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"Getting Up The Rent"
Season 1, Episode 3
Number (#3) in series (133 episodes)
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Tape date January 7, 1974
Air date: February 22, 1974
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Written by: Eric Monte
Directed by: Donald McKayle
Perry Rosemond
Production code: 103
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
John Amos
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Ernie Lee Banks
Carl M. Craig
Hal Williams
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Getting Up the Rent is the third episode of Season 1 of Good Times. The episode was written by Eric Monte and directed by Donald McKayle and Perry Rosemond. It aired on February 22, 1974 on CBS.


The rent is due, but the Evans family is short $74 dollars. James and J.J. devise schemes to come up with the money, while Florida and Willona go down to the welfare office to plead their case.


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!

With an eviction notice over their heads, the Evans family scrambles to come up with $74 needed for their rent. Despite Florida's opinion, James goes down to the pool hall to try to hustle some money; J.J. comes up with a scheme of his own and Florida and Willona go down to the welfare office.

In the end, James manages to hustle the money needed at a game of pool at the pool hall.

Guest starring[]

  • Hal Williams as Tom
  • Carl M. Craig as Hustler (as Carl Craig)
  • Matthew "Stymie" Beard as Monty (as Stymie Beard)
  • Ernie Lee Banks as Eddie (as Ernie Banks)