Living Single

Season 1 Episode 16

Fatal Distraction

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 09, 1994 on FOX
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Fatal Distraction
Khadijah hires a handsome and charming man named Xavier St. John as her new writer, without bothering to read his articles or check his references. Xavier constantly compliments Khadijah and seeks her attention, so her friends suggest that he is attracted to her. When Khadijah and Xavier share a cab, he seems to be coming on to her. Khadijah leans in to kiss him, but he pulls away and says that he is not interested. When Xavier turns in his first article, Khadijah is stunned to discover that he does not possess any writing ability. He claims that she is punishing him for rejecting her advances, and threatens to sue her for sexual harassment. Khadijah decides that the quality of her magazine should not suffer because of her error in judgment. She fires Xavier and dares him to sue her, noting that any judge who read his work would sentence him to remedial English class. Xavier announces that a suit wouldn't be worth the trouble. Overton discovers a box of 19th century love letters under the floor in Regine's room. Regine learns that she could receive 400 dollars for the letters, but Overton and Synclaire obey the man's wishes by burning the evidence of his forbidden love. Tag: Regine tries to replace the love letters.moreless

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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 (18)

      • Khadijah: This is the worst day of my life. I'm so embarrassed.
        Max: Khadijah, did your blouse pop open again?

      • Max: Don't touch it, girl.
        Khadijah: I'm with you. Hands off.
        Regine: What do you mean, 'don't touch it'?' Shoot, she's paying for it!

      • Regine: Now Khadijah, this sort of thing happens all the time. Though it's never happened to me.
        Max: Me either. But that's not the point.
        Regine: No.
        Max: We're here to help Khadijah. The only one to whom this has happened.

      • Kyle: Now, if I may speak for good-looking men everywhere...
        Max: Only as their rodeo clown.
        Kyle: That reminds me. Bronco busting's about to start, and they're holding a stall for you, Flicka.

      • Regine: It's funny how unattractive a guy becomes after he rejects you.

      • Khadijah: You're gonna sue me?
        Xavier: For sexual harassment.
        Khadijah: Well, fine. Just remember: 'harassment,' one r, two s's.

      • Regine: Apparently Miss Emily was a suffragette or she sewed a flag or a dress or something. They are ready to pay money to read about whatever she did.

      • Xavier: I don't need you to get where I wanna go.
        Khadijah: You're right. You don't. You'll get by on your charm and your good looks. But see, you won't get over on me again. 'Cause Khadijah don't need ya. See ya!

      • Khadijah (to Wyatt): You may think you're smart and cool. But if you think you're getting a job here, you're a damn fool!

      • Xavier: I'm out. You can kiss my b-u-t goodbye. T.

      • Overton: It's times like this that make me glad I work alone. This type of thing could never happen to me. I always treat myself with the utmost courtesy and respect.

      • Xavier: The trouble is, you don't need a journalist. You need a man.
        Khadijah: I need someone who knows there are two o's in 'Brooklyn'.

      • Synclaire: Well, I'm no William Shakespeare, and I'm certainly no Toni Morrison, and I'm not even close to being Dr. Seuss. Oh, I forgot my point! Let me backtrack. Oh yes, Xavier. His writing stinks. It's just so confusing! You know, after I read the first paragraph, I relaxed my eyes and just looked at the patterns.

      • Max: I hate to say I told you so. Well, I don't hate it. Actually, I get sort of a perverse pleasure from it.

      • Kyle: You know, men could never get away with talking about women like that.
        Regine: That's right. Welcome to the nineties.

      • Synclaire: Would that be sugar or sugar substitute?
        Khadijah: Synclaire, we didn't ask for any coffee.
        Synclaire: Well then, I guess it doesn't really matter, does it?

      • Overton: Well Regine, I'm happy to report there are no mice in your closet. Although I did beat the hell out of your mink earmuffs.

      • Synclaire: You didn't read his samples. You didn't check his references. Khadijah, the next time I staple your papers at the wrong angle, cut me some slack, okay?

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The title of the episode is a reference to the 1987 remake of "Fatal Attraction," a movie which starred Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer.