Living Single

Season 1 Episode 4

A Kiss Before Lying

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Sep 12, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Kiss Before Lying
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 fiancée. 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 fiancée, 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 brownstone's water pressure problem. Tag: Khadijah destroys phone message from Regine's ex-beau.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Max has dinner with her ex Greg who brings along his fiancée. Max recruit Kyle to pretend that he is her man.

    Definitely one of the best episodes in the first season. Man I could not stop laughing throughout. Every character is on the top of their game particularly Kyle. I love Kyle in this episode and he says the one of the best quotes ever "Max always gets on me about my lateness. I hope she gets on me later."
  • This was a great episode of Max and the ex she spend the first season whining about (Greg). Although I think its unrealistic for an ex to invite him self and his new fiance' I watched and laughed throughout the entire episode.moreless

    I really like this one. Max spent a whole year talking about this Greg. It was good to put a face on the name. I wouldn't dare allow my ex into my space like that, but hey its TV and funny to watch. This would also be the first time we would all get a quick picture into the possible, soon to be realationship of Kyle and Max. This episode the acting calmed down too. Overton was just too much dumb!! It was too much over acting in the first few episodes IMO.moreless
John Henton

John Henton

Overton Wakefield Jones

Kim Coles

Kim Coles

Synclaire (James) Jones

Mel Jackson

Mel Jackson

Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III (season 5)

Kim Fields

Kim Fields

Regine Hunter

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

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

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Khadijah James

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Syclaire: So, Max, what are you gonna do about Greg?
      Max: What can I do? Have dinner with him. I just have to figure out where. Because we can't have dinner at my apartment. We had sex there.
      Syclaire: Well, what about his hotel?
      Max: Can't. We had sex there.
      Syclaire: Well, what about your favorite restaurant?
      Max: Can't. We had…(Thinks about what she was just gonna say) Too many memories.
      Syclaire: Light bulb. Big idea. Ask me how big, I'm gonna tell you anyway. Max have dinner here.
      Max: Here?
      Syclaire: Yes, so we can support you, back you up.
      Khadijah: Whoa, whoa, wait, wait. Hold up yo. I like here too, and I'm not so sure I want his musty-ass up in here.
      Max: You mean to tell me you're not the least bit curious to see what Greg's fiancée looks like?
      Khadijah: All right, I'll do it for you. That is, unless you and Greg had sex here too.
      Max: We won't be eatin' on the kitchen table will we?
      (Khadijah makes a face)
      (A little later)
      Max: And where'd you get that great dining table?
      Khadijah: Don't even think about it. We borrowed it from a church.

    • (Kyle comes to the door in his bathrobe)
      Max (Cringing): Kyle, we have traded insults back and forth, but this is just downright mean. Go put some clothes on. Go. Please, go.
      Max: For your edification this is called a bathrobe. Known only to those of us who actually engage in personal hygiene.
      Khadijah: Kyle, what the hell you want?
      Kyle: Is Overton down here messin' with the water again?
      Max: He just left. You have to wear that funk for another month.
      Kyle (To Max): And why are you so evil?
      Syclaire: Well, today it's because she found out her ex-boyfriend's getting married.
      Kyle: Oh, Max. Oh, baby, I'm sorry. But you know, don't worry about it. (Puts his arm around her) One day, you gonna look back on this whole thing and laugh. But today, it's my turn. (Starts laughing loudly as he leaves)

    • Max: I'm callin' Greg.
      Khadijah: Go ahead and call him with your weak self.
      Max: Don't worry Khadijah, time has made me wiser. (Into phone) Hey, Greg. Max. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm fine, your fine. What do you want? Dinner tomorrow?
      (Khadijah and Syclaire gesture "No" towards her)
      Max (Quickly): Well, since you're only in town one day, I guess we can work something out.
      Khadijah: You are so weak!
      Max (Still on phone): No, it's just Khadijah. She says hi. Someone special? Sure. Your fiancée.
      Khadijah (Gets off couch and comes up to her): Click. Hang up. Dial tone. Dial tone.
      Max: Well, congratulations. Yes. I guess I'll see you both tomorrow night. All right. Bye-bye. (Hangs up)
      Khadijah: Did you just agree to have dinner with Greg and his fiancée?
      Max: I think so.
      Khadijah: Those braids are tighter than I thought.

    • Kyle: So, wait, let me get this straight, you want me to be your man.
      Overton: That's what I heard!
      Max: Just for tonight. Just through dinner.
      Kyle: Do you know what this could do to my reputation?
      Max: Yes. You can pay me later.
      Kyle: You got an awfully smart mouth for somebody who is so desperate.
      Max: I am not.
      Kyle: I see an ex-boyfriend and a fine fiancée and the spinster.
      Max: Okay, I'll give you anything you want. Name your price.
      Kyle: Oh, come on Max. I'm disappointed. I know we may go off on each other every no and again, but we're friends, right?
      Max: Thanks Kyle, I owe you.
      (Kyle grabs her ass and she looks startled and he laughs)
      Kyle: I am gonna enjoy being your man.
      (Enter living room)
      Max: Susan, Greg, this is my man Kyle.
      (Khadijah chokes on her food)
      Kyle: Sorry about being late. Max always gets on me about my lateness. I hope she gets on me later.
      Khadijah: Excuse us. (Drags her into the kitchen)
      Khadijah: Kyle is your man?
      Max: Okay. I know it goes against everything I stand for, but work with me on this one, okay? I look pitiful out there!
      Khadijah: Kyle is your man?
      Max: Greg has a beautiful Barbie doll who quit her job just to cater to him. And what do I have? A job, a treadmill, and a bunch of girlfriends to grow old with.
      Khadijah: Well, you ain't gonna grow old with me. 'Cause I'm gonna gets me a man. But getting back to my original question: Kyle is your man?

    • Khadijah: Why do we even put ourselves through all this nonsense for people we don't even care about anymore?
      Synclaire: 'Cause deep down, there's still a little love left?
      Khadijah: That ain't it.
      Regine: 'Cause it's all about playing the game. It's about appearances.
      Khadijah: That ain't it.
      Max: I know what it is. 'Cause we won't feel better till they feel worse.
      Khadijah: Now that it!

    • Synclaire: Regine, what are these?
      Regine: Beignets. They're French.
      Khadijah: Ah. One of your famous recipes from le projects.

    • Greg: You know, I didn't believe for a minute that Kyle was your man. That kiss you gave him, nothin' but lip, not your usual style.

    • Overton: Well, I checked the shower and as I suspected, water pressure.
      Regine: That's what I told you.
      Overton: Well, now it's offical. But don't worry because I took the handyman oath and I won't rest til it's fixed.
      Khadijah: And what exactly is the handyman oath?
      Overton: "I won't rest til it's fixed."

    • Regine: Something's wrong with the water.
      Khadijah: Girl, this is New York, you gotta be more specfic.
      Regine: It's the pressure. My water massage just isn't pulsating the way that it used to.
      Khadijah: Aww, and just after you named it.

    • Kyle: So, did I ever tell you how I swept this girl off her feet?
      Synclaire: Well, I must have missed this story!
      Kyle: When we first met, it was in a small bistro in the West Village. Who knew a few hours later, I'd be wrapping her body in the Wall Street Journal and we'd be playing 'Stocks and Bondage.'
      Max: Honey, I thought we weren't going to tell that story again…ever.
      Synclaire: Yeah, Kyle. That was not a very good one. (Blows raspberry)

    • Khadijah: She'll appear stronger alone.
      Regine: She'll appear "alone" alone.
      Max: Hey. Girl's got a point.
      Regine: Max, I strongly suggest you get one of your boy toys over here and have him pretend that he's your steady.
      Max: I'm not gonna lie like that for Greg.
      Regine: Well, now, lie is such an ugly word. I'm simley suggesting that you embellish. And I look great tonight.
      Max: I don't need to. I'm a lawyer. I have a great job. I make a lot of money.
      Regine: See you can embellish.
      (Door bell rings)
      Max: I'll get it.
      Regine: Stop. Maxine Shaw, if you do nothing else for yourself tonight, please make an entrance. Don't be gettin' the door like you the maid. Synclaire, honey, get the door.

    • Khadijah (on Max making partner): And the first African American woman ever. 'Cause you know that Clair Huxtable wasn't real.

    • Overton: Alright, alright. I can take a hint. I don't need a brick to fall on me...again.

    • Greg: When I left, the way I felt, not only was I losing a lover, I lost my best friend.
      Max: That is such crap.

    • Synclaire: My grandmother used to fold these napkins into beautiful doves. It's a family secret. And I wish she had taught it to me.

    • Overton: Hey Max, Jesse Jackson just called, and he said he would be more than happy to preside over your nuptials…We're not lying anymore?

    • Regine: You know this whole fiancée thing is just a front, right? The brother's gay.
      Max: Gay?
      Regine: If a man is in a room for more than five minutes with me and does not stare, he's gay. Duh!

    • Max: Powwow with the posse, it's urgent.
      Khadijah: What's up, yo?
      Max: Greg called.
      Khadijah: Tell me this is not the Greg I'm thinking of. Tell me this is Greg the mailman. Tell me it's Greg the bald-headed barber. You better tell me it's Greg Brady.
      Max: No it's the Greg. He left four messages on my machine today.
      Khadijah: Oh, that's nice. Don't call him back.
      Syclaire: Greg? The one you went out with for five years and then when your career took off and his didn't, he packed his raggidy old duffle bag and left, that Greg?
      Max: Okay, you might have heard me mention him.
      Regine: So, how many times did you listen to the messages?
      Max: What kind of question is that? "How many times did I listen to the messages." (Sits down) Eight.
      Synclaire: Maybe he wants you back. Oh, it's so romantic. Just like Romeo and Juliet. Rhett and Scarlett. Peaches and Herb.
      Regine: Oh, please. The brother ain't called the girl in over a year.
      Khadijah: That's right. And maybe you forgot how trifling he was but you still got dents in your butt from where he dropped you.
      Max: Well I just want Greg to know that I've moved on, and I'm doing fine without him and I haven't given him a second thought.
      Khadijah: Put it in a postcard.

    • Greg: Well, I'm about to take a major step in my life, and I just want you to...
      Max: What? Give you my blessing? Well, I ain't the Pope!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Susan brags that she attended a school called Eastland, to which a smirking Regine replies, "Never heard of it." Eastland was the name of the school on The Facts of Life, the 1980s NBC sitcom that featured Kim Fields.