The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Season 1 Episode 5

Beauty and Integrity

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2009 on BBC
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Beauty and Integrity
Mma Makutsi investigates the behaviour of contestants in a local beauty pageant, while Mma Ramotswe has trouble solving the case of Nandira Patel's mystery boyfriend. To make things worse, the contemptible Cephas Buthelezi opens a rival agency and is intent on taking the ladies down

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  • Precious and company solve some mysteries in their neck of the woods...

    While the pilot of this show was highly entertaining and continuing episodes also offer enjoyment, there has been some dark and vicious characters introduced in some stories which don't exist in the original novels. While it makes sense for tv purposes not to follow the novels too closely (ie making JLB a depression victim early in the series does not make good television and delaying the marriage of JLB and Precious on the other hand makes better television), the light-hearted approach of the novels would be the reason most people would watch this show.

    In this episode, Precious solves the case of the missing boyfriend - but incurs the wrath of the new detective in town who threatens her personally at the end of the episode. Mma Makutsi solves the beauty pageant problem at the same time. Both these stories have some sort of connection with the novels but both endings are changed for tv purposes. One of the better scenes has an upset Precious driving in the night looking for JLB and they meet on a lonely road - and they decide to get married. This was a good scene for the show and the 2 characters.moreless
Paterson Joseph

Paterson Joseph

Cephas Buthelezi

Guest Star

Kenneth Nkosi

Kenneth Nkosi

Two Shots Pulani

Guest Star

Harish Patel

Harish Patel

Mr. Patel

Guest Star

Tau Maserumule

Tau Maserumule


Recurring Role

Thabo Malema

Thabo Malema


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Contestant Shortlist for Two Shots Pulani's Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest:
      1) Motlamedi Matluli
      2) Gladys Tlnapi
      3) Patricia Kopong
      4) Thabisa Gopane
      5) Baone Magasane

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Cephas Buthelezi: There's room for both of us in Gabarone, Mma, the city is growing. You can carry on with your bits and pieces while I take care of matters that require a man's approach. A professional detective's approach.
      Mma Makutsi: We are professionals.
      Cephas Buthelezi: I meant qualified, experienced, professional.

    • Mma Ramotswe: Have you heard the expression 'never judge a book by its cover'?
      Mma Makutsi: Mmm, luckily, that does not apply to pretty girls.

    • JLB Matekoni: If a man has no wife, if a man has no chance of a wife? If the woman a man wants for his wife will not look at him twice, then what?
      Old Angler: Then the river is a fine companion.

    • Mma Ramotswe: (talking to Rose about Rra Matekoni) Just because we sometimes break bread together does not mean we must do it for ever and ever.

    • (talking about the rival detective, Cephas Buthelezi)
      Mma Makutsi: You did not find him full of bluster and hot air?
      BK: He blows his own trumpet but he has a trumpet to blow.

    • Guy in Canteen: Motlamedi is the most beautiful girl in Gabarone.
      Mma Makutsi: And what about your integrity?
      Motlamedi Matluli: Oh, it looks very good in a swimsuit.

    • Mma Ramotswe: Are you alright?
      BK: Is there anything peculiar about a hairdresser with no hair, Mma?
      Mma Ramotswe: The less you have the more you care about other people's.

    • Mma Ramotswe: It is a contest of integrity, not just beauty.
      Motlamedi Matluli: Integrity? Men with their wives in the big houses, their girlfriends in the small houses, and their morals gone missing somewhere in between?
      Mma Ramotswe: Not all men are like that.
      Motlamedi Matluli: Perhaps you know some which I do not.

    • Nandira Patel: You've got it all mapped out for me. You are the owner of my life, not me.
      Mr. Patel: I want the best for you. I know what the world is like. You don't.
      Nandira Patel: You don't know my world.

    • Mma Ramotswe: It is you. I never thought I would really find you.
      JLB Matekoni: But you did.
      Mma Ramotswe: I just set off driving and then... And then I had to find you.
      JLB Matekoni: Because?
      Mma Ramotswe: Because... I want you to ask me again.
      JLB Matekoni: Ask you?
      Mma Ramotswe: I want you to ask me again to marry you. Is that something you can do?
      JLB Matekoni: Yes. Yes, it is. Mma Ramotswe... would you be my wife?
      Mma Ramotswe: Rra Matekoni... yes, I will.

  • NOTES (2)