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"Good Times" Requiem for a Wino (1977)

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14 December 1977 (Season 5, Episode 11)
A homeless man returns to the Evan's apartment building after having been away for awhile. Later, they hear he died in an accident and hold a wake... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Gerren Keith 
Writing credits
Eric Monte (created by) &
Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans)

Norman Lear (developed by)

Lloyd Turner (written by) &
Gordon Mitchell (written by)

Produced by
Austin Kalish .... executive producer
Irma Kalish .... executive producer
Gordon Mitchell .... producer
George Sunga .... associate producer
Lloyd Turner .... producer
Film Editing by
Jay Scherberth (video tape)
Casting by
Pat Kirkland 
Jane Murray 
Art Direction by
Don Roberts 
Costume Design by
Rita Riggs 
Makeup Department
Ora Green .... hair stylist (as Ora T. Green)
Jim Kail .... makeup artist
Dana Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Norman Lear .... production supervisor
Steve McPeek .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Drew Handley .... associate director
Art Department
Ernie Barnes .... paintings by
Sound Department
Chris Chigaridas .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Glover .... lighting director
Tom Schamp .... lighting director
Music Department
Alan Bergman .... composer: theme music
Marilyn Bergman .... composer: theme music
Dave Grusin .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Kimya Amani .... production assistant
Michael S. Baser .... story editor
Clarence Clay .... stage manager
Sid Dorfman .... executive script consultant
Richard Draney .... stage manager
Austin Kalish .... script supervisor
Irma Kalish .... script supervisor
Karen K. Miller .... production assistant (as Karen Chretien)
Gordon Mitchell .... script supervisor
Rosalind Stevenson .... assistant to executive producer
Lloyd Turner .... script supervisor
Gloria Vinson .... assistant to producers
Kim Weiskopf .... story editor
Dick Woodka .... technical director

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Evans  created by (as Michael Evans)
Norman Lear  developed by
Eric Monte  created by

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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Robert Guillaume as Fishbone, 24 December 2016
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

"Requiem for a Wino" is one of the fifth season's most celebrated episodes, with mainstays Looting Lenny (Dap Sugar Willie, fourth of seven) and Weeping Wanda (Helen Martin, fifth of seven) joined by Robert Guillaume, then riding high in his breakout role as Benson the butler on SOAP, in his sole appearance as resident wino Fishbone (Ned the Wino long gone). Just yesterday he was fired from his job delivering free samples of mouthwash, containing 2% alcohol: "I never felt so bad and smelled so good in all my life!" Still disappointed at not receiving his own card for his birthday, Fishbone feels down and out and friendless, his wallet later stolen by a vagrant who gets killed by a car: "you see this wallet here, well he's flatter than this!" The victim's name of Theodopius P. Johnson aka Fishbone inspires the Evans family to throw him a wake like no corpse ever woke up to: "here's to me, may I rest in peace!" It's only the first stop for Wanda, the funeral professional, the immaculate Lenny displaying his wares to her weeping discomfort: "my name is Lenny and if I ain't got it there ain't any, though we came here to weep I got something you can keep, now it ain't a horse and it ain't a rhino, it's just a memento for Fishbone the Wino!" Topping it off is the presence of the widow Fishbone, all covered in black to enjoy the festivities: "a man gets a funeral like this only once in a lifetime!"

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