Fawlty Towers: Season 2, Episode 2

The Psychiatrist (26 Feb. 1979)

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Confusion arises when Basil tries to catch a girl in a playboy's room after hours, all the while unnerved by a psychiatrist's presence.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nicky Henson ...
Mr. Johnson
Basil Henson ...
Dr. Abbott
Ballard Berkeley ...
Luan Peters ...
Raylene Miles
Aimée Delamain ...
Mrs. Johnson (as Aimee Delamain)
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
Imogen Bickford-Smith ...


When two doctors register for rooms at Fawlty Towers, Basil is delighted. Soon thereafter, Basil discovers that one is a psychiatrist. Basil is terrified of what the psychiatrist might think of him. The doctor has no interest in analyzing Basil; he merely wants to enjoy his stay at the hotel. Meanwhile, a handsome young playboy has checked into one of the "single" rooms, and Basil is determined to prove that the man has a lady visitor. Another visitor to the hotel is an attractive young single woman. Basil manages to make a fool of himself while trying to avoid what he believes to be the psychiatrist's scrutiny. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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When Sybil says "sledgehammer wit," the mic above her dips down into the picture, above Mr. Johnson's head. The camera then sneaks down the shot to help avoid it. See more »


Basil Fawlty: Are you dining here tonight, here in this unfashionable dump?
Mr. Johnson: I wasn't planning to.
Basil Fawlty: No, not really your scene is it?
Mr. Johnson: I thought I'd try somewhere in town. Anywhere you recommend?
Basil Fawlty: Well, what sort of food were you thinking of... fruit or...?
Mr. Johnson: Anywhere they do French food?
Basil Fawlty: Yes, France I believe. They seem to like it there, and the swim would certainly sharpen your appetite. You'd better hurry, the tide leaves in six minutes.
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Weekend Holiday in Torquay
17 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Psychiatrist" is a brilliant, brilliant farce. Basil Fawlty is probably the world's greatest ass-kisser, and this story features his fawning over the two (or three??) Dr. Abbott's, who are down in Torquay for a holiday out of London. Meanwhile, a hippie man named Johnson is staying at the hotel, and sneaks his girlfriend into his room (sign of the times, eh?), making for a highly entertaining subplot as Basil tries to catch sight of her and throw them both out. But there's yet another subplot - the appearance of a beautiful lady named Raylene Miles from Australia who shows up, and Basil can't help but become infatuated with her (or so Sybil thinks.) Sybil's hair is at its beehive-best in this one, complete with Basil's reference to it: "the dormant organ you keep hidden in that rat's maze of yours!" The two 'hand on boob' scenes and Basil's breaking into guest rooms "just to check the walls"' are side-splittingly funny, as is the entire episode. Definitely one of the best-written ones in the series.

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