The main storyline focuses on Tony and Lynette Parks; a Chicago couple seeking to adopt foster child Reggie, with all seemingly going well with Lynettes job as well as Tonys career as a saxophone player in a jazz band. Then; tragedy strikes when Lynette is killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Soon; Tony faces a string of hurdles from the adoption agency who refused to let Tony adopt Reggie due to his choosing to becoming a full-time musician prior to the events of the plot; resulting in Reggie being fostered out to a string of foster homes, while a friend attempts to convince Tony to move to New Orleans to play in a jazz band there. Will Tony give up on his dreams of adopting Reggie or will a Christmas miracle reunite the two as father and son.
The movie would feature a Whos Who of black entertainers of the time period including Michael Warren; former Miss America Vanessa Williams; Eddie Murphys brother Charlie Murphy; Ben Vereen; Ken Page; Esther Rolle; Cicely Tyson; Della Reese; Ray Parker Jr.; Gilbert Lewis; Trent Cameron (as Reggie) and Sammy Davis Jr. in his final role; with brief appearances by Jason Weaver and Irma P. Hall
Tropes associated with this episode:
- Amazing Freaking Grace: Alicia Slater sings Amazing Grace during the funeral service for Lynette.
- Christmas Miracle: A variant in that its implied at the end that Tony succeeds in adopting Reggie.
- Drunk Driver: The driver of the car that caused the accident that kills Lynette is first seen coming out of a bar having clearly had way too much to drink.
- Mall Santa: Reggie runs into a few trying to find the real Santa.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Esther Claytons primary role
- Santa Ambiguity: In addition to the prevalent Mall Santas; a cab driver who looks very much like Old St. Nick makes a key appearance late in the film; though its never explicitly stated if it is indeed Santa or not.