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
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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
Referenced in The John Cleese Interview