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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

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
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: They call 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.

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