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"Florida's Favorite Passenger: Part 1"
Season 6, Episode 14
Number (#123) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date October 26, 1978
Air date: May 23, 1979
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Michael G. Moye
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 614
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker (credited only)
Ja'net Dubois
Johnny Brown
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Janet Jackson
Ben Powers
Guest starring: Bebe Drake
Derek Wells
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Florida's Favorite Passenger: Part 1 is the 14th episode of Season 6 of Good Times and also, the 123rd episode overall; it is the first part of a two-episode story arc. Written by Michael G. Moye, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV; it originally aired on May 23, 1979.


Florida realizes that a young boy on her school bus has difficulty hearing. But the boy's mother has difficulty believing Florida.


J.J. tries for a job in Indiana. Florida realizes one of the children on the school bus has difficulty hearing things, so she talks to the mother about having the boy tested. The mother does not believe there is a problem.

Plot summary[]

Good Times returned from a five-month hiatus for this episode, the first of a two-part story. Still employed as a school bus driver, Florida (Esther Rolle) takes a personal interest in Larry Baker (Derek Wells), one of her student passengers. Most people thinks that Larry's lack of responsiveness is due to a lagging intellect, but Florida suspects that the boy is suffering from a hearing loss -- a fact that his mother (Bebe Drake) fiercely denies. (Jimmie Walker [J.J.] does not appear in this episode.)

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