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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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
The fire alarm that plays such a pivotal role in this episode, prominently placed at the reception desk, is mysteriously absent in all other episodes. See more
Listen, don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.
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