The main storyline focuses on Tony and Lynette Parks; a Chicago couple seeking to adopt foster child Reggie, with all seemingly going well with Lynette's job as well as Tony's 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 "Who's Who" of black entertainers of the time period including Michael Warren; former Miss America Vanessa Williams; Eddie Murphy's 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.
- And That Little Girl Was Me: Sideman tells a story about a little boy who, after discovering that a goose he had become attached to was Christmas dinner and not a present as first assumed, let the goose free and got a pretty serious spanking as a result; and when Reggie asks if he made it up, Sideman says that he had the scars to prove it.
- Catapult Nightmare: Reggie shooting up in bed after we see Lynette looking away as the collision between her and a drunk driver is imminent appears to be this, only for Tony to receive a phone call confirming that the fatal car crash was very much real.
- Christmas Miracle: A variant in that it's 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 Clayton's 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 it's never explicitly stated if it is indeed Santa or not.
- Skewed Priorities: The scene introducing Sideman has him telling Tony and the other guys struggling to move an upright piano up a flight of stairs to his apartment not to scratch up the piano.