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Living Single: Fatal Distraction

Khadijah hires a handsome man as the new writer for Flavor without bothering to check his references. Synclaire and Overton get caught up in the romance when he discovers 19th century love letters under the floor in Regine's room, while Regine can only see potential dollar signs.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 455765
Airdate: Sunday January 09th, 1994

Writer: David Wyatt

Guest Stars
Richard WhitenRichard Whiten
As Xavier St. John
Richard WhitenRichard Whiten
As Xavier St. John

Co-Guest Stars
Ralph Louis Harris (1)Ralph Louis Harris (1)
As Wyatt (as Ralph Harris Jr.)
Ralph Louis Harris (1)Ralph Louis Harris (1)
As Wyatt (as Ralph Harris Jr.)
Shaun ToubShaun Toub
As Cabby

Elliot Durant IIIElliot Durant III
As Dennis
Elliot Durant IIIElliot Durant III
As Dennis
Main Cast
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
As Khadijah James
Kim ColesKim Coles
As Synclaire James Jones
Kim ColesKim Coles
As Synclaire James Jones
Erika AlexanderErika Alexander
As Maxine Felice "Max" Shaw
Erika AlexanderErika Alexander
As Maxine Felice "Max" Shaw
Kim FieldsKim Fields
As Regine Hunter
Kim FieldsKim Fields
As Regine Hunter
John HentonJohn Henton
As Overton Wakefield Jones
John HentonJohn Henton
As Overton Wakefield Jones
T.C. CarsonT.C. Carson
As Kyle Barker


Overton tells Regine that there are no mice in her closet, and that the squeaking she heard was caused by a box of valuables hidden under the floorboards. Regine is confused, but pretends the box is hers. She opens it, and is disappointed to find a bunch of letters. Synclaire notes that they are love letters, and discovers that one was written in 1894. Overton says they could be worth a lot of money, so Regine wants to look under the floors in all the other closets...

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Episode Notes
Richard Whiten appeared in the video for Queen Latifah's song "U.N.I.T.Y.," which later plays over the closing credits of the episode "U.N.I.T.Y. (a.k.a. Five Card Stud)."

Overton mentions being "scarred for life" by Chip Fields in the third grade. Fields (later credited as Chip Hurd) is the mother of Kim Fields, as well as a consultant and future recurring guest star on the series.

Episode Quotes
Max: So Khadijah, how was your first day with your new writer, Mr. Beautiful?
Khadijah: Let me put it to you like this. Xavier spent all day stocking his desk, and you know we keep the office supplies in the file cabinet. In the bottom drawer.

Kyle: You know, men could never get away with talking about women like that.
Regine: That's right. Welcome to the nineties.

Kyle: Now if I may speak for good-looking men everywhere...
Max: Only as their rodeo clown.
Kyle: That reminds me. Bronco busting's about to start, and they're holding a stall for you, Flicka.

Khadijah: This is the worst day of my life. I'm so embarrassed.
Max: Khadijah, did your blouse pop open again?

Synclaire: You didn't read his samples. You didn't check his references. Khadijah, the next time I staple your papers at the wrong angle, cut me some slack, okay?

Khadijah: You're gonna sue me?
Xavier: For sexual harassment.
Khadijah: Well, fine. Just remember: "harassment": one r, two s's.

Overton: Well Regine, I'm happy to report there are no mice in your closet. Although I did beat the hell out of your mink earmuffs.

Regine: It's funny how unattractive a guy becomes after he rejects you.

Kyle: You know, I think this dilemma illustrates the progress that has been made over the years. I mean, before you know it, you women will be blamed for starting wars, telling us men what to do with our bodies, and suffering from male pattern baldness.
Khadijah: Kyle?
Kyle: Yeah, baby?
Khadijah: Get the hell out!
Kyle: See? You're relaxing into that newfound power already.
Max: I'll get the door.
Kyle: And're such the gentleman.

Regine: Apparently Miss Emily was a suffragette or she sewed a flag or a dress or something. They are ready to pay money to read about whatever she did.

Max: I hate to say, "I told you so." Well, I don't hate it. Actually, I get sort of a perverse pleasure from it.

Overton: It's times like this that make me glad I work alone. I always treat myself with the utmost courtesy and respect.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Fatal Distraction

This title is based on the title of the 1987 film Fatal Attraction, starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.

Khadijah: Today was a good day!

Khadijah copies rapper Ice Cube's inflection as she quotes the chorus of his 1993 hit "It Was a Good Day" while talking about Xavier bending over to collect office supplies.

Max: There are worse things. (Opens door to see Kyle.) Like this tale from the crypt.

A reference to Tales From the Crypt, a long-running HBO horror anthology series.

Synclaire: Well, I'm no William Shakespeare, and I'm certainly no Toni Morrison, and I'm not even close to being Dr. Seuss.

References to the legendary poet and playwright, the highly respected author known for novels such as Beloved, and the famed children's author of books such as The Cat and the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

Regine: "Dear Emily, had lunch today with Ben Franklin."
Synclaire: Regine, I don't think he was around in the 1890s.
Regine: Dang!
Synclaire: It says here in the almanac that the light bulb was invented in 1879.
Regine: Mmm-hmm. Close enough. "Dear Emily, had lunch today with Thomas Alva Edison. He thanked me for the light bulb idea I gave him."

Regine tries to re-create the love letters by mentioning historical figures. After learning that Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, died much earlier, she tries to reference inventor Thomas Edison instead.

Kyle: (to Max) Bronco busting's about to start, and they're holding a stall for you, Flicka.

A reference to the title character, a horse, in the 1941 novel My Friend Flicka, which later inspired a movie in 1943; and a TV series that ran from 1955 to 1960.

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
MusicStu Gardner
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
Set DecoratorLeon A. King
Director of PhotographyBryan Hays
Story EditorNastaran 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 SoundCharlie McDaniel, III
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Stage ManagerKen Whittingham
Technical DirectorRuss Reinsel
Makeup ArtistLorraine Polak
Costume DesignBambi Breakstone
Audio MixerLarry Stephens
VideoTom Weber (2)
Main TitleOtis Sallid
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