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The Encyclopedia Hustle 

The Evans family realizes that they may have been scammed by a blind man selling encyclopedias.

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(created by), (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 3 more credits »
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Airs Thu. Jun. 29, 4:30 AM on CW

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Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
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Thelma Evans (as Bernnadette Stanis)
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Henry Anderson
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The Evans family realizes that they may have been scammed by a blind man selling encyclopedias.

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29 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The encyclopedia salesman mentions "Ernie Barnes" when listing the section on famous black artists. Ernie Barnes was a crew member on the show, credited with "paintings by" for the artwork painted by JJ. See more »

Goofs

Top right in kitchen with Florida as she's looking at JJ receiving his phone message from Willona in living room. See more »

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Ralph Carter courtesy of the Broadway musical "Raisin". (Closing credits. This original Broadway production ran from October 1973 to December 1975.) See more »

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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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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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Ron Glass as Henry Anderson
2 January 2017 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Encyclopedia Hustle" brings back Ron Glass, who played mostly shady characters on GOOD TIMES and SANFORD AND SON before BARNEY MILLER kept him on the right side of the law. As Henry Anderson, he's going door to door selling a ten volume encyclopedia set on black history that's sure to catch Michael's interest. Florida admits they can't afford the $5 down and $2 weekly payments, confirmed by James on his return home after spending all day scraping up 5 bucks. At first he's resistant to a slick hustler, but after learning that Anderson is blind he signs on the dotted line and gives him his last five dollars. Reading the fine print afterwards the entire family realizes that their property and possessions have practically been signed away, so they have to devise a plan to get Anderson to tear up the binding contract. For once an unpaid phone bill works out in their favor!


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