Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Season 1 Episode 20

Diamonds Are a Crook's Best Friend

Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1991 on PBS
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Diamonds Are a Crook's Best Friend
The Contessa steals a year's output of diamonds from South Africa.

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Locations in Manila, Philippines:

      Yacht Club
      Folk Art Theater (Diamonds)
      The Pavilion
      Old Congress Building
      Kalacanang Palace
      Fort Santiago
      Rizal Park (Warrant)
      Ninoy Aquino Airport
      Museum of Sea Shells
      Heart Center
      University of Santo Tomas
      Manila Hotel
      Divisoria Market
      Film Center Building
      Chinese Cemetery (Contessa)

    • Similiar to the phrase "Diamonds are a girl's best friend".

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Contessa: Honor among thieves? Surely you jest! If I'm going to prison, I'm taking Carmen with me. Look for her in Europe.

    • (Greg enters the Chief's office, where the Chief packs her suitcase)
      Greg: Chief, what are you doin'?!
      Chief: Ah! (shakes Greg's hand) Greg, it's been nice working with you.
      Greg: Wha-What?! What is this?
      Chief: Well, I think it's time for me to move on. I've been doing this a long time. I think it's time for me to get out there, get some fresh air, and see new sights.
      Greg: See what?! What are you talking about?!
      Chief: Well, I thought I'd do some yam-farming. (Greg, dismayed, mouths "Yam-farming?!") No, no, I have a cousin. Essie. She's got some land out in the country. I thought I'd travel around and see the land.
      Greg: Chief, Chief, you don't know anything about yam-farming. You know nothing about that. And besides, what would the Gumshoes do without you? We need you here! Right, guys?!
      Gumshoes and Audience: YEAH!!!
      Greg: See? Huh? Huh?
      Chief: Well, if you put it that way, I'll stay.
      Greg: Okay. All right, then. Let's get this stuff unpacked.
      Chief: All right. Oh, but wait, wait, wait. I bought those tickets. I have-- I have a ticket for anywhere in the lower 48 states. What am I gonna do with it?
      Greg: Okay, wait. I got an idea. We'll give the Gumshoe who catches Carmen Sandiego those tickets. Huh?
      Chief: (while the crowd applauds) Now, that's a good idea.
      Greg: Let's get this stuff outta here. (attempts to help unpack) Let me-- Just let me help you.
      Chief: No.
      Greg: This is wonderful that your stayin'. And you're such an intregal part of--
      Chief: No. Greg. Greg. Greg! Go away.
      Greg: Yes, ma'am. I'll keep that...
      Chief: No, no.
      Greg: Yes. All right. (exits the office) I'm so glad she's staying.

    • Greg: All right, now, I want you guys to know this is a pretty tough case. So, you're gonna have to really keep everything on, keep your timing--
      Mrs. Pumpkinclanger: Will you stop this incessant whining about a tough case?!
      Greg: Oh, no. That can be only one person. That's our upstairs neighbor, Mrs. Pumpkinclanger.
      (he enters the alley and looks up at Mrs. Pumpkinclanger)
      Mrs. Pumpkinclanger: You call yourselves detectives, don't you?! You'd best be off to the third largest port in Europe! It's in the Dutch speaking half of a bilingual country, and it's an international center for cutting and trading diamonds. NOW! Get on with it before I call the authorities!
      (she shuts her window)
      Greg: Yes, ma'am. Okay. Don't you just love your neighbors?

    • Greg: Now, we've sent agents to Herkimer to try to track...
      Voice: Don't waste your time! (about the Contessa) She's already gone. You've bundled it again! Go to a state full of glaciers instead.
      Greg: Wait a minute. Glaciers?
      Voice: Yes! Glaciers! More glaciers than anywhere else in the U.S. The Inuits do a lot of ice-fishing there.
      Greg: Wait a minute. The Inuits, who are they?
      Voice: Don't you know anything?! They are native people of this region.
      Greg: Well, why did Contessa go there?
      Voice: What is this?! A quiz?! It's a leading producer of platinum. Now, catch her! Or I'll raid locusts upon you.
      Greg: Ooh! Locusts. Okay. Will do.

    • Chief: The film center. Now, you know, I had a cousin named Winslow, who was into film. He was a cameraman, and... Well, he was sort of a show-off.
      (the camera zooms back and forth as the Chief keeps talking)
      Chief: He was always doing trick shots when nobody asked him to, and got him into trouble. And, uh, things the director never asked him to do. So, uh, finally, nobody would hire him, so he just disappeared, and I've often wondered where...
      (she suddenly looks at the camera that zooms in on her)
      Chief: ...He went. Winslow? Is that you?
      (the camera nods)
      Chief: Where have you been, Win?! You know, you... Oh! I'm sorry. Uh, Gumshoes, Manila! Go there! The Contessa and the diamonds are there. Get going! Winslow! We've been looking all over for you. You know that?

    • Contessa: Madre mia! Carmen, you're a gem.
      Carmen: And you're a brick. Now get going!

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