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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In the Swiss version of the sketch, one could get the impression that Miss Sophie is so demented that she actually thinks her guests are present. In the German version, however, she seems to realize that it's all make-believe.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The sketch has never been broadcast on British TV, and despite being inextricably associated with Britain by Europeans, is almost unknown there. Once, a documentary about Germany showed it to a British TV audience, who unanimously thought it was pitiful stuff.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Germans Love Freddie Frinton. However, the feeling was never mutual. Frinton hated Germans, and was initially very reluctant to perform his trademark sketch for German television. It's also highly beloved in Norway, where it's shown on the evening of December 23rd. One year, the channel broadcasting it mistakenly aired it a few minutes before it was supposed to, leading to many people flipping the channel on while the sketch was already halfway through. This upset the Norwegians so much numerous calls to the channel were made, and they had to air it one more time that evening.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The lines "Same procedure as last year"/"The same procedure as every year" is a perfect example of this trope, since the sketch has been shown every year for decades in Germany and several other European countries.
  • My Real Daddy: Freddie Frinton, so very much. He didn't write the original sketch, but added a lot of the gags and slapstick that made it memorable. And he was the one most famous for performing it, even before it was recorded for tv.
  • Squick: The sketch ends with the heavy implication that Miss Sophie and James are going upstairs to have sex.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Norwegian broadcasters always show this sketch on the 23rd of December, even though they know that everyone else shows it on New Year's Eve.

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