2nd Season 1994

  1. "There's Got to Be a Morning After"
    gs: Rolando Molina [ Waiter ]

    rc: Scooter

    Kyle and Max must deal with the consequences of their drunken night together. Kyle manages to sneak Max out of the apartment without detection; but everyone becomes suspicious when they show up at the group's rooftop gathering singing the same song, and seem hesitant to insult one another. After Kyle returns to his apartment with Overton, he and Max each confess what has happened. Overton suggests that Kyle find out if what he and Max share is love or hate. Kyle asks Max to dinner, and she accepts. This horrifies Regine, as she fears that she would be left as the only target for all of Max's scorn and ridicule. She bets Khadijah, Synclaire, Overton and Scooter (who has found a job in New York) on the outcome of the date. Kyle asks Max why she is so reluctant to open up to anyone, and she admits that she needs to protect herself from getting hurt. She nixes a relationship with Kyle because she would miss their antagonism too much. They dance and have a nice evening, but Regine wins her bet.

    Tag: Everyone performs the tango.

    Music: "Tell Me Something Good" (Rufus featuring Chaka Khan), sung by T.C. Carson and Erika Alexander

    Regine: "Come on, girl! Who was it?"
    Khadijah: "Regine, get off it."
    Regine: "No! Not until I find out who she was on!"

    Synclaire: "If they start dating, maybe she wouldn't be down here so much."
    Regine: "Please. Who are you fooling, huh? In no time, this place is gonna be crawling with freeloading, dreadlock-having, crumb-snatching little Barker-Shaws."

    Max: "Kyle, we've known each other for a long time. Sniping. Fighting. Cutting each other down. I don't want to lose all that."

    b: 1 Sep 94 pc: 456551 w: Yvette Lee Bowser d: Ellen Gittelsohn

    NOTE: This is the only episode where the title appears on screen. The series moves to Thursdays at 8:30.

    Although the guys' dog, Sanford, was seen in 1.27, he is nowhere to be found in this episode and was never mentioned again.

    Overton unveils his new shaved head look, which John Henton would continue to sport throughout the series and on the sitcom The Hughleys.

  2. "I Love This Game"
    gs: Cheryl Miller [ Denise Hatcher ], Branford Marsalis [ Himself ], Joel Madison [ Referee ]

    rc: Scooter

    Denise Hatcher, Khadijah's high school basketball rival, comes to the Flavor office to complain about a sportswriter's comments about her coaching ability. They begin to argue about an incident in an all-star game in which they were teammates. Denise is still bitter because Khadijah was named MVP after scoring the winning basket by supposedly stepping on Denise's foot and stealing a pass intended for her. Denise challenges Khadijah to a game of one-on-one, with the MVP trophy going to the winner. While Khadijah is at the gym with Overton and Scooter, Denise shows up and throws down a thunderous dunk. Khadijah is ready to call off the game, but Max and Synclaire urge her not to quit. Khadijah trains hard, but is still hopelessly overmatched. During a time-out, Denise tries to get a weary Khadijah to concede, and boasts that she will shut her out. A rejuvenated Khadijah picks up her defense, then steals the ball and scores at the buzzer. Denise says she respects Khadijah's effort, and admits that she probably deserved to be MVP. Synclaire begins spending a lot of time on-line, and invites her new friends to the game (including jazz musician Branford Marsalis).

    Tag: Cast and Cheryl Miller demonstrate dunking techniques.

    Max: "All of this taunting and name-calling. Two people with no real agenda except winning, winning, winning. God, I miss the courtroom!"

    Regine: "It's not too late to fake an injury."
    Max: "Fake an injury? That's weak. Khadijah, as soon as that ball is tossed up, give that girl an elbow to the jaw."

    Regine: "Khadijah, you're gonna need more help than that. Come on, y'all. Let's pray. Lord, please give Khadijah some skills, before she humiliates not only herself, but those who love her and are seen daily with her in public. Amen."

    b: 8 Sep 94 pc: 456553 w: Warren Hutcherson d: Ellen Gittelsohn

    NOTE: Cheryl Miller is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. She was All-America at the University of Southern California, which won two national championships during her career; and a 1984 Olympic gold medallist. She later coached her alma mater, as well as the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.

    Khadijah reveals her high school basketball nickname, "All-Chain."

  3. "They've Gotta Have It"
    gs: Melanie Chartoff [ Dr. Madeline Flaylin ], Francia DiMase [ Jessica ], Elliot Durant III [ Dennis ]

    Regine grows weary of her tendency to date vain, tiresome men. She feels as though she is just going through the motions. Synclaire gives her a brochure about a seminar intended to help women break their dependence on men. When Regine attends her first session, she is shocked to find that Max is taking the class. The instructor assigns the students to take themselves on a date, but Regine and Max are so bored alone that they decide to go out together. Max explains that she took the seminar because she was not fulfilled by her one-night stands, and realized she had hit rock bottom when she slept with Kyle. She tells Regine that there is nothing wrong with seeking a relationship, as long as you don't base your self-worth on whether you have a man. They agree that they are doing just fine spending the evening without men. It is then revealed that Max and Regine are at a strip club. Overton sends Synclaire gifts from a secret admirer, but decides to call it off when she constantly speculates about the man's identity (and actually starts to believe that the king of Jordan is her admirer).

    Tag: Overton and Synclaire in "Superman" parody.

    Khadijah: "Okay, Max. Question number nine: `After sex, I feel like a.) Cuddling. b.) Talking. c.) Compulsively washing my hands.'"
    Max: "I'll take d.) Sending him out for snacks and locking the door behind him."
    Synclaire: "Max, you wouldn't really treat a man like that."
    Khadijah: "Remember that guy running down the street in a pink bathrobe carrying a box of Fig Newtons? That was one of hers."

    Regine: "If I really wanted to be in a room full of unsatisfied women yak-yak-yakking about their problems, I'd stay here and talk to y'all."

    Khadijah: "You know, Regine. I'm throwing a seminar myself next week. It's only a thousand dollars. It's called, `My Roommate's a Fool.'"

    b: 15 Sep 94 pc: 456552 w: David Cohen and Roger S.H. Schulman d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  4. "Working Nine to Nine-Fifteen"
    gs: Richard Gant [ Al Evans ], Dawn McMillan [ Tracy ]

    Max drives the girls crazy by spending all her time at their apartment (even having her calls forwarded). They rejoice when Evans and Bell call her back to work. However, Max is frustrated by the loss of her clients and office and the realization that the partners will never stop punishing her for her mistake. She quits during her first day. Khadijah insists that she has acted rashly, and advises her to ask for her job back. Max refuses, insisting that a better offer will come along. After a week of rejections, Max is finally offered an interview. Although the interview goes very well, the firm decides to hire someone else. Max begins to lose confidence, although her friends assure her that she is an excellent lawyer. Max breaks down and calls Evans and Bell to plead for forgiveness, but hangs up without speaking to them. Meanwhile, Overton and Regine become convinced that an elderly woman in Max's building has committed a murder. Kyle finally talks to the woman and discovers that the "body" the duo had seen was a safety doll that she used so that she wouldn't appear alone in her car.

    Tag: Safety doll performs the theme song.

    Synclaire: "I understand, Max. I know what it's like to be trapped in a job you can't stand. Trapped like a wolf in a clamp. You just wanna chew your own paw off just to be free. Just (growls)…And then Khadijah hired me! It's good to be free. Let the sun shine in."

    Max: "You got to get up pretty early in the morning to get one over on me."
    Kyle: "Yes, because evil never sleeps."
    Max: "But ugly gets plenty of rest."

    Khadijah: "I just hope she doesn't get any more rejection letters today."
    Synclaire: "Me too! Every rejection means a hundred more résumés. I am tired of licking the back of Patsy Cline's head!"

    b: 22 Sep 94 pc: 456554 w: Becky Hartman d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  5. "Bristle While You Work"
    gs: Tamlyn Tamita [ Mary ]

    rc: Scooter

    Regine convinces her boss, Mary, to consider having her boutique advertise in Flavor. Regine annoys Khadijah by crashing the pitch meeting. Mary agrees to purchase the ad if she finds the campaign acceptable, but suggests that the duo work on it together. Regine and Khadijah argue constantly, and decide to pitch individual ideas. When Mary expresses her disgust at the suggestions, Khadijah apologizes and promises that she and Regine will work together. Regine complains that Khadijah doesn't respect her, but Khadijah claims that Regine pushes people around because she underestimates her own intelligence. Their brainstorming results in a good slogan, and they rush off to tell Mary. An unemployed and extremely bored Max gets on Overton's nerves by appointing herself his apprentice and following him everywhere (even to his basement sanctuary, "Overland"). She surprises him by installing the new water heater, but starts a fire when she forgets to install the steam release valve.

    Tag: Max's re-wiring literally brings down the house.

    Music: "Burning on the River" (variation of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary"), performed by John Henton and Erika Alexander

    Max: "Lookee here, Regine. Maybe I should go shopping with you. You never know. You might trip over a piece of merchandise, break a leg. Have to sue."
    Regine: "Max, please. I'm going to Bloomie's sale. My feet won't even touch the ground."

    Regine: "Synclaire, it is ten minutes after nine and Khadijah's not here. No wonder this magazine is in trouble."
    Synclaire: "You know, Regine, that's not fair. This magazine is in trouble for a whole bunch of other reasons, all right?"

    Khadijah: "I think now would be a good time for you to pack up your little executive play set and skip your ass on back to the boutique."

    b: 29 Sep 94 pc: 456555 w: Daniel Margosis and Robert Horn d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  6. "School Daze"
    gs: Franklin Cover [ Professor Fletcher ], Tom Chick [ Aaron ], Yasemin Baytok [ Nazila ]

    In the hopes of spending more time with Synclaire, Overton enrolls in the art appreciation class she is taking at the night school. When the teacher marvels over one of Overton's first observations, he begins to hog the spotlight, leaving prize pupil Synclaire feeling crowded and unappreciated. She asks Overton to drop the class, but he refuses, as he feels he has uncovered a new talent. After Synclaire skips the class, Overton is overcome with guilt. Synclaire explains that she needs a place to call her own, as she is overshadowed at home and work. Overton agrees to drop the class, but decides to take an architecture course, because he had enjoyed being back in school so much. Kyle places Khadijah on a strict budget to help solve her financial woes. Khadijah can't handle the prospect of buying generic foods and going without luxuries such as videos and microwave popcorn.

    Tag: Synclaire paints a portrait of her friends.

    Synclaire: "They kicked me out for staying past closing time. The librarian told me to get a life."
    Regine: "How sad is that?"
    Synclaire: "You know, you have your wigs to cover your head, and I have night school to fill mine. All right?"

    Aaron: "So Overton, are you an art buff too?"
    Synclaire: "No, no, no. He's not interested in that stuff."
    Overton: "Not true. I appreciate painting as much as the next man. In fact, the Dutch Boy all-weather semigloss is my personal favorite."

    Max: "When I was in college, my boyfriend and I were in the same class, and it was a real drag."
    Synclaire: "What did you do?"
    Max: "He gave me a failing grade on my midterm, so I dumped him."

    b: 6 Oct 94 pc: 456556 w: Nastaran Dibai and Jeffrey B. Hodes d: John Bowab
  7. "Am I My Sister's Keeper?"
    gs: Michole White [ Olivia Jones ]

    Overton's younger sister, Olivia, comes for a visit, and Overton is extremely protective of her. When Overton can't make their planned trip to the botanical gardens, Olivia suggests that she could go to a movie with Kyle (with whom she had been flirting). Overton catches them kissing in the hallway and throws a bucket of water on Kyle, ruining his suit. Meanwhile, Regine decides to become a vegetarian, and forces her beliefs on her roommates by throwing out all the meat. Khadijah plots to convert her back to meat-eating by holding a barbecue and giving her nothing to eat but celery. Regine does not give in, but she and her friends agree to respect each other's values. After a pep talk from Synclaire, Olivia finally musters the courage to ask her brother to stop treating her like a kid.

    Tag: Kyle douses Overton with water, then puts out fire with one drop. John (Henton) waves and says good night to audience.

    Regine: "I refuse to kill myself slowly with those artery-killing poisons…Bring me some curly fries!"

    Synclaire: "Sometimes I get so mad at Overton I just want to shake him and kick him and lock him in the basement. But it's at those moments that I know how deep my love for him runs."

    Khadijah: "If you don't want to eat meat, I can respect that. But don't tell us how to live."
    Regine: "Yeah, you're right. Besides, if I can't change the way you people dress, I'll never change the way y'all eat."

    b: 13 Oct 94 pc: 456557 w: Eunetta T. Boone d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  8. "Trick or Trust"
    gs: Gordon Greenberg [ Mel ], Tasha Taylor [ Jennifer ], Julie Ann Lucas [ Chelsea ], Nikki Blair [ Tammy ], Nikki Crawford [ Renatta ]

    rc: Scooter

    When Khadijah drops by Scooter's house on an errand before the Halogen Records Halloween party, Regine discovers a fax from a woman telling Scooter how much she had enjoyed the previous night. Khadijah finds a bottle of perfume under the sink, and grows increasingly suspicious. Khadijah, Regine and Scooter are embarrassed when they are the only ones in costume at the party because everyone else donated their costume money to charity. Khadijah gets upset when several women are surprised to learn that Scooter has a girlfriend, and orders him to introduce her to every woman at the party. He finally asks about her territorial behavior, and she tells him about the fax and perfume. He says that he had a business dinner with one of the company's artists, and that the perfume is a promotional item. He tells Khadijah that she needs to trust him, and points out that she is so devoted to her work that she has been neglecting him. Khadijah vows to correct this problem. Overton, Synclaire and Kyle hope to get a cynical Max into the Halloween spirit by scaring the "bejesus" out of her. She proves unflappable, until Overton fakes a fall down the stairs and serious injury.

    Tag: Max walks through wall after prank left her "scared to death."

    Max: "A bunch of people dressed like idiots go door to door asking for handouts. What is that?"
    Regine: "You on any given day."

    Synclaire: "Hey Obie, look: it's Cher.
    Regine: "I'm Cleopatra, you nut."
    Synclaire: "Sorry. I didn't know they had polyester on the Nile."

    Regine: "Oh, okay. It's like that? Okay. But I just want you to know this is the last time I dress up like Cleopatra and sniff strangers for you."

    b: 27 Oct 94 pc: 456558H w: Arthur Harris and Edward C. Evans d: Henry Chan
  9. "Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder"

    Max and Regine are surprised to learn that Synclaire has yet to sleep with Overton, even though they took the vacation to the Bahamas together. They encourage her to take the next step, but Synclaire is uncertain. She and Overton finally agree to have a romantic evening at his apartment the following night, as Kyle is out of town. After they experience a series of mishaps (including Overton's allergy to Synclaire's perfume), Synclaire admits that she is paralyzed with fear. She tells him that she is just not ready, and that she is feeling too much pressure from her friends. They decide to wait. Khadijah refuses to consider that her string of bad luck may have been caused by a broken chain letter.

    Tag: Khadijah ecstatic over accidents, unaware that chain letter was returned.

    Music: "Touch Me" by Samantha Fox; "Me So Horny" by 2 Live Crew; "Strangers in the Night" (Frank Sinatra), hummed by John Henton

    Synclaire: "Here's my favorite memento."
    Khadijah: "What is it?"
    Synclaire: "A splinter. I got it the time that Overton first said those three special words: `Hold this plywood.'"

    Overton: "With you out of the house, I can finally buff out the scuff marks made by a certain person trying to moonwalk across my living room floor. That dance is dead, Kyle. Even Michael's moved on."

    Max: "Your date's gonna need a flea dip after a night with you."
    Kyle: "You didn't."

    b: 3 Nov 94 pc: 456559 w: Robert Horn and Daniel Margosis d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  10. "Double Indignity"
    gs: Gilbert Gottfried [ Larry Friedlander ], Diane Bellamy [ Judge Glazer ], Wayne Federman [ Fred Meyer ], Rose Portillo [ Dolores ], Malcolm Mazer [ Cop ], Gregory Storm [ Bailiff ]

    Max takes a job as a telemarketer, unaware that her sleazy boss is a scam artist who sells subliminal tapes that do not contain subliminal messages. She is arrested while talking on the phone with Khadijah. Meanwhile, Overton sets up surveillance and begins recording all the girls' phone calls in the hopes of catching a prank caller. When the public defender assigned to represent Max proves to be woefully incompetent, she decides to represent herself. She points out that the boss was the only person to run, and cites this as evidence that the employees didn't realize they were committing a crime. She adds that she was making a personal call at the time that the police raided the building, and proves this through Overton's tape. The judge dismisses the case, and all the other employees ask Max to represent them. The judge recommends Max to the public defender's office, which hires her immediately.

    Tag: Identity of prank caller revealed.

    Overton: "Don't despair, Max. Hell, it's like Batman."
    Regine: "Here comes another philosophical gem."
    Overton: "Well, Batman doesn't sit around complaining about how diabolical the Joker is. Or how distracting Catwoman is in a skin-tight patent leather unitard…No! No, he gets off his bat behind and kicks some arch-villain boo-tay."
    Max: "I have hit rock bottom, because that made complete sense to me. Overton's right. I'm not going out like that. I'm not going out without a fight."
    Khadijah: "Wow, Overton. Your bat speech really fired her up."
    Overton: "Well, we can learn from our little animated friends. Like when I was a kid, I used to like Fat Albert. Then I thought, `Well, hey, who's gonna get more women, a superhero with a sweet ride or a 200-pound seventh grader?'"

    Max: "Mr. Jones, please tell the court what is on this tape."
    Overton: "It's a conversation between you and Khadijah at the precise moment the police came in. Further along on the tape is The Best of Bootsy Collins, but I don't see how that figures into this case. Uh, Bootsy's a bass player."
    Judge Glazer: "P-Funk--yeah!"

    Synclaire: "Max, you're gonna be a public defender. You're gonna work for the people."
    Max: "Freak the people. I got a job!"

    b: 10 Nov 94 pc: 456560 w: Nastaran Dibai and Jeffrey B. Hodes d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  11. "My Cups Runneth Over"
    gs: Elayne Boosler [ Dr. Sheridan ], G. Leroi Gray [ Kevon ], John Capodice [ Ice Cream Man ], Michael Whaley [ Mitch ], Lisa Grant [ Nurse Dawson ], Lira Angel [ Mikki ]

    Regine's doctor recommends that she undergo breast reduction surgery to alleviate her chronic back problems. After the surgery, Regine loses her self-esteem and begins throwing herself at men. Kyle assures her that she doesn't look any different, and states that her confidence and personality are what make her attractive to men. Kevon and the other neighborhood children blame Overton when a greedy ice cream man (who had been operating in the middle of winter) suffers a heart attack while reaching in the back of the truck for the Nutty Buddy that Overton had ordered.

    Tag: Regine poses for photos at doctor's office.

    Music: "Accentuate the Positive," sung by Kim Coles; "The Way We Were" (Barbra Streisand), sung by Kim Fields

    Regine: "What if this was you? In fact, this should be you. Why is it that you…?"
    Khadijah: "Ehh! Now I was built to hold this shelf."

    Dr. Sheridan: "We really should get your breasts down to a workable size."
    Regine: "Well, I've been working with these for years. Come on, they're one of my greatest assets. They're part of what makes me a woman. And, if I might say, a diva."

    Regine: "What if they mess up? Or what if they take too much? What if they give me a third one?"
    Synclaire: "Well, they say the third one's the charm."
    Overton: "You know, sweet thing, you can find the silver lining in any cloud. But sometimes you need to just let it rain."

    b: 17 Nov 94 pc: 456561 w: Yvette Lee Bowser and Becky Hartman d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  12. "Thanks for Giving"
    gs: Lisa Butler [ Josephine ], Deion Sanders [ Himself ]

    rc: Scooter, Michael, Darryl

    Everyone is surprised by Regine's companion at Thanksgiving dinner--a charming, overweight parcel delivery guy named Darryl who does not meet any of image-conscious Regine's usual date criteria. When Scooter calls Khadijah and tells her that he wants to ask her something at the dinner, she and her friends believe that he is going to propose. She is shocked when he instead tells her that he has been offered a chance to manage a female R&B group and accompany it on a world tour. Scooter becomes angry when Khadijah does not offer her blessing. The group breaks off into boy and girl factions, who each rant about the opposite sex. When everyone re-assembles for dinner, Darryl's touching prayer prompts Khadijah to re-consider and allow Scooter to pursue his dream.

    Scooter: "But I'm not taking the job. Because someone doesn't think it's a good idea for me to go."
    Khadijah: "Well, someone just sprung this on someone!"
    Synclaire: "We all know who you're talking about. Next time, use pig latin."

    Kyle: "Never ask a woman anything. Either she'll give you an answer you do not want, or she'll answer your question with a question."
    Michael: "Oh my God. That's Max's m.o., answering a question with a question. And it's always the same question: `What the hell's wrong with you?'"

    Darryl: "At Thanksgiving, it's a tradition to give thanks. Me, I'd like to give thanks for giving. `Cause you see, giving teaches us something that receiving doesn't. It allows us to look deep within ourselves. And so, thank you. Thank you for this special day, when we can turn to those closest to us and give them what they need most. Amen."

    b: 24 Nov 94 pc: 456562 w: Roger S.H. Schulman and Yvette Lee Bowser d: Ellen Gittelsohn

    NOTE: Heavy D made a guest appearance on the song "Rough" on Queen Latifah's 1993 album, Black Reign.
  13. "A Hair-Razing Experience"
    gs: Richard Roat [ Charles ], Michael Lee Gogin [ Moe ]

    rc: Lawrence, Jeffrey

    Kyle suggests that his firm take advantage of the untapped financial potential of Africa by creating a mutual fund, and volunteers to handle the project personally. Lawrence informs Kyle that the firm is concerned about using Kyle as a representative, as his appearance--specifically his hair--isn't "corporate" enough. Kyle does not want his career to be curtailed over such a trivial matter, so he considers getting a haircut. However, he then suffers a nightmare in which he turns into a jester who obeys his bosses' every whim (and is forced to dance before Queen Max). He calls a meeting and informs his bosses that his hair is a symbol of his pride in his African heritage. He had believed that the firm made its decisions based on merit, and will not compromise himself. Kyle learns that only Lawrence was worried about his hair, and that his concerns were dismissed. The African mutual fund is approved, and Kyle receives a promotion. Meanwhile, Khadijah is distraught when she continually misses Scooter's phone calls from the road. She finally realizes that she cannot put her life on hold while waiting for the phone to ring.

    Tag: Overton with Moe the barber.

    Max: "You know, I never really had a long-distance relationship, but I did hook up with a guy on a plane once. We got in trouble when he broke the smoke detector with his foot."
    Regine: "What do your random exploits have to do with Khadijah's problem?"
    Max: "Do you wanna stay on the subject, or do you wanna hear a good story?"
    Regine: "So what happened next?"
    Max: "We got dressed; he went back to the cockpit."

    Regine: "That's the great thing about wearing wigs. You can be whoever they want on the outside, but underneath the nylon, the pins and the practical no-sweat band, you're you."

    Synclaire: "My boss tried to get me to change my hair once."
    Khadijah: "You're the one that got your hair caught in the paper shredder two days in a row. I mean, I merely suggested a trim."
    Synclaire: "I still think I could have gotten workman's comp."

    b: 8 Dec 94 pc: 456563 w: David Wyatt d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  14. "There's No Ship Like Kinship"
    gs: Rosie O'Donnell [ Sheri ]

    Khadijah's long-time friend Sheri accepts a job as a columnist at Flavor. She quickly makes friends with Synclaire, and the two go out to lunch every day and constantly joke around at the office. An annoyed Khadijah claims that their antics are disrupting the office, but she is actually very jealous. After she loses her temper and stomps off to her room during a game of Clue at the apartment, Synclaire confronts her. Khadijah apologizes and admits that she has been feeling left out. Sheri quits her job at Flavor, as she earned more money free-lancing. Overton suffers from insomnia after buying a new box spring. He does not sleep for days, and behaves erratically. When he goes upstairs to check on Khadijah and Synclaire, he falls asleep on Khadijah's bed.

    Tag: Everyone tries to get slumbering Overton out of Khadijah's room.

    Music: "Confunction Junction," sung by Kim Coles and Rosie O'Donnell

    Max: "Aw, is Khadijah missing Synclaire?"
    Khadijah: "No!"
    Regine: "Stop lying."
    Max: "Well, don't be sad. We'll fill in for her. `What's buzzin', cousin? Ching! Oh-oh-oh-oh! Ching!'"
    Regine: "Woo-woo-woo! Woo-woo-woo!"

    Sheri: "Clue's good. We love Clue. We're playing Clue. Tonight. What the hell did I just get myself into?"
    Synclaire: "It's a murder mystery game where you try to guess who the murderer is, with what weapon and where."
    Sheri: "Reminds me of Jersey."

    Kyle (with Russian accent): "Now, comrades. Let us get back to game, ah? I'm about to solve crime."
    Sheri: "Yeah? I'm about to commit one."

    b: 15 Dec 94 pc: 456564 w: Warren Hutcherson d: Matthew Diamond
  15. "Singing the Blues"
    gs: Felton Perry [ Bernie ], Arthel Neville [ Liz Leo ], Robert Horn [ Bobby Desmond ]

    After observing the depressing lack of talent at the cafe's open mike night, the group persuades Kyle to sing the following week. Overton agrees to perform his stand-up comedy act in exchange for Kyle's participation. Kyle starts out well as he performs "When I Fall in Love," but begins stuttering when Max enters in a low-cut gown and sits directly in front of him. He runs out of the cafe, thus ensuring Overton's victory. Max teases him mercilessly about his failure, while Overton believes that Kyle's unresolved feelings for Max are responsible for the incident. He urges him to get back on stage to prove himself. Kyle delivers a brilliant performance of "My Funny Valentine." He sings most of the song directly to a swooning Max. While the girls needle Max, Kyle thanks Overton for his advice, which he believes has freed him from Max's influence. At that moment, Max looks over her shoulder and smiles at Kyle seductively. He returns her gaze. "Oh Lord! There they go again!" Overton sighs. Regine tries an unusual method to help Khadijah overcome her fear of public speaking for an interview with Black Visionaries.

    Tag: Max performs stand-up act for ventriloquist's dummy.

    Music: "Theme from The Love Boat" (Jack Jones), performed by Robert Horn / T.C. Carson; "When I Fall in Love" (Nat King Cole) and "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers and Hart), performed by T.C. Carson

    Kyle: "Look Overton, man, it takes a lot of planning and practice to achieve the level of brilliance to which I aspire."
    Overton: "At the cafe? When your competition is Food Mart Freddie the Belching Bag Boy, you're gonna shine. Man, you've been walking around here tormenting yourself for days. Just sing the damn song and sing it like you mean it. And if you sing that song, `She's Out of My Life,' don't try to choke up at the end. Hell, everybody knows it's phony."

    Kyle: "Max, I'm so glad you're here. You know, it will remind me not to sing so flat."

    Kyle: "I embrace a song like I embrace a woman."
    Max: "So that's what, once a year?"
    Kyle: "But it's a tune that you will never forget."

    b: 5 Jan 95 pc: 456565 w: David Steven Cohen d: Ellen Gittelsohn

    NOTE: Bobby Desmond, the lounge singer who performs the Love Boat theme in the teaser, is played by Robert Horn, one of the show's writers.
  16. "Play Ball"
    gs: Bobby Bonilla [ Himself ]

    rc: Russell

    Khadijah hires Bobby Bonilla of the New York Mets to pen a weekly column for Flavor, just as her employees are poised to walk out over low salaries and poor working conditions. Bobby defends Khadijah, until he interprets her request for a hold on salaries as a salary cap (a major sticking point in the baseball labor dispute) and supports the strike. Khadijah insists that money is too tight to give raises, but Max warns her that she is on the verge of losing Flavor. Khadijah re-arranges her finances and agrees to give a modest salary increase. Inspired by a local video clerk's screenwriting success, Kyle and Regine try to pen an action/adventure screenplay.

    Tag: Bobby Bonilla is blown away by Khadijah's fastball.

    Regine: "I have always wanted to write a screenplay. A romantic comedy like `The Bodyguard.'
    Max: "That wasn't a comedy."
    Regine: "Every time I saw Kevin Costner's haircut, I laughed."

    Synclaire: "If Khadijah could do something about it, she would."
    Russell: "You're such a trusting girl. Can I hold your wallet?"

    Overton: "Come on now, ladies. Let's not get ugly." Synclaire: "Oh, it's much too late for that, isn't it?"

    b: 12 Jan 95 pc: 456566 w: Eunetta T. Boone d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  17. "Stormy Weather"
    gs: Roxanne Beckford [ Melissa ]

    Overton and Regine get caught in a blizzard after he picks her up at the boutique. Max fears that she may be pregnant with "stand-by" boyfriend Michael's child. A concerned Kyle races to the store for a test, partially to get away from an ill-advised one-night stand--an annoying efficiency expert. Everyone is relieved when it turns out to be a false alarm. Regine receives word of the possible pregnancy when she calls the apartment, but cannot get the full scoop before the cellular batteries go out. Tired of Regine's whining, Overton finally slices up his precious bean bag chair and uses its contents for traction to get the van back on the road.

    Tag: Overton turns to singing radio therapist to deal with bean bag grief.

    Music: "Forget Your Troubles, Come on Get Happy," sung by radio therapist and John Henton

    Regine: "I saw my life pass before my eyes. I forgot how good I looked as a teenager."

    Khadijah: "Max, who? When? How?"
    Synclaire: "I think we all know how."

    Khadijah: "I can't believe Max actually might be pregnant. I never thought this would happen to her."
    Synclaire: "It's the law of averages. You walk through a cow pasture enough times, you're bound to step in something squishy."

    b: 2 Feb 95 pc: 456568 w: Becky Hartman d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  18. "The Last Temptation"
    gs: Shemar Moore [ Jon Marc ], Phillipe Bergeron [ Henri ]

    A handsome young man from Synclaire's psychology class kisses her during a study session. Synclaire pushes him away, but is still gripped by guilt. She blurts out her indiscretion during a special evening Overton had planned for their first anniversary as a couple. Overton goes ballistic, storms out of the restaurant, and refuses to talk to her. Concerned for her cousin's well being, Khadijah sends Kyle up to the apartment to check on her. He finds Overton and Synclaire's clothes strewn throughout the living room. Meanwhile, Regine is livid when Max snags a coat she had left outside the apartment to donate to charity. Max begins wearing it constantly to spite her.

    Tag: Max usurps more of Regine's unwanted clothes.

    Max: "Well, I don't get anniversaries. You celebrate looking at the same creep day in day out for a whole year, and then you have a party so you can start looking at them all over again. What's the freakin' point?"

    Jon Marc: "How you doing? I'm Jon Marc. Is Synclaire here?"
    Max: "Here I am. I look different at home."

    Synclaire: "I'm a slut!"
    Overton: "What are you talking about, and why are you talking so loudly?"
    Synclaire: "I kissed another man."
    Overton: "When did this happen, when I went to the restroom?"

    b: 9 Feb 95 pc: 456567 w: Nastaran Dibai and Jeffrey B. Hodes d: Henry Chan
  19. "Legal Briefs"
    gs: Phil Morris [ Preston August ], Wayne Federman [ Fred Meyer ], Anne Bellamy [ Mrs. Perez ], Lisa Lord [ Vanessa ], Kimberly Bailey [ Karen ], Myndy Crist [ Gail ]

    When Max's former flame Preston August becomes her new boss, they try to mix business and romance, but find that it is hopeless. They fail to get any work done, and each is insanely jealous when the other confers with co-workers of the opposite sex. They realize they must break up. Kyle is furious when a typo in his Flavor bio states that he is married, until he finds that being unavailable makes him more attractive.

    Tag: Kyle tries out his married persona in bar.

    Regine: "You've gotta work with somebody you've seen naked? Now that's distracting."
    Synclaire: "Yeah. How do you think I feel every time I see Obie change a light bulb?"

    Overton: "You know, it's comforting to know that, when there are no men around, you women can be as raunchy as we are. It is a bit disheartening to realize that, right now, you seem to think there are no men around!"

    Overton: "I have a strict policy against mixing business with pleasure. Have we learned nothing from the tragic saga of "Tom and Roseanne Arnold?"

    b: 16 Feb 95 pc: 456570 w: Eunetta T. Boone d: Henry Chan
  20. "If the Crew Fits"
    gs: Phil Lamarr [ Joe ], Tanya Wright [ Tanya ], Eric George [ Roger ]

    rc: Darryl

    Regine suffers through a disastrous dinner with Darryl's closest friends, and realizes that she and Darryl don't have very much in common after he shares his dream of one day taking his wife on a cross-country fishing trip via RV. A panicked Regine heads to the bowling alley to seek advice from her friends; but Khadijah is flirting, while everyone else is caught up in Overton's pursuit of a 300 game. Regine's desperate cry for attention proves to be Overton's undoing. Regine and Darryl decide to break up, but agree to remain good friends. Max is forced to compliment Kyle constantly after losing a bet over the bowling game.

    Tag: A behind-the-scenes look at the bowling scenes.

    Khadijah: "Just don't start trippin' over what you're going to wear."
    Regine: "Oh, that's easy for you to say. All your formal wear comes from the Jaclyn Smith collection."

    Synclaire: "Obie, you knocked them all down! You win! You win!"
    Overton: "Well, I appreciate your enthusiasm, sweet thing, but I'm slightly embarrassed by your ignorance of the game."

    Synclaire: "You're still perfect in my heart."
    Overton: "Yeah, but can you give me a free lifetime supply of cheese sticks? I think not."

    b: 23 Feb 95 pc: 456569 w: Daniel Margosis and Robert Horn d: Ellen Gittelsohn

    NOTE: Regine seems to have strayed from her vegetarian diet, as she eats the fish stick dinner prepared by Darryl's friend Tanya.
  21. "Space Invaders"
    gs: Renee Tenison [ Christina ]

    Kyle grows weary of Synclaire's constant presence in his apartment, particularly after she ruins his iron by using it to make grilled cheese sandwiches, and scares away his date. He and Overton are at each other's throats, but have to talk things out when they get buried beneath Overton's new water bed (a suggestion of Synclaire's) while trying to prevent a flood. Khadijah and Max undertake a reconnaissance mission when a risqué video of Max dancing with a stripper at a bachelorette party accidentally ends up in Kyle's hands. Their plan goes awry when Regine fails in her role as lookout.

    Tag: Kyle and Christina view Max's illicit video.

    Regine: "Khadijah, look at that face on that doll. It's so lifelike, it almost looks real."
    Khadijah: "No. That's Marie Osmond."

    Max: "There's a whole lotta freaky sneaky going on."

    Regine: "Let's ask Synclaire to get it for us."
    Max: "Yeah, right. She'll just go right up to Kyle and say, `Hey, can I have that dirty Max tape? Oops!'"

    b: 9 Mar 95 pc: 456571 w: Arthur Harris and Edward C. Evans d: Rae Kraus
  22. "Another Saturday Night"
    gs: Vanessa Williams [ Hellura ], Sunday Theodore [ Marlo ], Darryl Sivad [ Phil ], Rick Zieff [ Steve ], Roger S.H. Schulman [ Brian Plow ], Warren Hutcherson [ Autograph Hound ], Mark Fite [ Photographer ], Frank MacTavish [ Tattoo Artist ]

    Kyle is thrilled when he is asked to serve as escort to a beautiful princess who is doing business with his company, but finds that security precautions cramp his style. Overton enlists the help of Khadijah and "secret weapon" Synclaire to gain revenge on a pair of pool hustlers. Regine exposes Max's jealousy concerning Kyle and the princess by claiming that the two are pictured in the society pages. She cackles when Max tears through the paper. Max announces that she will ease Regine's boredom by taking her along to watch Max get a tattoo, but her bravado fades considerably when she sees the needles.

    Tag: Kyle says good night to Hellura's bodyguard after date.

    Synclaire: "All right, Khadijah! You got all the stripy ones in. Way to pool!"

    Regine: "Why would a woman who thinks of a one-night stand as a long-term commitment do something this permanent to herself?"
    Max: "It's creative expression. Lets the world know who I am."
    Regine: "Exactly how much of the world do you expect to see this tattoo?"

    Synclaire: "Well, I guess this teaches you that deceit and duplicity don't pay. Although in this case, they did pay for us!"

    b: 30 Mar 95 pc: 456572 w: Warren Hutcherson d: John Bowab

    NOTE: As in 1.25, episode writer Warren Hutcherson makes a brief appearance, this time as an autograph seeker at the restaurant. Co-executive producer Roger S.H. Schulman also appears as a tabloid reporter..
  23. "Who's Scooping Who?"
    gs: Kadeem Hardison [ Marcus Hughes ], Kelly Perine [ Rusty Biggins ], Lou Duva [ Lou ], Roberto Duran [ Himself ]

    Khadijah vies with Marcus Hughes, a pompous reporter from the Village Voice, to break a story about a promoter who fixes fights. Khadijah appears to have the upper hand when she coaxes one of the fighters into granting an interview and providing details of the scandal. Marcus tricks the maid into letting him into Khadijah's hotel room, where he hides in the bathroom and records her interview. However, Khadijah has one more trick up her sleeve: she arranges for Flavor to hit the newsstands a day earlier than usual. She taunts Marcus by noting that he may work for a big magazine, but Khadijah calls the shots at Flavor. Regine is thrilled to discover that she is the inspiration for a popular doll. Max convinces the toy company to give Regine a share of the profits, but Regine's dreams of wealth are dashed when a defect in the doll is discovered; its wig is highly flammable.

    Tag: The doll bursts into flames.

    Regine: "It's called the Sherine doll. Doesn't it look like me?"
    Max: "Please. You said the same thing about Whitney Houston."

    Overton: "You know, oftentimes, people confuse me with Montel. People just chasing me down the street, telling me their business. You'd be surprised how many dyslexic transsexuals want to adopt."

    Khadijah: "Now you don't have to be bitter about Anna Nicole Smith anymore. See? You don't have to make your fortune by marrying some old geezer."
    Regine: "That was a private rivalry, Khadijah!"

    b: 13 Apr 95 pc: 456574 w: Nastaran Dibai and Jeffrey B. Hodes d: Ellen Gittelsohn

    NOTE: Kadeem Hardison and Kelly Perine later starred in Between Brothers, the program that aired after Living Single during the 1997-98 season.
  24. "Raw Talent"
    gs: Naughty By Nature - Anthony "Treach" Criss, Vincent "Vinny" Brown, Kier "Kay-Gee" Gist [ Themselves ], Tom Chick [ Aaron ], Paul Bates [ Fat Man With Camera ], Carole Goldman [ Lady in Heels ], Antoinette Spolar [ Sylvia ]

    Synclaire is offered a role in a play about a group of strangers waiting for an ATM. The quirky director decides that the perfect ending for the play would be for Synclaire to scamper across the stage in the nude. Synclaire is unsure about showing her "ta-ta's" on stage, but Overton tells her that the decision is hers alone. Synclaire is prepared to back out of the play, but changes her mind when she sees a poster that refers to her as the star. Max refuses to believe that Khadijah is friends with Vinny of the rap group Naughty By Nature, even after Regine confirms her story. (She says that Vinny used to look up Regine's dress and made her eat flies when they were children.) Max mocks Khadijah when she can't get in touch with Vinny, but is speechless when the group shows up on Khadijah's doorstep. Max hits on Treach, but finds that he is "too freaky" for her, and the group agrees to attend Synclaire's play (after learning there is nudity involved).

    Tag: Slow-motion replay of Synclaire's dash, with audience reactions and theme from "Chariots of Fire."

    Music: "Afro Puffs" (Lady of Rage), sung by Queen Latifah; Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire - Titles"

    Overton: "So what part do you play, my little Mahogany?"
    Synclaire: "Woman With Shopping Bag. Sounds good, huh?"
    Regine: "I don't know. Depends on where she went shopping."

    Synclaire: "Aaron is thinking of expanding my part."
    Regine: "So now you're Woman With Two Shopping Bags!"

    Max: "I've been to a lot of nude beaches, and this is no different."
    Synclaire: "Yeah, but you don't have fifty people staring at you with their mouths wide open."
    Max: "Speak for yourself."

    b: 27 Apr 95 pc: 456573 w: Jennie Ayers and Susan Sebastian d: John Bowab

    NOTE: Naughty By Nature were clients of Queen Latifah's management company, Flavor Unit. She appeared in the group's videos for "O.P.P." and "Hip Hop Hooray," and Treach made guest appearances on "Rough" and "Coochie Bang" on her Black Reign album. Vinny also appeared in the "U.N.I.T.Y." video.

    Tom Chick reprises the character of Aaron from 2.6. He was one of Synclaire's night school classmates.

  25. "To Grandmother's House We Go"
    gs: Barbara Montgomery [ Ruth (Nana) ], Lou Myers [ Milton Hampton ]

    rc: Laverne, Rita

    Khadijah and Regine send their mothers to the Bahamas as a Mother's Day gift, and Khadijah's grandmother comes to stay with her. Rita expresses concern about the fact that Nana has been wandering off, and fears that her age is showing. Nana vanishes, and Khadijah is stunned to find that she has returned to New Jersey for a rendezvous with her boyfriend, the town baker. With Khadijah as a buffer, Nana finally has a talk with Rita about her need for a personal life. After Laverne reminds her about her affair with a snorkel instructor, Rita agrees to give Nana a break, provided that she be more honest in the future. Overton videotapes the events as a gift for his mother. While researching his family tree, Kyle discovers that his great-great-grandfather invented the sipping straw, only to be bilked out of his money by a hustler who was one of Max's ancestors. Kyle has the last laugh when he learns that the pain of losing their fortunes was what first brought his great-great-grandparents together.

    Tag: Overton shows some leftover footage.

    Overton: "Mom, I'd just like to take this time out to assure you that the misplacing of elderly people is not an everyday occurrence here at the brownstone."

    Nana: "I don't want that town crier of a mother of yours getting a hold of this."
    Regine: "Please. If you're not pregnant, this isn't big enough for my mother."

    Nana: "Well, you know, snorkelers are good with the pucker, but bakers are great with their hands."
    Regine and Laverne: "Ah, suki suki now!"

    b: 4 May 95 pc: 456575 w: Lisa Albert d: Ellen Gittelsohn
  26. "Talk Showdown"
    gs: Jenifer Lewis [ Delia Deveaux ], Will Ferrell [ Roommate From Hell #1 ], Marjorie Bowman [ Roommate From Hell #2 ], Shannon K. Dunn [ Audience Member #1 ], Dino Meminger [ Stage Manager ]

    rc: Laverne (voice)

    Thanks to Synclaire's letter, the talk show Delia invites the roommates to appear in a segment entitled, "Roommates From Heaven, Roommates From Hell." While the "roommates from hell" end up sobbing and hugging one another, the girls are in danger of being bumped because they are too happy, and thus, not interesting. Regine tries to liven things up by speaking of her roommates' faults and portraying herself as the glue that holds everything together. A furious Khadijah blurts out that she only asked her to move in because Laverne begged Rita to help her daughter find a place to live. Regine is humiliated, and feels unappreciated. Khadijah assures her that she has grown to accept her quirks, but Regine does not want to stay where she isn't wanted. She decides to move out. Khadijah, however, is certain that the whole thing is just another ploy for attention.

    Tag: Everyone leaves Khadijah, who insists that Regine is coming back.

    Synclaire: "Oh, wow. The Delia Deveaux Show wrote me back."
    Khadijah: "Did they like your idea, `People Who Never Gave Up Their Imaginary Friends'?"

    Khadijah: "Roommates from heaven we are not."
    Regine: "That's not true. If you could see how I treat people outside this house, you'd know how close I feel to y'all."

    Delia: "If you're done with that shameless plug, you wanna tell us who you are?"
    Max: "Maxine Shaw, attorney-at-law."
    Synclaire: "She practically lives with us."
    Regine: "And is a welcome guest any time, day or night."
    Max: "You got that on videotape, right?"

    b: 11 May 95 pc: 456576 w: Meg DeLoatch d: Ellen Gittelsohn

    NOTE: The girls' on-screen captions during Delia:
    Regine: "Taken in as charity case"
    Khadijah: "Saddled with unwanted roommate"
    Synclaire: "Most likely to need post-show counseling"
    Max: "Proud freeloader"
  27. "The Shake-Up"
    gs: Regina King [ Zina ], Bill Erwin [ Mr. Foster ], Roger Hewlett [ Gunman ]

    Regine begins the process of moving out of the apartment. Khadijah and Synclaire interview a prospective new roommate, an obnoxious woman who smokes and has creditors on her tail. In spite of this, Khadijah is willing to give her a try--until she insults Regine. Unable to cope with the tension, Synclaire begins to display as many traits of a nicotine addict as are possible without actually smoking or chewing tobacco. She pleads with Khadijah to apologize to Regine and ask her to stay. Just as Regine is about to depart, Khadijah breaks down and apologizes. Regine refuses to reconsider, as she believes that it is time for her to move on. Khadijah slams the door in her face. Meanwhile, Max is actually purchasing groceries when the store is held up. Kyle stumbles through the door and subdues the man. Max is certain that he has saved her life. She runs across the store and flings herself on him, and later offers to cook him dinner as an expression of her gratitude. Kyle confesses to Overton that he is no hero; he simply stumbled into the man in his haste to buy some Kaopectate. He breaks the dinner date, as he doesn't want to take advantage of Max. She orders him to attend. After Kyle confesses the truth about the robbery, Max admits that there may be other reasons behind her dinner invitation. They confess to a strong mutual attraction. Max fears that they are moving too fast, and isn't sure that anything is going to happen, but she and Kyle end up sharing a passionate kiss.

    Tag: Synclaire tries to score some smokes at the newsstand.

    Khadijah: "Max, you're holding onto Kyle. You two been drinking again?"

    Kyle: "Yeah right. Like I'm scared of her. Like she's gonna tell me what to do. Tch. Please…I'm going."

    Synclaire: "Look at her. She's just waiting for you to ask her to stay."
    Khadijah: "Now how can you tell?"
    Synclaire: "Because I'm looking with my heart."
    Khadijah: "Well, take your heart to Lens Crafters, `cause I ain't seeing it!"

    b: 18 May 95 pc: 456577 w: Yvette Lee Bowser d: Ellen Gittelsohn

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