Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Season 4 Episode 11


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 07, 2008 on Travel Channel



  • Trivia

    • At the home of a farmer, whose leg and arm were blown off by American bombs during the Vietnam war, he asks Anthony whether he is afraid to see the results of the tragedies foist on the Laotians. Anthony, playing the reluctant diplomat, replies that all Americans should know the "price of war", and suggests that such realities are "not a movie". However, it is not clear whether the farmer and his family, in their modest home without any obvious western technology, have ever seen a movie, much less even know what a "movie" is.

  • Quotes

    • (while watching ordnance left from the Vietnam war being found and destroyed)
      Edwin (technical adviser for "Uxo Lao"): Very big explosions...
      Anthony: (uncomfortably) Thank you.
      Edwin: (uninterruptedly) ...destroyed some of the things that your countrymen left behind.

    • Tony: That's the problem in making travel television, when we succeed, we inspire others to travel to the places we care about. And, in a sense, we help kill what we love.

    • Tony: I don't think we have elephants in New York, but maybe we should.

    • Tony: You'll notice that in general, I'm not myself in this episode. Where's the snark, the attitude? Well, what do you say to this? What do you talk about with a guy who lost his arm, his leg, his self image, his livelihood, and his pride to a bomb your country dropped over thirty years ago? Sorry about the limbs, pass the fish. I honestly don't know.

  • Notes

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.

    • The "Parental Advisory Warning" that airs after every commercial break featured a smoky background with a Buddhist monk carrying a bowl walking behind the words of the warning.

  • Allusions