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"The Evans Get Involved: Part 2 (a.k.a. Meet Penny)"
Season 5, Episode 2 (1b)
Number (#87) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date August 11, 1977
Air date: September 21, 1977
Network/Country: CBS-TV / United States
Written by: Sid Dorfman
Directed by: Gerren Keith
Production code: 502 (501b)
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Cast Information
Starring: Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Janet Jackson
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Johnny Brown
Guest starring: Chip Fields
Kathleen Doyle
Bob Delegall
Renny Roker
Sarina C. Grant
Alma Beltran
Matthew "Stymie" Beard
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The Evans Get Involved: Part 2 is the second episode of Season 5 of Good Times, and the 87th series episode overall; it is part of a season opening four-episode story arc. Written by Sid Dorfman, the episode, which was directed by Gerren Keith, premiered on CBS-TV, originally airing on September 21, 1977.


When Penny shows up with a broken arm, Willona, J.J., Thelma and Michael are certain that she is being abused, but they have a hard time finding someone who will believe them.


Willona becomes frustrated in her attempts to report her suspicions that Penny is being abused. Things become complicated when the Gordons suddenly move from their apartment.

Plot summary[]

In the concluding half of Good Times' fifth-season opener, the Evans' ten-year-old house guest Penny Gordon (Janet Jackson) lies about her relationship with her abusive mother. Concerned about Penny's "accidental" broken arm, neighbor Willona (Ja'net DuBois) takes the girl to the doctor, who refuses to believe that the child has been abused. Things get worse when both Penny and her mom (Chip Fields) disappear. Part one of "The Evans Get Involved" originally aired as a 60-minute "special" episode, which has since been re-edited into two separate half-hours for syndication purposes.

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