Good Times (1974–1979)
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A Matter of Mothers 

Willona's new boyfriend is trying to buy her and Penny's love by giving expensive gifts. Turns out it is Penny's birth mother who is paying the bills and getting the boyfriend to give the gifts. The birth mother wants Penny back.

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Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
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Thelma Evans Anderson (credit only)
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Keith Anderson (credit only)
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James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. (credit only)
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Jeffrey
Chip Fields ...
Linella Gordon
Dave Turner ...
Officer Giles
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Officer Lawson
Barry Cutler ...
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Willona's new boyfriend is trying to buy her and Penny's love by giving expensive gifts. Turns out it is Penny's birth mother who is paying the bills and getting the boyfriend to give the gifts. The birth mother wants Penny back.

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18 July 1979 (USA)  »

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During Willona and Penny's party, the background music is The Jacksons "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)". Janet Jackson, who plays Penny, is the sister of the Jacksons. See more »

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Willona Woods: [to Mrs. Gordon about Penny] That child wakes up at night screaming thinking your abuse, the beatings, the bruises, the cuts, the burns with the hot iron. She ain't gonna forget it. You remember it, I remember it, I hope to God that one day she can finally forget.
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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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Chip Fields returns as Penny's mother
27 December 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"A Matter of Mothers" is that rarest of episodes, missing JJ, Thelma and Keith, with the return of Chip Fields as Linella Gordon, Penny's real mother. Willona has a new boyfriend of two months, Jeffrey (Rod Perry), whose extravagance toward Penny begins to worry her mother. A coming out party finds Jeffrey bringing some of his friends along, a gang that would look perfectly natural on Death Row. Once Willona decides to throw them out it's too late, two police officers raiding the apartment, accompanied by Linella Gordon, Penny's natural mother, newly married and suddenly affluent. Now Willona knows where all the expensive gifts really came from, attempts to curry favor with Penny with money. She admits to setting up her rival just in case Willona tries to fight her case to receive custody of Penny. What neither woman is aware of is a little recording device that captures their entire conversation on tape, Penny inadvertently proving her real mother's guilt, as opposed to Willona's.


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