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.
Recaps3x8: He Works Hard for the Money recap
: Khadijah, Max and Synclaire enter the girls’ apartment. Max entertains them with a story about an especially stupid client. Khadijah looks through the mail and finds a letter from a group called L.O.O.F.A. Max notes that it is a children’s organization for which Synclaire volunteers. Synclaire confirms that she works one weekend a month with Leaders of Our Future America. Max cracks that this isn’t enough time to do permanent damage. Khadijah is confused to read that she has been chosen as Unsung Hero of the Year. She doesn’t feel she is a hero, but Synclaire disagrees and produces an old newspaper article from 1980. Max reads aloud that a man named Gus McGinty was pulled from a burning car by an unknown hero. Khadijah declares that she didn’t save the man; she claimed she had because Synclaire was teasing her about being scared of knocking on doors to sell Girl Scout cookies. Synclaire is upset that Khadijah lied to her. She is also angry to discover that Khadijah doesn’t really know the Colonel’s secret recipe... read more.3x7: The Handyman Can recap
: Regine enters the apartment after a jog, and asks Overton about a bookcase he is building. He replies that it is nearly finished, but he won’t move it to her room until the lacquer dries. Synclaire holds out a toy fish on a string and calls out to a cat. It hisses loudly and devours the toy. Overton suggests that Synclaire think twice before cat-sitting again. She believes the cat is just hungry, but Overton notes all the items he ate—including Regine’s earrings. Regine mutters that Synclaire is lucky the earrings were only rhinestones. She goes into the kitchen. Khadijah comes downstairs, complaining that someone peed on her pillow. Synclaire asks Khadijah not to be mad, and tries to pet the cat. He shrieks loudly and bites her finger. Synclaire calls him a “freakin’ monster.”.. read more.3x6: The James Bond recap
: Synclaire enters the kitchen, where Overton greets her with a kiss and asks where she has been. She replies that she was watching Harvey Keitel film a movie in Prospect Park, as she believes that watching working actors will help with her craft. Regine isn’t sure this will work, noting that being around Regine hasn’t changed the way Synclaire dresses. Synclaire wishes she could take Harvey Keitel’s acting seminar. Overton offers to loan her some money, but is taken aback to learn she needs $1300. He asks Regine if she has money for Synclaire. Regine is not accommodating. She goes into the living room, where Max is trying to hide something. Regine screams, “What you hiding?!” prompting a startled Max to toss the item across the room. Regine picks up Max’s little black book, which Max quickly retrieves. Regine asks why she is trying to hide it in her apartment. Max explains that Kyle is trying to get closer, and that a photo of her with an old boyfriend led to a long discussion. Regine is skeptical, so Max admits that she and the man were sunbathing in the nude in the picture. Max doesn’t want to deal with the repercussions if Kyle were to see her little black book. Regine offers to hide it. Max decides she will hide the book in her refrigerator because Kyle is afraid to open it. Regine heads upstairs. Once she is gone, Max hides the little black book under a plant and struts away. Regine comes back downstairs and immediately finds the book. She dances triumphantly... read more.3x5: Rags to Riches recap
: Late at night, Khadijah comes downstairs to find Regine, Max and Synclaire watching TV. She complains that it is 2 AM, and asks why they are up. Max claims there is quality programming. Khadijah notes that they are watching Godzilla
. She turns off the set and theorizes that Max and Synclaire are upset that Kyle and Overton have yet to return from a bachelor party. Synclaire reports that Overton said it would be a mundane affair. Khadijah isn’t buying it. Kyle and Overton knock and enter. Regine asks them if they are hiding any hickeys. They dismiss her, so she heads upstairs. Synclaire asks Overton what is wrong. He groans that his life has spun out of control. Kyle explains that during the party, they came across a movie “geared toward mature sensibilities.” An excited Synclaire asks if it was “standard, or girls with girls,” much to everyone’s shock. Kyle replies that it was the former, and that an actor resembled Overton. Overton sighs that it was like standing in front of a full-length mirror. He puts a pillow in front of himself, embarrassed... read more.3x4: Grumpy Old Man recap
: Khadijah is cleaning the living room. Regine, who is sitting on the couch, waves a duster in the air. She claims to be catching the dust before it lands. She admits she is only doing this to annoy Khadijah. Synclaire pushes a cart full of plants through the door. She explains that she was buying Kyle a plant for his birthday, and decided to adopt the rest. She states that people live longer around plants, but then admits she is only guessing. She holds up a plant to Regine and Khadijah and asks them to tell the plants about themselves. Regine refuses to take part. Khadijah tells the plant she will take care of it after Synclaire is carted off to Bellevue. She pretends that the plant responds, then says to it, “What are you worried about? I’m the one that’s related to her.” An offended Synclaire stomps off with the plant... read more.