"Evans Versus Davis"
Season 4, Episode 6
Number (#67) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date October 14, 1976
Air date: October 27, 1976
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 406
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Johnny Brown
Tony Burton
Dorothy Butts
Bill Cobbs
Elroy Davis
Floyd Wales, Jr.
Reginald Farmer
[Frances E. Nealy]]
Albert Reed, Jr.
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Evans Versus Davis is the sixth episode of Season 4 and the sixty-seventh episode overall. Developed as a teleplay written by Coslough Johnson from a story written by Johnson and Sid Dorfman, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, originally airing on October 27, 1976.


Alderman Davis (Albert Reed, Jr. in his first series appearance) serves an eviction notice to the Evanses when J.J. refuses to help him with his re-election campaign.


A local politician wants JJs help for his campaign. Since JJ does not like the man, he refuses. The politician threatens to have them evicted from their apartment.

Plot summaryEdit

J.J. (Jimmie Walker) is invited to speak at a re-election campaign rally for fatuous local alderman Fred Davis (Albert Reed). Correctly sensing that Davis is several miles removed from honesty, J.J. refuses the invitation. The result: intense political pressure, and a terse eviction notice for J.J.'s nonplussed mom, Florida (Esther Rolle).

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