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Living Single: The Handyman Can

Overton begins to doubt his skill as a handyman following a series of accidents. Max develops an allergy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x7
Production Number: 457357
Airdate: Thursday October 12th, 1995

Director: Otis Sallid
Writer: Chris Sheridan

Guest Stars
Scott Michael CampbellScott Michael Campbell
As Pug
Tom SilardiTom Silardi
As Rob Sharp

Co-Guest Stars

Sherry ZakSherry Zak
As Mrs. Wenig
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 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.”..

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Episode Quotes
Max: I can't breathe through my nose.
Synclaire: I know what you mean, Max. Khadijah, remember the time I got those two marbles stuck up my nostrils?
Khadijah: That's the last magic show we ever did!

Khadijah: She's allergic to the cat.
Kyle: Here's a thought: get away from the cat.
Max: I can't.
Regine: Why not? You're driving me crazy!
Max: Look at that. You answered your own question.

Overton: Next time something I build falls apart, it could be on top of Regine...or somebody important.

Kyle: Well Overton, if you wanted to avoid hurting people, this certainly is the place. Serving up alcohol. Selling cigarettes. Just kind of killing them slowly, aren't you?

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Handyman Can

The title is a play on the lyric "the candy man can," from the Sammy Davis, Jr. song "The Candy Man."

Kyle: (singing) What's new, pussycat? Whoa, whoa!

Kyle sings a bit of "What's New, Pussycat?" by Tom Jones at the cat's funeral.

Synclaire: Hey everyone!
Bar Customers: Synclaire!

The customers yelling out Synclaire's name upon her entrance is a reference to the 1982-93 NBC sitcom Cheers. When Norm Peterson (George Wendt) entered Cheers, the other patrons would always greet him by shouting his name.

Overton: Synclaire, next time you decide to cat-sit, could you find a feline that didn't escape from a Stephen King novel?

A reference to the popular horror writer.

Khadijah: Synclaire, how much longer we got to put up with Cujo Kitty?

A reference to Cujo, a rabid St. Bernard that was the title character in a Stephen King novel and subsequent 1983 film adaptation.

Overton: Or do the Ickey Shuffle in the end zone.

A reference to the famous dance performed by Cincinnati Bengals running back Elbert "Ickey" Woods each time he scored a touchdown during the 1988 NFL season, his rookie campaign.

Overton: It would be sort of like Charlton Heston helping Karen Black land that jumbo jet in Airport '75.

Overton compares talking Rob through a repair procedure to a pivotal scene in the 1974 disaster film.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorYvette Lee Bowser
Executive ProducerYvette Lee Bowser  |  Roger S.H. Schulman
Supervising ProducerBill Fuller  |  Jim Pond  |  Becky Hartman Edwards
ProducerPatricia Rickey  |  Chuck Tatham
Co-ProducerEunetta T. Boone
Associate ProducerGrant Johnson (2)
EditorHenry Chan
CastingGeraldine Leder
MusicStu Gardner
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
Costume DesignerCeci
HairstylistJudith Tiedemann
Set DecoratorLeon A. King
Property MasterDan Beringhele
Script SupervisorKaty Dowdalls
Post Production SupervisorIoanna Vassiliadis
Director of PhotographyBryan Hays
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Associate DirectorRae Kraus
Executive Story EditorWarren Hutcherson  |  Kriss Turner
Costume SupervisorAida Swinson
Main Title Theme Written/performedQueen Latifah
Post Production SoundCraig Porter  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Stage ManagerMaynard Virgil  |  Janice Jackson-Campbell
Technical DirectorKarl Messerschmidt
Makeup ArtistLorraine Polak
Audio MixerLarry Stephens
VideoTom Weber (2)
Main TitleOtis Sallid
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