"The Debutante Ball"
Season 2, Episode 18
Number (#31) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date January 16, 1975
Air date: February 4, 1975
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Written by: Jack Elinson & Norman Paul (teleplay/story)
Patricia Edwards (story)
Directed by: Herbert Kenwith
Production code: 218
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
John Amos
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Santiago Gonzalez
*Rosanne Katon
Ann Weldon
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The Debutante Ball is the eighteenth episode of Season 2 of Good Times and the thirty-first episode overall. Written by Jack Elinson and Norman Paul from a story by Patricia Edwards, the episode, which was directed by Herbert Kenwith, originally aired on CBS-TV, premiering on February 4, 1975.

Synopsis Edit

J.J. falls for a girl from a ritzy family. Despite being crazy about one another, her parents won't let him take her to a fancy dance because he's not good enough for them.

Storyline Edit

J.J. is enchanted with his new girlfriend, Clarissa, and is all set to take her to a ritzy debutante ball. However, Clarissa has come to the Evans' apartment with some bad news - her parents will not let her go with J.J., saying that they think she is too good for him.

Plot summary Edit

J.J. (Jimmie Walker) is on Cloud Nine when wealthy young Clarissa Robinson (Rosanne Katon) asks him to escort her to a debutante ball. Alas, Clarissa's upscale black parents (Santiago Gonzalez, Ann Weldon) are dead set against her dating a "slum dweller." The episode's climax, a showdown between the stuffy Mr. Robinson and the outraged James Evans (John Amos), is one of the series' most hilariously satisfying denouements.

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