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.
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Recaps1x26: She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother recap
: In the girls' living room, Max works on a Mother's Day card. Synclaire accuses her of being too impersonal, so Max signs it, "Best wishes, Max." There is a knock at the door, and Synclaire lets the guys in and greets Overton with a hug. Overton shows off the perfume he bought for his mother, despite Kyle's efforts to stop him from opening it. Khadijah declares that it smells like cheese. Overton disagrees, but Regine enters the room and asks who has nachos... read more.1x25: A Tale of Two Tattles recap
: In the kitchen, Khadijah criticizes Synclaire for buying five packs of Almost Turkey hot dogs. Synclaire insists she had to do this because she tried a free sample. Regine enters with her boyfriend, Tony. Khadijah asks about his stand-up comedy career. He replies that it is going well, but he keeps getting bumped from Arsenio
because he is booked with Richard Simmons. Regine laughs hard and predicts that Tony will be very successful. Max shows up in search of groceries, but is not impressed by the Almost Turkey hot dogs. She is also upset that the Oreos aren't Double Stuf, but grabs some food and heads for the table. Tony notes that he thought Regine only had two roommates. Regine calls Max a "pet pig.".. read more.1x24: Love Is a Many Splintered Thing recap
: Overton is hanging a picture in the hallway as he explains to Synclaire that Kyle wants to name their dog Kyle Barker. Synclaire wants to name it Overton, but he flirtatiously says that he was saving that name for his first-born child. He tells her that they have decided to name the dog Sanford. Synclaire notes that Sanford is lucky to have such great owners, and must love them. Overton says that Sanford likes him, but is partial to Kyle. Kyle enters, pleading with Sanford to stop jumping on him. Max follows and cracks that Kyle has gotten an answer to his ad in the personals. Kyle tries to sic Sanford on her... read more.1x23: U.N.I.T.Y. (a.k.a. Five Card Stud) recap
: Regine follows Khadijah into the living room, trying to convince her that she could sell more magazines by running photos of men in tiny bathing suits. She hands a magazine to Synclaire, who is impressed by the picture. Max insists that women can admire a man's body without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. She looks at the photo, and admits that she does feel embarrassed and ashamed. Khadijah admires the photo, but wonders what she would be saying about men by running such pictures. Max replies, "The same thing that they say about us: 'Damn. Look where they put that staple.'".. read more.1x22: Who's the Boss? recap
: Khadijah is at her desk, sneezing repeatedly. Synclaire notes that her cold is getting worse, but a stuffed-up Khadijah insists she doesn't get sick. Synclaire recommends that she see a doctor, but Khadijah adamantly declares that she needs to stay to oversee the special music issue. She sneezes again, and Synclaire warns that the whole office will get her germs. Khadijah doesn't think anyone else has noticed her illness, but an employee wears a mask as she drops off some contracts... read more.