Life in the Chicago projects is never easy, However, the Evans family never gives up trying to make the best of things. While Florida and James struggle to provide for their family, their sons J.J., an aspiring painter, Micheal, the undying political crusader, causing trouble while their sister, Thelma, stands between them as the voice of reason. Living in the same building were Willona Woods, Florida's best friend from High School who provided support, love and gossip and Nathan Bookman, the overweight janitor who gave them grief and was the butt of alot of fat jokes, especially Willona who often referred to him as Buffalo Butt or Booger. Life, at least, is never boring while they fight to keep their heads above water and one day leave the projects, which they did in the series finale. Sadly, it was without James who was killed off in the 4th season.Written by
Starting near the end of Season Four, and continuing throughout the rest of the series, the "Cabrini-Green" housing project backdrop outside of the Evans' window changed, revealing a glaring mistake of scale and perspective.
The left side of the backdrop stayed as it had in earlier seasons (with a view of another Cabrini-Green brick tower across the way), while the right side of the backdrop showed a Chicago skyline, with the Hancock Tower in the background (as it should have looked when viewed from the former site of the Cabrini-Green housing project). This backdrop is correct visually.
For an unknown reason, near the end of Season Four, the right side of the backdrop (which formerly showed the Chicago skyline) changed to a "visual repeat" of the left side of the backdrop (the Cabrini-Green brick tower). The scale and perspective of this "repeat" of the backdrop results in a background that could not possibly exist in real life - the size of the floors of the building do not line up, and the scale of the floors of the building on the right does not match with those on the left (one floor on the right side equals four floors on the left). See more »
[Florida is shocked when she sees the young boy who delivers drugs to people, like J.J's girlfriend]
But James, he's still a baby!
Well, this ain't his talcum powder!
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