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
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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
This is typical. Absolutely typical... of the kind of...
ARSE I have to put up with from you people! You ponce in here expecting to be hand... waited on hand and foot, while I'm trying to run a hotel here! Have you any idea of how much there is to do? Do you ever think of that? Of course not! You're all too busy sticking your noses into every corner, poking about for things to complain about, aren't you? Well let me tell you something - this is exactly how Nazi Germany ...
Referenced in The John Cleese Interview