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.

Director:

Bob Spiers

Writers:

John Cleese (by), Connie Booth (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales ... Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs ... Manuel
Connie Booth ... Polly Sherman
Bruce Boa ... Mr. Harry Hamilton
Claire Nielson Claire Nielson ... Mrs. Hamilton
Norman Bird ... Mr. Arrad
Stella Tanner Stella Tanner ... Mrs. Arrad
Terence Conoley Terence Conoley ... Mr. Johnston
June Ellis June Ellis ... Mrs. Johnston
Brian Hall ... Terry
Anthony Dawes Anthony Dawes ... Mr. Libson
Ballard Berkeley ... Major Gowen
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ... Miss Agatha Tibbs
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ... Miss Ursula Gatsby
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1979 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Manuel and Polly appear in only two early scenes. See more »

Goofs

Sybil tells the guests that the chef came from Dorchester, around 14 miles from the hotel. The hotel is in Torquay, approximately 75 miles from Dorchester. See more »

Quotes

Basil Fawlty: Ah, you'd like freshly SQUEEZED orange juice.
Mr. Hamilton: As opposed to freshly unscrewed orange juice, yes.
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Crazy Credits

The Fawlty Towers sign has been re-arranged into Flay Otters (both "W"s missing). See more »

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Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: The Lonley Lady (2018) See more »

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A slightly weaker episode than usual.
9 December 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Not one of the series' strongest episodes, Waldorf Salad features yet another obnoxious guest, a brusque American (Bruce Boa) who insists that he and his wife (Claire Nielson) are served dinner even after the kitchen has closed, the gruff yank paying Basil £20 to keep the chef on for a while longer. But with his chef leaving on time for a date, it is up to Basil to perform kitchen duties, with the inevitable disastrous results.

Watching the loud-mouthed American bully poor Basil just didn't seem all that funny to me—one actually feels a little sorry for the hotel owner, who is simply trying his best to accommodate his guests. Of course, the deception is eventually rumbled in a hilarious scene where Basil is conducting an argument with his 'imaginary' chef only for the American to walk in and witness the debacle. A great moment, but getting there isn't quite the unforgettable comedic ride that other episodes offer.


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