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Living Single: The Engagement (2)

Overton hopes to propose to Synclaire after the man who mugged him is captured. Khadijah fears she may have to agree to a settlement that will bring Flavor to an end. Kyle tries to help Max prove that her opponent in the alderman race is corrupt. Regine and Russell discuss their kiss.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x1
Production Number: 466001
Airdate: Thursday August 29th, 1996
Special Airtime: 08:00 pm

Special Guest Stars
Bobcat GoldthwaitBobcat Goldthwait
As Mugger

Guest Stars
Shaun Baker (1)Shaun Baker (1)
As Russell Montego
Patrick LabyorteauxPatrick Labyorteaux
As Officer Solis
Yvette FreemanYvette Freeman
As Ms. Peabody

Brandon PetersonBrandon Peterson
As Belching Yam
Frank NoonFrank Noon
As Decoy #2
Michael E. BauerMichael E. Bauer
As Decoy #1

Joel BrooksJoel Brooks
As Dale Stuart
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


Synclaire comes out of the kitchen and acts like a waitress, offering to get various foods or drinks for Khadijah and Regine. Khadijah believes she has lost it. Regine tries to get her to sit down, reminding her that the police will call when they hear something. Synclaire wants to stay in character to keep her mind off Overton. She asks Regine for her order, and Regine asks for a glass of milk. The doorbell rings, and Synclaire is thrilled to see Overton, whose pants are now cut-offs. She embraces and kisses him as Khadijah and Regine approach and inquire about his well-being. He insists he is fine, and introduces them to Officer Solis. The officer tries to flirt with Regine, who is taken aback. Synclaire starts to ask Overton what happened. Kyle comes in wearing his robe and warns that if they don’t keep it down, someone will call the police. He then notices Officer Solis. Overton tells Kyle that they were mugged in Central Park. His friend is shocked and concerned. Overton describes taking off after the mugger on horseback and wishing he had worn his athletic supporter. He explains that the horse subdued the mugger and dumped Overton into some rose bushes. Officer Solis tells everyone that they used the “pruning shears of life” to free Overton, and again fails to impress Regine. She asks if they found Overton’s valuables. Officer Solis says they only found a gun on the suspect, but the area is being searched. Regine is sarcastic as he tries to flirt with her again. He complains about the lack of respect for the mounted unit as he leaves. Synclaire offers Overton her sympathy and hints that she wants to get frisky. Overton declines, as he needs some rest. They kiss before he leaves with Kyle. In the hallway, Kyle asks if the mugger got the ring. Overton confirms this, and adds that he has yet to propose. Kyle suggests returning to the park to look for the ring. Overton points out that it is 2 AM, and feels Kyle would surely be killed. Kyle doesn’t care, as he is sick of being tied to “Maverick Max, the nympho candidate.” He shudders. As they head upstairs, Overton notes the irony that he can’t get with Synclaire, but Kyle can’t get away from Max...

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Episode Notes
This episode aired at 8 PM before moving to its new time slot of 8:30 PM.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Barry ManilowMandyBelching Yams song is de-constructed.

Episode Quotes
Regine: (to Officer Solis) Well, did you find the man's valuables?
Overton: I nearly lost my valuables riding the damn horse!

Overton: It's kind of ironic. I can't get with Synclaire, and you can't get away from Max. I guess into each life a little rain must fall.
Kyle: Sure. He gets sprinkles. I get Hurricane Maxine.

Khadijah: You are going into the office and act as if nothing is wrong.
Synclaire: Ah! So everyone will think everything's normal.
Khadijah: Well, not normal. But, you know, the way things are when you're around.

Regine: Because of you, my women's group has pulled their endorsement and shunned me.
Max: Just because of a little heat?
Regine: Max, I would not call it "a little heat" when Playboy offers you 5000 dollars to be in their photo spread, "Ladies of the Immoral Majority."

Max: Thank you, Kyle. You know, I guess it's true. Politics do make strange bedfellows.
Kyle: Maxine Shaw, you were a strange bedfellow long before politics.

Russell: There they are, man. The Belching Yams. The belching, rotting, festering, Manilow-stealing yams.
Khadijah: Russell, are you drunk? Because that will numb the pain when I snatch them hairs off your chest.

Overton: Now Synclaire, ever since I could remember, I had a vision of the perfect woman. The way she looked, the way she talked, the way she walked and even her favorite kind of hot cereal. Then I met you, and you were nothing like the vision. But fate proved just how wrong a man could be. He brought me the perfect woman, and I wanna spend the rest of my life saying, "Thanks, fate." Synclaire, will you, uh, will you marry me?

Russell: (to Regine) Don't worry, depressed and D-cupped. I'm here to see Khadijah.

Regine: Well, you have to admit, it was some kiss.
Russell: Like a thousand others.
Regine: Oh, get off it, Russell! Now you know damn well that there was a spark in that kiss! A...a...a volatile chemistry, pure passion! I've forgotten all about it, and you better do the same!

Max: The fact is that every word that Paul Malaba has said about me is true. But what does that really say about me?
Regine: That you're a freak.
Max: That I'm a woman with a passion for life? Guilty. That I'm a woman who's willing to go all the way to get what she wants over and over, even when those around her are exhausted and spent? I'm guilty. My record proves I have nothing to hide. I say to the people of Brooklyn, a vote for Maxine Shaw is a vote for openness, passion and endurance. When I say, "Ride the Maverick," I mean it!

Cultural References
Synclaire: The night's not over yet, my electric horseman.

A reference to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford.

Regine: (to Officer Solis) Well, it's good to know the posse's on it, Hoss.

Regine mockingly compares the officer to Hoss Cartwright, the character played by Dan Blocker on the long-running western series Bonanza.

Mugger: You don't know what kind of life I've had, lady. Abandoned by my mom and dad. Raised in an orphanage. Fed nothing but one stinking bowl of gruel a day. Then I fell in with a band of pickpockets. I remember Fagin...
Overton: Uh, bro, that's Oliver Twist.

Overton calls out the mugger for trying to elicit sympathy by claiming the life of the lead character in the Charles Dickens novel as his own.

Max: I was dressed as Nero. You try cinching up a toga with a beer in one hand and a stogie in the other.

A reference to the Roman emperor.

Synclaire: One tall Kate Moss.

A reference to the supermodel.

Synclaire: Rosie O'Donnell is interviewing Oprah, and then they're going to switch.

A reference to daytime talk show hosts Rosie O'Donnell (who guest-starred as Sheri in the season 2 episode "There's No Ship Like Kinship") and Oprah Winfrey.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorYvette Lee Bowser
Executive ProducerYvette Lee Bowser  |  Roger S.H. Schulman
Co-Executive ProducerBill Fuller  |  Jim Pond  |  Jacque Edmonds
Supervising ProducerChuck Tatham
ProducerPatricia Rickey  |  Warren Hutcherson
Co-ProducerKriss Turner
Associate ProducerGrant Johnson (2)
EditorJerry Davis (3)
CastingKevin Scott (1)
MusicStu Gardner
Costume DesignerCeci
HairstylistJudith Tiedemann
Set DecoratorMichael W. Foxworthy
Property MasterDan Beringhele
Script SupervisorKaty Dowdalls
Production CoordinatorLise E. Lee
Re-Recording MixerCraig Porter  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Director of PhotographyBryan Hays
Story EditorChris Sheridan
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Associate DirectorRita Rogers
Executive Story EditorEdward C. Evans  |  Arthur Harris
Costume SupervisorAida Swinson
Main Title Theme Written/performedQueen Latifah
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Stage ManagerMaynard Virgil  |  Paul Nelson
Technical DirectorKarl Messerschmidt
Makeup ArtistPhyllis Williams
Audio MixerLarry Stephens
VideoTom Weber (2)
Main TitleOtis Sallid
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