One of the hotel's guests dies in his sleep but Basil doesn't really notice and just goes about his business, delivering the man's breakfast to his room and then complaining that he was rude and didn't thank him. Polly soon realizes he is dead and Sybil asks another guest, Dr. Price, to attend to the situation. Basil thinks the out of date kippers were the cause, but he's been dead most of the night. Pandemonium sets in when they try to remove the body without any of the guests knowing what has happened. It doesn't quite go as planned. Written by
Did You Know?
In a 1999 interview, John Cleese
said that he had asked the manager of The Savoy what the worst problem was for a hotelier. The manager said it was dealing with guests that died. This gave rise to the episode "The Kipper and The Corpse". Cleese named the corpse "Mr. Leeman" in honor of the Savoy manager. See more
When Basil, Polly and Manual take Mr. Leeman's body into a guest's room for a second time, we see actor Ballard Berkeley (Major Gowen) popping out at the stairwell to look, seemingly unaware it was a take. See more
[Manuel is checking the window for a draft that is disturbing Mrs. Chase's dog
We have to be very careful, Mr. Fawlty. He's not very strong.
Indeed, yes. A rapid movement of air could damage him irreparably! If, um, if only one could keep him in air-tight containers.
Referenced in The John Cleese Interview