History Series / FawltyTowers

19th May '17 3:35:58 PM Khurzog
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* OhCrap: Basil's unfortunate addiction to the IndyPloy and BatmanGambit, coupled with his ineptitude at carrying them out, meant that many of his best moments were these. One example is in '"The Builders". Stubbs, the conscientious builder who Basil has rejected in favour of the cheap-but-incompetent O'Reilly, inspects the new doorway Basil had O'Reilly built, and remarks that it looks very good. He then asks Basil what kind of lintel he used: RSJ (known to US viewers as an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolled_Steel_Joist I-Beam]])? When Basil replies that it was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimensional_lumber#Dimensional_lumber 2x4]], and therefore basically a wooden plank, Stubbs points out 'But that's a supporting wall', whereupon Basil delivers this trope (and Sybil in a more subdued form with an angry "What").

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* OhCrap: Basil's unfortunate addiction to the IndyPloy and BatmanGambit, coupled with his ineptitude at carrying them out, meant that many of his best moments were these. One example is in '"The Builders". Stubbs, the conscientious builder who Basil has rejected in favour of the cheap-but-incompetent O'Reilly, inspects the new doorway Basil had O'Reilly built, and remarks that it looks very good. He then asks Basil what kind of lintel he used: RSJ (known to US viewers as an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolled_Steel_Joist I-Beam]])? When Basil replies that it was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimensional_lumber#Dimensional_lumber 2x4]], and therefore basically a wooden plank, Stubbs points out 'But that's a supporting load-bearing wall', whereupon Basil delivers this trope (and Sybil in a more subdued form with an angry "What").
17th May '17 10:33:01 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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.
5th May '17 5:43:04 AM DeepRed
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* BasedOnATrueStory: The story goes that when John Cleese was still a member of Creator/MontyPython, the group had gone someplace by bus, and the bus broke down in Torquay. Because they couldn't have their bus fixed that day, they had to stay at the local hotel - the Torquay Gleneagles, owned by one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Sinclair_%28hotel_owner%29 Donald Sinclair]] - overnight. About an hour after checking in, all the Pythons except John Cleese left and ''walked'' to the next town to find another hotel. Cleese? He bought pen and paper.

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* BasedOnATrueStory: The story goes that when John Cleese was still a member of Creator/MontyPython, the group had gone someplace on nationwide tour by bus, and the bus broke down in Torquay. Because they couldn't have their bus fixed that day, they had to stay at the local hotel - the Torquay Gleneagles, owned by one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Sinclair_%28hotel_owner%29 Donald Sinclair]] - overnight. About an hour after checking in, all the Pythons except John Cleese left and ''walked'' to the next town to find another hotel. Cleese? He bought pen and paper.
22nd Apr '17 12:04:04 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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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.

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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.
4th Apr '17 11:55:46 AM mikrolik
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** 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.
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.
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