleplay)
Directed by: Herbert Kenwith
Production code: 314
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
John Amos
Guest starring: Jack Baker
Beeson Carroll
Laurence Haddon
Edward Crawford
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Cousin Cleatus is the fourteenth episode of Season 3 of Good Times, and the fifty-first series episode overall. Developed into a teleplay by Jack Elinson, Norman Paul and Ron Allen Thompson from an original story by Thompson, the episode, which was directed by Herbert Kenwith, premiered on CBS-TV, first airing on December 16, 1975.


After a bank robbery in Atlanta, the FBI question Florida about her nephew, Cleatus, the prime suspect. She doesn't believe he had anything to do with it until Cleatus appears at the door needing a place to stay and a bag full of cash.


The Evans' get a visit from the FBI asking about Florida's nephew, Cleatus. Turns out he is wanted for bank robbery. When he makes the mistake of trying to use Michael hostage as ransom for a possible getaway by holding him at gunpoint, James is able to trap him by getting the lights to go out by turning on the Stereo, which had kept knocking out the fuse, retrieving Cleatus's gun in the process.


Agents of the FBI descend upon the startled Evans family. It seems that the Feds are convinced that Florida's nephew Cleatus (Jack Baker) has helped to rob a bank in Atlanta. Florida (Esther Rolle) refuses to believe this -- until Cleatus shows up at the Evanses' doorstep, out of breath and with a worried expression...and a bag full of money.

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