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Living Single: Misleading Lady

Synclaire poses as a man to win a role in a comedy troupe. Khadijah believes she can become a jingle writer after her suggestion helps Tripp.

Episode Info


Episode number: 5x10
Production Number: 466856
Airdate: Thursday December 11th, 1997

Director: Chuck Vinson
Writer: Rod J. Emelle


Guest Stars
Crystal ScalesCrystal Scales
As Michelle
Recurring
Sam McMurraySam McMurray
As Marco McCulloch
Recurring
William J. JonesWilliam J. Jones
As Phil
Recurring
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
Mel JacksonMel Jackson
As Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III
Episode Quotes
Max: You can do anything, girl. You're a renaissance woman.
Khadijah: You know, I have been called that. But I usually just blush and say, "Go on, now."

Overton: (to Synclaire) "Macking honeydips"? Baby, you're a man, not a gigolo.

Max: (to Synclaire) I think it's amazing you've been able to pull this off this long.
Regine: Why? You've been hiding your five o'clock shadow for years.

Overton: (to Synclaire) Baby, that little girl just tried to roll up on you. I've created some kind of mack daddy monster!

Phil: This is the part of the evening where we like to get back to our roots. Improvisation. Throw a situation at us.
Max: How 'bout a pompous stockbroker that dumps a beautiful lawyer?
Khadijah: Let it go, Max.

Phil: Jimmy is a woman. Shocking.
Marco: Oh. So that's why I was attracted to him.
Phil: Now tell me why was I?

Overton: I got one troubling question. My friends still in there?
Synclaire: Yeah. Oh yeah. Held down by God and a whole bunch of duct tape.

Tripp: I sang it for the client and she ate it up. And that's not just because she peeped a little chest hair.
Regine: You get a lot of mileage out of that one little strand, don't you, bro?



Cultural References
Synclaire: I'll tell you what I'm gonna do, Ike...

Overton and Synclaire recite lines as Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett portraying Ike and Tina Turner in the 1993 film What's Love Got to Do With It?

Synclaire: Huge names have come out of that troupe. Whoopi Goldberg. Billy Crystal. Theodore Wilson.
Overton: Sweet Daddy from Good Times was a Gotham Player?!

Whoopi Goldberg (known for roles such as The Color Purple and Ghost), Billy Crystal (who starred in the hit film City Slickers and had a groudbreaking role on the TV series Soap) and the late Theodore Wilson are mentioned as alumni of the group for which Synclaire is auditioning, and Overton is especially excited about the latter's role in the 1970s sitcom.

Synclaire: (as Jimmy) Yo, Keyshawn's in the end zone, right? Ball hits him in the numbers, bounces out of bounds. You know what I'm saying? Come on! Give me the silly old ball! I could rock it. (Overton clears throat.) Oh right. Damn ball. Give me the damn ball!

A reference to New York Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who had a cameo earlier in the season, and his autobiography, Give Me the Damn Ball.

Tripp: (to Khadijah) Well, you wasn't exactly Stevie Wonder on the keyboard either.

Tripp compares Khadijah's skills less than favorably to those of legendary singer/songwriter/musician Stevie Wonder.

Phil: Let's begin with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. And give her some flavor.

During Synclaire's audition, she is asked to imitate the young girl who was the lead character in the classic 1939 film.



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