Living Single

Season 4 Episode 21

One Degree of Separation

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 17, 1997 on FOX
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One Degree of Separation
Overton and Synclaire's engagement party is marred when her bickering parents announce that they have separated. When Synclaire begins to express doubts about her own union, Overton forces the James' to talk things out. Lilah reveals that she has tired of her husband's constant wisecracks. She has not revealed her desire to become a lounge singer because she fears Clinton's ridicule. He agrees to support her dream, and they realize that their problems are manageable. Regine tries to use the party as a trap to prove that Max and Kyle are seeing each other. Max suggests that they bring phony dates to throw off Regine; but is distressed when Kyle flies a model friend in from Los Angeles for the evening, while she is stuck with the perpetually boring Teddy. Max finally takes Kyle to the kitchen and confesses that she is seething with jealousy. Kyle pressures her into admitting that she likes him, and she is on the verge of making a more significant admission when Regine bursts in. Max pretends that she is choking Kyle, and Regine is foiled again.

Music: "That's What Friends Are For" (Dionne Warwick and Friends), sung by Denise Nicholas / Gladys Knightmoreless

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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

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    • QUOTES (18)

      • Kyle: Maxine, if I bring a date, it is not a question of who; it's a question of which.
        Max: With you, it's a question of what!
        Kyle: Oh, you make my skin crawl. Now come here. Kiss Papa.

      • Regine: I am now cocking the spring on a fool proof Max and Kyle trap.
        Khadijah: Why are you still trying to find out if those two are gettin' they schwerve on?
        Regine: Because I feed on drama, Khadijah, and this is an all-you-can-eat buffet.

      • Kyle: Okay Regine, you said that this is important. And I see Max is involved, so I assume we're taking rabies shots.
        Max: If we're going to the clinic, let's get him fixed. It shouldn't take too long.
        Regine: If we're done with the oh-so-clever fake bickering...

      • Regine: What's your story, Maxine?
        Max: None of your damn business, Inch-High Private Eye.

      • Kyle: Lisa is an old friend who just happened to be free this evening, so I flew her in from Los Angeles. You know, I paid for everything.
        Max: You won't even give me cab fare!
        Kyle: Maxine, we are not together, remember? Oh-oh!

      • Lilah: We were gonna tell you after the wedding.
        Synclaire: Well, how sweet. Why give crystal when a divorce is so much more permanent?

      • Lilah: I want to be a lounge singer. (Khadijah laughs hysterically. Everyone stares at her. Khadijah pretends to have a coughing fit)

      • Synclaire: I remember when you sang at Grandpa Jerry's funeral. Oh, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
        Overton: Baby, that's probably 'cause, uh, Jerry was dead.

      • Clinton: I'm willing, and I promise I won't say anything funny.
        Lilah: Don't I know it.

      • Overton: Did I scoff when you did that naked play?
        Lilah & Clinton: What?!
        Synclaire: Hey now! Zippity-do-hey now! Zip! Stay on the subject here.

      • Max: Admit it. You imported that chocolate cake to make me jealous.
        Kyle: I will neither confirm or deny that, but the fact that you are green with jealousy does make me kinda giddy.
        Max: I am not jealous. It just burns me the freak up to see you with that woman. (Kyle sidles up to her)
        Kyle: Now Maxine, you say that again and listen to yourself. Admit it. You like me.
        Max: Not as much as you like yourself.
        Kyle: Well, that's a start. (Max walks away, tugging at her necklace nervously. Kyle follows her)
        Max: Oh Kyle, I mean... what good would it do to admit such a thing? (Kyle runs hands down her arms)
        Kyle: Because then I wouldn't see you as the troll under the bridge of truth, but more like the brave billy goat walking across it. Come on, Max. (kisses her shoulder) Unburden your soul. Rowrrgh! (Max spins away from him)
        Max: Alright. Shut up. (all in one breath) All this.. years of on-again off-again and sneaking around you've grown on me and in some ways-- a lot of ways-- you're my equal and although I'm not entirely comfortable with that that's just who I am. There! I said it!
        Kyle: And that was quite an admission. I just wish I knew what it meant.
        Max: Aw, hell, man. I like you. (kisses him on cheek and crosses room)
        Kyle: Yes! Yes! Yes! (does victory dance, then composes himself and follows Max) Maxine, now was that so hard? Come here. (embraces Max)
        Max: It's true. I like you. (laughs) And sometimes I think I l... (Regine enters kitchen, screaming. Max slides her hands around Kyle's neck and pretends to choke him) Get the hell away from me! (leaves)
        Kyle: I hate that woman! (turns away, smiling. Regine stares away in silence, bewildered and clearly fuming)

      • Teddy: My very first memory was of lying in my crib. Just...just...just lying there. Not really awake, not really asleep.
        Max: I can relate.

      • Khadijah: They're still in love. I'm sure they'll figure this all out.
        Synclaire: Yeah, well, your parents didn't.
        Khadijah: That's because my parents tended to fight over my father forgetting to come home.

      • Khadijah (to Clinton and Lilah): You guys always used to seem like the perfect couple. All kissy-kissy and stuff. Slow dancing when there wasn't any music. And that was in church!

      • Lilah (to Clinton): Why don't you eat it for me? With your mouth full, it might muffle some of that nonsense I'm hearing.
        (awkward silence)
        Overton: You wanna talk about some good television, who saw 'When Animals Attack?'
        Khadijah: R-right. When the deer was beating on that man, and he was just clubbing him down with his hooves.

      • Teddy: Now with the collapse of the Ming dynasty, chopsticks were suddenly popular again, except for one critical change in their design. Are you ready? The tips went from round to square.
        Khadijah: Oh, the old round-to-square story. Max, you're a lucky girl.

      • Khadijah: Regine, how can you still be working on that engagement party? We already have four emergency evacuation plans, including that stupid helicopter thing.

      • Max: (to Khadijah on getting her a fake date) Just get me somebody decent. He doesn't have to be thank-you-Jesus fine.

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