The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The Big Bonanza

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/15/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Mma Ramotswe continues to act as the sole investigator for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency but her business is floundering financially. Her secretary Mma Makutsi develops a flier to drum up business with good results. New cases include a disturbed dentist, a missing dog and a vanishing husband.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anika Noni Rose

    Mma Makutsi

  • Lucian Msamati

    JLB Matekoni

  • Jill Scott (II)

    Precious Ramotswe

  • Tsholofelo Mashishi

    Petal Siphambe

  • Mosako Mogara


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The Big Bonanza neatly picks up the momentum of the excellent pilot episode and runs with it. The cast remain excellent despite the almost year long gap between filming this episode and filming the pilot. A fine episode overall.

    By opark_77, Mar 17, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Mma Makutsi: Detective work is not all bang, bang, bang, like in the movies.

    • Mma Ramotswe: (reading from 'The Principals of Private Investigation' by Clovis Anderson) When he is forced to confront the thing that most strikes terror into his heart, the good investigator grits his teeth and addresses his task with a cool and courageous hand.

    • Mma Ramotswe: Time is a great healer. Mma Makutsi: Not always.

    • JLB Matekoni: Charlie, we do not drive the customers' cars as though we are out on the racetrack. Charlie: But boss, we are Speedy Motors. Fanwell: We are only doing what it says on the board. Charlie: Exactly. JLB Matekoni: We are called Speedy Motors because our work is speedy, not because we soup up customers' cars!

    • Mma Ramotswe: I'm sorry to disappoint you, Rra Banda, but I am not a dog catcher. The remit of this agency does not extend to four-footed animals.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Zlatý důl (Gold Mine)

    • Original International Air Dates: South Africa: August 8, 2009 on M-Net Czech Republic: February 16, 2010 on HBO

    Trivia (5)

    • The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency Cases: • Case #1: The Definitely Disturbed Dentist • Case #2: The Disappearing Dog • Case #3: The Absconding Apostolic

    • Precious' father, Obed Ramotswe, was born in 1940 and died in 2007.

    • The book Precious considers as her professional bible and relies upon in her detective work is Principles of Private Investigation by Clovis Anderson. Both the book and and the author are fictional.

    • Precious Ramotswe lives in a light-green-colored house at No.5 Zebra Drive, Gaborone, Botswana.

    • Dr. M. Komoti, the dental surgeon, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Lagos University. He drives a car with plate number B503AKY.

    Allusions (2)

    • Young Man in Van: Hasta la vista, baby! (making gun-popping sounds) 'Hasta la vista, baby!' is a catchphrase popularized by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he played The Terminator in the 1991 James Cameron action-suspense film Terminator 2.

    • Border Official: Oh, so you're like Mrs. Marple? Jane Marple is the fictional amateur detective character in a dozen of Agatha Christie's crime novels.

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