Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the man is not a Lord but a confidence trickster who attempts to steal his collection of rare coins. As Basil's desperation to keep such an 'upstanding' guest increases, he becomes increasingly tolerant towards the man's behavior, only to have the guest arrested in a police raid on the hotel. Written by
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Actor Michael Gwynn
, who plays Lord Melbury, died less than six months after this episode aired. See more
When Polly rings the bell at reception to get Basil's attention, he lays the cases of coins on the counter. Polly finally convinces him to go into the office to talk, leaving the cases on the counter. When they return to meet the Morrises, the cases are gone. See more
[with a strong London accent
Hello! Got a room?
I beg your pardon?
Got a room for tonight, mate?
I shall have to see, sir. A single?
Yeah. No, make it a double. I feel lucky today.