جلسه 5

The restaurant is holding a special sushi night. What can possibly go wrong with a dish that doesn't need cooking? Watch and learn some disaster-related phrases.

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Drama: The White Elephant

Episode 22: Disaster

It's a special 'sushi night' at the restaurant and Gordon is keen to make a good impression on the customers. But his best efforts don't quite go to plan and he runs out of an important ingredient. Is the evening going to be a disaster or can someone save the day? Watch and learn phrases used to talk about very unsuccessful events.

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Peter
This is all very exciting. Everybody wants the sushi...

Gordon
That's because tonight is our special 'Sushi Night', idiot - a chance for me to cook something really special for people with appreciation of real exotic food.

Mary
It's raw fish isn't it Gordon? No cooking required.

Peter
Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Well, at least you can't burn it.

Gordon
You wouldn't understand. The only fish you eat is deep fried with chips. Now out of the way.

Peter
Oh dear! Let's just put them on the plate shall we... no one will notice.

Mary
I'll help you.

Gordon
It's ruined now. Why don't you go and do some waiting while I work out what to do next?

Ceilia
How's our 'Sushi Night' coming on - got everything under control Gordon?

Gordon
No - we're up the creek without a paddle! Peter has just made me drop my sushi and I've got no more sushi rice - I can't make any more.  

Ceilia
Oh dear, is our Sushi Night on the brink of disaster?

Gordon
I need more sushi rice - I'm going to have to go and buy some - you wouldn't know what to get. Mary why don't you entertain the customers by reading your... philosophy thesis?

Mary
Hang on Ceilia, isn't this the rice Gordon was using?

Ceilia
I think so.

Mary
OK, leave it to me.

CAPTION: 10 MINUTES LATER

Gordon
I've told him before, if he does this again... what kind of Asian supermarket doesn't sell sushi rice?! This whole evening is a disaster... oh... Where'd you get that?

Ceilia
Disaster averted! Mary made these and saved the day again. Peter!

Peter
Yes?

Ceilia
Can you take these out to the customers and apologise for the delay?

Peter
That was a close shave. 

Gordon
Yes, good thing I always make a point of having some spare ingredients.

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Vocabulary

a recipe for disaster
something that will obviously go very wrong

up the creek without a paddle
in a difficult situation with no way of making it better

on the brink of disaster
about to go wrong

disaster averted
a bad situation has just been avoided

a close shave
(also) a bad situation has just been avoided

White Elephant quiz

3 Questions

How much did you understand in The White Elephant: Episode 22?

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End of Session 5

Next time, the team go to a restaurant awards ceremony and Gordon gets an unexpected last-minute prize. What can it be?

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  • a recipe for disaster
    something that will obviously go very wrong

    up the creek without a paddle
    in a difficult situation with no way of making it better

    on the brink of disaster
    about to go wrong

    disaster averted
    a bad situation has just been avoided

    a close shave 
    (also) a bad situation has just been avoided