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Alderman Fred Davis was also heavily disliked by the Evanses, save James and JJ.
JJ also disliked Alderman Davis after James' death. In a memorable episode, J.J. completely destroyed Davis in front of a podium of political peers. It backfired though, because this made more people vote for him.
Crowning Moment of Awesome: When a friend of JJ's takes pills in a suicide attempt, JJ walks him around the living room, all the while talking to him in an effort to keep him awake until the ambulance arrives. JJ talks about random things, going from humor, to childhood memories, to plans for the future before finally screaming at him, "There's a whole world out there to live for, man, and nothing worth dying for! Robert, don't die, man! A lot of people care! *I* care! It's topped off by the guy thanking JJ as the medics take him away. It's a great moment for perpetual goofball JJ to show some genuine depth and emotion and considering that at one point he mentions how much he misses his father, it's almost a Tearjerker as well.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Poverty, wellness, and mental health were the biggest issues addressed. The episode wherein James is diagnosed with hypertension was especially important, as mental health problems were almost never spoken of in black communities at the time.
Tear Jerker: James' death in the Season 4 premiere is probably one of the more jarring ones for a 70s sitcom.
Ugly Cute: J.J.'s appearance. The opinion varies from episode to episode, while he's attractive enough (Kavorka Man) to pick up women, most characters, namely Michael, Thelma and even Florida comments otherwise, it's Played for Laughs when addressed and doesn't seem to bother him.