Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Five Easy Pieces - No Potatoes, Tomatoes Instead

Revisiting the Classic Restaurant Scene from Jack Nicholson's Five Easy Pieces

From my secret files of ‘Awesome Scenes-to-Memorize’, I present to you the famous "Chicken Salad" scene from the director of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' - Bob Rafelson’s 1970’s classic – “Five Easy Pieces”.

Starring a charismatic Jack Nicholson and aptly supported by Karen Black, this critically acclaimed movie was one of the most influential films of those days and was deservedly nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Actor, Best Actress besides Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

I waited for years for this movie to make it to a Bluray DVD and here’s a memorable scene that you’ll certainly enjoy!

Nicholson: I'd like a plain omelet, no potatoes, tomatoes instead, a cup of coffee and wheat toast.

Waitress: No substitutes.

Nicholson: What do you mean, you don't have any tomatoes?

Waitress: Only what's on the menu. You can have a #2, a plain omelet, it comes with cottage fries and rolls.

Nicholson: Yeah, I know what it comes with but it's not what I want!

Waitress: Well, I'll come back when you make up your mind. •

Nicholson: Wait a minute. I have made up my mind. I'd like a plain omelet, no potatoes on the plate, a cup of coffee and a side order of wheat toast.

Waitress: I'm sorry we don't have any side orders of wheat toast, I can get you an English muffin or a coffee roll.

Nicholson: What do you mean you don't make side orders of toast, you make sandwiches don't you?

Waitress: Would you like to see the manager?

Karen Black: Hey Mac!

Nicholson: Shut up! You've got bread and a toaster of some kind.

Waitress: I don't make the rules.

Nicholson: Okay, I'll make it as easy for you as I can. I'd like an omelet plain and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce and a cup of coffee.

Waitress: #2, chicken salad sandwich. Hold the butter, lettuce and the mayo and a cup of coffee. Anything else?

Nicholson: Yea, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad and you haven't broken any of the rules.

Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?

Nicholson: I want you to hold it between your knees

Waitress: You see that sign sir. Yes. You all have to leave. I'm not taking anymore of your smartness and sarcasm.

Nicholson: You see this sign!


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