History Series / FawltyTowers

20th Apr '16 1:30:33 AM storymasterb
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** In the very first episode, Basil takes a phone call from a Mr O'Reilly about a wall O'Reilly was supposed to build. The very next episode revolves around O'Reilly's incompetent and lazy brand of construction work.
15th Apr '16 5:45:07 AM 8BrickMario
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* AccidentalVentriloquism: In one episode, the Major believes a moose head is speaking to him, but it's actually Manual hidden behind a desk practicing his English.
* AllJustADream: subverted: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UwJHE282d8 "No, it's not a dream; we're stuck with it!"]]

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* AccidentalVentriloquism: In one episode, the Major believes a moose head is speaking to him, but it's actually Manual Manuel hidden behind a desk practicing his English.
* AllJustADream: subverted: Subverted: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UwJHE282d8 "No, it's not a dream; we're stuck with it!"]]
12th Apr '16 8:41:24 AM IsadorLevi
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** On one occasion after being rude to a guest, he even glances around for her, and responds to her absence by slapping himself and saying "Basil!"
23rd Mar '16 10:24:58 AM zoop
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* AccidentalVentriloquism: In one episode, the Major believes a moose head is speaking to him, but it's actually Manual hidden behind a desk practicing his English.
1st Mar '16 10:53:42 PM SCE2AUX
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* CulturalTranslation: Most adaptations try tailoring the comedy to an American audience, which is the reason that they have all fallen flat on their face in comparison to the original.

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* CulturalTranslation: Most adaptations try tailoring the comedy to an American audience, which is the reason that they have all fallen flat on their face in comparison to the original. People don't appreciate condescension.
8th Jan '16 3:28:43 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Basil was based on a real hotel owner named Donald Sinclair. You might think his flaws were exaggerated for comedic effect, but at least one of his former employees says he was ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]'' than Basil.
14th Dec '15 8:10:29 PM RetsofNoraa
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-->'''Basil:''' ''(to his nurse)'' My God, you're ugly, aren't you?

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-->'''Basil:''' ''(to his nurse)'' My God, you're ugly, aren't you?you? Mind-boggling.
14th Oct '15 2:53:31 AM HowlingSnail
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* BlackComedy: "The Kipper an the Corpse", which has an entire scene devoted to Basil being overjoyed that the dead body he finds wasn't due to his own incompetence.

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* BlackComedy: "The Kipper an and the Corpse", which has an entire scene devoted to Basil being overjoyed that the dead body he finds wasn't due to his own incompetence.
11th Oct '15 5:56:17 PM KingLyger
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* TheAllegedCar: Basil's Austin 1100 Countryman, with scratches from where he beat it with a fallen tree branch(!)

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* TheAllegedCar: Basil's Austin 1100 Countryman, with scratches from where he beat it with a fallen tree branch(!)branch.



* AsideGlance: Fawlty Towers has been fairly good at avoiding this, but it does occur once in ''The Wedding Party'' when a drunk Manuel knocks Basil over and exclaims "I love you" - a guest who stumbles across them at just this moment looks at the screen in horror before running off.
* AssShove: The implication of Basil's threat to O'Reilly that he will "insert a large garden gnome in you."

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* AsideGlance: Fawlty Towers has ''Fawlty Towers'' is been fairly good at avoiding this, but it does occur once in ''The Wedding Party'' when a drunk Manuel knocks Basil over and exclaims "I love you" - a guest who stumbles across them at just this moment looks at the screen in horror before running off.
* AssShove: The implication of Basil's threat to O'Reilly that he will "insert a large garden gnome in you."you" if O'Reilly doesn't fix a wall.



** Sinclair's family complained that he wasn't as bad as the show made him out to be, saying that Sinclair had simply taken a disliking to the Python members in particular. However, a former waitress from the hotel claimed that Sinclair was, if anything, ''even worse'' than Cleese had made out.

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** Sinclair's family complained that he wasn't as bad as the show made him out to be, saying that Sinclair had simply taken a disliking to the Python members in particular. However, [[StreisandEffect a former waitress from the hotel claimed that Sinclair was, if anything, ''even worse'' was even worse than Cleese had made out.out]].



* BlackComedy: "The Kipper an the Corpse".

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* BlackComedy: "The Kipper an the Corpse".Corpse", which has an entire scene devoted to Basil being overjoyed that the dead body he finds wasn't due to his own incompetence.



* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The hotel's health and safety report is fairly squick all the way through, but the last item in the LongList is definitely the punchline:

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The hotel's health and safety report is fairly squick {{Squick}} all the way through, but the last item in the LongList is definitely the punchline:



* BumblingSidekick: Manuel.

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* BumblingSidekick: Manuel.Manuel often gets dragged into whatever mad scheme someone else at the hotel has cooked up.



* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Most episodes begin this way, although the horrible consequences tend to be a result of Basil choosing the worst possible course of action over and over again when dealing with the results of the original act. Most plots could pretty easily be resolved with a bit of honesty.

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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Most episodes begin this way, although the horrible consequences tend to be a result of Basil choosing the worst possible course of action over and over again when dealing with the results of the original act. Most plots could pretty easily be resolved with a bit of honesty.honesty or humility.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first episode The Major wasn't nearly the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} he became later in the series. Only from the second episode onwards--in which, for instance, upon hearing that "the dining room door seems to have disappeared" he takes the statement literally and reassures Basil that it will surely turn up somewhere, because after all "these things happen, you know"--does his status as a member of the trope really begin to emerge. By the end of the first season he has ''really'' wandered off into his own little world, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny thinking that the moose head is talking to him, and therefore must have been made in Japan]].

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first episode The Major wasn't nearly the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} he became later in the series. Only from the second episode onwards--in onward--in which, for instance, upon hearing that "the dining room door seems to have disappeared" he takes the statement literally and reassures Basil that it will surely turn up somewhere, because after all "these things happen, you know"--does his status as a member of the trope really begin to emerge. By the end of the first season he has ''really'' wandered off into his own little world, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny thinking that the moose head is talking to him, and therefore must have been made in Japan]].



* CrookedContractor: O'Reilly, a criminally lazy construction manager who Basil only hires because he's cheap.

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* CrookedContractor: O'Reilly, a criminally lazy construction manager who Basil only hires because he's cheap. By the time he's done, there's a door in front of the stairwell, and no door to the dining room.
18th Sep '15 7:07:45 PM rodneyAnonymous
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** Another incidence happens during "The Gourmet", where the new chef Kurt is in love with Manuel. At first, Basil assumes the chef must be French. When corrected that Kurt is in fact Greek he responds "Well that's even worse. I mean, they invented it." In case you didn't get it, "it" is sodomy, also known as "Greek sex" or "the Greek way".
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