Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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The Hotel Inspectors 

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

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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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Comedy

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10 October 1975 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Queen's Square and Queen's Parade, the locations Mr. Hutchinson asks for on his diagram, do not exist in Torquay. See more »

Goofs

At 13:13 in the dining room there is a boom mic at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Basil Fawlty: I wish you'd help a bit. You're always refurbishing yourself.
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Crazy Credits

The previously displaced "L" and "W" of the Fawlty Towers sign are now missing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.148 (2010) See more »

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What can I do for you three gentlemen?!
31 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the very first "Fawlty Towers" episode I saw - and I think it is a good 'first episode' to see. Unlike some others that move at an insanely fast pace (or a few others much slower), this one is timed just right and seems to let the 'comic rays' shine brightly. A lot of attention is given over to the main character, Mr. Hutchinson (portrayed wizardly by Bernard Cribbins) and it does pay off nicely, although there are many other small bits that deserve mentioning. The scenes with James Cossins (whom Basil mistakes as a hotel inspector) are terrific...Cossins plays Mr. Walt one-hundred percent deadpan and it is downright hilarious. Andrew Sachs probably does some of his best work in this one, too...in the later episodes, Manuel's English gets a bit better, but in this one, he's hopelessly dense (check out the scene where Basil starts crying, and Manuel comes in, clueless, wondering what the hell is going on, staring back and forth at Basil and Walt.) And, in usual Fawlty Towers spirit, the main character DOES get what they deserve after putting the hotel through agony, and Basil escapes unscathed...almost.


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