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Fawlty Towers

Season 2 Episode 3

Waldorf Salad

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 05, 1979 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Basil has to make dinner for an irritable American and his English wife when the kitchen is closed but doesn't even know what it is they're ordering.

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  • Another amazing astallment in the falty towers series

    While we get to see very little of Polly and Manuel; Sybil and Basil deliver perfectly on this episode. its always nice to have Polly and Manuel involved because they add another layer of comedy, but with John Cleese you can not go wrong. After taking a bribe to keep the chef on for a nother half hour, Basil decides he doesn't want to pay and tries to cook on his own. There is great scene where Basil convinces the americain to simply have a green saled, sybil brings out a perfect waldurf and green salad, and then basil brings out two more green salad and is absolutly amazed. more comedy comes out when Basil atempts to kick out all the guest then realizes it is in fact him who is not wanted there. john cleese is a comic god.moreless
  • well good

    An American and his wife get unsatisfactory service at Fawlty Towers when he orders a Waldorf salad, after the kitchen has closed so basil begs chef to stay but he has an evening class and not wanting to turn down extra money he goes ahead and pretends he is the chef but due to his lack of catering skills soon becomes revealed.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Basil: What's a Waldorf, anyway - a walnut that's gone off?

    • Mrs Hamilton: How long have you been married?
      Sybil: Oh, since 1485.

    • Basil: This.. is.. typical. Absolutely typical.. The kind of... [shouting loudly] ARSE, I have to put up with from you people. You ponce in here expecting to be waited on hand and foot, while I'm trying to run a hotel here. Have you any idea of how much there is to do? Do you ever think of that? Of course not, you're all too busy sticking your noses into every corner, poking around for things to complain about, aren't you? Well let me tell you something: this is exactly how Nazi Germany started! A lot of layabouts with nothing better to do than to cause trouble. Well I've had fifteen years of pandering to the likes of you, and I've had enough. I've had it. Come on, pack your bags and get out.

    • Sybil: If you'd just look.
      Basil: I have looked. There's no celery, there's no grapes, ... walnuts! That's a laugh, easier to find a packet of sliced hippopotamus in suitcase sauce than a walnut in this bloody kitchen.
      Sybil: Now, we've got apples.
      Basil: Oh, terrific! Let's celebrate! We'll have an apple party: Everybody brings his own apple and stuffs it down somebody's throat.

    • Mr Hamilton: Could you make me a Waldorf Salad?
      Basil: Oh, ... ah, ... wa?
      Mr Hamilton: Waldorf salad?
      Basil: ... I think we are just out of Waldorfs.

    • Mr. Hamilton: (loudly) I WANT A WALDORF SALAD!

  • NOTES (3)