Good Times (1974–1979)
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Requiem for a Wino 

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. Turns out, Fishbone's wallet was stolen ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerren Keith

Writers:

Eric Monte (created by), Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ja'net DuBois ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Ralph Carter ... Michael Evans
BernNadette Stanis ... Thelma Evans (as Bern Nadette Stanis)
Johnny Brown ... Nathan Bookman
Janet Jackson ... Millicent 'Penny' Gordon
Jimmie Walker ... James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
Robert Guillaume ... Fishbone - Theodopius P. Johnson
Helen Martin ... Weeping Wanda Williams
Bill Henderson ... Ray the Bartender
Dap Sugar Willie Dap Sugar Willie ... Looting Lenny
J. Christopher Sullivan J. Christopher Sullivan ... Campbell the Cop
Cal Gibson ... Vagrant
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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. Turns out, Fishbone's wallet was stolen and another man died. Fishbone finds he has friends. Written by Bernie

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wake | funeral wake | wino | See All (3) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

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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Robert Guillaume as Fishbone
24 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"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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