The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Season 1, Episode 4

Problems in Moral Philosophy (5 Apr. 2009)

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Mma Pekwane thinks her husband has bought a stolen car. Precious is on the case and uncovers a dangerous car-jacking ring. Grace gets a new hair style to tackle her first case as assistant detective.

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Desmond Dube ...
BK
Harish Patel ...
Brenda Ngxoli ...
Moshidi Motshegwa ...
Mma Pekwane
Israel Makoe ...
Rra Pekwane
Simo Mogwaza ...
Rra Badule (as Simo Magwaza)
Mpho Joseph Molepo ...
Sergeant Pilani
Dipshika Mahajan ...
Craig Musaemura ...
Carjacked Boy
Mosupi Garebatho ...
Carjacked Man
Martha Williams ...
Carjacked Woman
Thabo Malema ...
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Precious is hired by Mme Pekwani who thinks her husband has bought a stolen car. He says he got it from a friend but the price is much too cheap and she is concerned that he may be involved in something. When they check the vehicles serial number, they learn that it was carjacked in South Africa with a young child in the backseat. In another case, the agency is hired by Rra Badule to look into where is wife is getting the money to pay for their son's schooling and for paying her credit cards. He suspects that she is seeing another man. Precious asks Grace to follow the woman to see what is going on. The break-ins in the local shops continue with Mr. Patel the latest victim. He in turn wants Precious to find out if his 16 year-old daughter is seeing a boy. Now that she is an assistant detective, Grace goes to the beauty parlor and gets a new look. Written by garykmcd

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Mma Ramotswe: It was a difficult case.
Mma Makutsi: Mma, you said it was unethical to lie to a client.
Mma Ramotswe: I did not lie to Rra Badule Mma. I... interpreted the evidence for him.
Mma Makutsi: He's a man.
[Looks at JLB Matekoni]
Mma Makutsi: Best to keep it simple.
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The carjack and the cheating wife
1 September 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with a carjack on a solitary road where a couple is overtaken by bandits that want their fancy car, nothing else. Unfortunately, the criminals take the couple's young boy, sleeping in the back seat.

The burglaries to some of the businesses near the agency continue. This time is Mr. Patel's shop. He is not too upset, but he wants to discuss something with Mme Ramotswe. His interest is for the detective to keep an eye on Patel's teenage daughter. He wants to know whether she is seeing any boys, their customs do not see kindly to dating so young.

Mme. Pekwane comes to see Precious with a problem. Her husband has a brand new car and she cannot imagine how he got it. His explanations do not make sense. Feeling it is a stolen car, she wants Mme Ramotswe to track down the right owner to return it. JLB explains to Precious most cars are stolen in South Africa, then sold to neighboring countries, which fits the case she is undertaking.

The other case she gets involves the local butcher, Rra Badule, a decent man who cannot make any sense of how his wife is paying for their son's fancy school and their credit card debts. He suspects she is having an affair. For this investigation she asks Grace to follow Mme Badule and see what's going on. Her assistant's first case is a success, she has followed the butcher's wife to a rich suburb where the was seen with a man in compromising ways.

Mme. Ramotswe deals with all the cases in her usual manner. Her intuition, plus common sense works well with this intelligent woman, the heroine of Alexander McCall Smith's beloved novels about the detective from Botswana. This episode was directed by Tim Bricknell and adapted by Robert Johnson. The African cast, led by American Jill Scott, do their best for the director, resulting in another great chapter in the series.


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