American tourist Mr. Hamilton checks in with his wife late one evening. They want a hot meal, but Terry, the cook, has finished his shift. Hamilton bribes Basil to keep the kitchen open, but Terry leaves after a dispute with Basil about overtime. Hamilton orders items not on the menu and, in a panic, Basil tries to prepare the meal while maintaining the pretence that there is a chef slaving away in the kitchen.
Dinner time is exceptionally busy, and several guests are dissatisfied. One guest, Mr. Johnston, and his wife complain that her starter prawns are "off", and they wish it to be deducted from their bill, even though she has eaten half. Another couple, meanwhile, have been neglected. When Basil checks on them, however, they do not even mention it. Meanwhile, Sybil lazily talks to one of the guests (who himself appears not to be... Read More