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Living Single

Living Single



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.


Episode Info

Prev: 5x13 -- Let's Stay Together (Jan/01/1998)


Overton invites Kyle to an impromptu New Year's Eve party after Max makes a stunning discovery about her sperm donor. Synclaire considers a career move.


Cast
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
As Khadijah James
Kim ColesKim Coles
As Synclaire James Jones
Erika AlexanderErika Alexander
As Maxine Felice "Max" Shaw
Kim FieldsKim Fields
As Regine Hunter
John HentonJohn Henton
As Overton Wakefield Jones
T.C. CarsonT.C. Carson
As Kyle Barker (episodes 1 - 107)
Mel JacksonMel Jackson
As Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III (S05)

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Recaps
2x14: There's No Ship Like Kinship recap: In the living room, Synclaire pesters Khadijah to go ice skating with her. She declines, as she is still bruised from the last time. Regine agrees that Khadijah is bad at skating, leaving her annoyed. They all enter the hallway to find Overton, who yawns when Synclaire tries to kiss him. She notes that he seems exhausted, and he admits that he didn't get any sleep. As long as he was up, he made the ladies new brass mail plates that he has engraved. Regine looks at one and says that it is in Hebrew. Overton retorts that the mailman is Jewish... read more.

2x13: A Hair-Razing Experience recap: Regine is on the phone with Scooter, and promises to tell Khadijah that he called. She asks him about Monte Negro, and says to give her regards to the king. After Scooter responds, she then says to give her regards to the rebel leader. She says goodbye and hangs up. Khadijah enters just seconds later. She is disappointed to miss Scooter's call, and asks if he left a number. Regine says no, as he just landed. He will call her when he reaches Vienna, and said "I love you" in German. Khadijah criticizes Regine's accent. She asks if Scooter sounded cute, and like he was wearing tight jeans. Regine rolls her eyes and replies, "And no drawers!" Khadijah asks if he sounded like he missed her. Regine sighs that they talked for 10 seconds, and that she sensed "utter loneliness and total despair." Khadijah feels bad for "Scootie-Pootie," but adds that he deserves it for leaving her... read more.

2x12: Thanks for Giving recap: Synclaire talks on the kitchen phone while writing down a recipe that involves marshmallows. She feels emotional about her mother giving her a family recipe, so she hangs up. Khadijah is not excited about the fact that Synclaire now knows how to make "yamallow." Max enters, and she and Synclaire wish each other a happy Thanksgiving. Max tosses a bag of chips onto the counter. Regine points out that she was supposed to bring a side dish, so Max stresses that they are corn chips. Khadijah notes that Regine wants everything to be perfect for her new man. Regine claims they are just hanging out. She admits she wasn't really into Darryl until he said he wasn't attracted to her, leaving her intrigued. Synclaire is happy that they all have someone special, but realizes she isn't sure who Max is bringing to dinner. Max first says she doesn't have a date, but Khadijah reminds her that she is bringing Michael. The phone rings, and Khadijah answers it. She is pleased to hear from Scooter. She tells her friends that he has something to give her and something to ask her. Regine is certain that Scooter is going to propose. Khadijah dismisses the idea. Max wonders why Scooter would ruin the relationship with a proposal. Synclaire asks Khadijah what her answer would be if he did propose. Khadijah isn't sure. Max advises her to follow her example by saying no. Regine doesn't believe anyone has proposed to Max. Max insists it happened twice, screamed out by men "at that critical moment." The girls laugh... read more.

2x11: My Cups Runneth Over recap: Overton, Synclaire, Khadijah and Max are hanging out in the living room when Kyle enters with Kevon. Khadijah and Synclaire try to greet him, but he runs straight to "Uncle Obie" and jumps into his lap. Max asks Kevon if Kyle was assigned to him to punish Kevon. Kevon agrees with Kyle's assessment that Max is a mean old lady, and asks about "the nice one with the fake hair." Khadijah replies that Regine is at the doctor, but a box of her hair is upstairs. Kevon is excited to hear the sounds of the ice cream truck. Khadijah comments on the greedy ice cream man delivering in winter. Kevon begs Kyle for some ice cream money. Kyle points out that he just had a candy bar, but Overton gives Kevon some money. Kyle starts to go after Kevon, but Overton volunteers because he wants a Nutty Buddy. He realizes that he is out of money, so he imitates Kevon and begs Kyle for ice cream money. Kyle gives him some money, and Max hands Overton a dollar for a Bon Pop. Kyle realizes he gave Overton a 50-dollar bill. Synclaire is sure Overton will bring back the change, but Overton can be heard in the street bragging about the 50-dollar bill to the kids. Kyle runs out after him... read more.

2x10: Double Indignity recap: Khadijah complains about the depressing news in the paper. Regine agrees, sighing with disgust about designers predicting wider lapels. Max enters nicely dressed, and Khadijah comments that she must have a job interview. Regine presents Max with a running tab for all of the food she has eaten, which is even itemized. Max says she doesn't have an interview; she is just going to the courthouse in search of someone who needs a lawyer. Khadijah wonders how she will tell, and Max replies, "If they're in a holding cell, it's kind of a tip-off." Synclaire remarks that they would be lucky to have someone so professional. Max shows off some coupons she has made for potential clients. She is excited about being there when the felony bus arrives... read more.
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Khalil Kain as Keith (4 eps)
Rita Owens as Rita James (4 eps)
Dorien Wilson as Rev. Leslie Taylor (4 eps)
Bobby Hosea as Lawrence (3 eps)
Heavy D as Darryl (3 eps)

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