Living Single

Season 2 Episode 15

Singing the Blues

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 05, 1995 on FOX
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Singing the Blues
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After observing the depressing lack of talent at the cafe's open mike night, the group persuades Kyle to sing the following week. Overton agrees to perform his stand-up comedy act in exchange for Kyle's participation. Kyle starts out well as he performs "When I Fall in Love," but begins stuttering when Max enters in a low-cut gown and sits directly in front of him. He runs out of the cafe, thus ensuring Overton's victory. Max teases him mercilessly about his failure, while Overton believes that Kyle's unresolved feelings for Max are responsible for the incident. He urges him to get back on stage to prove himself. Kyle delivers a brilliant performance of "My Funny Valentine." He sings most of the song directly to a swooning Max. While the girls needle Max, Kyle thanks Overton for his advice, which he believes has freed him from Max's influence. At that moment, Max looks over her shoulder and smiles at Kyle seductively. He returns her gaze. "Oh Lord! There they go again!" Overton sighs. Regine tries an unusual method to help Khadijah overcome her fear of public speaking for an interview with Black Visionaries. Tag: Max performs stand-up act for ventriloquist's dummy. Music: "Theme from The Love Boat" (Jack Jones), performed by Robert Horn / T.C. Carson; "When I Fall in Love" (Nat King Cole) and "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers and Hart), performed by T.C. Carsonmoreless

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    • QUOTES (17)

      • (Max and Kyle stare at each other and Max smiles at him)
        Overton: Oh, lord. There they go again.

      • Kyle: I embrace a song like I embrace a woman.
        Max: So that's what, once a year?
        Kyle: But it's a tune that you will never forget.

      • Regine (Walks down the stairs with camera): Khadijah! It's time for your make-over.
        Khadijah: Oh, no you don't. Take that camera up to your bedroom and put it back on the ceiling mount where it belongs.

      • Kyle (singing): Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee!
        (Max bursts in)
        Max: Come on! Fire! Get outta here! Come on! Oh Kyle, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I thought the smoke alarms were going off.
        Kyle: Max, I'm so glad you're here. It'll remind me not to sing so flat. (Looks at her chest)
        Max: I was thinking lack of stamina would be your main concer.

      • Regine: You have a really terrifically cute face here in real life, but see, television is a merciless distorter of the truth.
        Synclaire: She's right. Look at Ed Asner. You think his ears are really that hairy? Come on! TV does that.
        Khadijah: Regine, go away. Synclaire...
        Synclaire: Huh?
        Khadijah: Seek help.

      • Regine: Look, now Khadijah, two important things are happening here. You're bombing, and you're making me look really bad.

      • Khadijah: How come you gotta kick that man when he's down?
        Max: I'm sorry, but watching Kyle humiliate himself in public...has got me kinda giddy.

      • Max: They give prizes for this poop?
        Kyle: Max, your eloquence really turns me on. Rowrrgh!
        Max: Thank you, Eartha Kitt.

      • Regine: Can't they find anybody in this place with some talent?
        Overton: Well, hell. You got Nat King Kyle sittin' right here.
        Kyle: Come on, Overton. That was only one review.
        Overton: That you had laminated and is now hanging in our bathroom.

      • Overton: Who knows where this could lead? I mean, Frank Sinatra's doing duets with anybody these days.

      • Kyle: You know, they interview all the prominent African-Americans in the city. (into tape recorder) Note to Sabrina: expect a call from Black Visionaries.
        (Max grabs tape recorder)
        Max: Note to Sabrina: there are several poisons that can't be traced. Think about it! Think about it!

      • Kyle: Overton, man, if you think it's so easy why don't you get up there and tell some of your jokes, huh?
        Overton: This contest is for amateurs. You see, I've been paid for my comedic stylings.
        Kyle: You dressed as a cordless drill at a hardware convention.
        Overton: For which I was paid fifty dollars.

      • Max (About Kyle and his singing): Wow! Check out Loser Vandross!

      • Regine: So, you...like him?
        Max (with raspy voice): Well, it's nothing to throw a parade over.
        (Khadijah tosses torn napkin pieces)
        Khadijah: So what's with all the confetti?
        Synclaire: Max, you know he boils your potato!

      • Synclaire: Ouch! I'm not the nervous one!
        Regine: Yes, dear. But you have a unabrow.

      • Kyle: Hey! Hey hey hey! Man, I was working on my microphone technique with that remote!
        Overton: Man, last time you sang into this thing, you ended up recording six hours of Korean home shopping.
        Kyle: Look Overton, man, it takes a lot of planning and practice to achieve the level of brilliance to which I aspire.
        Overton: At the cafe? When your competition is Food Mart Freddie the Belching Bag Boy, you're gonna shine. Man, you've been walking around here tormenting yourself for days. Just sing the damn song and sing it like you mean it. And if you sing that song "She's Out of My Life," don't try to choke up at the end. Hell, everybody knows it's phony.

      • Bobby (singing): The Love Boat! Ha!
        (Points microphone at Khadijah)
        Khadijah: Get the hell away from me!
        Bobby (singing): The Love Boat!
        Khadijah: I'm balling up my fist, alright?

    • NOTES (3)

      • As an example of the fact that television can distort one's appearance, Synclaire refers to Ed Asner's hairy ears. Asner later had a co-starring role on Ask Harriet, the short-lived sitcom that replaced Living Single in Fox's Thursday night lineup after its cancellation in 1998.

      • After Kyle sarcastically growls in response to one of Max's comments, she responds, "Thank you, Eartha Kitt." Kitt would later guest-star in He Works Hard for the Money.

      • Overton refers to Kyle as "Nat King Kyle," which Kyle was apparently called in a review of a past performance. T.C. Carson played Nat "King" Cole in the 2000 TV movie "Nature Boy."

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