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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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  1. 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

      But what about German women Major?

      Good card players.

    2. 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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      1. re: MrsBridges

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

        1. re: MrsBridges

          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. both from the same episode:

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

          and "sorry - duck's off"

          1. 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

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

              1. re: Maryld

                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?

                1. re: 4X4

                  Mrs Heath: He's very high strung.

                  Basil: Yes, he should be.

                1. re: coll

                  "You orally men?"

                  ~ Manuel to O'Reilly's men

                2. re: Puffin3

                  "Waking Ned Divine" is my favorite movie!

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

                  1. I love those episodes too!

                    1. 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

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

                        1. re: rmarisco

                          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.

                      2. 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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                        1. "A GIN AND ORANGE AND A LEMON SQUASH!"

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                          1. re: jmckee

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

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

                              1. 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."

                                  1. re: sandylc

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

                                      1. re: jmckee

                                        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.

                                        1. re: jmckee

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

                                    1. "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

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

                                      2. You can stream FT on Netflix.

                                        1. 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..