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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John Quarmby ...
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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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The woman sitting at the table while Manual (Andrew Sachs) spots the rat at her legs is actually Andrew Sachs' wife. See more »

Goofs

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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Ronald: Look, I was just trying to give an order to your waiter and he walked away while I was doing it.
Basil Fawlty: Hm?
Ronald: Well, he wasn't paying attention at all.
Basil Fawlty: I'm so sorry. What were you saying?
Ronald: The waiter wasn't listening when I was giving him our order. He seemed more interested in my fiancée's legs.
Basil Fawlty: Really? May I?
[Basil and Manuel look intently under the table in the area of his fiancée's legs]
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The Funniest Episode Yet
13 July 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm Not Saying that this is my favorite episode of Fawlty Towers but I'd like to say that this is by far the funniest episode of the entire Fawlty Towers Series I do loving see this one. Unless you're a fan of the Simpson's or futurama you'll love watching this fable episode and enjoy every second of it. hey if you like fawlty towers watch this one it's funny as hell. Basil the Rat is most likely the key to the funny side of the show and or episode plus basil fawlty and manual are very talented comedians though i like to call them the mario bros. talented episode 8/10 and to all you fellow Americans out there there is no excuse for criticising this show


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