Bernie and Wanda host a Mac family reunion barbecue for about 50 of Bernie's extended relatives who invade L. Bernie is delighted that the kids are in a carpool because it means he will only have to drive them to school two days a week. One of the greatest comedic talents was that of Bernie Mac. Meanwhile, we learn why the two men don't get along in a series of flashbacks, as Bernie takes us back to when he met Wanda and her father didn't approve of his daughter dating a comic delivery man who told jokes on the subway. When Vanessa brings home her first boyfriend, Reggie, Bernie gets to work on scaring the guy off but quickly realizes that Reggie is a good influence on Jordan and could lead him away from bug collecting and into sports and girls.
That's not cool with Bernie, who maintains that back in their early days as stand-ups, Chris once told a joke on stage that Bernie had told him just moments before. Wanda and Bernie decide to add another room onto the house for Bryana but in the meantime, while they've got a contractor in the house, Wanda decides to redo part of the master bedroom as well. Bernie trips on pieces of it, trying to put the fire out Chris Rock and Jay Leno guest star, as Bernie takes a long-standing grudge against Rock all the way to The Tonight Show. With that, Jordan eventually goes to a different league secretly behind Bernie Mac's back. He decides to join his school's football team after hearing that everyone on the squad gets a trophy just for participating. Wanda asks Bernie to go easy on Lloyd this time as her parents are having money problems and cannot buy a new Cadillac. Bernie and Billy's dad fight b When a litigious neighbor asks Bernie to tear down the treehouse he built for Jordan, it leads to an all-night standoff.
So Jordan must beside between friendship or material possessions. So Bernie volunteers as a teacher's helper for a week to see for himself. Bernie Mac was a stand up comedian as well as actor who had his own unique style and sense of humor, most of which found base in his real life. Bernie believes in tough love and as long as the kids follow the rules, he'll always try to do the right thing, but sometimes Bernie's right thing is the wrong thing. He fixes Bryana's hair, he foils Jordan's fake illness and he boosts Vanessa's confidence.
Meanwhile, the girls bond with Wanda when they team up to figure out how to change the batteries in the incessantly beeping home smoke detectors. He changes the roof, throws in some plastic people, and sets it on fire, laughing hysterically. Meanwhile, Jordan's project turns out great, but Bernie doesn't know that Jordan has decided to make a few extra things. She also buys a cell phone for Vanessa, that Bernie did not allow. Phil makes a house call in Bernie's confessional.
Vanessa primps herself up with make-up for her senior photo. When he gets to the game though, he realizes that he should be playing and joins in. At first, Bernie is excited and looks forward to bonding with his relatives and strengthening their family ties, but when his Aunt Sis starts to pester him about co-hosting a cooking show with her on the Food Network, cousin Lou starts to harass him, and his older brother Carl questions the way he and Wanda are raising the children, Bernie starts to question why he agreed to host the reunion in the first place. Jordan wants to fit in with the popular kids in school, and Bernie suggests that he try playing games with them. And that's the case Bernie presents to an incredulous Wanda. Wanda's parents, Lloyd and Leora, visit the Mac household.
Since Bernie is working and cannot care for the kids after school, Wanda must put the younger kids into daycare at her work. The kids decide to go on strike. Vanessa also asks Bernie to help her on her campaign, so Bernie appears as many characters in her video of why she should be allected. Meanwhile, Jordan is selling candy bars to raise money for his school but is not having an easy time of it. Bernie and Jordan square off in a battle not quite of biblical proportions, but certainly of biblical content, as the youngster craftily uses the Good Book for manipulation when he believes he's being unduly punished. Bernie's sister, Benita, comes to visit, and all havoc starts.
He gets electrocuted by an old lady, forced to be a clown at a child's birthday party, and sent shopping for his own present! This is the reason why it isn't any surprise that one of the best comedic shows to be found on television was The Bernie Mac Show. This is something that gives the show an even more realistic feel and emphasizes the point that, although Mac was now a success, he never forgot where he came from and what family really means. With Wanda at work, Bernie is forced to figure everything out for himself. Bernie tries to instill a sense of old-school Christmas tradition in the kids but when they become obsessed with gift-getting Bernie decides to cancel Christmas altogether. Back at home, Vanessa baby-sits her siblings and takes matters into her own hand when Jordan gets troublesome. Meanwhile, Jordan wants to become friends with the big boys on the block, and figures the best way to do it is to hook one of them up with his older sister, Vanessa. When the studio gives him a motorcycle and Wanda suggests that he give it to charity because it is unsafe, he puts his foot down and decides to keep it until he crashes, passes out and sees what the Mac house would be like without him.
Bernie finds out Jordan has never had a birthday party. Bernie becomes concerned when he begins to see the classic signs that old age is catching up with him. Excited at the idea of giving his baby sister away, Bernie is passed over when Benita ask their older brother Carl to do the honors. Upset because Jordan was getting a better party then she did, she tells Billy's dad the surprise is an alien. Bernie teaches Jordan how to play cards and he becomes a whiz.
Wesley Snipes takes a genial comic spin as Wanda's easygoing boss, Duke, who invites the couple to a dinner party. She gives Jordan the only picture she has of her father so that he can have a real connection to his past. Another part of the show's success is the fact that Mac approached real concerns and real issues that concerned his family and how he chose to deal with it. He can't believe his mom never gave him one. When this prevents Vanessa and Reggie from spending any alone-time together, Vanessa decides to break up until Bernie uses reverse psychology on her to get them back together.
Rickles suggests that stress is the real problem, and what causes stress? Later when Bernie asks Jordan to babysit Bryana one night, Jordan accepts just so he can watch the R-rated movie behind his back. Bryana injures her ankle so Jordan has to be her servant, but in the end after Bryana took it a bit far Jordan gets some redemption. Meanwhile, Jordan is caught trying to sell Bernie's girlie magazines to the boys at school and Bernie and Wanda are called into another meeting with Father Cronin. Bernie goes before the American Idol judges in his confessional and they critique his performance in the commercial. Bernie discovers that Jordan has taken his framed Redd Foxx ticket stub for the school time capsule when he is asked to include something that connects him to his past and doesn't have anything of his own. While trying to braid Bryana's hair, he gets hair grease all over his favorite shirt.