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Living Single: The Engagement (1)

Overton's attempts to propose to Synclaire continually go awry. Khadijah faces a libel lawsuit because of an accusation in one of Russell's reviews. Regine's women's group convinces Max to run for alderwoman.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x27
Production Number: 457377
Airdate: Thursday May 09th, 1996
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Guest Stars
Bobcat GoldthwaitBobcat Goldthwait
As Mugger
Shaun Baker (1)Shaun Baker (1)
As Russell Montego
Andi CarnickAndi Carnick
As Peggy
Ed CambridgeEd Cambridge
As Carriage Driver
Judith ScottJudith Scott
As Karen O'Neal
Sabi DorrSabi Dorr
As Repairman
Todd StantonTodd Stanton
As Jerry
Tony GumaTony Guma
As Waiter
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
This episode aired at 8:30 PM.

Episode Quotes
Regine: Honey, if you really want to rehearse being a waitress, you could serve my guests.
Synclaire: Usually when you use me like this, I go along because I'm nice. But today, it might help my acting career. So I'm using you!

(Regine answers door.)
Russell: Greetings, chesty spitfire. Hey Synclaire. (to Max) Hello, angry woman who never seems to leave.

Regine: Hey. How did Russell's deposition go?
Khadijah: He's still down there trying to convince them he can't speak English.

(Synclaire comes downstairs in glamorous gown.)
Regine: You look beautiful. You and Obie celebrating again over at Ikea's cafeteria?

Overton: You look stunning, my anniversary angel.
Synclaire: So do you, my commemorative catch.

Max: I've already had my first press conference this afternoon.
Regine: Oh my God, Max. What did you wear?
Max: This.
Regine: God. The blouse says you're in favor of acid rain, the skirt says more guns in schools, and the shoes say you're blind.

Kyle: (to Overton and Synclaire) You two kids have a lovely evening, okay? And the next bottle is on me. (Snaps fingers at waiter.) Domestic.

Max: Hey Regine, I'm on my way to the bathroom. What color pants should I wear?

Max: Regine, you call me like that again, and your hair had better be on fire. In fact, let's try a dry run right now.

Max: Remember to vote for Maxine Shaw, the candidate with chutzpah. I'm going for broad-based appeal.

Russell: But the music department is my responsibility, Regine.
Regine: Just Regine? No mention of my chest and sullen attitude?

Regine: (about Max) You'll have to excuse her. She's a homeless person to whom I've given a hot meal.

Cultural References
Synclaire: That's De Niro's line!

Synclaire is hired by famed actor Robert De Niro to appear in his latest film after he spots her buying a hot dog.

Khadijah: For the first time in my life, I'm praying I hear Barry Manilow.

Russell has accused an alternative rock group of stealing its song from the 1974 Barry Manilow hit "Mandy."

Overton: (to Synclaire, about Kyle) He just got done watching that new Boyz II Men video. He's a little on the emotional side.

Overton covers Kyle getting choked up about the pending proposal with a reference to the popular 1990s R&B group which had its greatest success with ballads.

Regine: (to Synclaire) You and Obie celebrating again over at Ikea's cafeteria?

A reference to the chain of stores specializing in Scandinavian furniture and accessories.

Kyle: (to Regine) You're hosting the meeting tonight for that group you joined, right? What is it, Peabo?

A reference to R&B singer Peabo Bryson.

Episode References
Max: He told me he was 19!

When Max's personal life is exposed in the campaign, a reference is made to the college freshman she dated in "The Hand That Robs the Cradle," although it is now claimed that he was only 17.

Max: (on TV) Ooh, Officer Goodbody! Frisk me! Frisk me!

The TV news report plays the video of Max dancing with a stripper at a bachelorette party that she tried to retrieve from Kyle's apartment in the episode "Space Invaders."

News Anchor: ...they were thrown out of a Brian McKnight concert.

The report also shows the security photos taken of Kyle and Max after they were kicked out of a Brian McKnight concert in "Wake Up to the Break-Up."

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