Living Single

Season 2 Episode 12

Thanks for Giving

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Nov 24, 1994 on FOX
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Thanks for Giving
Everyone is surprised by Regine's companion at Thanksgiving dinner--a charming, overweight parcel delivery guy named Darryl who does not meet any of image-conscious Regine's usual date criteria. When Scooter calls Khadijah and tells her that he wants to ask her something at the dinner, she and her friends believe that he is going to propose. She is shocked when he instead tells her that he has been offered a chance to manage a female R&B group and accompany it on a world tour. Scooter becomes angry when Khadijah does not offer her blessing. The group breaks off into boy and girl factions, who each rant about the opposite sex. When everyone re-assembles for dinner, Darryl's touching prayer prompts Khadijah to re-consider and allow Scooter to pursue his dream.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

    Lisa Butler

    Lisa Butler


    Guest Star

    Deion Sanders

    Deion Sanders


    Guest Star

    Richard Lyons

    Richard Lyons

    Michael Janson

    Guest Star

    Cress Williams

    Cress Williams

    Terrence "Scooter" Williams

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (24)

      • Max: (talking about Darryl) Regine, let's not beat around the bush. Some people are born big some people just eat a lot. Which one is he?

      • Regine: Max. You're supposed to bring a side dish.
        Max: These are corn chips. Maize. The Indians served the Pilgrims. Why you sweating me?

      • Scooter: But I'm not taking the job. Because someone doesn't think it's a good idea for me to go.
        Khadijah: Well, someone just sprung this on someone!
        Synclaire: We all know who you're talking about. Next time, use pig latin.

      • Kyle: Never ask a woman anything. Either she'll give you an answer you do not want, or she'll answer your question with a question.
        Michael: Oh my God. That's Max's m.o., answering a question with a question. And it's always the same question: "What the hell's wrong with you?"

      • Synclaire: But what would you say if he did propose?
        Khadijah: I don't know. I'd say...I don't know.
        Max: Say no, girl! I always do.
        Regine: As if anyone has ever proposed to you.
        Max: Twice, thank you. Sure, they were screaming their proposals at that critical moment, but technically, I had 'em!

      • Khadijah: Scooter's been asked to go on a world tour and manage Jasmine.
        (All congratulate him)
        Regine: Those bony girls that don't wear nothing on stage?

      • Max: Men are just born selfish.
        Josephine: You know, I know what you're saying. 'Cause even in the maternity ward, these little boys, they wanna be fed, changed and burped all at the same time. Now the little girls--they practically diaper themselves.
        Max: I remember that.

      • Max: Khadijah, remember in "The Godfather," when Diane Keaton asked Al Pacino if he had his brother-in-law killed, and he looks her dead in the eye and says no, even though he did? That's men!

      • Khadijah: Why do I have to be the mature one? I don't want my man to go! I want my man to stay here! Here, here, here!

      • Scooter: Khadijah should understand. It's not like I'm trying to leave her.
        Overton: Yeah, well, you would be getting on a plane and going away for six months. If that's not leaving, it's an incredible simulation.

      • Michael: Maybe you should just reason with Khadijah. I mean, she's a rational woman. Max, on the other hand...she's tough!
        Darryl: Man, I don't know how you deal with her.
        Michael: I meditate. For an hour before our date. And after. Sometimes during.

      • Kyle: I'd like to give thanks for all the love in this room. And for my date, the doctor.
        (Smiles at Max)
        Max: I thank God for all this food of great variety and quantity. And for the opportunity to share it with my very special man...for the evening.
        Michael: Thank you for the gift of meditation.

      • Synclaire: Thank you for all of these wonderful people. And all of this wonderful food, highlighted by yamallow! And the turkey expertly carved by my Obie.
        Overton: Thank you for that compliment delivered through your child and my girl, Synclaire.

      • Khadijah: Scooter, I love the locket. But don't you ever bring me a ring box that does not have a ring in it!

      • Scooter: Remember when we were kids, and we used to race to see if we could outrun the moon?
        Khadijah: But whenever we looked back, there it was.
        Scooter: That's how I feel about us. Wherever I'm at in the world, whenever I see the moon, I'll think of you.

      • Khadijah: Terrence, can I speak to you outside for a minute?
        Scooter: Sure.
        Overton: Wow. Relationships are tough. Pass me them taters!

      • Scooter: Thank you for the love that binds us no matter where we are. No matter how far apart in the world.
        Khadijah: Thank you for the fact that we can all be here, together, where we belong. Together.

      • Kyle: My brothers, I propose a pact.
        Overton: Well, propose on, then!
        Kyle: From now on, we decide our own fate!
        Darryl (singing): We-lll!
        (Kyle stands on picnic table)
        Kyle: We ask no one for approval.
        Michael: That's right.
        Kyle: Because no woman will tell us what to do! Why?
        Overton, Darryl, Scooter and Michael: Why?!
        Kyle: Because we're men!
        (Put hands in circle)
        All: Ready? Break!
        (Exchange high-fives and chest bumps)
        Synclaire: Guys, come and eat!
        (All run downstairs)

      • Josephine: Terrence, I hope you don't mind me saying this, but that group is weak. I mean, the only thing they ever sing about is letting a man control them.
        Michael: Now that's not such a bad thing.
        Max: Yes it is.
        Michael: It's bad for women, it's bad for men. Just bad all around.
        Darryl: Show a little backbone, brother.
        Michael: What the hell are you talking about? Scooter! Scooter's the invertebrate who's not going on tour 'cause his woman told him "no"!

      • (Regine enters)
        Regine (loudly): Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot you two were in here. What's this? (Picks up box) A ring box? (Opens box) No, it's not! I'm gonna go now! Buh-bye!

      • Max: Oh, and look at your date. She's so pretty. She could be an actress. What restaurant do you work at?
        Josephine: Well actually, I'm assistant director of pediatrics at Park Slope Hospital.
        Kyle: Ooh-hoo! (Taps Max's face)

      • Max: Khadijah, you've got a good relationship. You're having good sex. Why would Scooter wanna wipe out all that happiness with a proposal?

      • Synclaire: I think it's wonderful that we're all bringing someone special this Thanksgiving. I've got my Obie. (Touches Khadijah) You've got your Scooter. (Points at Regine) She's got her Darryl. (Points at Max) You've got your....? Who are you bringing, Max?
        Max: I'm not bringing anyone.
        Khadijah: Wait. I thought you was bringing Michael.
        Max: Oh yeah. I am! Good old Michael Johnson. Janson. Janson, that's right!

      • Darryl: At Thanksgiving, it's a tradition to give thanks. Me, I'd like to give thanks for giving. 'Cause you see, giving teaches us something that receiving doesn't. It allows us to look deep within ourselves. And so, thank you. Thank you for this special day, when we can turn to those closest to us and give them what they need most. Amen.

    • NOTES (2)

      • For this episode, director of photography Bryan Hays received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic).

      • Heavy D made a guest appearance on the song "Rough" on Queen Latifah's 1993 album, Black Reign. In addition, both appeared in the 1993 film "Who's the Man?"

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