Top Gear

Season 9 Episode 3

Series 9 Episode 3

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 2007 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

In this 'American special', Jeremy, James and Richard are on a fly-drive holiday with a difference. Instead of hiring a car, each has to buy a car for no more than $1000. Starting in Miami, they travel through Mississippi and Alabama - where they manage to upset the locals - and end their journey in New Orleans. As usual, there will be some Top Gear challenges along the way; a dead cow, prostitute-obsessed truckers and a meeting with Fat Stig - Stig's American cousin.moreless

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  • And I thought the Bonneville Salt Flats USA West was good

    That was the first TG I saw and got me hooked but just saw this one on BBC Canada repeats. Was edited a bit to got the time slot with commercials but many laughs. A bit of slagging the US but that's wot they do, innit?
  • Your show combines wit, humour and POWER, making it the best on TV. I laughed until I cried at this episode, once I saw that you would, in fact, live. Remember, Southern people love cars & GUNS.-And many of lessor known US roads beat yours hands down.moreless

    I am a born and bred 'Southerner' from the US, and I enjoy TOP GEAR most! But I became very nervous when I saw the JOKE you set up. We Southerners are famous for our kindness & hospitality. Your car could break down almost anywhere in the South & people would gladly help. Still, thank God that you were in an area that was more used to people poking fun at us. Only we surpass Brits in our intolerance of outsiders making jests of our values. THAT TRICK could've gotten you shot/beaten most places--with or without the camera crew.moreless
  • A very good episode...

    Oh.. It was a very very funny episode and as my sister described this episode - if you have spent one hour watching it, you have added one and half hour to your life because the laughter just.. oh.. What was the best part of it? I am not sure.. the cow (I still cannot understand how they got it there), ruining May's air conditioner (that was cruel), Sting's cousin, the whole Alabama. That was maybe even too crazy as they soon got that and cleaned their cars but it was just so much fun to watch. And the accelerate and brake race - oh.. it was just.. horrible and danger..moreless
  • Once again, just amazing.

    The boys have definately outdone themselves in my honest opinion. This episode was great, all i can say. it all came down to the challenge that the boys had to face, and they did it brilliantly. The episode was about the 3 guys going to America to buy cars for cheap and put them through a series of tests. I dont think I have laughed so much throughout an entire Top Gear episode, usually there are certain moments throughout the episode, but this episode was consistantly brilliant throughout.

    To all those that dont watch Top Gear, i think this episode will hook you in.

    The episode is a strong contender for my favourite challenge and favourite episode.moreless
  • They buy some real crappy Cars, Stig Eats cheese

    Ok, this is why i watch the series. It was brillantly done and the part with the Man-love is ok, the VOTE FOR HILARY, and the Country is Rubbish. And i agree with Ali When they went to New Oreans and decided to give the cars away, i thought that was nice, i wish The labor doodle was there he would have been cute. I also want to say that that part about Car Debauchary thing was something out of deliverance. It was like Britian's Borat! The American Stig made me almost crie from laughter and the shirt Jeremy found soaked in blood was Completley Hilarious! I vote for a american series!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The first 'entrée' examined by the three presenters whilst exploring their road kill buffet was the remains of an armadillo (specifically a nine-banded armadillo). Armadillos were originally found in Texas but are now found as far east as Florida and South Carolina.

      They have been found as far north as Nebraska. Their remains are frequently found on American highways because of a peculiar survival mechanism: when frightened, they will jump straight up. Unfortunately for an armadillo frightened by an oncoming vehicle, this means they will frequently jump straight up into the engine block of the car.

    • The audience figure for this episode was 6 million.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that he's a C.I.A. experiment that went wrong. And that he only eats cheese. All we know is he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's American cousin!

    • Richard Hammond: All they've got to talk about on that C.B. is the weather and prostitutes. [adopts a southern drawl to imitate the trucker on the C.B.] Yeah, It's rainin', ah, I'm goin' north and I'm lookin' for a whore!

    • Jeremy Clarkson: That night, Brokeback and I feasted on beef and squirrel. And then, with May in bed, we decided it would be better for all of us, if the air-conditioning in his car were to break.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: They really do have an irony deficiency. I honestly believe that in certain parts of America now, people have started to mate with vegetables.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: God Florida's awful! Nasty insects, old people, fat people - a lot of people who all offer you cheese: [adopts American accent] 'you want cheese with that? You want cheese with that'? And then they shoot you.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: If you're thinking of coming to America this is what it's like: you got your Comfort Inn, you got your Best Western, you got your Red Lobster where you eat. Everybody's very fat. Everybody's very stupid and everybody's very rude. It's not the Holiday programme - it's the truth.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: The Moroso Motorsports Park is unusual in America because it has left-handed turns and some which go right as well. Perhaps that's why it was deserted - too complicated for the colonials. Or maybe everyone had been murdered.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to their inability to find a car for $1,000] It's cause we're buying in that nineties period when they were just making rubbish. I mean, I'm looking at a Buick Le Sabre...

      James May: God, don't!

      Jeremy Clarkson: It was rubbish when it was new. It was built by idiots and it's rubbish now.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The C.B. handles used by the presenters:

      Jeremy: Murderer
      James: The Captain
      Richard: Brokeback

    • The Slogans painted on the cars:

      James's Car:
      Hilary for president
      NASCAR sucks
      I'm Bi

      Richard's Car:
      Man-love rules OK

      Jeremy's Car:
      Country and western is rubbish

    • In the end credits the presenters are listed as: Cleetus Clarkson, Earl Hammond Jnr and Ellie May May. The Stig is listed as Roscoe P. Stig.

      All crew members' first names are listed as 'Billy Bob'.

    • Fat Stig's Lap Times:

      Jeremy's Chevrolet Camaro RS: 1.09
      James's Cadillac Brougham: 1.14
      Richard's Dodge Ram: 1.16.9