Fawlty Towers: Season 2, Episode 5

The Anniversary (26 Mar. 1979)

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Basil plans a surprise anniversary party for Sybil but, thinking he's forgotten it again, she walks out just before the guests arrive.

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Outraged that Basil has forgotten their 15th wedding anniversary, Sybil leaves the hotel. But little does she know that Basil has indeed remembered and has invited some of their close friends to celebrate. How will Basil explain Sybil's absence? Written by Nadia Nassar

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The anniversary party is meant to be at night, with Paella for dinner. When Basil comes out of the kitchen after the exchange with Manuel and Polly, Ms Tibbs and Ms Gatsby greets him with "Good Morning Mr. Fawlty" to which he replies naturally "Good Morning". See more »

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Sybil Fawlty: You don't have to worry about Polly forgetting anything important, Basil.
Basil Fawlty: Don't I?
Sybil Fawlty: No, you don't.
Basil Fawlty: Oh, good. How splendid.
Sybil Fawlty: No, SHE doesn't forget things.
Basil Fawlty: Doesn't she?
Sybil Fawlty: Well, can you remember the last time she did?
Basil Fawlty: No, I can't, but then my memory isn't very good.
Sybil Fawlty: You can say that again.
Basil Fawlty: Can I, dear? Oh, thank you.
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Fancy Footwork
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For the first time (except maybe in "Gourmet Night"), Basil really makes an effort to do something nice for someone - and it of course goes totally sour. "The Anniversary" takes the meaning of 'fancy footwork' to a whole new level. The storyline itself is definitely not the best or most entertaining of the series, but it's still fairly fun. Basil and Sybil have had a fight over Basil forgetting their 15th wedding anniversary - but Basil didn't really forget - he's throwing a surprise party. Meanwhile, Manuel and Terry the chef fight over who will cook the Spanish Paella for The Fawlty's anniversary dinner. The performances are good (namely Ken Campbell as Roger, the wise party guest who isn't fooled by Basil's lies as to why Sybil isn't at the party). Una Stubbs is also a very good addition to the cast, playing the ultra-sweet friend Alice (wife of Roger), with a high-register soprano vocal inflection. There are a few good short bits between Basil and Manuel, particularly the one where Basil sneaks away from the madness for a quick drink of booze, only to be interrupted once again by Manuel, who only exacerbates things once again.


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