Living Single

Raw Talent

Season 2, Ep 24, Aired 4/27/95
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  • Episode Description
  • 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 Vinnie of the rap group Naughty By Nature, even after Regine confirms her story. (She says that Vinnie 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 Vinnie, 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"moreless

  • 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")

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Khadijah: (on the phone) Hey. Hi, ma? Oh, nothing. I just wanted to call you and tell you I loved you. Okay, here's the favor. I need you to run over to Vinnie's mother's house and get his number for me. She's not talking to you? Well, Ma, there is a pooper-scooper law. You shouldn't have let Smokey do that on her lawn. She said what about Smokey? Max: She didn't track down Naughty yet. Khadijah: Look, I am a journalist, Max. Would you let me work my sources? Okay, ma, thanks anyway.

    • Overton: You don't have to use our relationship as an excuse not to pursue your dream. I find plenty of time to practice the oboe. And it doesn't interfere. Synclaire: I didn't know you played the oboe, Obie. Overton: And I didn't know you had head shots.

    • 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.

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

    • Regine: There. Your face is done. And these are the only cheeks I'm doing.

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    Notes (3)

    • Treach and Queen Latifah both appeared in "Juice," and Latifah and Kay-Gee both had small roles in "Who's the Man?"

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

    • 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. Vinnie also appeared in the "U.N.I.T.Y." video.

    Trivia (1)

    • The phone in the kitchen is different than in other episodes.

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