Living Single

Season 4 Episode 15

Back in the Day

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 30, 1997 on FOX
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Back in the Day
As Khadijah prepares to accept an award for her work at Flavor, the group recalls a time when Flavor was just a dream; Max lived with Khadijah and Regine (until she and Regine tried to kill each other); and Regine dated Kyle and his Afro. They later reminisce about Synclaire's arrival from Minnesota (along with Crispus Attucks, her seven-foot high troll doll); and her first meeting with Overton, who immediately told Kyle that he had just met the mother of his children. Synclaire is shocked to learn that she was on the verge of being thrown out--until she hit Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the car and landed Flavor's first cover story. Despite mishaps with the cheap limo service hired by Synclaire and a broken subway car, they are able to make the ceremony, where Khadijah accepts her award and thanks her friends for their support. Meanwhile, Max admits that she has gone so long without a date that Kyle is starting to seem desirable. "Maybe you're just starting to see straight," he replies. Music: "Love Is All Around" by Sonny Curtis; "Tears of a Clown" by the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; "My Girl" by the Temptationsmoreless

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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 (5)

    • Synclaire use to send Khadijah cookies in college.

    • Judging by the damage in the apartment, it can be concluded that Max and Regine had been fighting for a while. So why would Overton and Kyle decide to get down there so late?

    • When Max is spinning Regine on her shoulders, and Regine kicks over the lamp, there's no bulb in it.

    • During Max and Regine's fight, clear signs that those are stunt doubles are:

      When Max and Regine and fight down the steps, both their faces are not shown. Also "Max", wears a back pad underneath her shirt.

      When Max and is spinning Regine, "Regine" covers her face.

    • In her first appearance in the flashback scenes, Khadijah wears a crown. This was Queen Latifah's trademark early in her rap career, but she abandoned the look upon the release of her third album, 1993's Black Reign. Regine wears an outfit that copies the uniform worn by Janet Jackson in her 1989 video for "Rhythm Nation." Kim Fields and Jackson are longtime friends.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Khadijah: What's with this fake friendliness? Not a drug in the worls could bring yall two together.
      Max: Regine and I have called a truce until I pass the bar.
      Khadijah: I hope this truce lasts longer than the last time. You two shook hands and ended up arm wrestling.

    • Khadijah: And my friends, for supporting me through all the madness. Making jellybean pyramids for me to cheer me up. Checking my wardrobe to make sure it was tasteful, yet fly. Offering me financial advice, legal counsel, and a certain homespun wisdom, whether I wanted it or not. Guys, I love y'all. Thank you so much.

    • Overton: "Shorty, today I met the woman I'm gonna marry."
      Kyle: "You said after you and Melody broke up you swore off women."
      Overton: "That's not just a woman. That back there is my baby's mama."

      Regine: "With this leg? Please. I can get a cab in seconds."
      Max: "What are you gonna do, trip it?"

      Synclaire: "Who would have thought that a limo company called E-Z Ed's Deluxe Rides would be so cheesy?"
      Max: "The naked woman on the mud flap should have been the first tip-off."

      Overton: "You know in your heart of hearts you're glad you didn't send her back to Minnesota like you were planning way back when."
      Synclaire: "What?!"
      Regine: "Oh yeah, girl. You was on your way."

    • Max: "Ergo, I'll go."
      Regine: "Good. At least the toilet seat won't be up all the time."

      Kyle: "You all look lovely, even the succubus."

      Ms. Brooks: "Overton, you're doing such a great job fixing my building, I could just give you a deep, long, lingering kiss."
      Overton: "Um, I don't think that'd be appropriate, Ms. Brooks."
      Ms. Brooks: "You're right. Let's have sex. Kidding. Just kidding."

      Kyle: "She does nothing but talk about herself all the time. You can't imagine how annoying that is."
      Overton: "Yes I can."

    • Max: "We've hardly changed."
      Regine: "I haven't changed at all. No, I haven't! No, I haven't!"
      Max: "Yes. You're still single, evil and deluded."

      Kyle: "Regine, baby, parting is such sweet sorrow." (to Max) "And looking at you is just sorrow."

      Regine: "If you came up with a name for your little homegirl gazette, I'm sure somebody'd take you seriously."
      Max: "I took it so seriously I came up with a whole list of names."
      Khadijah: "Ebonyette. Essence of Brooklyn. Afropolitan."

    • Khadijah: "I hope this truce lasts longer than the last one. You two shook hands and ended up arm wrestling."
      Regine: "A battle, I recall, that I won."
      Max: "Only because you put your boobs into it."

      Kyle: "Regine darling, crushed as I am, I am sure that I will get over you long before you get over yourself."

      Regine: "Mr. Holyfield, I understand that you have recently built a 55,000 square-foot mansion. So tell's the marriage?"

  • NOTES (3)

    • Danny Mora previously appeared in Ride the Maverick as William Perez, Max's good-hearted opponent in the alderman race.

    • Susan L. Taylor is the editor of Essence Magazine. In 2003, Queen Latifah received the Entertainer of the Year Award from that magazine at its annual awards show.

    • This was the 100th episode to be filmed. It ends the same way as Judging by the Cover, with the girls singing along to "My Girl" in the bathroom.