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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
4x6: Multiple Choice recap: Khadijah, Max and Regine are served dinner at the café. Khadijah complains that she was given chicken legs instead of wings. Regine makes a crack about Max, so Max stirs a drumstick in Regine’s beverage. Kyle arrives and brags of getting a meter maid’s phone number. Max insults him, so Kyle says the last phone number she got was to a pay phone at Riker’s. Regine asks when she cut off the guys at Attica. Khadijah insists that Max hasn’t dated for a few weeks because she doesn’t feel like it. Max thanks her. Khadijah then points out that no one is calling to ask her out anyway. Max claims she can get any number she wants. Kyle jokes that bathroom walls don’t count, but Max says she already has Kyle’s number. She vows to get the number of any man in the café. Kyle picks out a young waiter. Max sidles up to the bar and asks the waiter for his number. He turns her down. Max asks if he is married. He replies no. She asks if he is gay. He again says no. She asks if he doesn’t have a phone. The waiter excuses himself to deliver some food to a table. Max sits at the bar in shock. Regine, Kyle and Khadijah stare at her, then turn away when she looks. She makes her way back to the table and sits down. “Can you believe that?” she asks as she takes a bite of food. “A married gay guy with no phone.” Her friends laugh... read more.

4x5: Moi the Jury recap: In a jury room at the courthouse, the foreman reads through a series of “not guilty” verdicts before coming across a single “guilty.” Everyone glares at Regine, who is filing her nails. Regine insists Sara McQueen is guilty and insults the sanity of the other jurors. One woman threatens her. Juanita, the disgusted foreman, suggests they reconvene in the morning. Oki hopes for Regine to get hit by a bus. Juanita reminds everyone that the judge warned them not to discuss the case with outsiders. A man tries to make Regine feel guilty because he hasn’t been able to visit his wife’s grave lately. “It ain’t like she’s going anywhere,” Regine mutters... read more.

4x4: Not So Silent Partner recap: Khadijah and Synclaire come downstairs to find Regine lying on the couch in her robe. Khadijah notes that it is 8 AM and Regine isn’t in make-up. She suspects Regine is depressed. Regine does not appreciate her comments. Max comes out of the kitchen and complains that Regine hasn’t fixed her breakfast. Regine grunts with frustration and puts the pillow over her head. Synclaire asks what is wrong. Regine admits she is feeling a little down. She hasn’t met a decent man since Keith, and the ratings have dropped so far on her soap that there may be layoffs. Max reminds her that her biological clock is ticking. Synclaire asks Regine about a cute guy she met at the bank. Regine mutters that he was casing it and robbed the bank the next day. Khadijah jokes that he has money. Synclaire thinks the talk of losing her job is just rumors; but Regine says that all the writers were fired, and the actors told to wing it. Synclaire acknowledges that she might have reason to feel down; but smiles that she always reaches into her bag for “little round pick-me-ups.” An alarmed Regine believes she is talking about drugs, but Synclaire actually means wind chime earrings. She hands them to Regine, who tries them on and becomes dizzy from shaking her head. Synclaire declares that dizziness is one of her secrets to staying happy... read more.

4x3: Not Quite Mr. Right recap: Synclaire sits on the stairs in the girls’ apartment as Overton paces. He yells for Regine to hurry up. Synclaire adds that she doesn’t want to be late for her boyfriend’s first art show. Regine comes downstairs in a sexy dress and explains that she wants to be late and make a grand entrance. She and Keith are debuting as a couple in the art world. Overton and Synclaire urge her to come out the door. Regine continues that she is Keith’s muse and can’t disappoint. Overton declares that nothing is drooping or falling out, so she looks good enough. He escorts her to the door... read more.

4x2: Ride the Maverick recap: In the hallway, Synclaire has her eyes covered. Overton tells her she can look at his completed work, and she calls it “perfect.” He tells her she is perfect, and they share a kiss. Kyle enters and comments, “Well, if the brownstone’s a-rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’.” Synclaire tells him they are celebrating the new mailbox labels. Kyle is amused to see that they read “The future Mrs. Overton Wakefield Jones” and “The future Mr. Overton Wakefield Jones.” He smiles that they have restored his faith in monogamy, but he isn’t thinking of settling down. Kyle opens an envelope and is alarmed. Synclaire asks what is wrong. He calls his driver’s license photo “an abomination.” Overton tries to assure him that no one has a good driver’s license photo, but begins laughing upon seeing it. Synclaire insists that it isn’t bad, except for his hat. “That is my hair!” Kyle retorts. Overton and Synclaire roar with laughter... read more.
Recurring Guests

Shaun Baker (1) as Russell Montego (18 eps)
Chip Hurd as Bar Patron (12 eps)
Cress Williams as Terrence "Scooter" Williams (10 eps)
Bumper Robinson as Ivan Ennis (8 eps)
Steven Gilborn as Jeffrey Higgins (4 eps)
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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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled
Network: FOX ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: August 22, 1993
Ended: January 01, 1998
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