Living Single

Season 1 Episode 17

The Hand That Robs the Cradle

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 16, 1994 on FOX
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The Hand That Robs the Cradle
While the girls are at the cafe, an attractive young man named Brendan approaches Max. He is an NYU freshman who met her at the job fair, and asks for the opportunity to discuss points of the law. Khadijah insists that Brendan is hitting on Max. Max later admits that Brendan asked her out. After her friends make many, many jokes, Max claims that she turned Brendan down. A few days later, the girls catch Max at the cafe with him. Khadijah is angry with Max for lying, but Max points out that her friends were not exactly supportive. When Regine opines that Max is ashamed of Brendan, she agrees to bring him to a party for Flavor advertisers (which Regine has planned, despite her complaints about Khadijah's $200 budget). Max is less than forthcoming about Brendan's age, so he storms out. She follows him into the elevator to apologize, and concedes that her behavior is immature. She decides not to let others' opinions dictate her actions. Kyle is distraught when he learns that he needs glasses. He refuses to wear them, but changes his mind when he identifies a party guest across the room as his future wife, only to find that it is Max. Tag: Overton levitates to avoid stepping on Kyle's contacts.moreless

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  • Max starts dating a college freshmen and when her friends find out they start teasing her. Kyle is crushed when he finds out that he now has to wear glasses.

    Max cradle snatching, what else could be funnier? I love this episode it is probably the one I have watched the most and I still love watching it. The scene in the kitchen when the girls find out that Max is dating Brendon is just classic. And when Kyle refuses to wear his glasses at the party and he finds out that the person he said he sees as the future Mrs Barker is Max and he comes out with “oh the horror” in his deep voiceover type voice I laugh for at least 1 minute.moreless
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

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Brendan King

Guest Star

Chip Hurd

Chip Hurd

Bev (as Chip Fields)

Guest Star

Lewis Dix

Lewis Dix

Bill Warner

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Max: Why is everything automatically my fault?
      Khadijah: Do I have to make a list, or are you gonna go after him?

    • Overton: If you just say something nice to him, it will give you all a warm feeling inside.
      Regine: Hot tea can do that.

    • Regine: Khadijah, this party is an extension of you.
      Khadijah: I don't recall any ice swans where I'm from. And if you take a closer look underneath all those wigs, you'll find your roots.

    • Regine: What the one thing I know better than anybody?
      Khadijah: Synthetic hair.

    • Max: I've spent too much time worrying about other people's opinions.
      Regine: That's cool, Max. 'Cause I never worry about what other people think.
      Khadijah: What? You base your whole life upon what other people think.
      Regine: Uh-uh. Uh-uh. Not true. I base it on what other people say. There's a big difference.

    • Max: We'll be there.
      Khadijah: Good. And you can tell Brendan he can park his Big Wheel in my spot.

    • Regine: I bet he's home now planning a romantic evening, huh. Candlelight. Two Happy Meals.

    • Khadijah: Girl, I do believe you have just been macked.
      Max: Oh please. He still has mother's milk on his breath.

    • Kyle: Those figures look the same on those signs.
      Overton: Well, here's a hint. The one with the blue triangle dress? That's the girl.

    • Khadijah (To Max): Work it, Mrs. Robinson.

    • Kyle: Overton, I wore the glasses for a day and my eyes are much better. Watch. (Circles room, patting each woman on shoulder) Regine. Khadijah. Synclaire. (Points at Max) Sasquatch.

    • Max: He asked me some really good questions.
      Khadijah: Like, 'What are you doing Saturday night?'

    • Regine: We were just teasing.
      Khadijah: Yeah!
      Synclaire: And I was just laughing, you know, a lot.

    • Synclaire: Well, people should form their own opinions and not care about what anybody else thinks. Don't you think so, Khadijah?

    • Khadijah: Girl, you worked that two-hundred dollars. I bet next year you can do it with a hundred.
      Regine: Oh yeah. We'll just move the party to a trailer park and serve spam balls.

    • Kyle: It is a scientific fact that women mature sooner than men. Therefore, it is only natural for us to try to get to them before gravity does. Of course, I don't mean you, Max, because sagging could only improve your looks.

    • Synclaire (to Kyle and Overton): Come here. We are in the middle of a very juicy story. It seems that Max, the older attorney, has been dating Brendan, the young freshman. She thought she could get away with it until we spotted her at the cafe sharing more than just coffee.
      Overton: Well, how deep did this relationship go?
      Synclaire: Exactly! Let's rejoin them now, shall we? Break!

    • Max: Regine, you are not talking to me about relationships. You who cannot even commit to a hairstyle.

    • Overton: But on the other hand, good things come in sevens. You got the, uh, seven-year itch. The seven deadly sins. The seven circles of hell. When you think about it, it don't look so good for you, Max.
      ( A little later)
      Overton: Oh, wait. I got a good seven. The seven dwarves!

    • Khadijah: Well Max, did he call?
      Max: Who?
      Regine: Oh, you know who. The freshman. You know...jailbait.

    • Regine: I'm everything I pretend to be.

    • Max: These are my friends, Khadijah and Synclaire and...yes.

    • Overton: Kyle, stop your whining. There's nothing pathetic about you.
      (Hands him cup. Khadijah comes out of apartment and puts coin in cup)

    • Synclaire: Wow, he is seven years younger than you are. My, when you were twenty-one, he was fourteen. When you were fourteen, he was seven. When you were seven he…wasn't.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Howard later starred alongside Erika Alexander in the Showtime drama Street Time.

    • Terrence Dashon Howard appeared in the 1993 film "Who's the Man?" which featured a cameo by Queen Latifah.

    • Chip Fields is the mother of series star Kim Fields Freeman. She later made a number of appearances as Regine's mother, Laverne Hunter (credited as Chip Hurd), and also served as a consultant.