"J.J.'s New Career: Part 2"
Season 4, Episode 8
Number (#69) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date August 26, 1976
Air date: November 17, 1976
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: John Baskin & Roger Shulman
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 407 (407b)
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Johnny Brown
Grand L. Bush
Andre Edwards
Alan Manson
Chip Fields
John Dewey Carter
F. William Parker
Bernard Stevenson
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J.J.'s New Career: Part 2 is the eighth episode of Season 4 of Good Times as well as the sixty-ninth episode overall. It is one-half of a two-episode story arc. Written by John Baskin and Roger Shulman, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, originally airing on November 17, 1976.


J.J.'s new work is bringing in a lot of money but he doesn't know everything about his new bosses and when Florida discovers how he's making his money, she throws him out.


Once J.J. accepts a job as a bookie, he begins making good money, and Thelma does not have to take a semester off from college to work. Florida eventually finds out though, and she does not approve at all.

Plot summaryEdit

In the conclusion of a two-part story, J.J. (Jimmie Walker) has gone to work as a numbers runner in order to financially bail out his family. Although J.J. doesn't know at first that the gamblers to whom he is indebted are also trafficking in drugs and prostitution, he considers it wise to lie to his family, claiming that he's landed a job as an adman. But J.J.'s mom, Florida (Esther Rolle), is fully aware of what her son has gotten himself into -- and when he refuses to quit his unsavory activities, Florida kicks him out of the apartment.

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