A moose head to be hung, a fire drill to be conducted, and German guests are all a bit much for Basil to handle while Sybil's in hospital.

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Ballard Berkeley ...
Claire Davenport ...
Mrs. Wilson
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
Brenda Cowling ...
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Louis Mahoney ...
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John Lawrence ...
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With Sybil in hospital for a few days to have an operation for an ingrown toenail, Basil is left on his own at the hotel to cope with a group of German tourists and the need for the regular semi-annual fire drill. He's not having much success with either. The guests confuse the burglar alarm with the fire alarm and when Manuel does start a fire in the kitchen, no one pays attention. Basil suffers a rather severe blow to the head leading him to insult his German guests by making constant references to the war. Written by garykmcd

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24 October 1975 (UK)  »

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In the German dubbed version of the episode "The Germans", the dialog spoken by the German tourists was spoken in English. See more »

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During the fire drill scene, the guests insist that the burglary alarm is indistinguishable from the fire bell. Immediately after they claim not to have heard the fire bell. See more »

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Basil Fawlty: [two guests are speaking to Basil in German] Oh, German. I'm sorry, I THOUGHT there was something wrong with you.
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Don't Mention The War I May Mention It Once In My Review But I Think I'll Get Away With It Alright
11 December 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

With Sybil in hospital for a few days to have an operation for an ingrown toenail, Basil is left on his own at the hotel to cope with a group of German tourists and the need for the regular semi-annual fire drill. He's not having much success with either. The guests confuse the burglar alarm with the fire alarm and when Manuel does start a fire in the kitchen, no one pays attention. Basil suffers a rather severe blow to the head leading him to insult his German guests by making constant references to the war. I Feel Powerless Reviewing This Episode...I Believe We Can All Agree This Is By Far One Of Fawlty Towers Best Episodes Along With "Communication Problems", "Basil The Rat", "The Hotel Inspectors", "The Psychaiatrist" & "Waldorf Salad" People May Not Agree With Every One Of My Choices But They Are All Good Episodes. This Is Simply TV Art. I Believe The Impersanation Of Hitler By Basil Will Be Played On John Cleese's Death Bed As One Of The Funniest Things He Has EVER Done If People Find That Offensive He Started It When He Invaded Poland...Sorry...Its Just That I Love This Episode So Much That There Is No Way That I Can Take A Review For It Seriously.

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