1- 1 Getting Up The Rent
James Evans has been out of work most of the month. He's late on his rent payment and the landlord is ready to forcibly evict his family. James takes his pool stick down to the billiards hall and stakes his last bit of money. He wins and returns just in time to pay up. Florida remains unaware of James' gambling stunt, and thanks the Lord Jesus.
1- 2 Black Jesus
J.J has painted a portrait of a Black Jesus. Suddenly there is a run of good luck in the family. James wins two bets in the same day. But they must choose - does J.J get to enter the painting in a contest for the art gallery? Or does the painting stay in the living room?
1- 3 Too Old Blues
The family plans to celebrate James' new job. But then they find out he didn't get it because he is a couple years too old to meet government requirements.
1- 4 God's Business is Good Business
James' old army buddy visits. He is now a wealthy TV minister, and offers James a job. But James turns it down after dishonest tactics are revealed.
1- 5 Michael Gets Suspended
During a schoolroom history class, Michael calls George Washington a racist because he was a slave owner. Michael gets suspended from school and sent home. James and Florida, try to persuade Michael to apologize for his statement.
1- 6 Sex and the Evans Family
Florida finds a sexually explicit book in the house. She is surprised when it turns out to be Thelma's. But Thelma's college boyfriend is only using it for a school paper.
1- 7 Junior Gets a Patron
J.J has sold a painting. But the art customer turns out to be one of James' old enemies. James throws the man out and refuses to let J.J. do the work, so J.J. runs away from home to live and work at the mans home. But he is unable to work in this new, peaceful environment. Florida sneaks off to visit J.J, then James turns up too. James and his friend call a truce, and J.J returns home.
1- 8 Junior the Senior
James and Florida are upset when J.J gets passed to his senior year, even though he got a failing report card. They meet with the principal.
1- 9 The Visitor
A letter written by Michael complaining about poor conditions in the housing projects prompts a visit from a high ranking city official. James is furious with his son, The Militant Midget.
1- 10 Springtime in the Ghetto
The building superintendent is holding a contest for best kept apartment. Florida is eager to win and cleans up the whole house. But Michael brings Ned the wino home at the last minute. The family cleans Ned up with a bath and new clothes, and they win! It turns out the lady doing the judging is Ned's estranged wife.
1- 11 The TV Commercial
Florida is chosen to appear in a tv commercial for a health tonic. But she turns down the high paying role after learning the tonic is 35 percent alcohol.
1- 12 The Checkup
James is angry, smashing furniture and yelling. Michael and Thelma think he is suffering from hypertension and talk him into taking a physical exam. The Doctor tells James he has a high cholesterol level, and instructs him to cut back on salt and fat.
1- 13 My Son the Lover
J.J. is dating a wonderful new girl. He is also painting her portrait for free. His heart is broken when the girl breaks up with him the same day he completes her painting.