Fawlty Towers: Season 2, Episode 3

Waldorf Salad (5 Mar. 1979)

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Brian Hall ...
Anthony Dawes ...
Mr. Libson
Ballard Berkeley ...
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...


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 »


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


Mr. Hamilton: [Arriving in the hotel] What a drive, huh? Everything on the wrong side of the road, the weather... Whaddaya get for livin' in a climate like this, green stamps? It's terrible!
Basil Fawlty: [to Mrs. Hamilton, unaware she's the man's wife] Sorry about this.
Mr. Hamilton: Took five hours from London. Couldn't find the freeway, had to take a little back street called the M5!
Basil Fawlty: [Irate] Well, I'm sorry if it wasn't wide enough for you. A lot of the English cars have steering wheels.
Mr. Hamilton: They do, do they? You wouldn't think there was ...
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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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