Over his wife's objections, Basil hires his usual firm of incompetents (O'Reilly's) to do some carpentry work in the hotel lobby. With both Basil and Sybil out for the afternoon, they leave Polly in charge. She decides to have a nap, leaving the English-challenged Manuel in charge. When Basil returns, he finds a solid wall where once stood doors to the dining room and still no door to the kitchen per his work order. Sybil takes an I-told-you-so attitude and insists he hire a qualified builder to fix the mess, but Basil decides to get O'Reilly back to right the wrong, but he still makes a mess of it as well. Written by
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At the end of the episode, Basil mentions going to Canada. The Hotel Manager that Fawlty Towers was based on emigrated to Canada. See more
At the start of "The Builders", Basil and Sybil come downstairs and Basil says he is going to put the things in the car. Sybil comes over to Polly at reception and in the background Basil can be seen turning directly to the right when he gets outside, even though the car park is directly down the stairs. See more
The trouble with you, Mr. Fawlty, is that you worry too much. You keep it up like this and you'll have a stroke before fifty. Stone dead you'll be.
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