Groucho: Two beers, bartender!
A stock joke playing on the Ambiguous Syntax
that results when two people are present and one places the food order. Runs in two types:
- Bob places an order that is enough for himself and Alice, causing Alice to chime in that she'll have the same. (greed on Alice's side).
- Bob places an order that is enough for himself and Alice and then turns to her and says "And what will you have?" (greed on Bob's side)
While mainly just a quick gag, this trope also gets the point across that Alice or Bob is a Big Eater
, or that one of them wants to drown his sorrows in alcohol
that much faster.
In some contexts, the speaker might lack familiarity with the restaurant's cuisine and thus not be aware that their friend ordered enough for both: "Oh, I guess I'll have a 'larjj-peetsa' too."
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Anime & Manga
- Lina Inverse is a Big Eater, and does this sometimes with food.
- Gourry Gabriev as well.
- In Persona 4: The Animation (and possibly in the game), Chie orders two nikudon (bowls of rice with beef and veggies) while on stakeout with Yousuke to test his claim that he store will deliver anywhere. When Yousuke protests he doesn't want one, Chie says they're both for her. The delivery arrives while they're on the run from their target without Chie ever saying where she was.
- Astérix had "Two boars for me, too" from Obelix.
- A "Mini Marvels" strip, where the Incredible Hulk is taking Betty on a date.
Hulk: Two hot fudge sundaes, please.
Betty: Hulk, you're so sweet. How did you know my favourite?
Hulk: One hot fudge sundae for Betty, also.
- 70s Stoner comic The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers (no, not that kind of furry) has the titular trio rushing into a burger joint, one calling for three burgers, the other two each following up "that sounds great! three for me too!"
- The German Werner series, which features massive drinking, has plenty of these:
Werner: This calls for a drink!
Andi: What, just one?
Werner: Allright, two! (to waiter) Four beers, please!
Andi: Me too!
- This happens after they each already had a couple of "two beers" a few minutes ago.
- Happens several times in Dork Tower, usually after Matt has suffered yet another indignity with his gaming group or his personal life. One trip to a Ren Fair had him depressing a nearby bard into the same funk
"Good idea, three meads for me too".
- In Birds of Prey, Lady Blackhawk and Dove are in a bar:
Lady Blackhawk (signaling the bartender): Two shots, straight.
Dove: I don't drink alcohol.
Lady Blackhawk: Never said you did.
- The Dutch cartoon DeAlsJeMaarBekendBand has the following (translated) exchange when Sourdine, owner of the local music shop, is driven to near insanity by the members of the eponymous band showing up for work (very late) but demanding that they Must Have Caffeine first. He caves in and fetches coffee for them from the coffee corner next door:
Barista: "What's wrong, Sourdine? You look like you've seen a ghost!"
Sourdine (jittery): "FAR WORSE! I'll have three coffees too!"
- This happens in Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0. It's justified, as Deadpool needs the calories to burn to make it easier to use his Healing Factor faster.
Deadpool: "Four hot dogs, please."
Hawkeye: "Oh, no thanks, I'm not hungry."
Deadpool: "Fine. Four hot dogs, please, and none for my friend."
Film — Animated
Film — Live Action
- The A Night at the Opera quote above might be the Ur Example.
- ...unless it's the Laurel and Hardy movie The Fixer Uppers, which came out in the same year and has an almost identical exchange.
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home does a version of the joke involving a pizza — unusually, it's used to mark Kirk as a Fish out of Temporal Water in the 20th century rather than as a glutton. Thanks to Kirk's vague phrasing ("The same."), the request was apparently interpreted by the other characters to refer to the drink only.
- The novelization actually uses this trope (with "Make that two." "Big eater.", and Jillian points out he meant two beers.
- Shows up in Zack and Miri Make a Porno at their high school reunion.
- In the first Charlie's Angels movie, Dylan orders three burgers, three fries, three shakes, and three apple pies. She turns to the others and asks them what'll they have.
- Occurred in Crocodile Dundee, when in a high class restaurant and the yuppie couple he's with order "two vodka martinis", he replies "Yeah, I'll have two o' those, and a beer, thanks!"
- There's an interesting variant of this in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Cutler Beckett pours out two glasses of drink, intending for him and Jack to each have one. Jack goes ahead and drinks them both.
- From Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:
Scott: Two gin and tonics, please.
Ramona: You drink?
Scott: Only on special occasions. Why, did you want one?
- From Fort Apache: The four sergeants approach the bar:
Sgt. Beaufort: Four beers, please.
Sgt. Mulcahy: And I'll have the same. With a whiskey chaser.
- Steve Martin's character does this is in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
- From Bullets Over Broadway:
Helen: Two martinis, please, very dry.
David: How'd you know what I drank?
Helen: Oh, you want one too? Three.
- In a biography of Hunter S. Thompson called Gonzo, a person recalls an occurrence with Thompson, himself, and a third person at a restaurant where the waiter came by and asked for their Drink Order. Thompson spoke up and said "Four beers and four margaritas." The waiter, confused, pointed out there were only three of them. Thompson then said "I don't care if there's thirty three of us, I want four beers and four margaritas."
- The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy has Zaphod pouring two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters, drinking one, sending another one down to check on it down one head and a third down the other so they could "meet at the pass and team up", and then a fourth to see what was taking them so long.
- Terry Pratchett uses this gag in Moving Pictures, when the wizards are buying concessions at the Odium. About eight of them are seeing a movie; two go to the stalls and buy an enormous amount of food. "That seems about enough." "Okay ... do you think we should get something for the others?"
Ridcully: Could you fetch the cheeseboards one to five, please? And, um, some of that cold roast beef, some ham, a few biscuits, and, of course, the pickle carts. Anyone want to add anything?
- One of Twoflower's wittier moments is when Rincewind remarks that, after the pair's latest brush with death, he'd like to go for a couple of drinks. Twoflower turns it into this trope by saying he'd like a couple of drinks, too.
- In The Truth, CMOT Dibbler attempts to invoke this, financially, when negotiating with William and Saccharissa. However, the dwarf Gunilla Goodmountain puts a stop to that.
Dibbler: "As in two for you two, and two for me too?"
Goodmountain: (putting a hand on his shoulder) "We'll discuss it, shall we?"
Live Action TV
- In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Bakersfield Exposition", the foursome walk several hours in the desert when their car is stolen. Once they find a diner, Sheldon says, "Four glasses of water please." He then turns to ask if the others want any.
- The Comic Strip Presents episode "A Fistful of Travellers Cheques" does it with steaks. One of the cowboy wannabes orders two steaks and his friend immediately also orders two steaks in an attempt to out-macho him. This escalates until they are ordering ten steaks apiece.
- The 10th Kingdom uses the "...and my wife will have..." variant.
- Stargate SG-1: The team is using alien technology that enhances their abilities and their appetites. Jack orders three steaks. As the waiter turns to leave, Daniel also orders three steaks, and then Sam orders three steaks. And a Diet Coke.
Sam: What? I like the taste.
- In Coupling, Jane visits Jeff at his home and tells him that she's ordered a pizza. Jeff replies that he loves pizza. Jane says "Oh, sorry, would you have wanted one as well?".
- On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou orders two drinks then asks Mary if she would like anything.
- A slight variation on Corner Gas:
Brent: Two chili-cheese dogs.
Tourist: Oh, nothing for me thanks.
Brent: OK. Two chili-cheese dogs.
- Inverted in Three's Company: Mr. Roper orders two beers, then his wife orders a white wine. Mr. Roper's expression shows that one of the beers was for Mrs. Roper.
- In Scrubs:
- Dr. Cox has just reunited with his pregnant ex-wife and poured two glasses of scotch. She mentions that she's pregnant, and he says, "Yeah, they're both for me."
- Another episode has Dr. Kelso order two large drinks in a tropical bar. JD thinks, incorrectly, that he's going to be given one of them. "Can I at least have the fruit?" "Go away."
- A fairly common gag in 30 Rock:
- Big Eater Liz Lemon, while at a corporate retreat, announces to Jack that breakfast is complementary while carrying two plates piled with food. They're both for her.
- Pete orders a large pack of donuts, and specifies that he's taking them home to his family. Then Liz makes the same order. To eat there. Alone.
- Kenneth comes to Pete asking for advice about love. As he cheerfully recounts the story of his Awful Wedded Life, Pete fetches two tumblers, fills them with whisky... and sits there drinking them both himself.
- Liz, pretending to be pregnant, is asked if she wants any food now that she's "eating for two", and her ears prick up.
Liz: Well, two egg sandwiches... times two, would be four.
- In an episode of That '70s Show, Red loses his job and goes drinking with some of his ex-coworkers. He gets too drunk and eventually Kitty has to come to the bar to pick him up. When she arrives:
Kitty: "Bartender, could I have two coffees please?"
Red: "I’ll have two more beers!"
Red: "Okay okay, I’ll just have the one beer!"
- On Spin City, Nikki is offering information in exchange for a drink. The other orders two appletinis, and Nikki orders "the same".
- Happens in the TV series of Blue Thunder with one of the cops ordering a huge fast food order while the waitress looks incredulous. As she goes to fill it his partner goes: "And miss, I'll have the same."
- One scene of Family Matters had the Winslow family hanging out at a bowling alley or somesuch, when Carl walks up with a tray full of food from the concessions. Several reach for the food and he responds with something like, "Oh, were any of you hungry?"
- In an episode of The Drew Carey Show, the gang is poisoned with a drug that makes them vomit when they consume alcohol. Lewis and Oswald begin bonding with two recovering alcoholic women over the fact that they can't drink. Later, the guys try to explain what happened to them, by drinking a sip of beer, only to realize that the drug has worn off.
Lewis: Waitress! Four beers!
Woman #1: Wait, we can't drink! We're recovering alcoholics!
Lewis: Oh, sorry. Eight beers!
- An episode of the New Zealand show Go Girls involves four of the characters finding out their business is being sold and they will soon be out of a job. Naturally they go to a bar and the main character asks for four shot glasses and a bottle; he then asks the other three if they want anything.
- In an episode of Gilmore Girls Digger tells Lorelai that he has the world's largest bottle of vodka back at his place after a brutal night with her parents. She then asks what he'll drink. He replies, "Gin."
Norm: "Gimme a pitcher. What'll you have George?"
- Appears as a sight gag in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy television show. Zaphod prepares two drinks, and Ford reaches for one of them, assuming it's for him, but it's snatched from his grasp as Zaphod drains them both with his two heads.
- On Community, Pierce to Troy, with two cans of Brand X Cola:
Pierce: "Those are both mine."
- Averted a moment later when Troy responds positively to Pierce's advice, and Pierce slides one of the drinks to Troy.
- A variation in the Young Blades episode "Da Vinci's Notebook":
Ramon: D'Artagnan met these sisters. They're triplets. It's gonna be a wild night.
D'Artagnan: And if you two find ladies of your own, you're welcome to join us.
- From an episode of Mash:
Hot Lips: Two beers.
Hawkeye: I'm having Scotch.
Hot Lips: They're both for me.
- Inverted in a sketch on one of Abbott and Costello's TV specials:
Abbott: Go ahead, just order something small.
Costello: I'll have a small steak.
- An episode of El Chavo del ocho has Chavo and Chilindrina eating at Doña Florinda's restaurant. Chilindrina orders 2 entire meals and Chavo tries to order the same, when Chilindrina tells him that was for both of them El Chavo whines that it's too little. Then Doña Florinda goes to take Mr. Barriga's order, who is secretly paying for the kid's food, and Mr. Barriga tells her he will be having the same as the kids, but that he will take double ration.
- An early episode of Midsomer Murders had Joyce in a bar with friend who ordered two large whiskies and soda, then asked Joyce if she wanted anything.
- Happens in The Dukes of Hazzard, in the episode "Ghost of General Lee":
Enos: A double order of catfish, hush puppies, pickles and onions, large order of fries, and extra thick chocolate milk and two slices of pecan pie. Is that right?
Roscoe: Yeah, and get something for yourself Enos.
- On The Wild Wild West, Jim and Artie are nonplussed to have just met a stunning young woman who looks familiar and learn that she is the daughter of a woman they've known for years:
Artie: (to the girl) I have ties older than you!
Jim: (to the bartender) Two whiskeys.
Artie: (ditto) Same for me.
- On How I Met Your Mother, Marshall ordered 100 shots of tequila. Barney says he'll have the same.
- On an episode of ER, having spent the entire day combing Chicago searching for a patient's missing father, Carter and Lucy approach a fast-food place. Carter orders two cheeseburgers and two orders of fries. When Lucy thanks him, Carter tells her that was his order, then asks what she wants. This isn't because he's a Big Eater, however, it's because he hasn't eaten anything all day, thanks to the abovementioned search.
- Hells Kitchen: One episode featured a pair of sumo wrestlers each ordering one of everything. Cue Double Take from Chef Ramsey when the ticket comes in.
- Used as the punchline a few times in Beetle Bailey. Sergeant Snorkel is just the type to order double portions of either food or beer, as is his Distaff Counterpart Sgt. Lugg. Once when they go eating out together they ask for a table for four to have room for all the food. ("What other two people?") Another variant is when Snorkel is out with his dog and orders a long list of stuff to eat and drink, and then goes on, "And for me..." The basic variant also gets used a couple of times.
- They even manage to invert it, with cinema chairs, once:
Sgt Snorkel: I'd like two seats
Beetle: I just need one
- Ernie had a Sunday strip showing the local football team invading a bar where Ernie and Sid are drinking. It goes something like this:
Cannibal #1: Give me eleven pitchers before I snap your neck!
Cannibal #2: I want eleven pitchers too!
Cannibal #3: He said he was a halfback so I ripped his arm off and said "I'll take this half!"
Ernie: So, do you come here to party after the game often?
Cannibal #4: It's only halftime!
Sid: Careful, Ernie. It's the Bayonne Cannibals, the world's most dangerous football team.
Cannibal #5: We're not the team, we're the cheerleaders!
- One Sunday strip in Foxtrot opens with Peter and Denise at a McDonalds-like restraunt. Peter orders "two burgers, two large fries, two chocolate shakes", Denise objects, saying she wanted a vanilla shake, and Peter says he hasn't started ordering for her yet.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas there is a mission where you and your homies get a drive-thru. One of your homies, Big Smoke, orders an absurdly long list of foods while the others order casually.
- And then, when everyone else is busy trying to keep a rival gang from invading your neighborhood, Smoke eats all the food, even the stuff he didn't order. Of course, after you know he's betraying you, that scene can look much different.
- A variant appears in the /silly command for male dwarves in World of Warcraft.
"Oh, I'm just a social drinker. Every time someone says, 'I'll have a drink', I say, 'So shall I'!"