Fawlty Towers: Season 1, Episode 2

The Builders (26 Sep. 1975)

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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... See full summary »

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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 garykmcd

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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 »

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In the scene where Polly brings Mr. O'Reilly a cup of tea, it is obvious on several occasions that there is nothing at all in the cup. Not only does he hold it in such a way that you can see inside, but when Basil snatches it away nothing spills out. See more »

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Basil Fawlty: Now while we're away - gone - clean the windows.
[Manuel looks very confused]
Basil Fawlty: Oh, look... Cuando nosotoros somos... away. What's "away" in Spanish?
Manuel: Eh...?
Basil Fawlty: You know, away, AWAY!
Manuel: Oh, si si!
Basil Fawlty: [grabbing Manuel before he scurries away] No, not you! While we're away, CLEAN the windows!
Manuel: Green?
Basil Fawlty: No, no, look. Clean...
[Pulls handkerchief from pocket, puts it in Manuels hand and makes a cleaning motion]
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An Aesop's Fable!
15 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hire the cheapest contractor, and (usually) get even less than what you hoped for. Basil and Sybil decide to block off a couple doors and put in a couple new doors instead - the notoriously bad construction company in town, run by airhead Mr. O'Reilly, is hired by Basil because they work for cheap. All hell breaks loose when the Fawltys go away for the weekend, during which time O'Reilly's men do great damage to the hotel lobby. The incomparable (and always underweight!) David Kelly does splendidly as unscrupulous O'Reilly, who has about as much knowledge of construction as a garden gnome. This episode shows Sybil at her most caustic, "nest of vipers" self - Basil and O'Reilly don't stand a chance against her when she catches a glimpse of the remodel. John Cleese has stated that this episode is probably the weakest of the series - but there really is no weakness. The situation itself was perhaps not one that would evoke much comedy, but it has its great moments, such as the bit where Manuel gets attacked by Basil when he can't figure out how to get into the dining room because the door is missing...then, as usual, the Major comes in and puts the icing on the situation, wondering what's going on. BASIL: "Well, I was silly enough to leave the hotel for a few minutes."


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