Fawlty Towers: Season 1, Episode 4

The Hotel Inspectors (10 Oct. 1975)

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Basil Fawlty goes on the alert when he hears there are hotel inspectors in the area.




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Episode complete credited cast:
James Cossins ...
Mr. Walt
Ballard Berkeley ...
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
Geoffrey Morris ...
Peter Brett ...


Basil is at his obsequious best when he decides that one of the guests, Mr. Hutchinson, is a hotel inspector. Why else would the man be asking for the rental of a television and a myriad of other out of the ordinary services? Basil is fawning all over him while he is at his rude best with the remaining guests, including Mr. Walt who has his own reasons for staying at the Fawlty Towers. Things go from bad to worse when Basil decides that he may have made a mistake. Written by garykmcd

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John Cleese has stated that Basil's line about the table tennis table not being "in absolutely mint condition, but it could certainly be used in an emergency", is his favorite line from any episode of Fawlty Towers. See more »


At 13:13 in the dining room you can see a boom mic at the top of the screen. See more »


[Basil, after finding out about Mr. Hutchinson's real job]
Basil Fawlty: [softly] Spoons, hey?
Mr. Hutchinson: What?
Basil Fawlty: SSPTHOONS!
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Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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11 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I'm no stranger to the hospitality industry . Some of the most senseless and mindless cruelty I have seen in my life has involved customers making waiting staff suffer , so much so I've seen teenage waitresses run off in tears and later give their jobs up . Of course the restaurants tolerate this . Instead of asking the kitchen staff to come out and beat the customer unconscious they have the attitude that the waiting staff should grow a pair and get on with . It's interesting that FAWLTY TOWERS was inspired by a hotel Cleese stayed at when he was getting his big break with the Python team and for a rare instance Basil Fawlty is only the second most obnoxious character in the show and by the end of the episode you'll be wanting to give Basil a medal

The episode revolves around a very difficult customer called Mr Hutchinson arrives at the hotel and Basil gets it in to his head that Hutchinson is one of the Hotel inspectors who are visiting Torquay . This means Basil has to kow tow to the irritating and arrogant Hutchinson who seems to make it his ambition in life to alienate everyone he comes across . Everything about Hutchinson from his pedantic use of flowery prose while speaking to his general attitude made my skin crawl and Bernard Cribbins gives a very memorable performance , so memorable in fact you do wonder if perhaps he should have got his own spin off show . As it stands Cribbins makes this episode his own . BTW did anyone else think Basil was played by a stunt double in THAT scene ?

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