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Living Single

Season 4 Episode 11

Riot on the Set

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Dec 05, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Riot on the Set
Synclaire lucks into a starring role in a play when the star drops out a day before the opening. (Synclaire had memorized all the lines while serving as an usher as a teenager.) However, the director offers the opinion that Synclaire stinks, and is certain that the play will end both of their careers. A jittery Synclaire flubs her lines and strikes one of the other actors in the face with a door. When the audience responds favorably, Synclaire begins ad-libbing and turns the play into a comedy. It proves to be a huge hit and is held over. Thanks to a camera in a hat invented by Overton, the play had been recorded and Synclaire's lines can be written down. An IRS agent who is auditing Kyle agrees to go easy on him if he can teach him how to pick up women. However, the man ends up getting more than he bargained for…namely Max. Tag: Kyle guesses the identity of Albert's unwanted blind date.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

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    • QUOTES (23)

      • (Max walks in with snacks)
        Regine: Max, I didn't see a concession stand out there.
        Max: Yeah, that's why I went to the 7-Eleven.

      • Synclaire: Mary Mary, I'm an actress and I know that part.
        Mary Marie: Mary Marie.
        Max: (imitating snotty tone) Plaza.

      • Mary Marie: I don't believe it. The actress I cast as Shirleen just up and quit. She got a role in Showgirls: Part II, Show More.

      • Albert (about Max): I ran into the wrong woman. An evil woman. A harpy. A hellion.
        Kyle: Harpy? Hellion? Is this a local girl?

      • Woman: I know you're grieving, dear, but I truly believe he's in a better place.
        Synclaire: What, off-off-Broadway at his age? Playing the ukelele in the subway would be a better place.

      • Khadijah: What about 'The show must go on?' What about the tradition of theater?
        Synclaire: What about the back door? I'm gettin' up out.

      • Synclaire: Morning, everybody.
        Overton: Good morning, Synclaire. Or is it Shirleen? You so good, girl, I can't tell the difference.
        Khadijah: Mary Marie Plaza thinks you stink.
        Regine: (laughing) Oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh!

      • Max: All right, two questions: Who's gonna lower the boom on Synclaire, and where's the jelly?

      • Synclaire: I feel so connected to that character of Shirleen. Like right now, she's very tired. Good night.

      • Max: Isn't that play about a funeral? If I wanted to spend an hour and a half with a rotting corpse, I'd invite Kyle to dinner.

      • Khadijah: Regine, Max, this Mary Marie.
        Mary Marie: (in a snotty tone) Plaza.
        Khadijah: She directed that Hoochie Hoedown video we saw last week.
        Max: Catchy tune, but even I wouldn't milk a cow in a thong.

      • Kyle: Last year, I deducted 596 business lunches, man.
        Overton: 596? That shouldn't be a problem. Unless, of course, the guy knows anything about a calendar.

      • Synclaire: She was thrilled with me yesterday. She was jumping up and down saying, 'My God, how could this be?' Oh, oh. Wait. I guess, uh, there's another way you could take that.

      • Mary Marie: I have worked with video dancers who have sat in vats of green jello saying, 'Oh, the green. It chills me.' They were Olivier compared to her.

      • Synclaire: Now if you'll excuse me, Shirleen and I are gonna go take a shower.
        Overton: Is it just me, or does that thought turn anybody else on?

      • Regine: I saw The Calling Hours in high school. Man, that play changed my life.
        Mary Marie: Really?
        Regine: Mmm-hmm! I mean, for hours those actresses wept, without one case of raccoon eyes? Honey, on that day, I discovered waterproof mascara.

      • Kyle: The jails are full of innocent men. And the big, strong guilty ones who trade them for cigarettes.

      • Overton: Behold my new creation.
        Regine: Wow, Obie, the baseball cap. You better run down to the patent office before 1896.
        Overton: Excuse me, Little Chief Running Mouth. This here is the Obie Cam. A miniature camera disguised as an athletic chapeau. I'm gonna use it to tape my baby's first stage performance...with her clothes on.

      • Mary Marie: By the end of the show, there'll be two more coffins on stage. One for Mary Marie Plaza's career, and one for the career of Synclaire James.
        Overton: Now see there? Lady don't know what she's talking about. Synclaire and I are gonna get cremated.

      • Overton: I could rig the wiring to short out a whole city block. That way, people'd be too busy looting to give a damn about a play.

      • Khadijah: Well, break a leg.
        Synclaire: I've been trying to do that all day.

      • Synclaire: Well, you know, you know, I could bore all of you people with a long soliloquy about life and death and misery and suffering, but hey, you've gotta walk the streets of New York soon.

      • Mary Marie: This is purely karmic. Synclaire James is gonna be a star, and Mary Marie Plaza's finally gonna get off anti-depressants.

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