Top Gear

Season 12 Episode 2

Series 12 Episode 2

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2008 on BBC Two
out of 10
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Episode Summary

They have never been too fond of American cars on Top Gear, so maybe a trip from San Francisco to the Bonneville salt flats in Utah, driving American muscle cars will change their minds. James drives the Cadillac CTSV, Jeremy drives the Corvette ZR1 and Richard drives a Dodge Challenger, which he had to buy because Dodge wouldn't lend one to them, as they are always rude about their cars.

Back in Blighty, Jeremy drives the Abarth-tuned Fiat 500 and Will Young is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.moreless

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  • Not as epic as the season premiere, but still above almost all comedies known to mankind...

    Great episode overall, but it could've been better. I guessed all the staged and not real jokes kinda ruined it for me, they were just too obvious.

    Yes, I'm referring to the trip. The casino stop, the cops, James complaining and the very convinient "3 in a row" drag race win. Okay, TG is not exactly a documetary and I thought the fact that it's somewhat staged was awfully obvious this episode, more than in others.

    But still, friggin entertaining. Also loved the Fiat review, one of the better car reviews on the show.

    The guest star as usual just wasn't interesting, but I guess that's because I'm not british.

    Overall, 8.5. Great, but not quite a classic like last week.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Top Gear continues to be BBC2's most watched programme. 6.9 million viewers (23.9% of the audience) watched the programme. The audience peaked at 7.5 million viewers.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that he invented November. And that if he'd won the world championship in Brazil last weekend, there might have been one photograph of him without his father gurning in the back of shot. All we know is he's called the Stig.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: So we go right if we have a problem.
      Safety Instructor: That's correct.
      James May: If we go left, spinning widely out of control that doesn't mean we haven't have a problem, It just means we haven't been able to go to the right.

    • James May [referring to Reno]: What an appalling cack hole.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to the bodywork of the red Corvette ZR1] This plastic comes from the same plastic they use to make newsreaders from over here.
      James May: It's the same colour as well.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Have you turned the Traction Control off?
      James May: Yes.
      Jeremy Clarkson: Have you ever done that in your life?
      James May: No.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to the Renault Mégane R26R] And James, it's French, who you like to think of as lamb burning communists.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Jeremy Clarkson: Cry "havoc" and let slip the dogs of war. They probably think that's a Bon Jovi lyric here.

      This is not from Slippery when Wet. It is, in fact, from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. The line is spoken by Marc Anthony after returning to the Senate to find the murdered body of Julius Caesar. It is a cry of revenge against the assassins of Caesar.