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Living Single: Crappy Birthday

Khadijah is unhappy when the girls "kidnap" her and take her to Atlantic City for her birthday, disregarding her desire to ignore the day. Kyle and Overton run into trouble when Kyle tries to get too cozy in the girls' apartment while watering their plants.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 455761
Airdate: Sunday November 14th, 1993

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Special Guest Stars
Ed McMahon
As Himself
Flip Wilson
As Himself

Co-Guest Stars
Alexander Folk
As Roulette Guy
Jackie Diamond
As Croupier
Lorinda Hawkins
As Waitress
Main Cast
Queen Latifah
As Khadijah James
Kim Coles
As Synclaire James Jones
Erika Alexander
As Maxine Felice "Max" Shaw
Kim Fields
As Regine Hunter
John Henton
As Overton Wakefield Jones
T.C. Carson
As Kyle Barker


Overton uses an air compressor to clean dust out of the girls' kitchen window. He impresses Synclaire with a fact about dust being composed mainly of dead skin cells. She shows off the cake she has made for Khadijah's birthday, and starts to put candles on it. Overton shares that he doesn't like candles on a cake because it requires someone to blow his or her breath all over the food that others will eat. He tries to use the compressor on the cake, and sprays frosting all over Synclaire...

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Episode Quotes
Overton: Candles on a birthday cake. That's one tradition I could do without. I mean, what other time do you ask a person to blow their breath all over the food you're about to eat?

Synclaire: When I was little, my family used to take long car trips to our cabin in Wisconsin. And all I can remember is my parents getting mad at me 'cause I had to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes. It got to the point where I was scared to say anything.
Khadijah: You have to go now, don't you?

Khadijah: What are you doing?
Synclaire: I'm putting on my make-up. Why else do you think there's a mirror up there? To watch yourself sleep?

Regine: Turn the lights on so the roaches don't move in.
(Kyle looks at Max.)
Kyle: Too late.

Khadijah: Everybody ready to yell "surprise"?
Synclaire: Ready! Come on in!

Regine: You want me to drive?
Max: I'm fine. Why?
Regine: Oh, I don't know. The sparks off the guardrail were a little distracting.

Regine: Max, this was supposed to be a junior suite.
Max: Ooh. Look who's getting picky about where she sleeps.

Regine: (to Khadijah) Miss Girl, are you coming downstairs? 'Cause I only got a couple hours till this hair goes flat.

Cultural References
Flip: The devil made me do it!

Khadijah and Synclaire convince Flip Wilson to recite a catch phrase from his famous character, Geraldine.

Khadijah: There's only three birthdays that matter. When you're 16, you're sweet. When you're 21, you're legal. When you're 65, you get to eat at Denny's half-price.

A reference to the restaurant chain.

Overton: I hear Engelbert Humperdinck is gigging at the Trump Plaza.

Overton leaves his friends bemused as he excitedly notes that the British pop crooner is performing in Atlantic City.

Regine: Synclaire, keep her busy, and we'll take you to see Boardwalk and Park Place.

A reference to two locations in the board game Monopoly.

Flip: Here come de judge, here come de judge.

Ed McMahon convinces Flip to use the phrase (actually a catchphrase of comedian Pigmeat Markham) that he used to introduce a sketch on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

Ed: Hi-oh!

In return for saying "Here come de judge," Flip convinces Ed McMahon to share his catchphrase from his time as Johnny Carson's sidekick on NBC's Tonight Show.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorYvette Lee Bowser
Executive ProducerTom Anderson (1)
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Steven Cohen  |  Roger S.H. Schulman  |  Yvette Lee Bowser
ProducerPatricia Rickey
Co-ProducerBecky Hartman Edwards
Associate ProducerJanet Grushow
EditorHenry Chan
CastingGeraldine Leder
MusicJamey Jazz
Music SupervisorGregory Sill
HairstylistBrian A. Tunstall
Set DecoratorLeon A. King
Property MasterDan Beringhele
Director of PhotographyBryan Hays
Story EditorJeffrey B. Hodes  |  Nastaran Dibai  |  Robert Horn (1)  |  Dan Margosis
Art DirectorLynn Griffin
Associate DirectorRae Kraus
ConsultantChip Hurd
Costume SupervisorJoyce Unruh
Main Title Theme Written/performedQueen Latifah
Post Production SoundCraig Porter  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Executive In Charge Of CastingBarbara Miller (2)
Stage ManagerJanice Jackson-Campbell  |  Ken Whittingham
Technical DirectorKarl Messerschmidt
Makeup ArtistLorraine Polak
Costume DesignBambi Breakstone
Audio MixerLarry Stephens
VideoTom Weber (2)
Main TitleOtis Sallid
Warning: Living Single season 1 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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