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"The Evans' Dilemma"
Season 6, Episode 22
Number (#131) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date December 14, 1978
Air date: September 18, 1979
Network/Country: Syndication / United States
Written by: Michael G. Moye (teleplay)
& Cecil M. Brown (teleplay / story)
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 622
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Johnny Brown
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Janet Jackson
Ben Powers
Guest starring: Daryl Keith Roach
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The Evans' Dilemma was the 22nd episode of Season 6 of Good Times, also the 131st overall series episode. Written by Michael G. Moye and Cecil M. Brown as a teleplay from a story written by Brown, the episode, which was originally scheduled to serve as the series finale, was directed by Gerren Keith; it aired in syndication on September 18, 1979.

Plot summary[]

The Evans Family notices that Keith has started acting strange, and they think it's because he's depressed about his leg injury and being a taxi driver.

J.J. and Michael realize that it happens every time Keith comes out of the bathroom, so they go to the bathroom to investigate. They discover that Keith is hiding a bottle of vodka inside the back of the toilet! J.J. calls it "The Russian Revenge." They hide the bottle inside the trunk in Thelma's old bedroom.

Later that night, one of Keith's old friends comes to dinner, and his bizarre behavior causes him to slap Thelma! Everyone is shocked, and Thelma goes to her old bedroom and finds the bottle of vodka inside the trunk. She confronts Keith and talks to him about his situation. She then tells him to choose between her and the bottle. Keith takes the bottle and smashes it against the bedroom door! Thelma then slaps Keith back so he won't forget!

Note: Originally slated to air during Good Times' sixth season, this is one of three episodes that were never telecast by CBS, though all have been included in the series' syndication package.

NOTE: Esther Rolle & Janet Jackson do not appear in this episode

Guest starring[]

  • Daryl Keith Roach as Joe Stennet (as Daryl Roach)