Living Single focuses on the personal and professional lives of six African American friends residing in New York City. Khadijah James (Queen Latifah) is the founder and editor of Flavor Magazine, an independent publication aimed at the young urban audience. She shares an apartment in a Brooklyn brownstone with her sweet-but-eccentric cousin Synclaire (Kim Coles), an aspiring actress who works as a receptionist at Flavor; and longtime friend Regine Hunter (Kim Fields), a materialistic woman with a knack for picking up gossip. The trio constantly receives unannounced visits from Khadijah's college friend Maxine Shaw (Erika Alexander), a strong-willed attorney who seems to have an aversion to purchasing her own groceries. Also occupying their fair share of time in the apartment are neighbor Overton Wakefield Jones (John Henton), a handyman who frequently offers homespun wisdom; and his best friend, Kyle Barker (T.C. Carson), a self-assured stock broker who is involved in a bizarre love-hate relationship with Max.
Following the fourth season, FOX failed to put the series on the fall schedule, but it was promoted from midseason status when the Scott Baio sitcom Rewind failed to impress and was cancelled before the first episode aired. T.C. Carson appeared in only a few episodes during this fifth (and final) season; and Mel Jackson joined the cast as Tripp Williams, an aspiring songwriter who moves in with Regine and Khadijah following Synclaire's marriage to Overton.
Recaps2x23: Who's Scooping Who? recap
: In the girls' kitchen, Kyle explains to Overton how he types information about his various dates, including name, phone number and location of the first date. Max adds that he should include how many pieces of candy it took to get her into the car. Kyle snaps that Max lures her dates with raw meat. Regine enters and proudly shows off a doll. She explains that it is called "The Sherine Doll," and believes it looks like her. Everyone laughs, and Max snorts that Regine said the same thing about Whitney Houston. Regine believes she does look like Whitney, prompting Overton to share that people confuse him with Montel Williams. Regine insists the doll is based on her, as she dated a guy from Wish Co, the company that makes it. Kyle is not convinced. Regine points out that Sherine comes with six interchangeable wigs, but her friends continue to laugh. Regine pulls a string, and Sherine says, "Smooches!" Everyone concludes that the doll is based on Regine... read more.2x22: Another Saturday Night recap
: Regine, Khadijah and Max are playing cards in the living room. Kyle knocks, then enters and asks Regine about some books. Max expresses surprise that Kyle is reading and makes a crack about Curious George. Kyle explains that he has a date with an investor, who is a princess. He wants to read up on the protocol of dating a woman of class. "Because Lord knows I've made some mistakes," he adds pointedly. Max claims she doesn't think about their night together. Khadijah remarks that an interview with an African princess would be great for Flavor
, and wants to talk to her before the date. Kyle admits he doesn't know where she is staying, as her motorcade will pick him up for security reasons. Khadijah jokes that in America, a woman who isn't interested in a guy gives him the wrong number... read more.2x21: Space Invaders recap
: Overton enjoys a bubble bath. Kyle pounds on the bathroom door and demands that he hurry up. Overton refuses to cooperate, even after Kyle explains that he needs to use the bathroom badly. Overton declares that "cleanliness is next to godliness" and continues to scrub. A frustrated Kyle kicks the door before finally giving up and leaving. Synclaire, who is also in the bubble bath, tells Overton that they should consider getting out of the tub because they are clean. Overton rubs her foot and smiles that it is time "to get a little dirty." He claps the lights off, and music begins to play. He and Synclaire kiss... read more.2x20: If the Crew Fits recap
: Khadijah and Max play a game of War in the girls' living room. Regine and Darryl dance through the door, and Synclaire asks them about the Mardi Gras parade. Regine, who is wearing beads and carrying a mask, excitedly declares that a drag queen taught her to use her Chanel scarf as a weapon. Darryl has to leave, and he and Regine move in to kiss goodbye. The girls stare at them, so Regine holds her mask over their faces for some privacy. After Darryl leaves, Khadijah congratulates Regine for dating a "real" guy for so long. Max makes a crack about his weight... read more.2x19: Legal Briefs recap
: At the public defender's office, Max tells her colleague, Fred, that she won't cover for him. He convinces her to hear him out, and tells her that a client was charged with possession with intent to sell. Although he didn't have any drugs, there was powder on his shoe. Fred asks Max if he should plea bargain, and she says no. She also helps him by mentioning a precedent, then tells him to go away. A woman gets everyone's attention and says she is introducing them to their new supervisor. Max turns and recognizes him as Preston August. She and Preston exchange knowing glances. The woman mentions they are lucky to have him, and asks them not to give him any ulcers or migraines. Preston approaches Max and tells her it is good to see her again. Max stares at him with her mouth open, then inadvertently dips her sandwich in her drink... read more.