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Living Single: Burglar in the House

The gang tries to find a way to cope with crime after Regine's purse is snatched on the subway and the girls' apartment is burglarized.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x14
Production Number: 455763
Airdate: Sunday November 28th, 1993

Guest Stars
Rosa NevinRosa Nevin
As Officer Williams (as Rosie Nevin)
Tim RussTim Russ
As Officer Taylor
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


Khadijah, Synclaire, Overton, Max and Kyle try some diet food. Khadijah complains about the terrible taste, but Synclaire and Overton seem to like it. Someone rings the doorbell and begins pounding on the door. It is Regine, who announces that her purse has been snatched...

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Episode Notes
When Regine comes into Khadijah's bedroom because she is too scared to sleep, Khadijah says, "This is one of those dreams where you turn into Mario Van Peebles, right?" Van Peebles later guest-starred in the episode "Likes Father, Likes Son."

In Khadijah's bedroom, there is a poster on the wall for Queen Latifah's 1993 album, Black Reign.

Episode Quotes
Synclaire: I don't know what I'd do if I got robbed. My life is in my purse.
Max: Oh, is that where it is?

Synclaire: My mother warned me about New York. She said, "Synclaire, you've got to protect yourself." I thought she was talking about sex. I've got a whole box of dusty condoms sitting upstairs.

Max: Regine, why do you always look for a man to protect you? Criminals have guns, okay? The only thing that men have that we don't isn't gonna stop a bullet.

Regine: Look at this. They didn't touch my fake diamonds.
Synclaire: Well, that's great.
Regine: Great? If they're not fooling a burglar in the dark, they're not fooling anybody.

Regine: I'm not having a gun up in my house. First of all, one of us could get hurt.
Khadijah: I don't care!
Regine: Second of all, I could get hurt.
Khadijah: But...
Regine: And third, we live with Synclaire.

Khadijah: Didn't we go to some Neighborhood Watch meeting six months ago?
Synclaire: Yeah. What happened?
Max: Nobody in the neighborhood watched a damn thing. That's what happened.

Regine: (about Max) How did she get in?
Khadijah: I gave her a key. Do you want to get up to let her in every time she comes over to spread her sunshine?
Regine: No. I wanna let her happy ass sit right outside.

Regine: Nice going, Max. You left the door open!
Max: And I paid for my crime. Kyle's here.

Regine: He got away with my Chanel bag. Yes, girl. The gold one.
Max: Regine, you got that thing at a Jersey flea market. And it wasn't Chanel; it was Chanette.

Synclaire: I can't believe they took my Spoons of the World collection.
Overton: And just when you updated the Eastern bloc.

Kyle: Regine, we have been here for the past three nights. We have lives too, you know.
Max: Obviously you don't, if you've been here for the past three nights.
Kyle: And you have been here to count.

Max: Open up! I left my purse in there.
Regine: I'm sorry. Visitation hours are over.

Cultural References
Regine: Khadijah, are you awake?
Khadijah: This is one of those dreams where you turn into Mario Van Peebles, right?
Synclaire: Oh good. You're awake.
Khadijah: Wesley Snipes has arrived.

Khadijah refers to dreams she has had about Mario Van Peebles and Wesley Snipes, the stars of the film New Jack City.

Synclaire: We could all move to Minneapolis.
Overton: Ain't that where that guy with them purple butt-less pants come from?

A reference to one of the more infamous wardrobe choices by singer Prince.

Overton: I knew this man that used to work for the census bureau, and he went over to this guy's house to take a poll, and the guy chopped him up and ate his liver with fava beans. No, wait. That wasn't him. That was Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.

Overton momentarily confuses real life with Hannibal Lecter, the lead serial killer from the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs.

Khadijah: Regine, this is a queen-sized bed. That means there's just enough room for the Queen.

An inside joke referring to Queen Latifah.

Synclaire: Lucy looks so authentic on a black and white TV, huh?

A reference to the classic 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance.

Max: Listen, let's watch The Honeymooners.

The gang's late-night TV-watching includes the 1950s sitcom starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorYvette Lee Bowser
Executive ProducerYvette Lee Bowser  |  Tom Anderson (1)
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Steven Cohen  |  Roger S.H. Schulman
ProducerPatricia Rickey
Co-ProducerBecky Hartman Edwards
Associate ProducerJanet Grushow
EditorHenry Chan
CastingGeraldine Leder
MusicJamey Jazz
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistLee Crawford (2)
Set DecoratorLeon A. King
Property MasterDan Beringhele
Director of PhotographyBryan Hays
Story EditorJeffrey B. Hodes  |  Nastaran Dibai
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Program ConsultantWarren Hutcherson
Associate DirectorRae Kraus
Executive Story EditorRobert Horn (1)  |  Dan Margosis
ConsultantChip Hurd
Costume SupervisorJoyce Unruh
Main Title Theme Written/performedQueen Latifah
Post Production SoundCraig Porter  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Stage ManagerJanice Jackson-Campbell  |  Ken Whittingham
Technical DirectorKarl Messerschmidt
Makeup ArtistLorraine Polak
Costume DesignBambi Breakstone
Audio MixerLarry Stephens
VideoTom Weber (2)
Main TitleOtis Sallid
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