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Living Single: Fatal Distraction

Khadijah hires a handsome man as the new writer for Flavor without bothering to check his references. Synclaire and Overton get caught up in the romance when he discovers 19th century love letters under the floor in Regine's room, while Regine can only see potential dollar signs.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 455765
Airdate: Sunday January 09th, 1994

Director: Henry Chan
Writer: David Wyatt

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Guest Stars
Elliot Durant IIIElliot Durant III
As Dennis
Ralph Louis Harris (1)Ralph Louis Harris (1)
As Wyatt (as Ralph Harris Jr.)
Richard WhitenRichard Whiten
As Xavier St. John
Shaun ToubShaun Toub
As Cabby
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
Episode Notes
Richard Whiten appeared in the video for Queen Latifah's song "U.N.I.T.Y.," which later plays over the closing credits of the episode "U.N.I.T.Y. (a.k.a. Five Card Stud)."

Episode Quotes
Overton: Didn't take John long to get them 34 buttons undone. Apparently they had more that just tea in the parlor. You know Synclaire, I enjoy tea.

Max: So Khadijah, how was your first day with your new writer, Mr. Beautiful?
Khadijah: Let me put it to you like this. Xavier spent all day stocking his desk, and you know we keep the office supplies in the file cabinet. In the bottom drawer.

Kyle: You know, men could never get away with talking about women like that.
Regine: That's right. Welcome to the nineties.

Kyle: Now if I may speak for good-looking men everywhere...
Max: Only as their rodeo clown.
Kyle: That reminds me. Bronco busting's about to start, and they're holding a stall for you, Flicka.

Max: Don't touch it, girl.
Khadijah: Hey, I'm with you. Hands off.
Regine: What do you mean, "Don't touch it"? Shoot, she's paying for it!

Khadijah: This is the worst day of my life. I'm so embarrassed.
Max: Khadijah, did your blouse pop open again?

Synclaire: You didn't read his samples. You didn't check his references. Khadijah, the next time I staple your papers at the wrong angle, cut me some slack, okay?

Khadijah: You're gonna sue me?
Xavier: For sexual harassment.
Khadijah: Well, fine. Just remember: "harassment": one r, two s's.

Overton: Well Regine, I'm happy to report there are no mice in your closet. Although I did beat the hell out of your mink earmuffs.

Regine: It's funny how unattractive a guy becomes after he rejects you.

Kyle: You know, I think this dilemma illustrates the progress that has been made over the years. I mean, before you know it, you women will be blamed for starting wars, telling us men what to do with our bodies, and suffering from male pattern baldness.
Khadijah: Kyle?
Kyle: Yeah, baby?
Khadijah: Get the hell out!
Kyle: See? You're relaxing into that newfound power already.
Max: I'll get the door.
Kyle: And you...you're such the gentleman.

Regine: Apparently Miss Emily was a suffragette or she sewed a flag or a dress or something. They are ready to pay money to read about whatever she did.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Fatal Distraction

This title is based on the title of the 1987 film Fatal Attraction, starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.

Khadijah: Today was a good day!

Khadijah copies rapper Ice Cube's inflection as she quotes the chorus of his 1993 hit "It Was a Good Day" while talking about Xavier bending over to collect office supplies.

Max: There are worse things. (Opens door to see Kyle.) Like this tale from the crypt.

A reference to Tales From the Crypt, a long-running HBO horror anthology series.

Synclaire: I'm certainly no Toni Morrison, and I'm not even close to being Dr. Seuss.

References to the highly respected author known for novels such as Beloved, and the famed children's author of books such as The Cat and the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

Regine: "Dear Emily, had lunch today with Ben Franklin."
Synclaire: Regine, I don't think he was around in the 1890s.
Regine: Dang!
Synclaire: It says here in the almanac that the light bulb was invented in 1879.
Regine: Mmm-hmm. Close enough. "Dear Emily, had lunch today with Thomas Alva Edison. He thanked me for the light bulb idea I gave him."

Regine tries to re-create the love letters by mentioning historical figures. After learning that Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, died much earlier, she tries to reference inventor Thomas Edison instead.

Warning: Living Single season 1 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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