History Series / FawltyTowers

30th Jan '18 6:15:01 AM Granitoons
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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Major. His last name is [=McGowan=], but no-one really uses it.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Major. His last name is [=McGowan=], [=Gowan=], but no-one really uses it.


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** Except that he does say arse.
20th Dec '17 9:02:02 AM KingLyger
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* CarryingACake

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* %%* CarryingACake



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first episode The Major wasn't nearly the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} he became later in the series. Only from the second episode 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]].

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn:
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In the first episode The Major wasn't nearly the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} he became later in the series. Only from the second episode 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]].



* CouchGag: The "Fawlty Towers" sign. At first, the letters are just skewed; later they're rearranged into humorous anagrams (eg. "Farty Towels", "Flowery Twats"). In one episode, the paper boy is seen rearranging them.

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* CouchGag: CouchGag:
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The "Fawlty Towers" sign. At first, the letters are just skewed; later they're rearranged into humorous anagrams (eg. "Farty Towels", "Flowery Twats"). In one episode, the paper boy is seen rearranging them.



* CryingWolf: Basil works so hard to set up a fire drill and gets into a spat about it (you have to see the whole conversation to understand), where Manuel is supposed to yell "Fire!" and then they all calmly walk out. Then Manuel screws it all up by starting not one, but two ''real'' fires in the kitchen. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Basil then calmly ushers Manuel back into the burning kitchen as he tries to explain that it's just a drill]].

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* CryingWolf: CryingWolf:
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Basil works so hard to set up a fire drill and gets into a spat about it (you have to see the whole conversation to understand), where Manuel is supposed to yell "Fire!" and then they all calmly walk out. Then Manuel screws it all up by starting not one, but two ''real'' fires in the kitchen. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Basil then calmly ushers Manuel back into the burning kitchen as he tries to explain that it's just a drill]].



* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: "I'll ruin you! You'll never waitress in Torquay again!"
** "No, no, I don't want to debate. If you're not over here in twenty minutes with my door, I shall come over there and insert a large garden gnome in you. Good day."
*** And at the end of the episode he walks off to do just that.

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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon:
** Basil once threatened Polly with
"I'll ruin you! You'll never waitress in Torquay again!"
** When Basil finds that a shoddy builder has removed the door to his dining room, Basil tells the builder "No, no, I don't want to debate. If you're not over here in twenty minutes with my door, I shall come over there and insert a large garden gnome in you. Good day."
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" And at the end of the episode episode, he walks off with the garden gnome to do just that.



* DoubleTake: A marvellous one in "The Builders". When Basil comes back to find that O'Reilly has completely filled in the door to the restaurant, he walks as if to go through it, stops and looks around as if he's taken a wrong turn, and then does a magnificently over-the-top, full-body double take when realisation dawns.

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* DoubleTake: DoubleTake:
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A marvellous marvelous one in "The Builders". When Basil comes back to find that O'Reilly has completely filled in the door to the restaurant, he walks as if to go through it, stops and looks around as if he's taken a wrong turn, and then does a magnificently over-the-top, full-body double take when realisation realization dawns.



* FawltyTowersPlot: TropeNamer

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* FawltyTowersPlot: TropeNamerTropeNamer. A good number of episodes feature Basil starting a small lie, only to have it completely [[SnowballLie spiral out of control]] with someone PullingTheThread, or through a string of bad luck. Whatever the reason, Basil's schemes always came crashing down on his head at the worst possible moment.
19th Dec '17 7:59:53 AM KingLyger
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* AllJustADream: Subverted: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UwJHE282d8 "No, it's not a dream; we're stuck with it!"]]
* TheAllegedCar: Basil's Austin 1100 Countryman, with scratches from where he beat it with a fallen tree branch.

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* AllJustADream: Subverted: Subverted. As Basil is in the middle of one of his many mental breakdowns while changing a menu, he says that perhaps today is all just a dream. Basil proceeds to bang his head on a book a few times before declaring [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UwJHE282d8 "No, it's not a dream; we're stuck with it!"]]
* TheAllegedCar: Basil's Austin 1100 Countryman, with scratches from where he beat Countryman. When it refuses to start, Basil proceeds to scream at his car before giving it a "damn good thrashing" with a fallen tree branch.



* AtomicFBomb: ''Nobody'' can scream "BASTARD!!" quite like John Cleese can.

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* AtomicFBomb: ''Nobody'' Nobody can scream "BASTARD!!" quite like John Cleese can.



* PullTheThread: Basil's eternal bane in the series.

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* PullTheThread: Basil's eternal bane in the series.series is someone applying even the slightest bit of logic to his wacky schemes.



* ASimplePlan
* SitCom

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* ASimplePlan
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ASimplePlan: Basil frequently comes up with ways to get something around his wife, or to make a quick buck. Inevitably, the plan spirals completely out of control and lands back on his head.
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SitCom



* SpoiledBrat:
** That obnoxious boy from "Gourmet Night" who says his meal is awful just because it looks different to what he normally eats.

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* SpoiledBrat:
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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.



* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: John Cleese has declared that if Basil were a good person, ''Fawlty Towers'' would be the greatest tragedy in television history.

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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: John Cleese has declared that if UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Basil desires to move up in social standing and attract a better class of customer to his hotel, but he's also verbally abusive to the help, only superficially nice to his guests, and his HairTriggerTemper and [[FawltyTowersPlot persistent zany schemes built on webs of lies]] keep getting him into all kinds of trouble. Were Basil simply more honest and maybe a little cooler-headed, most of his problems would disappear, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk any attempts to dig beneath the surface show how petty and shallow he is]], and [[AesopAmnesia any lessons he learns are quickly forgotten]]. Creator Creator/JohnCleese has said that, were Basil a good person, ''Fawlty Towers'' would be the greatest tragedy in television history.ever made.



* VisibleBoomMic: "The Psychiatrist"

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4th Dec '17 3:39:50 PM marymichael
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* BeserkButton: Whenever anyone suggests that Basil is incapable of running a hotel, his behavior goes from rude to insanely vindictive.

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* BeserkButton: BerserkButton: Whenever anyone suggests that Basil is incapable of running a hotel, his behavior goes from rude to insanely vindictive.
4th Dec '17 3:39:29 PM marymichael
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* BeserkButton: Whenever anyone suggests that Basil is incapable of running a hotel, his behavior goes from rude to insanely vindictive.
1st Dec '17 4:31:42 AM tigerstar
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* BaitAndSwitchComment: In "The Waldorf Salad", as Mr. Hamilton chews out Basil Fawlty on how poorly-run his hotel is, Major Gowen seems to spring to his defense:
-->'''Mr. Hamilton:''' What I'm suggesting is that this place is the crummiest, shoddiest, worst-run hotel in the whole of Western Europe!
-->'''Major:''' [[BigNo NO!]] No, I won't have that! [[DamnedByFaintPraise There's a place in Eastbourne...]]
25th Nov '17 7:30:03 AM DoctorNemesis
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* MovingTheGoalPosts: Mrs. Richards in "Communication Problems" is never satisfied, and constantly shifts her position so she'll have something to be querulous about. For one example, she initially complains that the room she's been given doesn't have a bath. When Basil opens the door to her bathroom and points out the bath that is actually there, she switches her complaint to it not being big enough.
8th Oct '17 11:42:34 AM HowlingSnail
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* OddlySmallOrganization: The entire hotel seems to be run by Mr and Mrs Fawlty (Managers), Polly (Waitress) and Manuel (Porter/Waiter). The second series introduces us to Terry (Chef), although dialogue in the final episode of Series 1 implied they did have a chef back then, he was just The Ghost. The first episode of Series 2 also mentions another girl who's being employed but can't start until Monday.
11th Jul '17 7:41:03 AM LentilSandEater
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*** Although "burro" is the Italian word for butter, so...at least he didn't just make it up out of thin air.
* HenpeckedHusband: Sybil spends a lot of time nagging Basil, and he usually does what she says (if he can't weasel or bluster his way out of it).
** 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!"

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*** Although "burro" is the Italian word for butter, so...at least he didn't just make it up out of thin air.
* HenpeckedHusband: Sybil spends a lot of time nagging Basil, and he usually does what she says (if he can't weasel or bluster his way out of it).
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it). 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!"
6th Jul '17 5:19:24 PM nombretomado
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In 2000, the British Film Institute declared it the best British television programme ever made. A few years ago, it was voted best UK sitcom ever in a poll, and Creator/JMichaelStraczynski said in a book on screenwriting that if a writer watches ''Fawlty Towers'' and ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', they will have had the best possible grounding in how to write comedy.

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In 2000, the British Film Institute declared it the best British television programme ever made. A few years ago, it was voted best UK sitcom ever in a poll, and Creator/JMichaelStraczynski said in a book on screenwriting that if a writer watches ''Fawlty Towers'' and ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', they will have had the best possible grounding in how to write comedy.
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