Basil Fawlty's puritanical streak comes out when a young couple he suspects of not being married tries to book a double room. He's ready to give them rooms on separate floors until Sybil steps in. It turns out that the couple know Polly but when he sees her coming out of their room - she was trying on a dress her friend had brought her for the wedding they would be attending - Basil begins to think everyone has gone mad. All that's left is for another guest, Mrs. Peignoir, to get tipsy and make a pass at him. For Manuel, it's his birthday and a night of celebrating takes its toll. Written by
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In the scene where Basil hits Manuel over the head with a pan, the prop designer installed heavy padding in one of the pans. But during filming, John Cleese
couldn't see in the dark and grabbed the wrong pan-one that was totally unpadded. Andrew Sachs
was almost knocked unconscious and suffered a headache for days. See more
Either the crew set the clock wrong or John Cleese (Basil) reads the wrong line when telling time. Basil and Sybil are in bed at night's conclusion, and the clock on the nightstand shows the time as 11:15 pm. Basil then goes downstairs to answer the doorbell rung by Mrs. Peignoir who has been out drinking late that evening. After she stumbles onto Basil, Alan and Jean enter the front door. Basil attempts to quickly talk his way out of the awkward look of he and Peignoir tangled upon the floor. During his quick, long rant, Basil shouts, "Look it's 10:15 already!" When he returns to his room after this five-minute scene, the clock on the nightstand now now shows 11:20 pm. See more
She's in a terrible state.
Ah, good, good.
Referenced in The John Cleese Interview