December 11, 2005 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Holiday Wishes" – Each designer goes back to visit one family who has received a makeover in the past and to join them on a mission to pay their good fortune forward, in a special two-hour holiday episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Starting in LA, Sweet Alice Harris has asked Ty and the gang to give the Los Angeles Free Clinic a makeover. Ed stays behind to help with the task, while Ty launches the other designers on their missions to help as many people as possible.
Preston visits Robin Leslie, displaced from her home in New Orleans after the hurricane and now living in a run-down trailer in Mississippi. They set off to see her house for the first time, which, miraculously, they find still standing. Anxious to help the many others in need, Preston and Robin join up with Sears American Dream and, along with First Lady Laura Bush, deliver clothes to people who’ve lost everything.
Paul and Tracy visit the Pope family in Northern California and find that Shelby – who is allergic to sunlight – is thriving in the new house. The Popes want to help other kids with this rare disease, and are able to arrange for Disneyworld to open their doors at night. When Paul, Tracy, the Popes and 20 kids with the disease board a special Southwest flight for Orlando, little do they know that they’re off to have the most magical night of their lives – riding Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Dumbo, meeting the Seven Dwarves and other characters, watching fireworks and the electric parade – all in the dark, from midnight to 4:00 a.m. As a special treat, Brian Wilson performs "Deck the Halls" for the families.
Paige heads to Tennessee to visit Luis Rodriguez, who is doing great on his new leg and whose family is thrilled with their new house. Luis wants to do whatever he can to help Bobby Isaacs, another soldier who lost both his legs in Iraq. Paige and Luis head to Bobby’s house in North Carolina for an emotional reunion, a walk-through of Bobby’s tiny cabin, and a big surprise – both men are being sent away on vacation while we make over Bobby’s house with new floors, a new bathroom, a fishing dock and, of course, a plasma TV. Mike Iaconelli, the winner of the Bass Master Classic, comes to test out Bobby’s new boat with Paige, and while on vacation, Bobby and Luis speak to vets from other wars.
Michael visits the Broadbent family in Las Vegas. All are doing well in the house, despite their struggles with cancer and HIV. The Broadbents want to deliver meals to sick people who can’t go home for the holidays, so Michael arranges for a hotel on the strip to cook up a hundred meals, and Wayne
Newton escorts them around the city, delivering meals to AIDS patients and other sick people in the Las Vegas area. They go to the extreme, not only dropping off meals, but also some extraordinary gifts for people in the community in what turns out to be a beautiful day of giving.
Meanwhile, Ty and Ed are busy working with Swinerton Builders to get the clinic ready, and James Denton of ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" shows up to help plumb because, after all, he’s a plumber on TV!
In the end, all of the designers return to LA for the emotional unveiling of the new LA Free Clinic, and the band O.A.R. plays the theme song live, ringing in a wonderful holiday season of giving.
The design team for this special holiday episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" includes team leader Ty Pennington as well as Michael Moloney, Preston Sharp, Paul Dimeo, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson and Ed Sanders. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Tom Forman and co-executive produced by Denise Cramsey.