Good Times (1974–1979)
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The Evans' Dilemma 

TV-PG | | Comedy | Episode aired 1979
The family is puzzled by Keith's sudden mood swings until they find out that he is secretly hitting the bottle.


Gerren Keith


Eric Monte (created by), Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Esther Rolle ... Florida Evans (credit only)
Ja'net DuBois ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Ralph Carter ... Michael Evans
BernNadette Stanis ... Thelma Evans Anderson (as Bern Nadette Stanis)
Johnny Brown ... Nathan Bookman
Janet Jackson ... Millicent 'Penny' Woods (credit only)
Ben Powers ... Keith Anderson
Jimmie Walker ... James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
Daryl Keith Roach ... Joe Stennet (as Daryl Roach)


The family is puzzled by Keith's sudden mood swings until they find out that he is secretly hitting the bottle.

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1979 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This episode was only shown in syndication. See more »


Good Times
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky (as Blinky Williams)
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The roar of the lion
27 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Evans' Dilemma" was one of at least two final season episodes that dealt with subjects done earlier with John Amos. This remake of "Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle" finds JJ and Keith on a three week job search together, but today Keith isn't willing to go, a visit to the bathroom cheering him up considerably, particularly the bottle kept hidden in the toilet. The family tries to put up with his sudden mood swings, but once JJ and Michael discover his 'joy juice' ("vodka, the Russian revenge!") the truth is out: "no wonder he thinks he's the king, his throne is 90 proof!" Old college teammate Joe Stennet (Daryl Roach) drops by to reminisce about the good times, but Keith's increasingly erratic behavior insults his friend and ends with a slap to his loving wife's face. After a heart to heart talk, Thelma delivers her own brand of Skin Bracer!

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