Living Single

In the Black Is Beautiful

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 9/19/93
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  • Episode Description
  • 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 without a blender. Music: "Touch Me in the Morning" (Diana Ross), sung by Kim Fieldsmoreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Henton

    Overton Wakefield Jones

  • Kim Coles

    Synclaire (James) Jones

  • Mel Jackson

    Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III (season 5)

  • Kim Fields

    Regine Hunter

  • Erika Alexander

    Maxine Felice Shaw (a.k.a. "The Maverick")

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • They say the love of money is the root of all evil. Well in this episode money sure caused a lot of folks to act in ways they never would have.

    By dabrattychild, Sep 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Max: Hey, Max in the ha-ouse. Regine: Unfortuneatly it’s never your ha-ouse. What brings you here? Max: I just had to get some of your sunshine.

    • (After finding out Khadijah needs 2,000 dollars) Regine: Well, when friends are in trouble, friends help each other out. Max, loan her the money. Max: Why don’t you? Regine: Because you’re the high-powered attorney with the big salary and no man. Max: See what I’m saying? Sunshine!

    • Khadijah: My money is a little tight but I got it under control. Regine: Uh, please, 2,000 dollars in debt is hardly control. Khadijah: Oh, I don’t know. I haven’t yanked that horsehair out your head. Now, that’s control.

    • (Regine answers the door) Overton: We hungry. (She slams the door in their faces) Kyle: Regine, we bask in the corona of your beauty. Regine: Okay, come in.

    • Regine: Max, if you were gonna loan her the money the least you coulda done was stay here a live with Cruella for the last couple of days. Max: I was afraid of this. Maybe I should go talk to her. (Everyone points to the kitchen but doesn't say a word) Max (Stopping before going into the kitchen): This is kinda like The Exorcist. (Enters kitchen) Max: What's goin' on girl? Khadjiah: Chillin'. Max: I heard you in here trippin'. Drivin' everybody crazy. Now I know you have a hard time borrowin' money but believe me, it's no big deal. Khadijah: Well, who's sayin' it is? Max: Not me. I'm not havin' a problem with it. Whenever I loan money I just act like I'm never gonna see it again. Khadijah: Fine. Max: Good. Now, come on. It ain't major. Everybody's out here. Let's go. (Leaves kitchen) I handled it. Everything's copacetic. Khadijah (Coming out of the kitchen): What you mean, you never gonna see your money again? Max: I didn't say that. What I meant was, I know I'll get my money back eventually. Khadijah: No, no, no. You're gonna get your money back soon. Max: Whatever. Khadijah: No, no. Not "whatever", You gonna get your money back. Regine: You did a good job of handling this, Max. Max: Khadijah, if I had known you were gonna trip like this again, I wouldn't have lent you the money in the first place. Khadijah: Everybody hear that? She said it. Regine: You have lost it. Syclaire: Well, to be fair, you'd be a little crazy too if you owed your best friend 2000 dollars and you had absolutley positively no way to pay it back. Max: All right, let's just stop this. I didn't bail you out to make you crazy. Khadijah: No, see, you didn't have bail me nothin'. Max: You tap-dancin on my last nerve. Now, maybe it would just be best for everybody if you just gave me my money back. Khadijah: How would you like it in nickels and a sock? Max: You didn't have to go there, but since you did, I want my ducats by Monday. Khadijah: No, no, no. You'll have your grip by Friday.

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    Notes (1)

    • Melissa De Sousa later starred with Erika Alexander in the 2001 film "30 Years to Life."

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