Episode: 062 | Aired: September 22, 1976
The Evanses are moving to Mississippi to be with James, who has a great new job. Their joy quickly turns to sorrow when they receive a telegram during their going-away party informing them of James' death.
Episode: 063 | Aired: September 29, 1976
Florida hasn't cried once since the news of James' death. J.J., Thelma and Michael are troubled and plan to confront her when they see her enjoying herself after his funeral.
Episode: 064 | Aired: October 06, 1976
J.J. develops a romantic relationship with Thelma's teacher, who's impressed by his artistic abilities. Though their age difference doesn't matter to them, it bothers Florida who can't figure out if J.J. is really in love.
Episode: 065 | Aired: October 13, 1976
Warlord gang activity is wrecking havoc in the neighborhood. Florida and other concerned citizens try to figure out what to do while Michael is hiding a secret from his family: he's joined the Warlords.
Episode: 066 | Aired: October 20, 1976
Michael can't get the courage to tell Yvonne he loves her, but loses his opportunity after Yvonne meets J.J. and becomes instantly smitten
Episode: 067 | Aired: October 27, 1976
Alderman Davis serves an eviction notice to the Evanses when J.J. refuses to help him with his re-election campaign.
Episode: 068 | Aired: November 10, 1976
Unbeknownst to Florida, J.J. works with a few of his crooked friends to help support his family after Bookman threatens to throw them out because the rent is late. Thelma also considers dropping out of college to help the family.
Episode: 069 | Aired: November 17, 1976
J.J.'s new work is bringing in a lot of money but he doesn't know everything about his new bosses. And when Florida discovers how he's making his money, she throws him out.
Episode: 070 | Aired: November 24, 1976
During Thanksgiving, Florida is appalled when Grandpa Evans reveals the nature of his relationship with his girlfriend.
Episode: 071 | Aired: December 08, 1976
J.J. wins the lottery, but when word spreads throughout the neighborhood, Thelma's gangster friends show up at their apartment demanding the money.
Episode: 072 | Aired: December 15, 1976
Florida surprises the kids when instead of spending another night at home alone, she goes out for a wild night on the town with Willona.
Episode: 073 | Aired: December 22, 1976
While managing Michael's singing group, J.J. comes across a singer he knows is destined for stardom, with the right management.
Episode: 074 | Aired: January 05, 1977
J.J. decides to borrow money from a loan shark to manage a new comedian but when it comes time to pay up, he doesn't know how he's going to get the money.
Episode: 075 | Aired: January 12, 1977
Florida needs a vacation, badly, and the kids decide to sell underwear to get the money to send her to Lake Geneva.
Episode: 076 | Aired: January 19, 1977
Thelma gets suspended after arranging a school boycott. She also becomes the object of desire for Ibe, an exchange student who proposes that they live together.
Episode: 077 | Aired: January 19, 1977
Florida goes ballistic when Thelma tells her she's moving in with her boyfriend. Thelma rethinks her relationship with Ibe when he wants her to be his wife and move back to Nigeria with him.
Episode: 078 | Aired: January 26, 1977
For Willona's birthday, her philandering ex-husband returns to beg for forgiveness. She's convinced that he's a changed man, but he resumes his womanizing ways by hitting on Thelma.
Episode: 079 | Aired: February 02, 1977
While Florida's away, the kids throw a rowdy party that gets out of hand when one of the guests takes an overdose and J.J. plays hero.
Episode: 080 | Aired: February 09, 1977
Michael reveals he's an atheist. When Florida learns that his boss, Carl, instilled this idea, she confronts him.
Episode: 081 | Aired: February 23, 1977
Florida accepts Carl's invitation for dinner, but a disagreement cuts the date short.
Episode: 082 | Aired: March 02, 1977
J.J. plans on taking Michael to a father-son dinner. But when he learns that Carl is taking him, his feelings are crushed.
Episode: 083 | Aired: March 09, 1977
J.J. goes into the greeting card business but his accountant informs him that he doesn't have enough money to fulfill a large order. This prompts J.J. to try and get a loan.
Episode: 084 | Aired: March 23, 1977
Carl tells the kids that he's going to propose to Florida. But after being diagnosed with lung cancer, he abruptly severs the relationship.
Episode: 085 | Aired: March 30, 1977
Though J.J. is angry with Carl for breaking his mother's heart, he won't reveal the true reason for breaking up with Florida. But a change in heart prompts him to disclose the truth and his marriage proposal is happily accepted.