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Rolle also thought the writers had disregarded Florida's devout Christian beliefs by having her fall for and marry Carl, who was an atheist.
In the season six premiere episode "Florida's Homecoming: Part 1", Florida returns from Arizona without Carl to attend Thelma's upcoming wedding to professional football player Keith Anderson (Ben Powers, who joined the cast for the final season).
So, consequently, Keith, as the others, is forced into taking low-wage earning jobs to get by, as he doggedly runs and works out in the interim, in hopes that his knee would fully heal, so that he could play football again.
In the episode "The Evans' Dilemma", Keith, upon the visit of a former collegiate teammate who's playing for the Miami Dolphins, he begins to drink heavily,; in a drunken stupor after consuming too much vodka, he reenacts a play from a big game in which he played, forcing J. and the others to reenact it with him, which culminates in him slapping Thelma, which angers Michael and J.
We felt we had to go back to basics." Producers approached Esther Rolle with an offer to appear in a guest role on the series.
Rolle was initially hesitant but when producers agreed to a number of her demands (including an increased salary and higher quality scripts), she agreed to return to the series on a full-time basis.
The characters originated on the sitcom Maude as Florida and Henry Evans, with Florida employed as Maude Findlay's housekeeper in Tuckahoe, New York, and Henry employed as a New York City firefighter.
When producers decided to feature the Florida character in her own show, they changed the characters' history to fit a new series that was well into development rather than start from scratch to create a consistent starring vehicle.
Florida and James have three children: James Jr., also known as "J. is seventeen years old, Thelma is sixteen, and Michael is eleven.Good Times was billed as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.Florida and James Evans and their three children live at 921 North Gilbert Avenue, apartment 17C, in a housing project in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.Henry's name became James, he worked various odd jobs, there was no mention of Maude, and the couple lived in Chicago. Negative images have been slipped in on us through the character of the oldest child.Episodes of Good Times deal with the characters' attempts to overcome poverty living in a high rise project building in Chicago. Little by little—with the help of the artist, I suppose, because they couldn't do that to me—they have made J. While Amos was less public with his dissatisfaction, he was ultimately fired after season three due to disagreements with Norman Lear.