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10/10
Weekend Holiday in Torquay
oceanave17 May 2006
"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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10/10
"I'll get you, you Piltdown Ponce!"
ShadeGrenade6 February 2010
Warning: Spoilers
A new guest - Mr.Johnson ( Nicky Henson ) - is staying at Fawlty Towers. He is very much The Medallion Man - shirt open to the waist, leather trousers, identity bracelets, and a habit of repeating a joke that ends with "Pretentious? Moi?". Basil hates him on sight, and likens him constantly to an ape.

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!".
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10/10
Probably The Greatest Comedy Half Hour Britain Has Produced
Theo Robertson14 July 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Basil becomes suspicious that a male guest has sneaked his girlfriend in to the hotel and vows to catch them . After all they're breaking the house rules . In the mean time a pair of psychiatrists come to stay

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
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10/10
The Three Doctors. So funny it hurts.
Sleepin_Dragon28 January 2019
The Psychiatrist must be one of the best episodes from Fawlty Towers, and in turn one of the funniest comedies ever made. The sheer quality of this episode is phenomenal, the script is sublime, and the physical humour, genuinely off the scale.

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
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10/10
Can it ever be bettered? I'm not hopeful.
Jellybeansucker11 July 2017
The best episode in the best series of the best sitcom ever put on TV. The Germans may be the most famous but as brilliant as it is, The Psychiatrist surpasses it. It's better written and produced with 4 years to perfect episodes and get them even tighter and funnier than series 1. There is so much going on in this great episode it makes me dizzy still.

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.
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Great farce.
BA_Harrison9 December 2017
I wouldn't say that The Psychiatrist has got the strongest of plots, but it doesn't matter much because there are so many great jokes and brilliant moments of physical humour that the story-line itself is of little consequence. On gags alone, this is one of the best.

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.
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10/10
Absolutely Wonderful.
Hotwok201314 September 2017
I agree with the reviews of both Jellybeansucker & Theo Robertson. This is not only the very best of the 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers, it is the funniest half hour of comedy that has ever been written, in my opinion. John Cleese & Connie Booth packed so much into it that it is really quite incredible. A married couple of doctors (the Abbotts) check in to the hotel & Basil Fawlty does his his usual fawning routine, that is until he finds out that the male doctor (played by Basil Henson) is a psychiatrist. This knowledge turns Basil into a nervous wreck suggesting that he is in dire need of help from Dr. Abbott himself!. A handsome & personable playboy type of young man (Mr. Johnson played by Nicky Henson) also checks in. Basil's wife Sybil takes a shine to him & tries chatting him up. He is wearing a shirt with the buttons undone flashing his hairy chest & the medallion he is wearing. Basil takes an instant dislike to him & suggests he is an ape calling him a "Piltdown ponce". Basil gets wind of the fact Mr. Johnson has also smuggled a girl into his room & becomes obsessed with trying to catch her. A beautiful young Australian lady called Raylene also checks in to the hotel. When she bends down to sign the register she flashes her ample cleavage & Basil can hardly divert his gaze away. She is played by Luan Peters & whilst trying to prove that Mr. Johnson has indeed smuggled a girl in he inadvertently ends up in Raylene's room. Sybil naturally gets the wrong idea & thinks he is infatuated with the beautiful Aussie lady. To fully appreciate this utterly hilarious episode of Fawlty Towers it simply has to be seen because anything I write can hardly do it justice. It is just the most fabulous piece of situation comedy I have ever seen. 10/10 with five gold stars!!!.
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