"The Lunch Money Ripoff"
Season 2, Episode 24
Number (#37) in series (133 episodes)
Tape date March 6, 1975
Air date: March 18, 1975
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Written by: John Baskin & Roger Shulman
Directed by: Herbert Kenwith
Production code: 224
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
John Amos
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Douglas Grant
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The Lunch Money Ripoff is the twenty-fourth and season finale episode of Season 2 and the thirty-seventh episode overall. The episode was written by John Baskin and Roger Shulman, and directed by Herbert Kenwith. It originally aired on CBS-TV on March 18, 1975.

Synopsis Edit

James tries to teach Michael some tactics on how to handle a bully at school. Michael has his own ideas and invites the boy over to his house.


A small-fry extortionist bullies Michael into handing over his lunch and milk money on a daily basis. When the rest of the family finds out, turmoil erupts as they argue about how Michael should deal with his bully of a classmate.

Plot summaryEdit

Michael (Ralph Carter) is bullied by Eddie (Douglas Grant), who has been stealing his lunch money. James (John Amos) advises Michael to duke it out with his young nemesis, but Michael surprises James - and the rest of the family - when he decides to invite Eddie to spend the weekend in the Evans household.  They learn that Eddie is one of 6 children with a largely absent mother and a father who lives elsewhere. Eddie also has bad manners and a major attitude problem. James eventually spanks Eddie with his belt, believing it should have been done long ago. Eddie is shocked, and thinks he shouldn't stay, and he didn't know someone could be hurt and cared about at the same time. Florida tells Eddie that she and James discipline their children because they love them, and that's what caring is all about.  Eddie decides to stay, and Michael helps him with their homework assignment.

This was the final episode of Good Times' second season.

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