Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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Gourmet Night 

The Fawltys are very pleased with their new chef, Kurt. He was recommended to them by their friend André who runs a nice restaurant in town. All in all, he's working out quite well and they... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
André Maranne ...
Steve Plytas ...
Colonel Hall
Ann Way ...
Mrs. Hall
Richard Caldicot ...
Mr. Twitchen
Betty Huntley-Wright ...
Mrs. Twitchen
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
Jeffrey Segal ...
Mr. Heath
Elizabeth Benson ...
Mrs. Heath


The Fawltys are very pleased with their new chef, Kurt. He was recommended to them by their friend André who runs a nice restaurant in town. All in all, he's working out quite well and they decide to have a gourmet evening on Thursdays to try and promote, in Basil's eye at any rate, a better class of clientèle. Kurt gets along well with everyone and seems to have a particular interest in Manuel. When the big day finally arrives, they find themselves with only four guests booked for the dining room - which Sybil puts down to Basil's advert in the local paper saying 'no riff-raff' - and there seems to be something about Kurt that André forgot to mention. It's pandemonium as a manic Basil tries to make up for their collective lapses. Written by garykmcd

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17 October 1975 (UK)  »

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This is the first time we see a chef at Fawlty Towers. See more »


When Basil stops in his car because the street is blocked, the street is dry, but when he backs up and the car dies, the street is wet from rain. See more »


Basil Fawlty: [overseeing dinner service, he approaches a table where the Heaths are eating] Good evening. Everything to your satisfaction?
Mr. Heath: Oh...
Mrs. Hall: Well, uh...
Master Heath: [cutting in] I don't like the chips.
Basil Fawlty: Sorry.
Master Heath: The chips are awful.
Basil Fawlty: Oh, dear. What's, uh, what's wrong with them, then?
Master Heath: They're the wrong shape and they're just awful.
Mrs. Hall: I'm afraid he gets everything cooked the way he likes it at home.
Basil Fawlty: Ah, does he, does he?
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rating the episodes from 1-12, this one ranks number 7!
1 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is very well put-together, not to mention very funny. Basil, as he does in many of the episodes, tries to raise the stature of Fawlty Towers by staging a gourmet evening and turning away any so-called "riff-raff." So the big night arrives and Kurt, the chef, has decided to get very drunk. In a memorable sequence, Polly tries to tell Basil without saying the word "drunk." The fate of the evening now rests with Basil delivering the gourmet meal promised to the guests. He calls Andre, the owner of a restaurant in town, and asks for his help. But the only suitable dish he can offer is duck. When informed of the change in the menu, one of the guests asks "what do you do if you don't like duck?" Basil replies "well, if you don't like duck, you're rather stuck." The rest of the episode consists of the staff trying to make the evening go as smoothly as possible without letting on about the chaos in the kitchen. One of the best scenes in the whole series is when Basil beats his car with a tree branch after it stalls when he is on the way back to the hotel with the duck from Andre's.

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