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"Hey, everybody! We're all gonna get laid!"
Al Czervik

A 1980 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ted Knight. Bill Murray also had a small part in it, but his improvised stuff was so great he became one of the stars.

Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) is a young caddy at Bushwood Country Club who has no idea about where his future will lead. His best chance at getting his life on track is to earn a caddy scholarship from Judge Elihu Smails (Knight), the owner of Bushwood. Al Czervik (Dangerfield) is a rude and eccentric millionaire who has an interest in purchasing Bushwood. Judge Smails discovers an instant dislike towards Al and soon there is conflict between the Judge and Al, the Judge and Danny, and the Judge and Ty Webb (Chase), the charming golfer who is helping Danny figure out his real goals. Meanwhile, Carl Spackler (Murray), Bushwood's Assistant Groundskeeper, battles a rampaging gopher who is chewing holes throughout the course.

A sequel, Caddyshack II, was released in 1988, directed by Allan Arkush and starring Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, and Dan Aykroyd, with Chevy Chase the only major carryover from the original cast. Being incredibly similar to the original, right down to its characters and gags, it regularly shows up on critics' compilations of the worst movies ever made.

Tropes featured include:

  • Accidental Pervert: In the opening scene Danny is accused of being one by his preteen sister after accidentally walking in on her in the bathroom.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the scene where the Bishop (played by veteran actor Henry Wilcoxon) is having his best round of golf ever during a thunderstorm, he misses an easy putt, looks skyward and yells "rat farts!", and is immediately struck down by a bolt of lightning. The background music in this scene was from The Ten Commandments, in which Wilcoxon played the part of Pentaur.
    • In the sequel, Jackie Mason plays a character named Hartounian.
    • During the scuffle between Al and Smails, Al mutters, "I don't get no respect." Obviously, that was Rodney Dangerfield's catchphrase in his stand-up act.
  • All There in the Script: According to the original script and specials on the making of the movie, the character Maggie is an exchange student from Ireland. This explains her thick accent which goes unexplained in the final movie.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Smails is a jerk, but based on his claim of giving the death sentence to boys younger than Danny, he may be worse than that. We don't know how young they were, how many times he's done this, and how bad their actual crimes were, but it's an unnerving thought.
  • Amusingly Awful Aim: Jack Hartounian has a comically bad slice when he swings that makes the ball go on the order of 90 degrees or more off where he aimed it. In the climactic golf match, his caddy has him turn around to take advantage of it and send the ball where it's supposed to go.
  • And Starring: And Bill Murray as Carl.
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: Subverted with Ty Webb telling the story about the guy "night putting" with the dean's daughter.
    Ty: You know who that guy was, Danny?
    Danny: You?
    Ty: Ha ha... No, that guy was Mitch Comstein, my roommate. He was a good guy.
  • Angry Chef: The chef in the club kitchen grabbing a cleaver to attack after his cooking is dismissed by Al Czervik as "low-grade dog food".
  • Animal Nemesis: Carl first tries to drown the gopher, then kill it with a sniper rifle, before finally settling on plastic explosives. The gopher still wins.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Fooling Around on the Course, Bad Language, Smoking Grass, Poor Caddying."
  • Artistic License – Sports:
    • With the exception of Michael O'Keefe as Danny, none of the actors use proper golf swings and their characters would not be able to hit the ball as well as they're shown doing in the film.
    • Under PGA rules (which the club is mandated to adhere to if they're recognized by the PGA; it's not made clear if they arenote ), Smails would have won the game. When Danny putts, the ball stops at the edge of the cup. Under the rules, it counts as holed if it drops in the time it takes Danny to walk to the cup (it looks like an 8-foot putt, so figure 2-3 seconds), plus an additional ten seconds. Nearly a minute passes before the explosions drop it into the cup. Doesn't count, Smails wins. In addition, the explosions are an outside event affecting the area of play, so the explosions dropping the ball into the cup would also negate the hole.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Ty is an idealized version of Doug Kenney.
    • Danny for Brian Doyle-Murray to a lesser extent as not only did he work as a caddy, he had multiple siblings, including Bill.
  • Award-Bait Song: While not included in the movie itself (aside from a short instrumental version of it), the soundtrack has "Lead the Way" by Kenny Loggins.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Lacey Underall put this into practice before she meets and picks up Danny Noonan. At the Fourth of July banquet, Danny becomes sexually attracted to Lacey and Maggie informs him of her reputation. That only makes Danny grow even more attracted to Lacey. Later, when he's in bed with Lacey, Danny tells her that she's still free to have sex with other people.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Whatever you do, don't insult Bushwood in front of Smails.
    • Initially, Ty wants nothing to do with the conflict between Czervik and Smails. But then when Judge Smails invokes Ty's late father's memory to sway him to his side, Ty immediately sides with Czervik.
  • Betty and Veronica: Maggie is the Betty to Lacey's Veronica with Danny being Archie. Danny seems to end up with Maggie given her role in the ending celebrations.
  • Big Bad: Judge Elihu Smails' Jerkass nature drive the film's conflicts.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Lacey Underall sees Tony D'Annunzio in a speedo, admires his bare torso and she's impressed by his package. She's also impressed by Danny Noonan's bulge.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: Ty's specialty.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: The main conflict is about grumpy, elitist pricks vs. funny, likable assholes.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Ty Webb demonstrates this with a blindfolded golf shot across water onto the green. Danny Noonan then attempts the same shot and hits into the water.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Bishop Pickering is winning a game during a heavy rainstorm, at one point declaring, "The Good Lord would never disrupt the best game of my life." When he misses his final putt on the 18th hole, he shakes his fist at the sky yelling, "Oh, rat farts!" Cue lightning bolt.
  • Book Ends: The gopher dancing to "I'm Alright".
  • Bowdlerise: In the TV version, Al's last line changes from "Hey everybody! We're all gonna get laid!" to "Hey everybody! We're all gonna take a shower!", which (a) is Out of Character for Al and (b) arguably sounds worse than the original line.
  • Busby Berkeley Number: The Pool Scene begins with one of these, a successfully absurd synchronized swimming sequence.
  • Butt-Monkey: Throughout the movie Smails is heckled and humiliated on the golf course, gets hit directly in the groin by a golf ball, damages his new boat during its christening, gets the same boat further damaged by Al's dinghy, and loses $80,000 in his high-stakes golfing match against Al, Ty and Danny. He ends the film running away from Al's two thugs to avoid paying up.
  • Character as Himself: The mischievous gopher gets this treatment in the trailer.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: While it has nothing to do with his ultimate downfall, Smails regularly moves his ball from bad lies without taking a penalty stroke.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Carl's attempts to kill the gopher are just comedy. Then towards the end his attempts at dynamiting the rodent shake the course so much, that Danny's ball falls into the hole on the final putt, winning him the game for Al.
  • Classical Music Is Boring: The band is playing a classical tune one night at the country club. Wild-and-crazy (and filthy rich) Al Czervik shows up and throws a bunch of money at the band while asking them to liven it up. The band instantly breaks into "Boogie Wonderland".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ty and Carl. Never more clear than in the scene that's nothing but the two of them riffing.
  • Cool Old Guy: Al Czervik. Ty acts the part, but is in his late 30's at the most.
  • Corpsing: In the extras, Chevy Chase tells a story about Rodney Dangerfield getting increasingly distraught on set. When Chase talked to him between takes, Dangerfield said he was afraid he was ruining the film because he couldn't make anyone laugh and crew were walking away during his scenes. Chase had to explain that the whole damn crew was doing their best to not laugh and ruin every single take Dangerfield did.
  • Creator Cameo: Writer-producer Douglas Kenney appears as a guest in the dining room scene.
  • Cutting the Knot: When Smails tries to talk to Danny in his office, a lamp is in the way. After a few attempts to converse around it, he just outright throws it off the desk onto the floor.
  • Dance Party Ending: Right after the page quote.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Carl and Ty.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The film initially focuses on Danny and his need to earn enough money to attend college, but once the club members show up, they take over the film with their own plots and Danny's story becomes just a part of the film.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Happened to Danny over the course of shooting due to the excellent improv material that was generated.
    • Tony got it even worse. The original shooting script cast him as the second male lead and fleshed his character out considerably (being an inner city kid who embraces a working class life in contrast to Danny's angst over college), but it all got cut in favor of the adult stars.
    • Happens to Ty in the sequel.
    • Sandy McFiddish the greenskeeper had been the one fighting the gopher in earlier script drafts.
  • Discriminate and Switch: In a variant, Al brings his friend Mr. Wang to the country club. He warns the Asian not to admit to being Jewish because the club is restricted. (Truth in Television: Asians were often thought of as pseudo-white due to their light skin color and greater likelihood of having money (due to immigration laws and the difficulty of immigrating across an ocean as opposed to a land border, or having been kidnapped into slavery en masse).)
  • Don't Think, Feel: Ty goes new-agey about golf, and then successfully hits the ball onto the green while blindfolded. Danny isn't nearly as successful.
    Ty: Be the ball.
  • Down to the Last Play: The match and the end of the movie is decided by the last putt on the final hole.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "You take drugs, Danny?" "Every day." "Good. Then what's your problem?" "I don't know..."
    • Bowdlerized in an NBC television edit of the movie in the early 1980s, where Danny's "Every day" was changed to "No way"
  • Drugs Are Good: The uncensored version, see above.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Rodney Dangerfield as Al Czervik.
  • Everything Explodes Ending: Carl attempts to take the Gopher out once and for all by rigging its tunnel system with plastic explosives. The Gopher survives, but the concussion shockwaves of the explosions help Danny win the golf match at the end.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: One of the club members (who happens to be a bishop) has his perfect game of golf (in the middle of a raging storm) ruined by a single bad putt, turns to curse the heavens, and is being struck by lightning immediately. The next day, he's shown as a drunken mess proclaiming that there is no God. To top it off, he has a Beard of Sorrow after one day.
  • Exact Words:
    "What's that sign say?"
    "No bare feet."
  • Fly Crazy: Carl is attempting to eradicate one gopher, and ends up blowing up the club's golf course.
  • Funny Background Event: Repeatedly. Perhaps the most noticeable is Spaulding repeatedly fouling his swings while Danny and Smails talk in the foreground.
  • The Gambling Addict: Caddy master Lou Loomis, who's introduced placing bets and later bets on whether or not Spaulding would eat his own boogers. Danny also explains to Tony that Lou raised the prices of the caddy shack's Coke machine because he's been losing at the horse track.
  • Gender Flip: Meta example. The part of Joey was originally written for a boy but transportation captain Hank Scelza suggested his granddaughter, Minerva Scelza for the role because she was a tomboy. Minerva improvised the part where she spins around while trying to carry Al Czervik's bag.
  • Golden Snitch: In the final game, Al changes the bet at the last minute to focus entirely on the putt, making the rest of the game pointless (if he hadn't, the game would have been a tie).
  • Groin Attack: Czervik accidentally nails Smails right on the bullseye with a golf ball.
    Czervik: "I shoulda yelled 'two'!"
  • Grossout Fakeout: Happens when a mischievous girl throws a chocolate bar in the club's pool, making people think someone pooped in it. When Carl drains the pool to investigate, he realizes it's a candy bar and takes a bite of it, causing one onlooker to faint.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Judge Smails, though he does cheer up when he's at the yacht club. For a little while, at least...
  • Hanging Judge: Judge Smails, played for laughs.
    "I've sentenced boys younger than [Danny] to the gas chamber. Didn't want to do it. Felt I owed it to them."
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: After Czervik asks Ty to be his partner for the match against Judge Smails, Smails tries to persuade Ty to decline by pointing out how he and Ty's father spent years together in school, the war, and at the club building the establishment to what it is today. Once he's done, Ty agrees to be Czervik's partner and reveals to Smails that his father never actually liked him.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Obviously Played for Laughs when the gopher steals Al's golfball as he's trying to sink a putt.
    Al: That kangaroo stole my ball!
  • Idle Rich: Ty probably takes the cake. He owns a few lumberyards but doesn't seem to know where all of them are, doesn't bother cashing checks he receives because he's already rich enough that he doesn't need them, and spends all day playing golf to amuse himself.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Ty regularly requests that Danny caddy for him and is happy to chat with and give advice to the lad while they're on the course. He even lets Danny take a few shots himself.
  • Killer Gopher
    • Wait. The gopher never kills anybody. (off-screen THWACK) Okay, except for that guy.
  • Jewish Smartass: Al is a brash fellow, and a walking borscht belt stereotype whose wealth is rivaled by his smart mouth; he is implied to be Jewish himself when he makes a quip to an Asian golfer telling the latter "don't tell 'em you're Jewish".
  • Kick The Son Of A Bitch: Al Czervik is abusive to everybody around him, but they all have it coming with the possible exception of some of the caddies (and many of them snark right back at Al, which he seems to appreciate).
  • Large Ham: Ted Knight as Judge Smails, who makes Police Academy's Captain Harris look subtle by comparison.
    (Smails to Danny when seeing the latter in bed with Lacey): "OHH-HOOOOOOOO! YOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUU!"
    (Smails to Al when the latter says he might buy the club): "BUY?!?! BUSHWOOD?!?!? YOU-HOO-HOO?!?!? ".
  • Likes Older Women: Carl likes to ogle the older lady golfers.
  • Lower-Class Lout: One of the themes of the film is comparing the behavior of the lower class caddies and other staff on the one hand and the wealthy club members on the other, and how they're not really that different.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings:
    • Danny is the eldest of nine brothers and sisters.
    • It is implied that the D'Annunzio's might also be a larger family given the need to have three kids, one of them maybe fifteen, working at Bushwood.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Ty Webb gives a good one to Judge Smails after explaining that he doesn't play golf competitively:
    Smails: Well, how do you measure yourself against the other golfers?
    Ty: By height.
  • Meaningful Name: Lacey Underall.
  • Mistaken for Masturbating: Carl Spackler ... until the camera pans out and reveals that he's washing golf balls.
  • Mobile Shrubbery:
    Carl Spackler: Pay no attention to that bush, moving around over there by that tree, it's just a bush. Nothing to look twice at. Nothing to be alarmed about. This looks like it could be gravy.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Danny and Lacey are under a unisex bedsheet that falls to their waists when they're making love.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Beeper. He's not evil, but he often ignores his patient's needs to play a round of golf.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Carl's war against the gopher eventually drives him to use plastic explosives, which he shapes like woodland animals. "Just a harmless little squirrel, not a plastic explosive or anything".
  • Mr. Imagination: Carl Spackler is a lowly groundskeeper who spends his days fantasizing about becoming a champion golfer, and provides his own narration as well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lacey Underall, again.
  • Murphy's Bullet: The movie has a Murphy's Golf Ball. One character has a slice so bad the ball goes the exact opposite direction he was aiming. So he turns around.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Danny becomes infatuated with Lacey and he becomes more attracted to her after Maggie tells him about her reputation. Lacey later picks up Danny and takes him to bed. The two are then making love. During their pillow talk, Lacey's giggling shows approval of what he just said after Danny tells her:
    I want you to know that just because of this you don't have to stop seeing other people.
  • Never My Fault: The Judge throws his golf club in a fit of rage, and ends up hitting a woman knocking her unconscious. Danny takes the blame (to suck up to Smails) by offering the excuse that the grip on Smails' club was worn down; despite going along with this, Smails offers to pay for the damage he caused. Later, when Al drops the anchor from his yacht, smashing the Judge's sailboat, he exclaims: "Hey, you scratched my anchor!"
  • Nice to the Waiter: One of Al's defining characteristics is that he tips frequently and obscenely high. Smails, on the other hand, tips Danny a whole quarter and offers him the "chance" to mow his lawn.
  • Nouveau Riche: Al Czervik.
  • Oh, Crap!: Al, after he drops his anchor right through Smails's boat. A fisherman also has this reaction to Al's huge yacht bearing down upon him while he's out on the water.
  • Oireland: Maggie O'Hooligan is an Irish exchange student working at the club for the summer and has a thick accent. Justified Trope as Maggie is an Expy of the teenage Irish girls who came to the US on work visas to work at the country club where Brian Doyle-Murray and Bill Murray had worked as teenagers.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Ty Webb mentions that he thinks he owns a lumber yard. When caddy Danny Noonan notes he doesn't spend much time there, his response is he doesn't know where it is. Ty is depicted as so fabulously wealthy that he has uncashed checks for thousands of dollars strewn throughout his house.
  • One Judge to Rule Them All: Whatever the official rules are for qualifying for the Bushwood Caddy Scholarship, it's clear that the only criteria that really matters is whether or not Judge Smails likes you, which is why Danny spends much of the film sucking up to him. During the finale, Smails flat out tells Danny that if he plays as Al's substitute in the big match, he can kiss the scholarship goodbye. Danny plays anyway, and it's implied that Al compensates Danny for his loss after the match (possibly out of his winnings from the match).
  • Outrun the Fireball: What the gopher has to do when Carl sets off the explosives throughout the tunnel complex. The gopher makes it.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Judge Smails goes ballistic when he catches Danny and his sexually liberated niece Lacey together.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Once Danny gets Judge Smails out of trouble, he gives sincere thanks, starts acting nicer to him, and encourages him to pursue the caddy scholarship.
    • Smails also stops Spaulding from heckling Danny during his final put of the caddy tournament. After his victory he invites Danny to come to his boat's christening, though this is downplayed by the invite also including having Danny mow his lawn.
    • Once he's had time to calm down from his initial explosive reaction to catching Danny in bed with his niece, and after getting confirmation that Danny hasn't told anyone else about this, he lets the matter go. He then goes on to continue expressing interest in Danny, though this is downplayed given he somewhat ominously holds his scholarship over his head whilst having Danny pledge to be his buddy.
  • Pool Scene: The caddy invasion of the country club pool, which results in at least one topless female character.
  • The Pornomancer: Lacey Underall, again.
  • Pregnancy Scare: Maggie has one when her period is late after sleeping with Danny. He offers to marry her, but she refuses on grounds that it might not be his. She's later shown dancing happily after she turns out not to be pregnant after all.
  • Putting the Pee in Pool: Subverted. When a child throws a chocolate bar into the pool, everyone assumes that it is a large turd, causing a major overreaction from everyone. Nevertheless, it's one of the most memorable instances of this trope.
  • Random Events Plot: The film was originally written to focus on working-class kid Danny Noonan and his adventures working at a swanky country club. This quickly took a backseat when the filmmakers decided to give the A-list comedian costars free reign to do what they did best, and the finished film is a large collection of hilarious and largely self-contained vignettes, with Danny only being treated as the protagonist at the beginning and end of the story. Not that this is a bad thing, since the movie probably wouldn't have become the beloved classic it is today had they stuck to the original plan.
  • Rescue Equipment Attack: Carl uses a fire extinguisher to hit a gopher, made out of explosive plastic, on the head.
  • Right Behind Me: Subverted when Al is commenting on the ugliness of a hat in the country club's shop. He turns around to see the Judge is right behind him and wearing the exact same hat, tells him it looks good on him, then turns back to his companion to roll his eyes and snicker at the Judge.
  • Road Runner vs. Coyote: Carl tries increasingly drastic plans to get a certain gopher.
  • Samus Is a Girl: While some keen-eyed reviewers may have noticed before based on her voice, the pool scene can come as a shock when Joey, the youngest and smallest D'Annunzio, suddenly takes off her ever-present baseball cap, suddenly Letting Her Hair Down and giving a better view of her face, and then takes off her shirt to reveal a girl's swimsuit beneath.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Judge Smails.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Al Czervik's behavior is tolerated only because he brings a lot of money to Bushwood Country Club.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Carl actually does this twice— once when the bishop gets struck by lightning after his Rage Against the Heavens, and the other when he reduces Bushwood to a smoldering wreck in his attempt to kill the gopher.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Al Czervik bets that Judge Smails will slice his drive into the woods. Despite claiming he never slices, this is enough to put the thought into his head, so he does indeed slice into the woods. Any avid golfer can tell you this happens all the time in Real Life.
  • Self-Made Man: Al Czervik has all the traits of Nouveau Riche: gaudy clothing, obnoxious behavior, but he is more likable than Judge Smails (because he's generous and friendly where Smails is stingy and mean).
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: When Ty gives Lacey a massage.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower of Awkward: In the prologue, Danny walks in on his pre-adolescent sister Kathleen, resulting in the latter screaming in a Modesty Towel.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: During the caddy pool party, one guy gets his trunks yanked off (if one looks closely, he's wearing skin-tone briefs underneath), and a girl ends up losing her bikini top.
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: Invoked as a tagline, as the movie is set in a country club (full of snobs) being annoyed by a slovenly outsider.
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: Bishop Pickering is provoked by a ruined game to yell "Ratfarts!" at the heavens. He's promptly struck by lightning, and his caddy, Carl, slinks away. Then again, he was playing in a thunderstorm.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Lacey Underall is smoking a cigarette lying naked in bed next to Danny Noonan after the two make love.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Animal House. In fact, the film was pitched as Animal House in a country club. Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney co-wrote both films.
  • Spoiled Brat: Spaulding Smails, who doesn't even want to be golfing to start (he wanted to go play tennis), but his dad makes him anyway.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Even though he's supposed to be the protagonist, Danny's story arc is quickly overshadowed by the antics of his wacky co-stars (both in-universe and in real life).
  • Status Cell Phone: Al Czervik is shown to be eccentric/filthy rich right from the start. He has a telephone right in his golf bag, which he answers while out on the course. This was not a typical "brick" phone, but from what we could see it was more like a typical 1970s desk phone, complete with an acoustic ringing bell and a coiled handset cord.
  • Stealth Insult:
    Judge Smails: They tell me you're the man to beat this year, and, well, I'm no slouch myself...
    Ty: Oh, don't sell yourself short, Judge. You're a tremendous slouch.
  • Stealth Pun: Of the musical variety: Kenny Loggins' song "Make the Move" plays during the sex scene between Danny and Lacey. "Make the move", indeed.
  • The Stoner: Carl is working on a hybrid of marijuana and turf grass, that can be used for both putting and smoking. He shares some with Ty.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • During his golf game in the middle of a rainstorm, Bishop Pickering says to his caddy, Carl, "The Good Lord would never disrupt the best game of my life. I'm infallible, young fella!"
    • From the mouth of Judge Smails: "Gambling is illegal at Bushwood, sir, and I never slice!" Well, there's a first time for everything...
  • Those Two Guys: Moose and Rocko, Al's friends who help look for Smails' checkbook at the end of the film.
  • Title Drop: Brian Doyle-Murray, who curiously co-wrote the film, speaks the title when he answers the phone in his office, which is in the Bushwood Caddy Shack (the place where the club's caddies hang out while waiting for golfers in need of a caddy).
  • Toilet Humor: Swimming pool + Baby Ruth bar = Doodie!! Taken up to eleven when Carl recognizes it as a candy bar, but the stuffy country club owners don't.
  • To Know Him, I Must Become Him: Played for Laughs. Carl Spackler tries to get into the mind of a gopher in order to kill it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The super slut rich man's niece, Lacey, and the Tsundere with the thick Irish accent, Maggie.
  • Too Many Halves: In the second movie Jack says his mother was "half Jewish, half English, half Spanish," going on to explain that "she was a big woman."
  • Tunnel Network: The gopher has something like this. Justified as it is an animal that burrows for a living.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: Ty and Lacey.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Al Czervik. He throws money around free as a bird, and is quite happy to donate some of his winnings to Danny so he can go to college.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Judge Smails describes his niece Lacey Underall's sexual varietism to Danny:
    "My niece is the kind of girl who has a certain... zest of living."
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Smails losing the match ultimately stems from his first line in the movie - an order to his groundskeeping staff to do something about the gopher.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Spaulding Smails, the Judge's grandson. His very first scene shows that he thinks a high cardiovascular sport like tennis is less of a risk to his asthma than golf.
  • Vanity License Plate: The license plate on Al Czervik's car is CZERVIK.
  • Vapor Wear: Lacey Underall never wears a bra and some of her outfits leave very little to the imagination, intentionally.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Danny and Tony frequently trade barbs with each other and even get physical on occasion, but when Danny plays in the match at the end, Tony supports him and celebrates after Danny sinks the winning putt.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: Judge Smails is christening his new yacht, when Al shows up in his much larger boat. He then shoves his driver out of the way, put its engines into high gear, and tries to park near Smails' party, causing much damage (and hilarity) in the process.
    Al: Hey, Smails! My dinghy's bigger than your whole boat!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Danny's numerous siblings are seen in the first three minutes of the movie but disappear for the rest of the movie.
    • The head greenskeeper, Carl's boss (and the one who assigns him to get rid of the gopher) only has two scenes then just vanishes.
  • Wild Teen Party: The Caddy Tournament after-party at the club's pool is spectacularly unruly.
  • When I Was Your Age...: After Tony makes a crack about the weight of Czervik's golf bag, Czervik tells him that when he was Tony's age he used to carry fifty pound bags of ice up several flights of stairs. Unimpressed, Tony asks what that has to do with Czervik's bag being so heavy.
  • White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: Pretty much everyone on the "snobs" side. And in their natural element (the golf course) to boot!
  • Wormsign: Well, Gophersign anyway — and it gets pretty ridiculous when the gopher starts pushing around pin flags, and then makes them disappear into the ground.
  • Wrong Restaurant: When Chandler Young meets with Tom Everett in Caddyshack II, the latter is driving a food truck and the meeting is conducted under the guise of a food order. Young orders two high class sandwiches and Everett replies "Don't have it" both times. He then makes something of his own choosing.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: In a visual example, Danny's bicycle ride to the country club carries him from working-class to upper-crust neighborhoods. The transition is marked by an overhead shot of him passing through a railroad crossing.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Judge Smails to Danny when he catches him with his niece.


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Alternative Title(s): Caddyshack II


Seeing Kathleen Naked

Danny walks in the bathroom as his younger sister Kathleen is getting ready to take her shower.

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