Of course, Malcolm is Lily’s biological father, but Neil raised her and was the man she called, “Dad.” Mal was a supportive uncle to Devon when Neil passed away suddenly and it’s a no-brainer that he’d want to be front and center in the jazz lounge dedicated to his late brother when the siblings hold a memorial in their father’s honor.
It was a troubled upbringing for Devon growing up with Yolanda as a parent. He wound up on the streets and in foster care before Dru and Neil adopted him. Yolanda, who was known to Devon’s dad, Tucker, as “Harmony” made good later in life when she helped her son to get the cochlear implant he needed. It’s a nice surprise to have her back for Neil’s memorial.
Malcolm, who will undoubtedly be reeling from the news that his old pal Phyllis was killed, may take some solace in time spent with Nikki, who, along with her husband Victor, is involved in the planning of Neil’s memorial.
Malcolm, unsurprisingly, is surrounded by lovely ladies at the memorial for his brother. Sharon, Mariah, and Nikki are a sight for sore eyes as they pose with the famous photog in Neil’s lounge.
Malcolm takes in the new Neil Winters Jazz Lounge and spends a moment remembering his brother while looking at his portrait on the wall. Shemar Moore considered Kristoff St. John his brother offscreen as well.
Devon’s relationships with his parents have been far from easy, and he probably doesn’t have many, if any, family portraits. That’s why it’s nice that the trio were able to set the complicated history aside for this shot in the penthouse.