Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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Waldorf Salad 

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

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Mr. Harry Hamilton
Claire Nielson ...
Mrs. Hamilton
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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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5 March 1979 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Manuel and Polly appear in only two early scenes. 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 »

Quotes

Mr. Hamilton: You're gonna stay here, nice and quite, while these people say whether or not they're satisfied. And you move off that spot, Fawlty, I'm gonna bust your ass!
Basil Fawlty: Everything's bottoms, isn't it?
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Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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typical!!!! it's all bottoms with you isn't it??
12 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For anyone who has ever wondered how the world sees Americans, this episode should answer that question. Brilliant, biting and with writing as crisp as a well tied bow tie, this is one of the true classics of this classic series.

Perfectly captured that all-American trait of humility---no wait, I mean hubris---and the all-British trait of 'go along to get along.' The casting, as always, is immaculate and John Cleese illustrates why he is one of the true comedic geniuses of his time--combining the physicality of Chaplin with the scorching wit of Groucho.

In all honesty, I have held off my entire life from having a Waldorf Salad until such time as I visit the UK--with the express desire to see the reaction when I order it.

I am sure it will be---as Basil might say---"TYPICAL". And I will make a point to bring some extra 'Mickey Mouse money' so I don't have to bust "an ass" to get it.

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