"A Huey Freeman Christmas" is the seventh episode of the Adult Swim animated television series The Boondocks. It originally aired on December 18, 2005.
After spending some time teaching the class about the traditional Kwanzaa Harambee salute, Mr. Uberwitz (Judge Reinhold), Huey's culturally sensitive teacher, approaches Huey in private and offers him the chance to direct the school's Christmas play. Initially skeptical, Huey guardedly agrees after demanding creative control "in writing". Huey decides to seize the opportunity by drafting an entirely new play and crafting it to adhere to his unique vision.
Riley, meanwhile, rekindles an old grudge he has against Santa. He attacks him with a chair and a golf club at the local mall before writing a letter threatening more action if Santa continues to refuse to "pay what he owe" (a set of rims he had wished for years ago and never received) — a threat he follows up on in the form of a later assault with airsoft pistols.
By the next day, Huey has his entire class working efficiently in an office-like setting and brings in Quincy Jones to co-produce the play. Huey's classmates, though, decide to take some time out to have fun. Upon discovering this, Huey reacts with extreme rigor, firing all the kids. Huey also makes a reference to the Peanuts by asking the kids "Do I look like Charlie Brown?" twice. He decides to hire a casting director to help replace the kids, eventually deciding on such figures as Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett as replacements. He ignores all the protests from the PTA who object to their children not being involved.
Near the premiere, Huey has a meeting with his school's principal regarding some of the contents of his script. Most notably, the Principal insists that Jesus not be portrayed as black, despite the name of Huey's play being "The Adventures of Black Jesus". Stymied and demoralized, Huey abandons the project the night before the play, giving Mr. Uberwitz the decision of whether to alter the play according to the wishes of the administration or to leave it adherent to Huey's original vision. He chooses the latter, a decision that costs him his job, and Huey's play goes on without one word being changed; regarding this decision, Huey calls Uberwitz "another irresponsible white person." This statement could be directly criticizing Uberwitz himself, or it could be critical of a society that would view such actions as "irresponsible" for a white person.
The play winds up receiving outstanding praise from the viewing audience and the local newspaper; however, the PTA boycott prevented more than a few people from seeing it. Huey considers the show a success but sees the error in not allowing his classmates to perform. Jazmine, who has lost faith in a black Santa imposter (Uncle Ruckus), is told by Ruckus himself that Santa couldn't come this year because it was too unsafe with Riley's violent antics. Jazmine is content with the lie but Riley exacts his revenge on Ruckus by popping an airsoft bullet in his face. Jazmine attended Huey's play with Granddad and Riley, but she is the only member from the group to applaud Huey's play.
|"Mail Order Bride" • "A PE Christmas" • "A Very Venture Christmas" • "Rebel Without a Claus" • "The Best Christmas Ever" • "A Huey Freeman Christmas" • "Robot Chicken Christmas Special" • "Robot Chicken's Half-A**ed Christmas Special" • "Dear Consumer" • "Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special" • "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special" • "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special"|
|Christmas Specials Based on Comic Strips|
|Peanuts||A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown • Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown|
|Garfield||A Garfield Christmas Special • "Heatwave Holiday" • "Caroling Capers" • "Home for the Holidays"|
|Popeye||Seasin's Greetinks! • Mister and Mistletoe • "Spinach Greetings"|
|Dennis the Menace||"The Christmas Story" • "The Christmas Horse" • "The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree" • A Dennis the Menace Christmas|
|Other comic strips||The Captain's Christmas • "Hazel's Christmas Shopping" • "A Christmas Tale" • "Just 86 Shopping Minutes Till Christmas" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" • A Family Circus Christmas • Ziggy's Gift • The Bestest Present • "North Pole Cat" • A Wish For Wings That Work • A Christmas Angel • "A Baby Blues Christmas Special" • "A Huey Freeman Christmas"|