Fawlty Towers: Season 1, Episode 6

The Germans (24 Oct. 1975)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ballard Berkeley ...
Claire Davenport ...
Mrs. Wilson
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
Brenda Cowling ...
Louis Mahoney ...
John Lawrence ...
Mr. Sharp
Iris Fry ...
Mrs. Sharp
Willy Bowman ...
German Guest
Nick Kane ...
German Guest
Lisa Bergmayr ...
German Guest


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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When the German guest asks "Wir wollen...." ("We would like...."), Basil translates "wollen" as "voluntary". In this, he is partially correct. The English word "voluntary" does derive from the German verb "wollen" ('to have the will to (perform an action)'). See more »


During the fire drill mix up, Manuel starts a fire in the kitchen. When he emerges, shouting 'Fire', Basil locks him in the kitchen where the fire is, and Manuel bangs on the door as if he is trapped. However, in all shots of the kitchen, there is a double door that leads to the dining room, so he could have easily got out. See more »


[Basil answers the phone which interrupts him hanging his moose head on the wall]
Basil Fawlty: [Answers the phone call from his wife] Yes. Fawlty Towers, hello?
Basil Fawlty: I was just doing it, you stupid woman. I just put it down, to come here and be reminded by you to do what I'm already doin'. I mean, what is the point in reminding me to do what I'm already doing? I mean, what is the bloody point? I'm doing it, aren't I?
Basil Fawlty: Yes, yes, I picked it up... Yes... No, no, I haven't had a chance yet... I've been ...
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rating the episodes from 1-12, this one ranks number 4!
1 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the episode most people remember. And it is certainly one of the funniest in the series. Sybil is in the hospital for an operation, leaving Basil in charge of the hotel. Disaster strikes, of course, in the form of a moose's head falling on Basil. The next morning, the hotel is to conduct a routine fire drill, when an actual fire breaks out in the kitchen. Refusing to believe there is really a fire, Basil locks Manuel in the burning room. When he won't stop screaming and pounding on the door, Basil finally unlocks it and sees the blaze. After evacuating the guests for a second time, Basil goes for the fire extinguisher, which promptly explodes in his face. That lands him in the hospital with a concussion. Meanwhile, back at the hotel with Polly now at the helm, things are running very smoothly. That is until Basil unexpectedly shows up after bolting from the hospital. When he begins to interact with the German guests who have arrived, things really start to get funny, as he can't stop "mentioning the war." If you're looking for non-stop laughs, this episode certainly delivers!

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