The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The Boy with the African Heart

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 3/29/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Mrs. Andrea Curtin comes to Mma Ramotswe asking her to help find her son who disappeared ten years ago. Mma Ramotswe is unsure whether he is dead or alive, and begins digging up the past, uncovering some shocking truths about the circumstances surrounding the missing child. Meanwhile Mma Makutsi is keen to prove herself as a detective, attempting to solve a series of break-ins at Kgale Hill.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jill Scott (II)

    Precious Ramotswe

  • Anika Noni Rose

    Mma Makutsi

  • Lucian Msamati

    JLB Matekoni

  • Desmond Dube


  • CCH Pounder

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Mma Ramotswe: This is a very odd letter. 'Too many smart young men I see. Getting promoted over me. And rising up the salary scale. Only because he is a male.'

    • Mma Ramotswe: (to Mma Makutsi) That's because my father left me plenty of cattle. If it weren't for that, I'd be slaving away in an office like everybody else, going nowhere. I didn't mean that you are going nowhere.

    • Mma Ramotswe: I lost a child myself. A boy. He was born, but he did not live. We think we'll get over the pain, but it never happens.

    • Mma Ramotswe: Places have echoes. If we are sensitive enough, we might pick up a feeling of what happened there.

    • Mma Makutsi: I'm having a private business call. BK: Is it private or business? Make up your mind. Mma Makutsi: Out! Out!

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Chlapec s africkým srdcem (The Boy with the African Heart)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: February 23, 2010 on HBO India: October 2, 2010 on HBO

    • In 2009, CCH Pounder received an Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Mrs. Curtin in the episode.

    • Jude Akuwidike (Oswald Ranta) is credited as Jude Akuwudike.

    Trivia (4)

    • The newspaper article, "Making the Desert Bloom", with the picture of Michael Curtin and his companions, was written on Wednesday, September 8, 1999. The photo included the following people: Peter Ngari, Oswald Ranta, Michael Curtin, Clara Sedibe, and two others.

    • Books on Oswald Ranta's Shelf: • Winningham & Preusser's Critical Thinking in Medical-Surgical Settings: A Case Study Approach by Barbara A. Preusser PhD FNPc • Scene Design, Stage Lighting, Sound, Costume & Makeup by Willard F. Bellman • Student Workbook to Accompany Kohler's MacroeconomicsPrinciples of Economics by J. Vernon Henderson and William Poole • Soil Sampling and Methods of Analysis by M.R. Carter • An Outline of Planning Law by Desmond Heap • Mechanism and Theory in Organic Chemistry (3rd Edition) by Thomas H. Lowry and Kathleen Schueller Richardson

    • The leaflet ad of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency reads as follows: 'Troubled? Seek the advice of Botswana's only accredited experts. Is there someone that you know & love who has mysteriously vanished? Has some valued article been stolen? Sexual harassment at the work place? Whatever your problem is... We Can Help You. Mma Ramotswe (Detective). Bring this leaflet with you for your free discount.'

    • At the grave of Precious Ramotswe's son, it is written: "Daniel Obed Ramotswe Mokoti, Born & Died 5 Sept 1994. 'He has gone to a place where there are no tears.'"

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