Living Single

Season 5 Episode 13

Let's Stay Together

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 01, 1998 on FOX
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Let's Stay Together
Overton notices that Max received her sperm from the same bank where Kyle once made a deposit following a brush with death. Khadijah and Synclaire are astonished to discover that the profile of Max's donor matches Kyle perfectly. Overton checks Kyle's records and confirms the match. Max announces that she will not tell Kyle about the baby. Overton decides to throw together an impromptu New Year's Eve party and invite Kyle, who is spending the holidays with family in Cleveland. Max tells Kyle that she is pregnant, but says that the father is no longer part of her life and turns down Kyle's offer to help her. Overton tells Kyle the truth, and he is flabbergasted. When he remarks on the odds of Max selecting him, Overton asserts that the baby is an act of destiny. Kyle claims that his life couldn't be better, but Overton is certain that he isn't over Max. He states that Kyle and Max need to "stop acting like opponents and start acting like parents." Max tries to hide on the roof, but Khadijah nails Kyle with a snowball and alerts him to her location. An extremely melodramatic Max gets down on her knees and surrenders to Kyle, as she can no longer fight him. Kyle assures her that he will always support the baby and her, and tells her how much he loves her. As they embrace, Kyle declares that the baby is proof that they are destined to be together. "No, we are doomed to be together," Max laughs. Synclaire is offered the television role, but fears leaving Khadijah behind. Khadijah promises that they will always be close, and tells her that she can accomplish anything. At the New Year's Eve party, a midnight kiss from Tripp convinces Roni to drop her boyfriend. After the gathering breaks up, Khadijah is surprised by a visit from Scooter, who has dropped in on his way to Rio. Khadijah makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to join him for the weekend. When Scooter remarks that Khadijah is changing, she replies, "Get used to it, 'cause I'm not looking back." She leaves, but returns a moment later to take in another long look at the apartment. "Well, maybe just a little," she sighs. Music: "My Funny Valentine," sung by Queen Latifah and Kim Coles; "When I Fall in Love," sung by T.C. Carsonmoreless

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  • Good sense of closure!

    In a well written episode for a well produced short season, Living Single bidded the audience an excellent farewell.

    Too often series have rushed season finales that leave the fate of certain characters unknown. Given the circumstances of the status of the show (originally supposed to return as a midseason replacement), the producers took notice and used this season to conclude all the characters while adding another one to replace Kyle. Despite the absence of Regine, whom was assumed to be with the millionare who she met, everyone was able to move on with their lives with signficiant others.

    At the end of Living Single, no one was left Livng Single. The best part of this episode was when Khadijah was sitting in the living room alone after all the couples left and Scooter came back as a surprise.

    To top it off, as a way to make fun of FOX for cancelling it, the tag line was classic during the closing credits with the FOX executive calling for Khadijah. Despite the episode guide, this was aired during first run but edited for syndication as seen on Oxygenmoreless
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

T.C. Carson

T.C. Carson

Kyle Barker

Guest Star

Idalis DeLeon

Idalis DeLeon

Roni De Santos

Guest Star

Shaun Baker

Shaun Baker

Russell Montego

Recurring Role

Cress Williams

Cress Williams

Terrence "Scooter" Williams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Synclair: Overton, the love of my life, I'm so glad you made me your wife. (turns to Max) Max, my girl you all that, How do you eat so much and never get fat? (turns to Kyle) Kyle, you are my favorite Dapper Dan, You know of all things African. (turns to Khadijah) Khadijah, I will cherish you until the day I die, And I'm gonna stop right now cause I'm fixing to cry.

    • Overton: Well, easy target as Max is, you look me in the eye and tell me you're over her.

      Kyle: No. See, see, my life has never been better. I am this close to making partner, I just got a gig singing at a jazz club in Chelsea, and I don't mean to brag, but the Brits are caught up in a little thing they are calling Barkermania.

      Overton: Yeah? So, how's your love life, jazzman?Kyle: It's never been better. I am dating a supermodel. Six foot one and girlie is well worth the climb. Overton: Tell me. How many times you close your eyes and you see Max? Kyle: I'm afraid to close my eyes, man. Dear God, why can't I exorcise this demon?! Overton: That's because of a little thing we Joneses like to call destiny. And it never goes away. It rides your back till your knees buckle, you fall flat on your ass, you look up and you say, 'All right. Enough, God. I-I get it.' Kyle: Overton, I have been flat on my ass since I met this woman. Tell me, when are her knees going to buckle, huh?

    • Kyle: It's just that I never pictured you as the motherly type is all.
      Max: And all that time I spent trying to make a man out of you.
      Kyle: Well, then who did you seduce and where is the body buried?
      Max: Not deep enough.

    • Kyle: Overton man, I've been gone for six months, I mean I know I'm virile and all.

    • Overton: "Wait a minute. You got your seed from the Turner Institute? Oh, small world."
      Synclaire: "Wait a minute, Overton. Are you trying to tell me that your swimmers are doing laps in somebody else's pool?"

      Max: "No, no, no. Donor 432 is not Kyle Barker. Check out my fine speciman's profile."
      Khadijah: "Let's see. Ethnic group: African American. IQ: 140. Education: Advanced degree. Height: 5'10". Weight: 175. Interests include fitness, African studies...singing."
      Synclaire: "Oh my God."
      Khadijah (singing): "My funny valentine."
      Khadijah and Synclaire (singing): "Sweet comic valentine."

      Max: "This man is a big-wave surfer, all right? The only thing Kyle ever surfed was the freaking Internet."
      Overton: "Oh my!"
      Max: "'Oh my.' What are you 'oh mying' about?"
      Overton: "Well, see, Kyle wanted his recipient to be able to appreciate intelligence, plus have a sense of adventure. That way they could, uh, create a superbaby."
      Max: "Hey dude, what the hell are you saying?"
      Overton: "Look here, honey. I ain't no genetic scientist, but it look like you've got Big Wave Barker's bun in that oven."
      (Max screams.)

      Khadijah: "Somebody got to tell Kyle."
      Overton: "Well, you know, he is in Ohio visiting the folks for the holidays. I could call him up and tell him to come up here for the New Year's Eve party tonight. And then maybe we can get Max to spill the beans about them beans."
      Synclaire (whimpering): "How come I wasn't invited to the New Year's Eve party?"
      Overton: "Uh, that's 'cause I just thought of it, baby."

    • Overton: "How'd your little tête-à-tête with Max go?"
      Kyle: "Enlightening. She finally found someone she could lead around on a leash."

      Kyle: "I'm fine, man. It's her choice. My ties with Maxine Shaw were cut at that airport terminal."
      Overton: "Wait a minute, now. What about the baby? It is half yours."
      Kyle: "Overton, man, I've been gone for five months. Now I know I'm virile and all, but I doubt if even my sperm could swim across the Atlantic."

      Overton: "Hey bro, can I get you, like, a real drink?"
      Kyle: "Rat poison is my drink of choice at the moment."

      Kyle: "Do you know the odds of Maxine picking me out of thousands of donors? Let's see. One in 655 million, man."
      Overton: "You see, Shorty, that's your problem, man. You live in this cold, sterile universe of bottom lines and balance sheets. But in the real world of living human beings, the odds are...Well, looky here, it happened; you gotta deal with it."
      Kyle: "How? Right at this moment, my child--a Barker--is trapped inside the body of Maxine Shaw, being nurtured by nachos and snack cakes and sides of beef. My child is gestating in a landfill."

    • Max: I'm pregnant.
      Kyle: Pregnant. (Laughs.) With what?

    • Khadijah: "That's a man who'd follow you anywhere."
      Synclaire: "Well, damn him! Damn him. Why does he have to be so understanding? Why can't he just say, 'We staying here, woman, so cool your jets'?"

      Synclaire: "Khadijah, when I moved here from Minnesota, you were just my cousin. Now you're my dearest friend. What am I going to do if I can't drop by to soak up all of your love and understanding and constructive--most of the time--criticism? Oh, I just don't want this to be over."

      Roni: "You know, I've been wanting to ask you about all these little cheese puff stashes I keep finding all over the bedroom."
      Kyle: "Ah. I had a pet named Maxine."

    • Max: "There's Kyle, staked out in front of my apartment like some sort of street-level gargoyle. Oh, no. Duck, duck!"
      Khadijah: "What?"
      Max: "I thought I saw his beady little eyes looking over here."
      Khadijah: "All right, Max. Look, I love you, but that's it."
      (Makes snowball.)
      Max: "What are you doing?!"
      Khadijah: "I'm gettin' your baby daddy's attention."
      (Throws snowball.)
      Kyle: "Ow!"
      Khadijah: "Kyle! Max is up here! She's hiding, yo! She's right here! Come here!"
      Max: "What kind of a friend are you?"
      Khadijah: "A friend with a nice arm."

      Max: "I could hit the soft top of that convertible, roll and come up running."
      Khadijah: "In your condition?"
      Max: "Damn! Kid's slowing me down already."

      Max: "Nobody in this brownstone can keep their trap shut. I don't know why I ever cross the street. I mean, you think in five years, I'd be able to make friends in my own building. But no! I keep coming over here for a few measly meals." (Knocks snowman's head off.) "And now...I am playing host mother to your seed! Oh. Well, I'm tired of fighting! You win. Oh God!" (Falls back onto knees.) "I surrender! I give up. No más."

    • Kyle: "Look Maxine, you know I'd be here, right? And you know I will do the right thing and take care of our baby and you. Maxine..." (Helps her up.) "Baby, don't you know that there has never been anyone that has affected me the way you do? I mean, you open your mouth and my skin crawls."
      Max: "Hey..."
      Kyle: "But in a good way." (Max smiles.) "And that smile. See, that smile has brightened many a London day for me. And now, we're about to have a baby together. And you already know how much I love you." (singing) "When I fall in love, girl, it'll be forever..." (Max embraces him.) "You know, this is either the cruelest joke the cosmos has ever played, or proof positive that we are destined to be together."
      Max: "No, Kyle. We are doomed to be together. Now you shut up and kiss me."

      Russell: "It'll mean nothing to us, boss lady, but how 'bout a little sweet lip?"
      Khadijah: "Russell, do you want a job in the new year?"

      Roni: "Whoo! I am going to call my boyfriend and wish him a happy new year and a good life."
      Tripp (to Russell): "And you said that two months of begging wouldn't pay off."

    • Khadijah: "We've all been through a lot of changes. I mean, Synclaire and Overton are married. You two came to your senses, finally, and we all get a baby out of the deal. Scooter and I are back together. Well, not tonight, you know, but still... And even Regine got her millionaire, finally. The only thing that has not changed is the love I have for all of y'all."

      Kyle: "All right, Maxine. What do you say we go back to your place? I think my boy here needs his rest."
      Max: "Oh please. My girl is a night owl."
      Kyle: "Another you? God would never be so cruel."

      Scooter: "Girl, what are you doing?"
      Khadijah: "I'm going to Rio with you!"
      Scooter: "Just like that, no suitcase?"
      Khadijah: "Well, if I'm gonna need clothes, maybe I shouldn't go."

      Scooter: "Girl, you're changing on me. And I like it!"
      Khadijah: "Well, get used to it, 'cause I ain't never looking back." (Leave. Khadijah opens door and looks around apartment.) "Well, maybe just a little bit."

    • (As Kyle exits apartment, Max enters brownstone with Walter. She gasps)
      Kyle: Ah, Maxine. I see you've found Mr. Right.

  • NOTES (4)

    • What happens to Kyle and Max is revealed in the Half & Half episode in season 3 that's titled "The Big Performance Anxiety Episode" in which they reprise their Living Single roles.

    • Khadijah begins her speech by saying, "Like Kyle said, we've all gone through a lot of changes." Kyle's speech was obviously cut from the final version of the episode. Khadijah's speech also had a large chunk removed in the final edit. In the version filmed, she says, "I was going to do a rap, but Synclaire stole my thunder." Overton notes, "Like Queen Latifah? You know you look kind of like her." Khadijah replies, "She looks like me; I'm older."

    • Kim Fields Freeman does not appear in this episode. Her absence from the final three episodes was not explained at the time, leading to lots of speculation from confused fans. Years later, it was revealed that she had requested time away to work on her marriage.

    • The series was cancelled after its initial 13-episode order was complete.


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