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Recap / Fawlty Towers S2E2 "The Psychiatrist"

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A psychiatrist and his wife – also a doctor – come to the hotel for a weekend break, and cannot help but notice the eccentricities of their host who is perturbed when he discovers their professions. An attractive Australian girl also visits. She goes on to have certain awkward interactions with Fawlty as he seeks to catch Mr. Johnson with a non-paying guest that Johnson has in his bedroom.

Tropes appearing in this episode:

  • Accidental Pervert: Basil becomes this i his efforts to prove that Johnson broke the rules by sneaking his girlfriend into a room lead him into one Not What It Looks Like after another.
  • Properly Paranoid: Basil is convinced that Mr Johnson has smuggled a girl into his room. He has, but Basil's attempts to prove it fail because no one believes him and Sybil thinks he's just trying to get close to the pretty Australian woman in the next room.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Basil Fawlty mistakes a guest's breast for a light switch as he was trying to turn on the light from the other side of the door. Naturally, Sybil walks in at just the right moment. Later, Basil accidentally gets his hand covered in black paint just before he leaps out of a storage room intending to catch a girl who he believes has snuck into the hotel to spend the night with a male guest. He doesn't catch the girl he's expecting, but he does grab the same female guest from earlier, and he has just planted a black print of his entire hand on her breast. Once again, Sybil comes along just in time to see Basil's unfortunately placed hand print.
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  • The Unfair Sex: Played for Laughs; Sybil hits the roof when Basil finds himself inadvertently getting into all sorts of compromising situations surrounding an attractive young Australian guest. However, she has spent much of the very same episode shamelessly flirting with an attractive male guest, and she has frequently done so with other male guests in the past as well. Though Basil did appear to be repeatedly groping and making advances towards the women while Sybil never went beyond flirting.
  • World's Shortest Book: Johnson says the guidebook about interesting things in Torquay must be "one of the world's shortest books," like "The Wit of Margaret Thatcher" or "Great English Lovers."


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