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James Evans, Sr. (Character)
from "Good Times" (1974)

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"Good Times: The I.Q. Test (#2.7)" (1974)
Florida Evans: [J.J. painted a picture of Michael] Why'd you paint him in a nightgown?
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: That's no nightgown, that's a Supreme Court judge's robe.
Florida Evans: Why's it purple?
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: That purple symbolizes something.
James Evans, Sr.: What's it symbolize?
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: It symbolizes that I ran out of black paint.

Donald Hargrove: [when asked what TCB means] Even I can answer that. 'That's cool, baby!'
James Evans, Sr.: That's wrong, baby!

James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: [Thelma hits J.J]
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Hey Ma, you see that?
Thelma Evans: [mocking J.J]
Thelma Evans: Hey Ma, you see that?
James Evans, Sr.: Hey Junior, you see this?
[raises fist]

"Maude: Florida's Problem (#1.18)" (1973)
Henry Evans: I'm coming back at 9:00, and I mean 9:00 WPT.
[he leaves]
Maude Findlay: Florida, what's "WPT"?
Florida Evans: White People Time. If he didn't mean 9:00 sharp he would have said CPT. That's Colored People Time. Which means 'shuffle on in when you feel like it'.
Maude Findlay: Of all the male chauvinist pigs. I mean, he's something straight out of the dark ages. Nothing racial intended.

Florida Evans: [to her husband, Henry] Now, you hurt because of your pride, and I love you for that. But I also resent you for not being just as proud of me as I am of you.
Henry Evans: I am proud of you Florida, its just that I don't want you to be a maid no more.
Florida Evans: Them two don't go together Henry. Your mother was a maid. That's how your brothers got through school and you got to be a fireman. My grandmother was a maid, that's how my daddy got a little schoolin'. There are a lot of women, Henry, on both sides of my family, who worked all their lives in white kitchens so their kids could get some of the things they should have. You want to be proud of something Henry? You be proud of them, because they was all black women and I tell you there ain't never been a better woman than that.

"Good Times: The TV Commercial (#1.11)" (1974)
Florida Evans: [the scrawny, intoxicated messenger is about to leave] Hey, wait a minute, do you use Vita Brite?
Messenger: Day and night.
James Evans, Sr.: Damn, I'd hate to think what he looked like before he was using it.

J.J.: [demonstrating to Florida how to do a TV commercial] Hi y'all out there in TV land. This is Florida Evans - star of stage, screen, and the ghetto - here to tell you about Vita-Brite Health Tonic. My husband James used to have slow blood. He would cut himself shaving on Monday and wouldn't start bleedin' till Thursday. But NOW...
James: ...now, thanks to Vita-Brite Health Tonic, my blood is fast, fast, FAST! Now I bleed all the time!

"Good Times: Too Old Blues (#1.1)" (1974)
Florida Evans: James, I'm so sorry.
James Evans, Sr.: For what, needing your appendix out?
Florida Evans: But that operation cost all the money we had. Now you work all day and take a second job and work all night. I'm so sorry.
James Evans, Sr.: Baby, you say you're sorry one more time and I'll give you something to be sorry about.

James Evans, Sr.: Now Florida, move.
[picks Florida up and moves her away from the door and leaves]
Florida Evans: Damn, that man always could MOVE me.

"Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended (#1.5)" (1974)
James Evans, Sr.: A spook sailed with Columbus?
Michael Evans: That's right.
James Evans, Sr.: He did the rowing, didn't he?

"Good Times: My Girl Henrietta (#2.21)" (1975)
James Evans, Sr.: [about J.J. being a father] His idea of raising a baby would be feeding it strained Snicker bars!

"Good Times: God's Business Is Good Business (#1.4)" (1974)
James Evans, Sr.: Sam, I want you to meet my eldest son, James Jr. Junior, this the Reverend Sam.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Is that your Cadillac out there? That's the biggest hog I ever seen!
Reverend Sam: Well son, the Lord watches over me.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Well, He must've blinked, because one of your hubcap's is missing!

"Good Times: Thelma's Scholarship (#2.23)" (1975)
James Evans, Sr.: [angry that the only reason they want Thelma is because they need to fill their minority program] You need my daughter for your C.Q.!
Cindy Bradford: C.Q.?
James Evans, Sr.: Coon Quota!
Cindy Bradford: [feeling offended starts to leave and pauses] Good thing they didn't send Priscilla. She hates B's!
James Evans, Sr.: B's?
Cindy Bradford: Blacks!

"Good Times: The Visitor (#1.9)" (1974)
James: [Mr Stonehurst needs to take some aspirin] Say, how about washing them down with a little muscatel?
Mr. Stonehurst: Muscatel?
J.J.: Yeah, that's the champagne of the people. It don't sparkle, it don't bubble. It just kind of... lays there.

"Good Times: The Family Gun (#3.2)" (1975)
Florida Evans: Did you read that article in 'The Defender'? It says that in the United States someone was shot every minute with a gun.
James Evans, Sr.: The dude must be awful full of holes about now.