Fawlty Towers: Season 2, Episode 6

Basil the Rat (25 Oct. 1979)

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Basil and the rest of the staff are in deep trouble when the health inspector turns up and delivers an enormous list of problems with the hotel. Things become even worse when Manuel's rat gets loose in the hotel.

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Basil panics, yet again, when the food and health inspector pays his semi-annual visit. He has a a long list of complaints about the level of cleanliness in the kitchen and gives them 24 hours to clean up or he will shut them down. Sybil sets about tidying up the place but when Basil visits Manuel's room, he finds that he has been keeping a pet rat thinking it was a hamster. When the inspector returns the next day, pandemonium reigns as the rat has now escaped and the Major is trying to hunt it down with his shotgun. Written by garykmcd

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Approximately half-way through the episode, in the kitchen after Manuel has accused Terry of putting 'Basil' in the ratatouille, Connie Booth (Polly) slips and only saves herself from falling over by grabbing the nearby table. See more »

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When Basil and Sybil are talking to the public health inspector in the kitchen (on his second visit), Basil breaks two bottles of wine. When he removes the second bottle, there are two bottles remaining on the rack, but when the camera cuts away and then back when he breaks it, there is only one bottle left on the rack. See more »

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Basil Fawlty: Manuel... my wife informs me that you're... depressed. Let me tell you something. Depression is a very bad thing. It's like a virus. If you don't stamp on it, it spreads throughout the mind, and then one day you wake up in the morning and you... you can't face life any more!
Sybil Fawlty: And then you open a hotel.
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Getting the most out of Basil AND the rat
13 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without question the funniest chapter of the series, and in this case my favorite, too. So many subplots, so much going on in this time slot (making the episode appear somewhat longer and yet adding to the viewer's enjoyment) that one wants to just stand up and cheer at what's been achieved by Cleese and his most capable crew. The acting is outstanding, every cast member is fully engaged in this show. John Quarmby is particularly memorable as he rattles off one bed-and-breakfast violation after another (it comes to 17, I believe, depending on how you count), apparently without the benefit of cue cards. That's just the start; there are surprises from beginning to end. If you've been lukewarm to or even turned off by British humor in the past, see this one episode of Fawlty Towers. Chances are it'll make a convert out of you.


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