Living Single Season 1
S01 E01Aug 30, 1993
Judging by the Cover Aug 30, 1993 Regine begins dating a handsome, wealthy and intelligent man named Brad Hamilton. She constantly rubs her good fortune in her friends' faces. A woman comes to the Flavor office to purchase an ad for Brad's restaurant; Synclaire is stunned to learn that she is Brad's wife. When the girls break the news to Regine, she is enraged. However, she believes Brad's claim that he will leave his wife for her, and continues to see him. Regine is devastated when Brad fails to show for their date. When she wonders why such things always happen to her, Khadijah and Max encourage her to be her own person, as she can find happiness without a man. Regine decides to go shopping. Khadijah struggles to find a new cover story after Synclaire forgets to send the interview questions to Maya Angelou. She finally settles on a feature story about married men who cheat, ""the sleeping dog that lies."" Tag: Girls dance to ""My Girl"" in bathroom while singing into hair dryers and toilet brushes.Music: ""My Girl"" by th
S01 E02Aug 30, 1993
I'll Take Your Man Aug 30, 1993 After Regine breaks up with her latest beau, a handsome attorney named Charles, she grants Max permission to give him a call. However, she is furious when Max goes to church and Sunday brunch with Charles. She suspects that Max doesn't even care about Charles, and is only using him to hurt Regine. Regine persuades a reluctant Khadijah to ask Max to break up with Charles. Max refuses, as she enjoys Charles's company and doesn't feel that Regine should always get her own way. Max later drops by the apartment and announces that she has dumped Charles. When Regine praises her for her selflessness, Max admits that Charles was the one who broke things off. The girls agree not to date each other's ex-boyfriends--unless he's really fine. Overton is forced to endure a slew of phone calls from lonely women when his ad offering handyman services accidentally ends up in the personals. Tag: Overton puts out toaster fire when Synclaire is distracted by phone calls.
S01 E03Sep 6, 1993
Whose Date Is It Anyway? Sep 6, 1993 After learning that Synclaire hasn't had a date for six months, Regine and Max devote their energies to remedying this situation. Synclaire accepts a date from a handsome veterinarian named Michael, much to Overton's chagrin. Max and Regine give her a make-over and offer tips. Regine explains the ""date laugh,"" in which the woman puts one hand on her date and the other on her cleavage when the man says anything amusing. They decide to follow Synclaire to the restaurant to make sure things go smoothly. Although Khadijah feels they should mind their own business, she also tags along. Synclaire is furious at their interference, and asks them to leave. She and Michael have a nice time, but he is called away on an emergency, thanks to a phone call set up by Overton. Overton steps in and takes his place at the table, and later takes Synclaire bowling. Synclaire sends Overton into the stratosphere with a kiss on the cheek, and he excitedly tells Kyle that he is six months ahead of schedule in
S01 E04Sep 13, 1993
A Kiss Before Lying Sep 13, 1993 Max receives several phone messages from her ex-boyfriend Greg, who had unceremoniously dumped her a year earlier. Max ignores Khadijah's advice and agrees to have dinner with Greg and his fiancÃ©e. She arranges for the meal to be held at the girls' apartment. Regine suggests that Max bring a date, but Khadijah believes that Max should be happy with who she is. When Greg arrives with his beautiful fiancÃ©e, Susan, a desperate Max begs Kyle to pose as her boyfriend. He accepts the role all too eagerly. Everyone begins inventing tales about the couple's courtship and Max's phenomenal professional success. Max can no longer stand the lying, and admits that it was all an act. Greg follows her to the kitchen, and she explains that she has realized the source of her bitterness; she knew that she and Greg weren't right for each other, but wishes that he had said good-bye. She kisses him and struts out of the kitchen, leaving Greg begging for more. Meanwhile, Overton struggles to correct the bro
S01 E05Sep 20, 1993
In the Black Is Beautiful Sep 20, 1993 The printer refuses to produce the latest issue of Flavor unless Khadijah can make a $2000 payment. Max offers her the money, but she flatly refuses. Regine tries to raise money by throwing a lingerie party (featuring male model Overton), but Khadijah tells everyone to mind their own business. After Synclaire tells her that the printer has threatened to see to it that Flavor is never published again, Khadijah accepts Max's check. She becomes so obsessed with paying off her debt that she begins selling appliances and turns into a tyrant at the office. When Max assures her that she doesn't care about getting the money back, Khadijah takes offense. She decides to get the money by selling ad space to a sleazy malt liquor company. Khadijah relents after Synclaire accuses her of being a sell-out. She accepts Max's loan in exchange for a two percent share in Flavor. Meanwhile, the guys quarrel when Kyle fails to reimburse Overton for their bowling night. Tag: Girls try to make milkshakes with
S01 E06Sep 27, 1993
Great Expectations Sep 27, 1993 Khadijah is disgusted by the girls' pathetic social life, so she suggests that they go out to a club and meet some men. Regine announces that she can get them onto the guest list at Club Zina. She dons her finest wig and ""one of a kind"" red dress, and is disgusted to spot two other women wearing the same dress. She douses them with drinks, but later gets a taste of her own medicine. Kyle and Overton have to sneak in the back door because the doorman dislikes Kyle, and Kyle has no luck with the female bar patrons. Overton convinces Synclaire to dance, and they show off a series of moves not seen since 1984. Max is hounded by a smarmy man with a gold tooth, while Khadijah is bored out of her skull. Her attitude improves when she meets Regine's friend Ty, the DJ. He gives her the chance to take the mic, and she brings down the house with ""I Will Survive."" Tag: Waiting for the call from Ty.Music: ""You Are Everything"" (Stylistics), sung by T.C. Carson; ""Brick House"" (Commodores), sung by t
S01 E07Oct 4, 1993
Full Court Press Oct 4, 1993 Khadijah, Regine and Synclaire are involved in a car accident with an old woman named Shirley Shortridge. Khadijah's jeep suffers $1500 in damage. Regine believes that they should sue, but Khadijah wants to settle and put the matter behind her. Khadijah and Max negotiate with Shirley and her sleazy lawyer, Jack Peabody. Khadijah ignores Max's advice and agrees to take an $800 settlement. Jack taunts Max, telling her she couldn't have beaten him in court. Max decides that the case should go to court. When Max becomes obsessed with victory, Khadijah decides to represent herself and ask for the settlement. Jack denies offering any money. Max comes to the rescue, taking over as Khadijah's lawyer and winning a $1500 settlement. Overton and Kyle take a trial membership at a gym, but suffer the consequences when they overdo it on the stair master and Kyle tries to impress two women with his weightlifting ability. Tag: Overton trapped on runaway treadmill.
S01 E08Oct 11, 1993
Living Single... With Children Oct 11, 1993 Regine begins dating a single father named Patrick. She gets along wonderfully with his adorable daughter Camille, and agrees to spend the day with her while Patrick is away in New Jersey on business. When Patrick is delayed, Camille spends the night at the apartment. She suffers from a stomachache, and Regine runs herself ragged trying to care for the girl. Regine tells Patrick she is not ready to be a mother, but he urges her not to worry, as they are a long way from taking this step. Kyle becomes a Big Brother to a young boy named Kevon, but the boy prefers spending time with ""Uncle Obie"" to Kyle's dull, educational outings. Tag: Kevon pesters Kyle and Overton to teach him the facts of life.
S01 E09Oct 18, 1993
Just Friends? Oct 18, 1993 Khadijah's old friend Scooter comes to town, and the two begin spending a lot of time together. Although Khadijah insists that they are only friends, she ends up spending the night with him. When Scooter asks her to come out to his Los Angeles home for the weekend, Khadijah's friends offer conflicting advice. Max believes she should go for it, while Regine warns that she could destroy her friendship. Khadijah decides that she isn't ready to take such a big step, and asks for time to re-evaluate the relationship. Overton helps Synclaire study for her accounting exam in the hopes of making time with her, despite the fact that he knows nothing about the subject. He is discouraged when Synclaire (following Khadijah's plight) announces that she would never date a friend. Tag: Khadijah receives flowers from an unexpected source.Music: ""Theme from The Little Rascals,"" hummed by T.C. Carson, John Henton and Cress Williams
S01 E10Oct 25, 1993
Quittin' Time Oct 25, 1993 Synclaire is angry when she is passed over for a promotion. When Khadijah asks her to define the type of job she is seeking, Synclaire's friends help her to realize that she would like to become the office manager. Khadijah insists that Synclaire cannot handle such a responsibility. She adds that, given Synclaire's frequent blunders, she probably would have been fired if she weren't the boss's cousin. Synclaire quits in a huff, and lands a job at Turkey Hut. Synclaire's replacement at Flavor, Mrs. Ryan, is efficient but extremely cold and impersonal. When Synclaire comes to the office to retrieve her belongings, she helps Mrs. Ryan find a file by explaining that her filing system is based on emotions. Things that will make Khadijah happy are in the front of the cabinet, while those that will upset her are hidden in the back. Khadijah realizes that Synclaire's sweet, cheerful personality makes up for her incompetence. She re-hires her as Vice President of Office Affairs (she had already
S01 E11Nov 8, 1993
The Naked Truth Nov 8, 1993 During a game of ""Truth or Challenge,"" Kyle mocks the women for their tendency to snipe at each other. Regine points out that he talks about Overton behind his back, and Max reveals that Kyle was annoyed when Overton tagged along on his date. This leads to a blowout fight, and Overton decides to move out. Synclaire asks him to stay at the girls' apartment, much to Regine's chagrin. When Overton goes into the bathroom to shave, he accidentally sees Khadijah naked. He apologizes constantly, and she suggests that he relax. She urges him to stand up to Kyle. This advice backfires, as Kyle arrives moments later and asks Overton to return to the apartment. Overton refuses to move back until Kyle apologizes. He begins to drive all the girls crazy with his annoying habits, so they try to bribe Kyle into giving in. Kyle refuses, but pretends the toilet is clogged so that Overton will have to come to the apartment. They realize they have forgotten the reason for their dispute. The girls compare
S01 E12Nov 15, 1993
Crappy Birthday Nov 15, 1993 The girls force Khadijah to take a road trip to Atlantic City for her birthday, although she would much rather stay home. Max's driving leaves Khadijah nauseous, so she decides to stay in the room while the others check out the casino. She gives Synclaire twenty dollars to gamble for her. Max snatches the money away and wins 700 dollars. When Khadijah comes downstairs, Max fears that she will want to take her money back. She and Regine ask Synclaire to distract Khadijah. After a chance meeting with comedian Flip Wilson, Khadijah catches up to Max, who convinces her to let the money ride. Khadijah piles up a mountain of chips, is surrounded by admirers, and wins the million-dollar sweepstakes from Ed McMahon (presented by two scantily clad men). She awakens in the back seat of the car to learn that she actually lost all her money, became drunk and unruly, and was thrown out of the casino. She reminds her friends that she didn't want to celebrate her birthday, and vows revenge. The girls
S01 E13Nov 22, 1993
Love Takes a Holiday Nov 22, 1993 Stacey, the Flavor photographer, is unable to supply any cheerful photos for the holiday issue because she is depressed and angry over a break-up with her boyfriend. Khadijah tries to cheer her up by inviting her to hang out with the girls. When she meets Kyle, they immediately take a liking to each other. Kyle falls head over heels, but Stacey is not interested in another serious relationship. Khadijah and Synclaire ask her to break up with him before he gets hurt. Stacey is unable to go through with it, and shows up at Thanksgiving dinner on Kyle's arm. Max can no longer stand to watch Kyle make a fool of himself. She takes him to the kitchen and warns that Stacey is using him. Kyle tests Stacey by asking her to come to his parents' house for Christmas, and she promptly breaks up with him. Everyone struggles to boost Kyle's spirits, and he later thanks Max for looking out for him. Tag: Max loads up on leftovers and talks with Kyle.Music: ""Reunited"" (Peaches and Herb), sung by Kim Co
S01 E14Nov 29, 1993
Burglar in the House Nov 29, 1993 After Regine has her purse snatched on the subway, the girls ask Overton to install better locks in their apartment. A nervous Synclaire and Regine insist on sleeping in Khadijah's room. They are stirred by a noise from downstairs, and discover a prowler in the kitchen. Khadijah startles him and drives him from the apartment; but after the girls run up to the guys' apartment, the burglar returns and cleans them out. Frustrated by the police's inability to get any leads on the case, they have Overton install an alarm system and bars on the windows, and ask the guys to stay over for several nights. However, they remain on edge. When Regine goes into the kitchen for a midnight snack, Synclaire freaks out and runs out of the apartment, triggering the alarm. The girls realize that, despite the unpleasant reality of crime, they cannot turn the apartment into a fortress. They volunteer for Neighborhood Watch. Tag: Lily the attack pig.
S01 E15Dec 20, 1993
Living Kringle Dec 20, 1993 Synclaire is distraught because none of her friends seem to be in the holiday spirit. She manages to convince everyone to come together for a tree-trimming party, but the gathering breaks up quickly when Max gets a hot date, and the others are bogged down by work commitments. As her friends discover the thoughtful gifts Synclaire has left for them, they return to the apartment to thank her, only to discover that she is gone. However, she has left a detailed map leading them to her location. They find her at a bar, where her sunny demeanor has cheered the lonely bar patrons, who are now singing Christmas carols. Everyone apologizes to Synclaire for taking her for granted and failing to appreciate the holiday season. Meanwhile, Overton schemes to catch Synclaire under the mistletoe. Tag: Overton and Synclaire watch The Little Elf That Could.Music: ""Joy to the World,"" played by greeting card; ""Winter Wonderland"" (Richard Smith/Felix Bernard), sung by the cast; Variations of ""Deck the Hal
S01 E16Jan 10, 1994
Fatal Distraction Jan 10, 1994 Khadijah hires a handsome and charming man named Xavier St. John as her new writer, without bothering to read his articles or check his references. Xavier constantly compliments Khadijah and seeks her attention, so her friends suggest that he is attracted to her. When Khadijah and Xavier share a cab, he seems to be coming on to her. Khadijah leans in to kiss him, but he pulls away and says that he is not interested. When Xavier turns in his first article, Khadijah is stunned to discover that he does not possess any writing ability. He claims that she is punishing him for rejecting her advances, and threatens to sue her for sexual harassment. Khadijah decides that the quality of her magazine should not suffer because of her error in judgment. She fires Xavier and dares him to sue her, noting that any judge who read his work would sentence him to remedial English class. Xavier announces that a suit wouldn't be worth the trouble. Overton discovers a box of 19th century love letters under
S01 E17Jan 17, 1994
The Hand That Robs the Cradle Jan 17, 1994 While the girls are at the cafe, an attractive young man named Brendan approaches Max. He is an NYU freshman who met her at the job fair, and asks for the opportunity to discuss points of the law. Khadijah insists that Brendan is hitting on Max. Max later admits that Brendan asked her out. After her friends make many, many jokes, Max claims that she turned Brendan down. A few days later, the girls catch Max at the cafe with him. Khadijah is angry with Max for lying, but Max points out that her friends were not exactly supportive. When Regine opines that Max is ashamed of Brendan, she agrees to bring him to a party for Flavor advertisers (which Regine has planned, despite her complaints about Khadijah's $200 budget). Max is less than forthcoming about Brendan's age, so he storms out. She follows him into the elevator to apologize, and concedes that her behavior is immature. She decides not to let others' opinions dictate her actions. Kyle is distraught when he learns that he needs glass
S01 E18Feb 7, 1994
Love Thy Neighbor (1) Feb 7, 1994 Kyle convinces Overton to double date with his old girlfriend and her cousin, Summer. Overton and Summer hit it off at dinner, but he feels as though he is cheating on Synclaire. Kyle reminds him that Synclaire has never shown any romantic interest in him, and encourages him to ask Summer out. When the girls run into Overton and Summer, Synclaire becomes very sad. After she makes many catty remarks about Summer and her hat, her friends suggest that she is jealous, and encourage her to make a move. Synclaire refuses to interfere, and instead hurts Overton's feelings by sending a tape deck he was to repair to Dr. Fix-It. The girls urge her to share her feelings with Overton. After he sends Summer away, Synclaire asks him to come downstairs. She initially tries to say something profound, but finally gives up and plants a kiss on him. Meanwhile, the upstairs neighbors annoy Khadijah and Regine by having sex constantly. The girls are impressed to learn that an elderly couple is responsible.
S01 E19Feb 14, 1994
Mystery Date (2) Feb 14, 1994 Overton and Synclaire's relationship gets off to a rocky start, thanks to bad advice from their friends. Regine tells Synclaire that her aggressive behavior (kissing Overton) will drive him away, while Kyle convinces Overton to show up late for their date to the flea market to avoid seeming needy. Both believe they have been stood up, and sulk for days. Khadijah, Max and Regine continue to throw themselves at Hamilton, especially after learning that he is a medical student. Regine cooks him a gourmet meal, while Khadijah purposely allows Hamilton to tie the ball up (and put his hands all over her) during their one-on-one game in the hallway. Kyle decides to throw a party to get Overton and Synclaire back together, and entices the others to come by inviting Hamilton. Overton and Synclaire apologize for the misunderstanding, and Hamilton asks Khadijah out for drinks. Unfortunately, he proves to be too good to be true--he is a cheapskate and a bore.
S01 E20Feb 21, 1994
Hot Fun in the Wintertime Feb 21, 1994 Synclaire wins a trip for two to the Bahamas from a radio trivia contest, but cannot decide who should accompany her. Khadijah and Overton irritate her so much with their petty bickering and attempts to manipulate her that it nearly drives her crazy. Regine advises her to stand up for herself and not let the duo's behavior affect her. Synclaire becomes so fed up that she tells Overton and Khadijah that she is taking Regine on the trip. At her beach-themed party (selected because the heat was out of control), Regine bows out and urges Khadijah and Overton to stop pressuring Synclaire. Regine claims her act is one of genuine kindness, but a man had actually asked her to go to Aspen the same week as Synclaire's trip. Synclaire selects Overton, and Khadijah is proud that her cousin is growing up (because she dumped her for a man). Kyle and Max continually play practical jokes on one another to screw up each other's love lives. Max believes Kyle has gone too far when he invites Goldie to th
S01 E21Feb 28, 1994
Friends Like These Feb 28, 1994 Khadijah's college friend Jackie comes to town for an audition. She stays at the girls' apartment, and convinces Khadijah to give her a job at Flavor. Max is extremely jealous, and warns that Jackie is an opportunist who will hit Khadijah up for a loan. In college, Jackie convinced Max and Khadijah to start a sandwich business, only to drop it after two weeks. Khadijah is furious at Max for interfering in her affairs. A few days later, Jackie asks Khadijah to loan her money for a tattoo business. Khadijah turns her down, and orders her to return the 200 dollars she had borrowed from Synclaire. She tells Jackie that she needs to get her priorities straight and stop changing directions every few weeks. Jackie decides to go mooch off her parents. Just as Max boasts that Jackie never comes through, talk show host Arsenio Hall shows up at the apartment for the interview Jackie had promised to arrange. Overton buys several fish for the apartment. Kyle grows attached to them, and decides to g
S01 E22Mar 14, 1994
Who's the Boss? Mar 14, 1994 When Khadijah is stricken by the flu, she reluctantly allows Synclaire to take charge of the office. However, she enlists Regine (who is on a paid vacation while the boutique undergoes remodeling) to go into the office to keep an eye on Synclaire. Russell, the music editor, is furious when his column is cut (although it was Khadijah's decision). He quits, and announces that he will not return as long as Synclaire is running the magazine. While the office is in chaos, an important prospective client arrives, as Synclaire had forgotten to re-schedule the appointment. Synclaire calls Khadijah to ask for help, but Khadijah is too drowsy from the medicine that Max had given her. Synclaire improvises, offering to refund the man's money if the ad does not increase sales at his Brooklyn shoe stores. Khadijah is impressed by Synclaire's work, and admits that she also makes things up as she goes along. A full-page photo of Russell confuses her, but Synclaire explains that it was the only way to
S01 E23Mar 28, 1994
U.N.I.T.Y. (a.k.a. Five Card Stud) Mar 28, 1994 Kyle hosts his company's junior executive poker game; and hopes to impress the junior vice president, Lawrence, who is on the verge of giving him a promotion. The ladies decide to crash the game after the pizzas are mistakenly delivered to their house, but Kyle's co-workers refuse to let them into the game. Lawrence takes a liking to Regine, and they set up a dinner date. Although he is a perfect gentleman on the date, Lawrence brags about his supposed exploits to his co-workers the following day. Kyle agonizes over whether to defend Regine's honor, because he fears that Lawrence could curtail his career. The girls crash the poker game again, and Lawrence allows them to play. Using tips about her opponents' weaknesses provided by Overton, Khadijah proves to be the big winner. When Lawrence calls the ladies ""bitches,"" Kyle confronts him. He tells him off for insulting his friends and lying about Regine, and orders him to leave. He tells his friends that he is not really worried about La
S01 E24Apr 18, 1994
Love Is a Many Splintered Thing Apr 18, 1994 Khadijah interviews fourth-grade teacher Alonzo Ford for an article honoring his selection as Teacher of the Year. They hit it off, and Alonzo quickly asks her out on a date. They spend nearly every free moment together for three weeks. After Max, Regine and Synclaire complain that Khadijah is neglecting them, she invites them to have dinner with Alonzo and her, but the couple doesn't show up. They re-schedule, but Alonzo and Khadijah ignore the girls and spend the entire evening babbling and kissing. Khadijah is confused by her friends' anger, as she believes that they should be happy that she has found a good man. When Alonzo's friends interrupt a date to complain that he has forgotten their basketball game, Khadijah realizes that they have become wrapped up in their own world. They resolve to spend more time with their friends, and the girls allow Khadijah to come miniature golfing with them. Meanwhile, Overton and Kyle must come to grips with the fact that their puppy, Sanford, mus
S01 E25May 2, 1994
A Tale of Two Tattles May 2, 1994 Khadijah, Max and Synclaire are furious when Regine's new boyfriend, Tony, uses embarrassing stories about them in his stand-up act. Although they are angry at Regine for blabbing their secrets, they realize they have all been guilty of this at some point. They vow to no longer engage in gossip. Kyle asks Overton to program his two girlfriends' numbers into his new cellular phone. Overton makes the girls aware of each other's existence when he accidentally calls one when he believed he was speaking with the other. Regine cannot keep her promise to refrain from gossip after she hears the two women comparing notes about Kyle on the street. She tells her friends that Kyle stutters at the height of passion. The girls witness Kyle arguing with both women in the hallway. When they both dump him, Kyle urges his friends to preserve his reputation. ""Maybe we will, maybe we wo-wo-wo-wo-won't!"" Max exclaims. Tag: Tony plagiarizes Synclaire's act in television appearance.
S01 E26May 9, 1994
She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother May 9, 1994 Khadijah is thrilled when her mother, Rita, comes to visit for Mother's Day; but Regine is distressed that her mother, Laverne, has tagged along. Laverne quickly gets on her daughter's nerves by pestering her to ""get married and get some beans in that oven."" During an afternoon at a spa, Regine and Laverne get into a nasty argument after Regine learns that her mother sought Kyle's advice on why she can't land a man. Khadijah and Rita also square off when Khadijah suggests that Laverne should let Regine live her own life. Their dispute is quickly resolved. Max advises Regine to apologize immediately to win the argument, but Laverne beats her to the punch. They finally come to an understanding after coming together to skip around the kitchen and mock the perpetually happy Rita and Khadijah. Meanwhile, Overton goes a little overboard with purchases from the Spending Channel as he seeks the perfect Mother's Day gift. Tag: A post-Mother's Day de-briefing.Music: ""Rapper's Delight"" (Sugar Hi
S01 E27May 16, 1994
What's Next? May 16, 1994 Alonzo asks Khadijah to move in with him, but she asks for some time to consider this major life decision. Alonzo refuses to relent, constantly sending her flowers and other gifts at the office. When another shipment of flowers comes in, Khadijah is shocked when the ""deliveryman"" turns out to be Scooter, who had been calling her almost daily for several weeks. He announces that he is in town for a job interview, and hopes to pick up where he left off with Khadijah. Khadijah is faced with a quandary when Alonzo and Scooter show up at her apartment at the same time. She retreats to the kitchen, and Alonzo follows her. She admits that she has feelings for Scooter, and that she isn't ready for the type of commitment Alonzo is seeking. They decide to break up. When Khadijah returns to the living room, she fears that Scooter has also left. However, he had only gone upstairs to help an eavesdropping Regine get her hair out of a vent. Khadijah and Scooter decide to begin dating. Max is suspend