The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Season 1 Episode 4

Problems With Moral Philosophy

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 05, 2009 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • The serial number of the stolen Mercedes Benz C240 car, with plate number B221 AHE, is WDC2030352R010795.

    • The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency Cases:
      • Case #1: Steal Stolen Sedan for the Lord
      • Case #2: Cheating Wife or Charity?
      • Case #3: Daughter: Dutiful or Dating?

  • Quotes

    • Mma Makutsi: The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency dedicates itself to the righting of wrongs.
      BK: Me too. Bad hair leads to depression, sometimes to violence.

    • JLB Matekoni: (talking about Mma Ramotswe) Before I met her, I was resigned to loneliness. Now, I cannot be happy without her.

    • (after Mma Makutsi let BK redo her hair)
      Mma Ramotswe: You know, sometimes the most potent weapon in our armoury is our inconspicuousness.
      Mma Makutsi: Inconspicuousness?
      Mma Ramotswe: Eh, Mma.
      Mma Makutsi: It's not the first word that comes into my mind when I look at you.

    • Mma Ramotswe: You will, perhaps, start with small matters... and work up.
      Mma Makutsi: I would not want to run before I could walk.

    • Mma Ramotswe: (to Rra Badule) There is no shame in asking for help, Rra.
      Mma Makutsi: It is the strong ones who ask. The weak are too ashamed.

    • Mr. Patel: A childless woman must take the word of one who knows better.

    • (on their way to a stakeout)
      BK: Doughnuts and coffee, like real detectives. (Mma Makutsi reaches inside the paper bag) Or at least bush tea and mopani worms.

    • Mma Ramotswe: Rra Matekoni, just because a case has awkward aspects, it's not always a reason to steer clear of it.

    • Mma Ramotswe: It is unethical for a detective to lie to a client.

    • Mma Ramotswe: The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is not a court of law. It is a forum for moral arbitration.

    • Mma Ramotswe: It would be cruel to take away all hope at such a difficult time in a man's life.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Lekce z morální filozofie (Lesson from Moral Philosophy)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 23, 2010 on HBO
      India: October 9, 2010 on HBO

  • Allusions

    • BK: Wooo! Eh-eh! She will think she's being followed by Robert Mugabe.

      Robert Gabriel Mugabe came to power as Zimbabwe's head of government in 1980. He was the Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and the nation's president since 1987.

    • Mr. Patel: A car like mine with sat nav. The world will be my oyster.

      The line "the world is my oyster" originated from the Act II, Scene II verse in Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor which reads "Why, then the world's mine oyster".

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