Good Times (1974–1979)
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The Enlistment 

James gets word that he is about to be "temporarily" laid off leaving JJ the only bread winner in the Evans household. Unfortunately, he finds out that the theater where he has been working... See full summary »

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Florida Evans (credit only)
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Willona Woods (credit only)
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Thelma Evans (as Bernnadette Stanis)
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The Doctor
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Mr. Carter
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The Sergeant
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James gets word that he is about to be "temporarily" laid off leaving JJ the only bread winner in the Evans household. Unfortunately, he finds out that the theater where he has been working is about to be shut down. He then takes drastic measures and decides to enlist in the army. However, James Sr. finds out that the rumors of his layoff were false and now must hurry to the induction center before JJ becomes Uncle Sam's latest recruit. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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4 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Army recruitment personnel target people in low income areas in the USA. 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 Towering Inferno (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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The army has never seen anything like JJ
7 January 2017 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Enlistment" finds Thelma doing the cooking and cleaning in Florida's absence, away for her cousin's funeral, typically burning breakfast and putting too much starch in her father's shirt. Unfortunately, James returns home early with news that he was 'temporarily' laid off, which to him means permanent. JJ figures his job as a theater usher means he'll be the bread winner, only to receive the stunning news that the theater is closing down. With no other options available JJ decides to raise money by enlisting in the army, despite his father's objections: "what would you do in the army, you scared of your own shadow!" 12 weeks of not seeing any girls means cruel and inhumane punishment: "I guess the chicks will just have to make the sacrifice!" The physical is hilarious, as the exasperated doctor (William Christopher) can't find JJ's chest for the X-ray!


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