Highway to Heaven

Season 4 Episode 12

With Love, the Claus

Aired Unknown Dec 23, 1987 on NBC
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With Love, the Claus
At Christmastime, Jonathan and Mark try to get a divorced couple to work together for their son's sake. Meanwhile, the holiday may be in jeopardy when a department store santa is arrested.

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  • What this show does best

    This is classic 80s television...and it's a classic holiday entry for this series. Landon likes for episodes to focus on the resiliency of the human spirit, and he likes stories in particular that involve children. This episode, about a Santa on trial, has all that. It was written by Dan Gordon and borrows heavily from Fox's MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. But instead of being a blatant ripoff, it is a tender, respectful homage. There are a few differences. First, the gender of the child who believes that the man really is Santa has been changed from a girl to a boy. There is also a bitter custody battle being waged between the attorneys, who just so happen to be recently divorced. Throughout these proceedings, there are some scenes that address domestic problems and family unity from a rather 80s point of view. Still, it's a very enjoyable episode. And while it's highly sentimental, it gives the viewer a lot to ponder: from little things like road rage to big things like the breakup of a marriage-- things that cause us to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas which should be held in our hearts all year long.moreless

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    • Most of the scenes involve the guest stars. Jonathan (Michael Landon) gets to cross-examine witnesses on the stand, but Mark (Victor French) has very little to do in this episode.

    • Robert Casper has a featured role as Mr. Grinchley, the department store manager. Casper appeared in the final season of Little House as Sherwood Montague.


    • This episode's story, involving a Santa Claus on trial, pays homage to the classic holiday film MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. The main difference is that the child here is a little boy, whereas in the 1947 movie it was a girl.