focuses on the personal and professional lives of six African American friends residing in New York City. Khadijah James (Queen Latifah) is the founder and editor of Flavor
Magazine, an independent publication aimed at the young urban audience. She shares an apartment in a Brooklyn brownstone with her sweet-but-eccentric cousin Synclaire (Kim Coles), an aspiring actress who works as a receptionist at Flavor
; and longtime friend Regine Hunter (Kim Fields), a materialistic woman with a knack for picking up gossip. The trio constantly receives unannounced visits from Khadijah's college friend Maxine Shaw (Erika Alexander), a strong-willed attorney who seems to have an aversion to purchasing her own groceries. Also occupying their fair share of time in the apartment are neighbor Overton Wakefield Jones (John Henton), a handyman who frequently offers homespun wisdom; and his best friend, Kyle Barker (T.C. Carson), a self-assured stock broker who is involved in a bizarre love-hate relationship with Max.
Following the fourth season, FOX failed to put the series on the fall schedule, but it was promoted from midseason status when the Scott Baio sitcom Rewind
failed to impress and was cancelled before the first episode aired. T.C. Carson appeared in only a few episodes during this fifth (and final) season; and Mel Jackson joined the cast as Tripp Williams, an aspiring songwriter who moves in with Regine and Khadijah following Synclaire's marriage to Overton.
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Recaps1x19: Mystery Date (2) recap
: The new neighbor returns to the building, so Khadijah, Max and Regine try to act nonchalant. Max offers to help him carry a small plant. He introduces himself as Hamilton. "Like the Greek god?" Regine asks. Hamilton doesn't believe there was a Greek god by that name. "Well, there is now," Regine flirts. The women all introduce themselves, and Hamilton heads upstairs. Khadijah calls out Regine for her behavior, but Regine doesn't think Khadijah was any more subtle. They enter the apartment, and Max claims that she was the only one not to make a fool of herself. Khadijah laughs and tells her to wipe the drool off her shoes. Khadijah believes they need to stick to their promise and stay away from Hamilton... read more.1x18: Love Thy Neighbor (1) recap
: Overton is fixing breakfast for the roommates. Khadijah asks for some coffee, and Overton notes that she looks terrible. She complains that no one has been able to sleep since a new couple moved in upstairs, and Regine questions how many times two people can do it in one night. Khadijah wonders who they are, and Overton says he will meet them when he fixes their radiator. Khadijah is surprised they haven't burst into flames... read more.1x17: The Hand That Robs the Cradle recap
: Overton is working on the girls' doorbell when Kyle enters wearing oversized sunglasses. Overton teases him, so Kyle explains that he just got back from the opthalmologist. He sighs that he needs glasses. Overton doesn't think this is a big deal, but Kyle is depressed because he considers himself a perfect male specimen. He feels it is pathetic that he needs glasses. Overton tells him to stop whining, as he is not pathetic. He hands him his coffee cup so that he can get back to work. Khadijah walks out, takes a look at Kyle with the large glasses, and drops a coin into his cup... read more.1x16: Fatal Distraction recap
: Overton tells Regine that there are no mice in her closet, and that the squeaking she heard was caused by a box of valuables hidden under the floorboards. Regine is confused, but pretends the box is hers. She opens it, and is disappointed to find a bunch of letters. Synclaire notes that they are love letters, and discovers that one was written in 1894. Overton says they could be worth a lot of money, so Regine wants to look under the floors in all the other closets... read more.1x15: Living Kringle recap
: Khadijah congratulates her employees for their hard work. They are wildly excited to learn they will be receiving Christmas bonuses, until they find out they are only getting Flavor
baseball caps. Khadijah forces them to feign enthusiasm by asking if they want to keep their jobs... read more.