"Florida's Protest"
Season 3, Episode 11
Number (#48) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date October 9, 1975
Air date: November 25, 1975
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Allan Manings (teleplay)
Patricia Edwards (story)
Directed by: Herbert Kenwith
Production code: 311
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
John Amos
Guest starring: Lester Wilson
Bhetty Waldron
Fred D. Scott
Nedra Volz
Adrian Ricard
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Florida's Protest is the eleventh episode of Season 3 and the forty-eighth episode overall. Written as a teleplay by Allan Mannings from a story by Patricia Edwards, the episode, which was directed by Herbert Kenwith, premiered on CBS-TV; it first aired on November 25, 1975.


After the kids get food poisoning from the meat Florida purchased at the local supermarket, Florida gathers a group of concerned neighbors and boycotts the store. Before she gets positive results, Florida is put in jail.


Florida decides to splurge on groceries and buy roast beef for dinner. While everyone enjoys the meal, the next day they have food poisoning. She talks to the store who refuses to listen, and so Florida decides to start a boycott.

Plot summaryEdit

An uncommonly lavish roast beef dinner proves disastrous when the entire Evans household comes down with food poisoning. An outraged Florida (Esther Rolle) gathers her neighbors together and organizes a boycott of the market that sold her the tainted food. As a result, Florida lands in jail for the first time in her life.

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