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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In 2013 the Major's racist language to describe black people was edited from a repeat transmission on the BBC with the consent of John Cleese's management. The BBC stated that public attitudes to such language had "changed significantly" since it was made in 1975. See more »


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 »


Basil Fawlty: Look, uh, go and get me a hammer.
Manuel: Uh, como?
Basil Fawlty: Hammer.
Manuel: Hammer, oh... Oh, hamma sandwich!
Basil Fawlty: Oh, do I have to go through this every time? Look, a HAMMER.
Manuel: My hamster?
Basil Fawlty: No, not your hamster. How could I knock a nail in with your hamster? Well... I could try, no, it doesn't... No, I'll get it. You come here and tidy. You know - tidy?
Manuel: Oh, tidy. Si.
Basil Fawlty: [walking away] Yes, I'll get hkhammer and hkhit you on the hkhead with it hkhard.
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hilarious episode!!!
27 May 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is what I call the funniest episode of Fawlty Towers by far. I mean it truly is classic and an unexpectable masterpiece!!! I've never heard nobody say that this episode is such a flop! To me they say it a lot of times but to me this is the very best of Fawlty Towers ever. When I watched this episode i began to totally love Fawlty Towers as my completely favorite show on earth!! Doctor Who gets Dethroned as once my favorite show on earth but now Fawlty Towers leads it!! I totally love Ocarina Of Time game the Zelda Game for Gamecube and 64 they are so cool!!! But this is a series that i'll never forget!!! GO FAWTY TOWERS (TITTIES)HAHA:>

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