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Living Single: Judging by the Cover

Khadijah and Synclaire are stunned to discover that Regine's seemingly perfect new beau is married--and even more shocked when she refuses to stop seeing him. Meanwhile, Khadijah is left scrambling after her plans to interview Maya Angelou for a Flavor cover story are foiled by Synclaire's incompetence.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 475074
Airdate: Sunday August 22nd, 1993

Guest Stars
Cylk CozartCylk Cozart
As Brad Hamilton
Natalie Venetia BelconNatalie Venetia Belcon
As Tianna Graham (as Natalie Belcon)
Main 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


Regine comes to the Flavor office to taunt Khadijah and Synclaire about her budding relationship with the handsome and wealthy Brad Hamilton. Khadijah warns Regine that the relationship is destined to fail because "men dump you like Eddie Murphy albums."..

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Episode Notes
The first four episodes featured a long version of the theme song. When the series was syndicated, only the second episode featured this version.

For the pilot episode only, the living room set was the set from fellow Warner Bros. series Family Matters.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
TemptationsMy GirlGirls singing and dancing in bathroom

Episode Quotes
Regine: What is long, black and at the curb?
Khadijah: I ain't touching it.

Max: The bottom line is, men are nothing but speed bumps on the road to happiness.
Regine: I think they're more like cheap pantyhose. At the worst possible moment, they run on you.
Synclaire: But did you ever stop to think what the world would be like with no men?
Khadijah: A bunch of fat, happy women and no crime!

Synclaire: Go ahead, Regine. Let it out. Cry. If you don't, your tear ducts will get blocked up, and when you're old, you won't be able to cry.
Khadijah: Just when we thought it was safe to let you back into the conversation.

Kyle: Dealing with a woman is like playing a basketball game. And brothers like you dribble around the perimeter fixing vacuums while a man like ME drives straight up the middle and slams!
Overton: Yeah, but remember that time that girl called that three-second violation on your ass.

Regine: Come on, everyone. Look happy. Khadijah, do your best.

Synclaire: How do you know everything he's going to say?
Max: He's a man. They never vary from the script.

Regine: Why does this keep happening to me?
Max: 'Cause you keep looking for someone to carry you.
Regine: Well, what's wrong with that?
Khadijah: They keep droppin' your ass.

Cultural References
Khadijah: (to Regine) Men dump you like Eddie Murphy albums.

A reference to actor/comedian Eddie Murphy's largely unsuccessful singing career.

Synclaire: I know your Aries rising is constantly conflicting with her Taurus moon, but can't we all just get along?

"Can't we all just get along?" was famously said by Rodney King as he called for peace during the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittals of four LAPD officers who were caught on video tape beating him.

Khadijah: Who can I get with no notice?
Synclaire: Mike Tyson! I know where he is. He's gonna be there for a while.

A reference to the former heavyweight boxing champion, who was incarcerated for rape at the time.

Kyle: (to Overton) My brother, this ain't Home Improvement.

A reference to the hit 1990s ABC sitcom starring Tim Allen as the host of a home repairs show.

Khadijah: (on phone) Well, did you tell him that I watched every episode of You Bet Your Life?

A reference to Bill Cosby's short-lived 1990s revival of the famous game show originally hosted by Groucho Marx.

Khadijah: Damn. I should have told him I ate Jell-O.

A reference to Bill Cosby's role as spokesperson in a series of ads for Jell-O products.

Synclaire: Didn't you follow that lead I gave you?
Khadijah: Yeah. It turns out Nipsey Russell's doing dinner theatre.

A reference to the comedian and frequent game-show panelist.

Regine: (to Brad) I am not your baby tonight!

A reference to "I'm Your Baby Tonight," a song that hit #1 for Whitney Houston in late 1990.

Khadijah: Do you know how degrading it is to get hung up on by Slappy White's manager who doubles as his cook?

A reference to the comedian who enjoyed his greatest fame in the 1950s and 1960s, often working with Redd Foxx.

Max: (to Regine) You can do anything. You're a woman.
Synclaire: Hear you roar!

A reference to Helen Reddy's 1972 hit "I Am Woman," a feminist anthem that includes the line, "I am woman, hear me roar."

Regine: Ladies, on the other side of that door stands Michelangelo's David, a.k.a. my Brad.

A reference to the statue of a nude man created by the Renaissance artist between 1501 and 1504.

Overton: I heard he got the lead in Gypsy.

Overton claims that Nipsey Russell is starring in the musical based on the 1957 memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorYvette Lee Bowser
Executive ProducerTom Anderson (1)
Co-Executive ProducerYvette Lee Bowser
ProducerRoxie Wenk Evans
Associate ProducerKaren K. Miller
EditorHenry Chan
CastingGeraldine Leder
MusicJohn Barnes (2)
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistPauletta O. Lewis
Set DecoratorMelody Lavigna
Property MasterDominic Belmonte
Director of PhotographyBryan Hays
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Associate DirectorCindy Brisker
ConsultantChip Hurd
Main Title Theme Written/performedQueen Latifah
Post Production SoundCraig Porter  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Stage ManagerMaynard Virgil  |  Robbie Countryman
Technical DirectorKarl Messerschmidt
Makeup ArtistStephanie Cozart Burton
CostumesKellie Beals
Audio MixerRuss Gary
VideoJohn Palacio
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