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Living Single: A Raze in Harlem

Kyle fantasizes about the 1920s while trying to save an historic jazz club from demolition.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x21
Production Number: 457371
Airdate: Thursday March 07th, 1996

Co-Guest Stars
Chuck SloanChuck Sloan
As Officer O'Keefe
Evan LionelEvan Lionel
As Pianist
Maurkice WoodsMaurkice Woods
As Satchel
Tom Bailey (1)Tom Bailey (1)
As Demolition Man
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


Kyle enters the girls’ living room and disgustedly asks his friends if they’ve read a newspaper article. Synclaire reads a headline about a 72-year-old woman having twins. Kyle points out an article about the Showboat being scheduled for demolition. Regine deduces that this is an old jazz club he “keeps rattling on about.” A defensive Kyle replies that it was one of the birthplaces of jazz. Khadijah seems surprised that it will be leveled. Kyle explains that the owners closed the Showboat because they couldn’t get the building up to code. Kyle couldn’t find any interested investors. Overton sighs that no one has any respect for history anymore. He changes his tune after learning that the club will be replaced by a Hardware Heaven...

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Episode Notes
For this episode, director of photography Bryan Hays received his second Emmy nomination of the series for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bessie Smith'Tain't Nobody's Business if I DoPerformed by Kay (Khadijah).
Fats WallerHoneysuckle RoseKyle sings alone before club is demolished.

Episode Quotes
Kyle: They are actually going to tear down the Showboat club.
Regine: The Showboat? Is that that old jazz club you keep rattling on about?

Kyle: (to Big Max) I will not walk through a door marked "whoopee" unless it's into a bungalow marked "marriage."

Zelda: I remember after that horse kicked me in the head. Things looked bleak...for a while. But then my dog started giving me some really good advice. Yes, he did! Yes, he did! Yes. Yes, he did!

Claire: Hello there. Keep drinking and you'll burn in hell. How are things? Oh, I see. You can't talk. Busy sucking down your damnation.

Big Max: Leaving me in the lurch like this. I'll put a bullet in your ear!
Kay: Hey, hey! You only kill men, remember?
Big Max: Damn.

Regine: You know, the Jazz Age is very much like me. Fascinating. Fabulous. Glamorous. Shoot, if I had lived in the '20s, I would've been a real diva, like Josephine Baker.
Max: You would have been deluded like you are now.

Claire: The last thing the cause needs is your dirty liquor money.
Hooch: No, this is not my dirty liquor money. (Pulls out wad of bills.) This right here is.

Cultural References
Regine: Shoot, if I had lived in the '20s, I would have been a real diva, like Josephine Baker.

A reference to the singer/dancer/actress who came to fame in Paris in the 1920s.

Pianist: Edward Ellington. But everybody calls me Duke.

Big Max rejects an audition by legendary jazz pianist/composer/bandleader Duke Ellington.

Synclaire: Why don't we bombard the planning commission with telegrams? The only reason Baretta is on the air today is because I sent hundreds of them to the network.

Synclaire is in denial about the fate of the 1970s series starring Robert Blake.

Episode Title: A Raze in Harlem

The title is a play on the title of the 1991 film A Rage in Harlem, starring Forest Whitaker and Danny Glover.

Kyle: (singing) Yes sir, that's my baby...

In the '20s flashback, Kyle sings "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," a 1925 hit for Ace Brigode, which was later recorded by artists such as Frank Sinatra and Ricky Nelson.

Big Max: Before I let a busboy on stage, I'll let my milkman Sammy Davis put his kid up there.

A reference to legendary singer/actor Sammy Davis, Jr.

Big Max: Three hours of auditions and nothing but bums. Ethel Waters. Jelly Roll Morton. Eubie Blake. Lou Gehrig?

Big Max rejects auditions by the blues, jazz and gospel singer/actress; the jazz pianist; the composer, singer and lyricist of ragtime, jazz and popular music; and the Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman for the New York Yankees.

Claire: Just because you have a spiffy Daddy Warbucks 'do doesn't mean you're going to rattle my tambourine.

Claire compares Hooch's bald head to that of the character who takes in Little Orphan Annie in the comic strip series.

Kyle: Do you know "Sweet Georgia Brown"? How about "Ain't Misbehavin'"?

In the flashback, Kyle tries to get the band to play either the hit composed by Ben Bernie and Marco Pinkard in 1925 or the song recorded by Fats Waller in 1929.

Officer O'Keefe: Say, do you know "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"?

In the flashback, the officer about to arrest Kyle agrees to let him sing if he can perform the song written by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff Jr. in 1912.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorYvette Lee Bowser
Executive ProducerYvette Lee Bowser  |  Roger S.H. Schulman
Supervising ProducerJim Pond  |  Bill Fuller  |  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
Story EditorArthur Harris  |  Edward C. Evans
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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