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Living Single: To Catch a Thief

Synclaire is upset when one of her colleagues in the Gotham Players steals her material for use in his one-man show. Tripp and Roni continue their flirtation. Max gets a dog, and makes a shocking announcement.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x12
Production Number: 466862
Airdate: Thursday January 01st, 1998

Guest Stars
Crystal ScalesCrystal Scales
As Michelle
Idalis DeLeonIdalis DeLeon
As Roni De Santos
Sam McMurraySam McMurray
As Marco McCulloch
William J. JonesWilliam J. Jones
As Phil
Joyce DeWittJoyce DeWitt
As Herself
Staci Lynn FletcherStaci Lynn Fletcher
As Audience Member
Tony JonasTony Jonas
As Himself
Main Cast
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
As Khadijah James
Kim ColesKim Coles
As Synclaire James Jones
Erika AlexanderErika Alexander
As Maxine Felice "Max" Shaw
John HentonJohn Henton
As Overton Wakefield Jones
Mel JacksonMel Jackson
As Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III
Episode Notes
Kim Fields does not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs NowSung by both Synclaire and Marco in their acts.

Episode Quotes
Khadijah: (to Roni and Tripp) For the love of God! Would you just take your thimble over to one of my hotels and get it on already?

Synclaire: Marco, you'd do that for me? How unselfish. How generous. You're not trying to get in my drawers, are you?

Overton: Either we're having flash flood warnings, or my baby's about to launch into my favorite character. Well, my favorite vertical character anyhow.

Max: (to Khadijah) I need somebody. You've got Scooter. Overton and Synclaire, they've got each other. Even the diva midget went out and found somebody.

Synclaire: Obie, Marco stole my act!
Overton: Yeah, and by the looks of things, he took one of my belts, too.

Synclaire: Great show, Marco. I really connected with the material. Now I'm gonna connect with your two-faced, character-stealing ass!

Max: I was searching for fulfillment and something in my gut told me this was it.
Khadijah: That's your problem! Always thinking with your stomach!

Joyce: (to Marco) You said you weren't working, but here you are, dishing out the garbage. (to Synclaire) I'm so sorry. I'm sure it's much better when you do it.

Synclaire: (about Marco's show) I wonder why he didn't tell us about this.
Overton: 'Cause he's unfunny, talentless and prefers to bomb in private.

Cultural References
Phil: Phil has a plan. And if I do say so myself, it is diabolique.
Overton: (to Synclaire) Diabolique? Boy got a little Joan Crawford in him.

A reference to the legendary actress, whose career especially thrived in the 1930s and 1940s.

Episode Title: To Catch a Thief

This episode shares its title with the 1955 film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Phil: I'm sure you've heard of her. Television's Joyce DeWitt?
Overton: From the classic small-screen farce Three's Company? Oh man. I was only twelve, but I knew Janet had it going on!

A reference to guest star Joyce DeWitt's famous role as flower shop worker Janet Wood on the 1970s-1980s ABC sitcom.

Episode References
Overton: Talk about tears of a...clown.

Overton stumbles over his words and twitches at the mere mention of the word "clown," a reference to his clown phobia, previously discussed in "Shrink to Fit" and "The Clown That Roared."

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