Living Single

Season 3 Episode 21

A Raze in Harlem

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 07, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Raze in Harlem
Kyle is devastated to learn that an historic jazz club, the Showboat, is to be demolished. All his friends chip in with his campaign to save the club. Kyle fantasizes about the club's heyday, with all of the characters assuming other roles. Kyle is a busboy with a dream of singing on stage; Max is Big Max, the sexist club owner who constantly comes on to him; Khadijah is Kay, the club's singer; Regine is Zelda Fitzsimmons, a diva who seems to be missing a few marbles; Synclaire is Claire, a no-nonsense bible thumper; and Overton is Hooch Jones, the moonshiner who wins her heart when she learns he is funding orphanage repairs. Big Max fires Kyle for refusing to sleep with her, but is forced to let him take the stage when Kay quits to pursue a film career. Before he can sing his first note, the police raid the club. After all efforts to save the Showboat prove fruitless, Kyle heads down to the club to say goodbye. He bribes the construction crew into allowing him a few moments alone. He fulfills his dream of singing on the Showboat stage, then tearfully says farewell to this piece of his musical heritage. Tag: Kyle leaves club and walks down street, circa 1920s. Music: "Taint Nobody's Bizness if I Do," performed by Queen Latifah; "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "Honeysuckle Rose," performed by T.C. Carsonmoreless

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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 (8)

    • Claire: Hello there. Keep drinking and you'll burn in hell. How are things? Oh, I see. You can't talk. Busy sucking down your damnation.

    • Zelda: I remember after that horse kicked me in the head. Things looked bleak…for a while. But then my dog started giving me some really good advice. Yes, he did! Yes, he did! Yes. Yes, he did!

    • Big Max: Leaving me in the lurch like this? I'll put a bullet in your ear.
      Kay: Hey, hey! You only kill men, remember?
      Big Max: Damn.

    • Synclaire: Why don't we bombard the planning commission with telegrams? The only reason Baretta is on the air today is because I sent hundreds of them to the network.
      Kyle: Baretta has been cancelled for years.
      Synclaire: Baretta's not cancelled! It's on hiatus.

    • Claire: Have another. You'll be awfully thirsty in Hades.

    • Flashback Kyle: I will not walk through a door marked "whoopee" unless it's into a bungalow marked "marriage."

    • Regine: You know, the jazz age is very much like me. Fascinating. Fabulous. Glamorous. Shoot, if I had lived in the '20s, I would've been a real diva, like Josephine Baker.
      Max: You would have been deluded like you are now.

    • Kyle: Man, that place back in its heyday. Champagne popping. Hot women. Cool jazz.
      Khadijah: Are you talking to us?
      Kyle: No, no. I'm going on a flashback. Leave me alone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • For this episode, director of photography Bryan Hays received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic).