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Living Single: Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Max reluctantly represents a man who claims to be the Son of God, who tries to force her to re-consider her priorities.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 466858
Airdate: Thursday December 04th, 1997



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Guest Stars
Harold Perrineau, Jr.
As Walter Jackson
Joleen Lutz
As Nurse Fitzgerald
Leonard O. Turner
As Larry Rose
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
Mel Jackson
As Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III
Episode Notes
Harold Perrineau, Jr. is listed without a character name in the closing credits, marking the only time this happens in the show's history.



Episode Quotes
Max: Who's your daddy?
Walter: The man upstairs.
Max: Judge Cartwright?
Walter: A little higher.
Max: The mayor? The governor? President Clinton?
Walter: Higher.
Max: Hillary?
Walter: All the way up.
Max: So then that would make you...
Walter: I'm back!

Khadijah: So what's the charge? Wearing sandals and sack cloth after Labor Day?

Max: But he didn't say anything about him wearing a jail jumpsuit, cheap sneakers and a trace of Polo cologne.
Overton: Well, if he is the Lord, he should be wearing Eternity.

Synclaire: Food for thought, Max. Wouldn't it be ironic if you got to the pearly gates and there's your client saying, "Told you so."
Regine: Wait a minute. Max in Heaven? Oh, I don't think that's one she's got to worry about.

Khadijah: Max, where is your heart?
Max: My heart? Oh please. They make you get rid of that the minute you pass the bar.

Walter: A wise man once said, "The truth shall set you free." Hey, that was me!

Regine: Well, maybe he means "Son of God," like, you know, we're all children of God.
Overton: Well, uh, all of us but the termite. I mean, if you ask me, they're just the demon spawn.

Max: So we're going to need some character witnesses. How many of the apostles can you round up?

Walter: You're coming off a really hard time in your life. You put your heart out there, you got it stepped on. I understand why you wouldn't want to take any risks.
Max: Wait, wait. How did you know that? Khadijah. Khadijah told you my business, didn't she? Well, here's a little something you should know about her. For two whole years, she didn't go to church. She slept in every Sunday...sometimes with somebody.



Cultural References
Khadijah: (to Tripp) Like you didn't cry buckets when Big Mama died in Soul Food.

A reference to the 1997 film, which featured Mel Jackson.

Synclaire: I met a man on the subway once who had a sock puppet he said was Gandhi. I didn't buy it, though. But he had a brown sock that sounded just like Luther Vandross.

A reference to the famed R&B singer.

Max: (to Regine) Yoda.

Max compares Regine to the pint-sized Jedi Master from the Star Wars films.

Khadijah: (to Max) So, what's next? You gonna come up with some catchy phrase for your defense like "If he heals the sick, they must acquit"?

A reference to the "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit" line used by defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Max: American Gladiators face-off of the century.

A reference to the long-running syndicated series, which featured contestants competing against fit series regulars in various athletic competitions.

Tripp: I'm with anything as long as it's not one of those "All-men-are-dogs, burn-his-car, Denzel-come-and-save-my-life" chick flicks.

Tripp references actor Denzel Washington during his rant.

Walter: Miss Shaw, this isn't a joke. I really am the Son of God.
Max: Yeah, and I'm Joan of Arc. Where were you when they were burning me up? That fire was a bear!

A reference to the French heroine who was declared a martyr after being burned at the stake in 1431.

Max: The mayor? The governor? President Clinton?
Walter: Higher.
Max: Hillary?

References to President Bill Clinton, who was in office at the time; and the First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Khadijah: Guess what he did before he took up this messiah gig?
Max: Oh, I don't know. Travelled with the touring company of Godspell?

A reference to the musical that debuted in 1971 and features Jesus Christ and the apostles as characters.

Walter: You were looking for a miracle? Whoomp, there it is.

A reference to "Whoomp! There It Is," a 1993 hit by the rap group Tag Team.



Episode References
Max: (to Walter) Khadijah told you my business, didn't she? Well, here's a little something you should know about her. For two whole years, she didn't go to church. She slept in every Sunday...sometimes with somebody.

A reference to the subplot of the episode "Oh, Solo Mio," in which Khadijah worried about returning to church following a long absence.



Warning: Living Single season 5 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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