Also at the hotel is a psychiatrist - Dr.Abbott ( Basil Henson ) and his paediatrician wife ( Elspet Gray ). The first half of this episode has Basil plainly terrified that Abbott is trying to psychoanalyse him, while the second concentrates on his attempts to prove Johnson has broken a rule ( no guests after ten p.m. ) by smuggling a young woman into his room for sex. Basil's efforts are hindered by a stunningly beautiful Australian, Raylene Miles ( Luan Peters ), whom he always manages to look as though he is groping...
The best Season 2 episode in my view, this is fabulous from start to finish, full of great lines and situations. Cleese had worked with Nicky Henson ten years earlier on 'The Frost Report', and asked specially for him to play the role of the gum-chewing, swaggering 'Johnson'. Elspet Gray is the wife of farce maestro Brian Rix, and was 'The Queen' in 'The Black Adder' in 1984.
As the episode begins, you can see someone rearranging the letters on the sign to read 'Watery Fowls'.
Funniest moment - Basil placing a hand on Raylene's left breast just as Sybil enters the room.
Second funniest moment - Basil climbing a ladder to peer through a window, hoping to catch Johnson 'on the job'. It turns out to be the Abbott's room! No wonder the psychiatrist later says to his wife: "Enough material here for a whole conference!".
This is it , probably the greatest comedy Britain has produced . It's high farce , very high farce that could have degenerated in to embarrassing silliness yet is so well written by the writing of Cleese and Booth is constantly funny no matter how many times you watch it
There's some slight suspension of disbelief needed as someone has to be in the right place at the right time , or Basil forgetting the layout of the hotel as he and Manuel get a pair of ladders which will prove that Basil is right in his suspicions . Do I honestly need to go in to detail as to the brilliance of the show in general and this episode in particular ? It's not often I give a ten out of ten to something on this site but when you've got the funniest episode of the funnies sit-com full marks are deserved
The content is so rich, it goes beyond being purely farce, we are treated to mistaken identity, half heard conversations, and misunderstandings, everything going on in that Hotel seems destined to cause mayhem for poor Basil.
Once again there are too many side splitting moments to mention, but for me, the two best scenes feature the Doctors. The initial moment where Basil meets them, Three Doctors, and the second being where poor Basil misunderstands the conversation about holidays.
Why can't comedies be this funny. 10/10
Pure farce as busy as it comes with cripplingly funny scene after scene, it is relentlessly funny from start to finish with hardly a wasted line. Inspired with possibly even a hint that Cleese himself was in need of psychiatric assessment. Everything ties together make the funniest half hour of comedy I've ever witnessed. A classical lesson of what can be achieved in a half hour sitcom if you really try. But you probably need a genius at the helm to do it.
For what it's worth, the episode sees hotel owner Basil in serious fawning mode when a married couple, both doctors, book a room; when he's not being obsequious, he's trying to catch another guest, ladies' man Mr. Richards (Nicky Henson), with a woman in his room after hours. The introduction of another customer, sexy Australian Raylene Miles, only adds to Basil's problems, as he seemingly cannot avoid being caught by Sybil in compromising situations with the Antipodean babe.
Best moments: Basil mistakenly looking in the wrong window while up a ladder, and Basil reaching round a doorway to find a light switch only to grab Miss Miles' breast.