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Ronda Roberts High Heel Samurai:
High Heel Samurai Act 4
August 1, 2008
An eye for an eye? As to be expected from someone with an interest in ethics and moral philosophy, this episode raises some important questions regarding ethics for me.

In the preceding episode of High Heel Samurai, Catia (Alexandra Maiorino) calls Mia (Judith Kalaora)to request a meeting in an ally to discuss an important matter. When Mia shows up, she is informed that the police are wise to the Guerrieri fighting ring and that there might be an undercover cop involved. Mia reassures her that there are no worries – and that they’ll take precautions before allowing anyone in. This in itself is slightly suspect, but not so much as what happens next in this episode. Going against the grain is what the premise of this show is – four women who choose to host illegal street fights.

After their meeting, the girls are accosted by a man who asks them if they need to buy any drugs from him. Unbeknownst to him, these are fighting women. When he asks them to get on their knees at knifepoint, they take the knife from him rather easily. What happens next is what ruffles my moral senses: They ask the man for his wallet. When he gives the wallet to them, they find that he has five thousand dollars and they take it.

The question that follows is: are they right in doing this? The man seems to be a drug pusher and he threatened them with a knife. But does this wrong-doing justify them robbing him? Of course, they know they will get away with it. Is retributive justice ever really justice? It is definitely something to think about in terms of the way we look at the legal system. Presumably if this man was caught, the state would wind up with the money in his pocket. Does this make Catia and Mia right in their actions though? It’s something to ponder as I tune in for the next part of High Heel Samurai’s pilot episode.

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