Customer dissatisfaction with the Fawlty Towers dining experience comes to a head when an insistent American comes for a stay.

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Bruce Boa ...
Mr. Harry Hamilton
Claire Nielson ...
Mrs. Hamilton
Norman Bird ...
Mr. Arrad
Stella Tanner ...
Mrs. Arrad
Terence Conoley ...
Mr. Johnston
June Ellis ...
Mrs. Johnston
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Anthony Dawes ...
Mr. Libson
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An American couple arrives at the hotel late at night expecting to be served a hot dinner. But with the chef off for the night, Basil is forced to make the dinner himself. Things get even more complicated when the two Americans begin ordering meals that Basil has never heard of. Written by Nadia Nassar

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John Cleese said that he based Fawlty Towers on a real hotel that he and his fellow Pythons once stayed at. The owner said that Terry Gilliam was "too American" because he ate with his fork in the wrong hand. This may have inspired Basil's treatment of the American guest in this episode. See more »

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When Basil is checking in the Hamiltons, the boom mic appears several times at the top of the frame. See more »

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[Basil is distracted from giving two lamb dishes to Mr. and Mrs. Johnston]
Mr. Johnston: Are those ours?
Basil Fawlty: [annoyed voice] Not yet.
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Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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Boa was no American
5 April 2011 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this episode I (being an American) wondered just what they were playing at. He may fool non-Americans but I doubt that any of us would be taken in. (In a way it's like the phoney Aussie accents on Month Python; people that weren't familiar with authentic Aussie accents were probably fooled; real Aussies weren't.

I notice from his credits that he made a career of playing Americans, which says something for British production values.

The only Brit I can recall who would have fooled me completely had I not known better was Sid James in "Orders Are Orders" in which he played a big-mouthed movie producer.


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