Good Times (1974–1979)
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Michael Gets Suspended 

Michael is suspended from school for disparaging George Washington to his teacher. Now he wants to drop out. Florida and James try to convince Michael to remain in school and to apologize to his teacher.



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Airs Sat. Sep. 30, 2:00 PM on CW



Episode cast overview:
Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Thelma Evans (as Bernnadette Stanis)


Michael is suspended from school for calling George Washington a racist due to the fact he owned slaves. This doesn't sit well with James, who is about to give Michael a spanking for his insolence. However, when it is revealed that the teacher is very inadequate and the fact that they teach nothing about black history despite the fact they live in a primarily black neighborhood prompts a discussion about poor teaching standards and the fact that he schools are behind the times. Written by Brian Washington <>

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8 March 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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While addressing Michael, James says, "Now Thelma, you mess up in school, you're messing with something serious." See more »


James Evans, Sr.: A spook sailed with Columbus?
Michael Evans: That's right.
James Evans, Sr.: He did the rowing, didn't he?
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Crazy Credits

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


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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George Washington a racist
13 December 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Michael Gets Suspended" opens with the 'militant midget' coming home early from school, having been suspended for calling our first President, George Washington, a racist because he owned slaves. By refusing to apologize to his elderly teacher the school had no choice than to send him home, and JJ, Thelma, and even Willona admit that the woman has been teaching there forever. Willona leaves when James returns home, his first reference to her as 'the Rona Barrett of the projects,' and despite Florida's attempts to get him to retire early he learns soon enough the fate of his youngest son. Michael is not willing to apologize because he feels that he's right, but Florida opens his eyes by revealing that he needed to learn about everything that was wrong before he could discover what was right. James is amazed to find that 'a spook sailed with Columbus,' and figures to take Columbus Day off from work! Thelma's room is full of posters of rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, and we find out how much she loves Billy Dee Williams.

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