History Series / FawltyTowers

23rd Mar '17 6:02:06 PM 8BrickMario
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* A dual one in In "The Kipper and the Corpse", which caps off a subplot and finishes a thread introduced earlier to no completion. Basil is concerned about the age of some kippers, but he brings them up to Mr. Leeman at the chef's assurance. When Leeman turns out to be dead, Basil panics that it was the kippers that did it, but it's proven that Leeman had already been dead, and Basil took his silence for rudeness. While the kippers weren't lethal, the sausages turn out to be, as they are served to a demanding dog lady's pet and the doctor, who is insistent on having them. When he finally makes them himself during the chaos, he declares them unfit to eat, and the lady comes down, mourning her dog.
6th Jan '17 6:56:30 PM NWolfman
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Among the show's many fans are Creator/RowanAtkinson and Richard Curtis, who declared ''Fawlty Towers'' the be-all, end-all accomplishment in Britcoms set in contemporary times, which convinced them to make [[Series/{{Blackadder}} their own acclaimed Britcom]] a period piece.
5th Jan '17 12:24:45 PM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudianSlipperySlope: The quote up top is a good example. Basil also experiences several of a very FreudWasRight nature in the episode "The Psychiatrist".

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* FreudianSlipperySlope: The quote up top is a good example. Basil also experiences several of a very FreudWasRight nature in the episode "The Psychiatrist".
19th Dec '16 4:31:42 PM easytorememberhandle
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* GenreSavvy: Roger, one of the guests in "The Anniversary", figures out what Basil's up to in minutes and, rather than call him out, spends the rest of the episode gleefully watching Basil tie himself in knots.



* NotSoImaginaryFriend



* RevengeBeforeReason: All Basil had to do was let Lord Melbury leave the hotel. He'd be quietly arrested, Basil would get his money back, and Sir Richard and Lady Morris would be none the wiser. Instead, he decides to toy with the con man before letting slip that he's onto him. The police swarm the hotel, Melbury takes a chair to the crotch, Basil gives him a good kick and then pulls his money right out of his pocket - and the aristocrats he had hoped would raise his reputation leave in disgust.



* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Basil.

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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Basil.John Cleese has declared that if Basil were a good person, ''Fawlty Towers'' would be the greatest tragedy in television history.
14th Dec '16 11:33:07 PM DoctorSleep
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** Said lawn gnome is a Brick Joke in itself, as it gets delivered while Basil and Sybil are away, and is left behind the front desk by Manuel. After Polly persuades Basil to call O'Reily, he trips over it.



** Said lawn gnome is a Brick Joke in itself, as it gets delivered while Basil and Sybil are away, and is left behind the front desk by Manuel. After Polly persuades Basil to call O'Reily, he trips over it.



** "I shall sneak into your room in the middle of the night and shove a bat up your nightdress!"



* FunnyForeigner

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* FunnyForeignerFunnyForeigner: Manuel can speak In-gul-eesh! He learned it from a boo-ook!


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* AManIsAlwaysEager: When Basil locks a woman in a cupboard with a dead body, her biggest worry was that he could spontaneously spring back to life and grope her.


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* SpoiledBrat:
** That obnoxious boy from "Gourmet Night" who says his meal is awful just because it looks different to what he normally eats.
** Mr. Hamilton from "Waldorf Salad". He checks in after the kitchen has closed and demands dinner when the chef has already left. When Basil makes a concession, Mr. Hamilton then asks for things that aren't on the menu and yells at Basil until he gets what he wants.
9th Nov '16 2:25:13 PM nombretomado
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* MythologyGag: In ''The Builders'', Basil explains to Miss Gatsby and Miss Tibbs that they have to go to the Gleneagles for their dinner due to the construction work. The Gleneagles and its manager is what gave JohnCleese the inspiration for Fawlty Towers.

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* MythologyGag: In ''The Builders'', Basil explains to Miss Gatsby and Miss Tibbs that they have to go to the Gleneagles for their dinner due to the construction work. The Gleneagles and its manager is what gave JohnCleese Creator/JohnCleese the inspiration for Fawlty Towers.
21st Aug '16 5:15:53 AM Aquila89
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* SexlessMarriage: The one between Basil and Sybil, probably. They sleep in separate beds, and once, when he kisses her on the cheek (to throw her off), she tells him not to. In "The Psychiatrist", Basil claims that they have sex two or three times per week, but he's probably lying.

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* SexlessMarriage: The one between Basil and Sybil, probably. They sleep in separate beds, and once, when he kisses her on the cheek (to throw her off), she tells him not to. In "The Psychiatrist", Basil claims that they have sex two or three times per week, but he's probably lying.lying to appear normal.
21st Aug '16 5:15:27 AM Aquila89
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* SexlessMarriage: The one between Basil and Sybil, probably. They sleep in separate beds, and once, when he kisses her on the cheek (to throw her off), she tells him not to. In "The Psychiatrist", Basil claims that they [[UnusualEuphemism "go for a walk"]] together two or three times per week, but he's probably lying.

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* SexlessMarriage: The one between Basil and Sybil, probably. They sleep in separate beds, and once, when he kisses her on the cheek (to throw her off), she tells him not to. In "The Psychiatrist", Basil claims that they [[UnusualEuphemism "go for a walk"]] together have sex two or three times per week, but he's probably lying.
20th Jul '16 6:52:12 PM CountDorku
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* DeadMansChest

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* DeadMansChestCuttingCorners: Basil's philosophy is that if a job's worth doing it's worth doing as cheaply as possible. This causes him no shortage of misery, but he wouldn't be Basil Fawlty if he could learn from his mistakes.
* DeadMansChest: "The Kipper and the Corpse".
20th Jul '16 4:40:50 PM CountDorku
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* PullTheThread
* RefugeInAudacity

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* PullTheThread
PullTheThread: Basil's eternal bane in the series.
* RefugeInAudacityRefugeInAudacity: In "Basil the Rat", said rat turns up in a tin being presented to the health inspector. Basil's immediate reaction is to ask the inspector, "Would you care for a rat?"
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