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miss_belle Sep 8, 2013 06:49 PM

My favorite episodes are the Waldorf Salad & Gourmet Dinner nights. I like the Germans too. Does anyone else like this show or want to discuss it?

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    James Cristinian Sep 8, 2013 07:16 PM

    Love the show, the Germans, pickled herring is a Hermann Goering, prawn cocktail an Eva Braun, crazy funny. Love the Hotel Inspectors also with Basil oh yes, a Bordeaux is a claret.

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    1. re: James Cristinian
      miss_belle Sep 8, 2013 07:28 PM

      But what about German women Major?

      Good card players.

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      MrsBridges Sep 8, 2013 07:19 PM

      I never make Waldorf salad without thinking I'm fresh out of Waldorfs. Apples, celery, walnuts and grapes in a mayonnaise dressing.

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        miss_belle Sep 8, 2013 07:33 PM

        Don't forget the scotch & water, the screwdriver and the green salad's for me.

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          cayjohan Sep 9, 2013 11:22 AM

          From the same episode:

          Miss Gurke: I'm sorry, but do you think we could cancel our fruit salads?
          Sybil: Well, it's a little tricky, Chef's just opened the tin.

        2. hill food Sep 8, 2013 09:01 PM

          both from the same episode:

          (as heard) "too small and dry" "oh I wouldn't say that"

          and "sorry - duck's off"

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            Puffin3 Sep 9, 2013 06:47 AM

            We watch all the episodes about once a year. Too bad they made so few. Love the bit when Basil 'accidently' puts his elbow into the back of the little brats head.
            Remember when Basil went after with the Irish contractor with the garden nom
            That actor was in the movie 'Waking Ned Divine'. One of the best movies ever made IMO.

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            1. re: Puffin3
              Maryld Sep 9, 2013 07:37 AM

              And don't forget Basil, the "Siberian hamster" and the food

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                4X4 Sep 9, 2013 08:03 AM

                How about the kid complaining about the shape of the chips?

                Master Heath: [to Basil] Haven't you got any PROPER chips?

                Basil Fawlty: Well, these ARE proper French-fried potatoes. You see, the chef IS Continental.

                Master Heath: Couldn't you get an English one?

                Mrs. Heath: Why don't you eat just one or two, dear?

                Master Heath: They're the wrong SHAPE.

                Basil Fawlty: Oh, dear... What shape you usually have? Mickey Mouse shape? Smarties shape? Amphibious landing-craft shape? Poke-in-the-eye shape?

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                  MrsBridges Sep 9, 2013 11:12 AM

                  Mrs Heath: He's very high strung.

                  Basil: Yes, he should be.

                  1. re: MrsBridges
                    hill food Sep 9, 2013 07:56 PM

                    "he prefers salad creme"

              2. re: Puffin3
                coll Sep 10, 2013 05:44 AM

                O'Reilly's men.

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                  miss_belle Sep 10, 2013 06:09 AM

                  "You orally men?"

                  ~ Manuel to O'Reilly's men

                2. re: Puffin3
                  littlemissmuffin Sep 10, 2013 08:51 PM

                  "Waking Ned Divine" is my favorite movie!

                3. mtlcowgirl Sep 9, 2013 07:56 AM

                  Basil: Screwdrivers? She: Vodka and orangejuice. Basil: So I cancel the screwdrivers, then?

                  1. melpy Sep 9, 2013 09:21 AM

                    I love those episodes too!

                    1. cayjohan Sep 9, 2013 11:32 AM

                      We seem to need regular doses of "Fawlty Towers" in our household!

                      One bit of fun we have: during times of heavy hosting duties (along with maybe one too many glasses of wine and a little are-we-doing-this-AGAIN menu-planning stress), my husband and I have blown off a little steam by cracking each other up with Basil-esque dinner party plans. Imagine the possibilities. We have. <grin>

                      A Fawlty Towers theme dinner party might actually be pretty fun with the right people.

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                      1. re: cayjohan
                        rmarisco Sep 9, 2013 07:59 PM

                        oh my gosh that sounds like a GREAT idea! screwdrivers and waldorf salad all around...

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                          hill food Sep 9, 2013 08:05 PM

                          not a 'Ritz' salad?

                          ehh the point would be to plan something really nice and it all goes down the toilet in a hideous and shaming way.

                          that doesn't sound like much fun unless it's clearly rural, everyone is drunk and there for a sleep-over anyway.

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                        miss_belle Sep 10, 2013 05:03 AM

                        Sybil to Basil on Gourmet Night concerning low attendance:

                        " I should never have let you write that advert. Fancy putting "no riff-raff".

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                          Puffin3 Sep 10, 2013 06:05 AM

                          OK. For those who have no idea what we're laughing about.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaQLY...

                        2. jmckee Sep 10, 2013 09:46 AM

                          "A GIN AND ORANGE AND A LEMON SQUASH!"

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                            Delucacheesemonger Sep 12, 2013 07:11 PM

                            When l think of the show, that is my first thought.

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                            klyeoh Sep 10, 2013 09:48 AM

                            Loved this show :-)

                            1. hill food Sep 10, 2013 08:04 PM

                              yeah I never buy a DVD set but I did get this one years ago.

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                                littlemissmuffin Sep 10, 2013 08:50 PM

                                Haven't seen the episode recently, but as I remember it:

                                "This orange juice isn't fresh!"
                                "Of course it is, I just opened the bottle."

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                                  sandylc Sep 11, 2013 09:42 PM

                                  Love me some Farty Towels.

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                                    cayjohan Sep 12, 2013 06:13 AM

                                    My personal favorite was "Flowery Twats." Always gets my giggle going.

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                                      jmckee Sep 12, 2013 08:37 AM

                                      Watery Fowls.

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                                        Puffin3 Sep 12, 2013 10:34 AM

                                        This morning I show 'she who must be obeyed' the clip where Basil attacks his car with a branch. We then go out shopping. We then see this guy get out of his car at the side of the road and start to kick in the drivers door. Life is stranger than fiction.

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                                          MrsBridges Sep 12, 2013 01:15 PM

                                          My favorite rearranged sign was "Flay otters," because that fit Basil's character.

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                                      miss_belle Sep 12, 2013 06:54 PM

                                      "Don't mention the war. I think I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it."

                                      ~ The Germans

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                                      1. re: miss_belle
                                        hill food Sep 13, 2013 12:57 AM

                                        "Ve. Haff. Meat. Ins. Za. Buildink!"

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                                        mrsdebdav Sep 12, 2013 07:28 PM

                                        You can stream FT on Netflix.

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                                          miss_belle Sep 12, 2013 07:30 PM

                                          Dr. Abbott:" how often can you and your wife manage it?"

                                          "Frankly, my wife didn't see how you could manage it at all".

                                          ~ The psychiatrist

                                          Now that was funny - poor misunderstanding Basil..

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