"The Family Business"
Season 2, Episode 17
Number (#30) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date December 14, 1974
Air date: January 21, 1975
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Written by: Jack Elinson & Norman Paul (teleplay/story)
Alex Barris (story)
Directed by: Herbert Kenwith
Production code: 217
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
John Amos
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Johnny Brown
Morris Buchanan
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The Family Business is the seventeenth episode of Season 2 of Good Times, and the thirtieth series episode overall. Written as a teleplay by Jack Elinson and Normal Paul from an original story by Elinson and Paul with Alex Barris, the episode, which originally aired on CBS-TV, premiered on January 21, 1975.

Synopsis Edit

James is rejected for a bank loan to open his own fix-it shop. So, he sets up business in the apartment.

Storyline Edit

Realizing his mechanical skills, Florida suggests that James open a fix-it shop but when they go to the bank, they are turned down for a loan. This leads James to set up shop right in the apartment, despite a clause in the lease, and soon Bookman begins nosing around trying to put an end to the family business.

Plot summary Edit

Denied a loan to set up his own fix-it shop, James (John Amos) decides to establish his new business in the Evans apartment. Though he wants to stir up business, James must keep his new activities under wraps. The reason? Landlord Bookman (Johnny Brown) is just itching for an excuse to toss the Evans family out for breaking their lease -- and a business on the premises is the perfect lease-breaker.

  • Note: Johnny Brown makes his first appearance on the series as Nathan Bookman, in what started out as a recurring role for him until season 4.

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