Jul 18, 1979 · A Matter of Mothers: Directed by Gerren Keith. With Esther Rolle, Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis. Willona's new boyfriend is trying to buy her and Penny's love by giving expensive gifts. Turns out it is Penny's birth mother who is paying the bills and getting the boyfriend to give the gifts. The birth mother wants Penny back.
- Esther Rolle, Ja'net Dubois, Ralph Carter
- Gerren Keith
In season five, Janet Jackson joined the cast, playing Penny Gordon Woods, an abused girl abandoned by her mother and eventually adopted by Willona. Also, during that season, Johnny Brown 's character of Nathan Bookman, the Evans' superintendent, became more prominent and at the beginning of the fifth year, Brown became a series regular and was ...
Dec 21, 1977 · Penny's Christmas: Directed by Gerren Keith. With Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Johnny Brown. Everybody's excited about Penny's first Christmas with Willona as the official adoption draws close; but when her money is stolen, Penny steals a necklace for Willona's Christmas present, is arrested, and her social worker starts to seriously reconsider allowing Willona to adopt her.
- Gerren Keith
Apr 22, 2019 · #ChipFields guests on GOOD TIMES starting now. Later in the series she returns in another role as the birth mother of Penny (@JanetJackson). In real life she is the mother of actress @KimVFields (THE FACTS OF LIFE)! pic.twitter.com/pWctJc5j1l — getTV (@gettv) May 4, 2018
The mother, Florida Evans, would return for the last season. She was unhappy, it was said, about the direction that the JJ character was going as a role model. The show Good Times Complete: Seasons 1-6 is available on DVD, as well as the season alone, Good Times: Complete Fifth Season at Amazon. Janet Jackson: Exposed.
The season's premiere episode, "The Evans Get Involved: Part 1", premiered on September 21, 1977, as Janet Jackson joined the cast as Penny Gordon, an abused child who lives in the project building with her mother that Willona winds up adopting in an 4-episode story arc that opened the season. The season's final episode, "That's Entertainment, Evans Style" aired on April 3, 1978, as a total of 24 episodes were aired.
Apr 27, 2021 · With JOHNNY BROWN as Nathan Bookman and JANET JACKSON as Penny. Season Five is Good Times’ worst, defined by the sudden departure of Esther Rolle, whose growing concerns over the series’ inability to satisfy its didactic intentions — with J.J. charged as the cause — finally reached a fever pitch after a year without John Amos as a dramatic ally. Obviously, this is devastating, for, like Amos, she was one of the series’ only crusaders for authenticity, and taking her character out ...