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
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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
As Basil Fawlty flees the doctor who wants to sedate him, a studio monitor can be seen in the background, complete with the same image that is on the screen. See more
[practicing his English while cleaning behind and beneath the front desk
How are you, sir? You see, I speak English well. I learn it from a book... Hello... I am English... Helloooo...
[Manuel continues as Major walks into the room
How are you, sir?... I can speak English.
[Major looks at the moose head on the desk, thinking it's talking to him, and turns away astonished
[popping up for a moment and spotting the major
Ah, hello, Major. How are you today?
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Referenced in QI: Germany