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Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his 'little nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly, and Manuel, the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

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Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his 'little nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly, and Manuel, the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

    • EPISODE 1

    A Touch of Class

    Arrogant conceit compels Basil (John Cleese) to invite a higher class of clientele to Fawlty Towers ("rather than the riff-raff we normally get in here"). Lord Melbury's arrival is quite timely. Basil will do anything for the nobility. With great deference, the proprietor is only too happy to take his Lordship's money.

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    • 30 Minutes

    Arrogant conceit compels Basil (John Cleese) to invite a higher class of clientele to Fawlty Towers ("rather than the riff-raff we normally get in here"). Lord Melbury's arrival is quite timely. Basil will do anything for the nobility. With great deference, the proprietor is only too happy to take his Lordship's money.

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    • 30 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    The Builders

    Once again being cheap causes a problem for Basil (John Cleese). Construction work needs to be done in the hotel lobby and, behind Sybil's back; Basil quickly accepts the lowest bid for the job. But he will soon discover why O'Reilly and his crew are so inexpensive.

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    • 28 Minutes

    Once again being cheap causes a problem for Basil (John Cleese). Construction work needs to be done in the hotel lobby and, behind Sybil's back; Basil quickly accepts the lowest bid for the job. But he will soon discover why O'Reilly and his crew are so inexpensive.

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    • 28 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    The Wedding

    Basil is outraged when he thinks promiscuity is out of hand at Fawlty Towers. As usual, he trips himself up. In the end, he is caught by the guests in a compromising position with Manuel.

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    • 33 Minutes

    Basil is outraged when he thinks promiscuity is out of hand at Fawlty Towers. As usual, he trips himself up. In the end, he is caught by the guests in a compromising position with Manuel.

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    • 33 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    The Hotel Inspectors

    Hotel inspectors are in the area. Basil is terrified that they will make their way to Fawlty Towers. It occurs to him that the guest he has been so rude to actually may be one of the inspectors. His rudeness turns to charm.

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    • 28 Minutes

    Hotel inspectors are in the area. Basil is terrified that they will make their way to Fawlty Towers. It occurs to him that the guest he has been so rude to actually may be one of the inspectors. His rudeness turns to charm.

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    • 28 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Gourmet Night

    A special gourmet night at Fawlty Towers will bring out the cream of Torquay society. The expectations could not be higher, but Basil's chef is drunk. Desperate, he drives around in a beaten up old car looking for a replacement main course.

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    • 28 Minutes

    A special gourmet night at Fawlty Towers will bring out the cream of Torquay society. The expectations could not be higher, but Basil's chef is drunk. Desperate, he drives around in a beaten up old car looking for a replacement main course.

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    • 28 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    The Germans

    Sybil is in the hospital suffering from an in grown toenail. Basil copes as best he can during her absence. A chaotic fire-drill at Fawlty Towers ends when Basil is knocked out by the moose's head mounted in the lobby. The now deranged host encounters his German guests and tells them the "truth" about their Fatherland. Contains language which some may find offensive.

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    • 31 Minutes

    Sybil is in the hospital suffering from an in grown toenail. Basil copes as best he can during her absence. A chaotic fire-drill at Fawlty Towers ends when Basil is knocked out by the moose's head mounted in the lobby. The now deranged host encounters his German guests and tells them the "truth" about their Fatherland. Contains language which some may find offensive.

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    • 31 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    Communication Problems

    Basil makes the mistake of entrusting his gambling winnings to the Major; he makes a second mistake by taking on the sometimes deaf Mrs. Richards.

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    • 31 Minutes

    Basil makes the mistake of entrusting his gambling winnings to the Major; he makes a second mistake by taking on the sometimes deaf Mrs. Richards.

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    • 31 Minutes
    • EPISODE 8

    The Psychiatrist

    Basil is enraged when a young tough is booked into the hotel. Clearly, Sybil is taken with him and he may have smuggled a young lady into his room. A psychiatrist arrives, this further irritates Basil.

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    • 36 Minutes

    Basil is enraged when a young tough is booked into the hotel. Clearly, Sybil is taken with him and he may have smuggled a young lady into his room. A psychiatrist arrives, this further irritates Basil.

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    • 36 Minutes
    • EPISODE 9

    Waldorf Salad

    An American traveller demands a level of service beyond what is usually provided at the “Torquay Riviera.” When a guest requests a Waldorf salad the ordeal throws the kitchen into a tizzy.

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    • 32 Minutes

    An American traveller demands a level of service beyond what is usually provided at the “Torquay Riviera.” When a guest requests a Waldorf salad the ordeal throws the kitchen into a tizzy.

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    • 32 Minutes
    • EPISODE 10

    The Kipper & the Corpse

    A panic stricken Basil tries to cover up the fact that he served rotten fish to a guest who later dies in his bed.

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    • 31 Minutes

    A panic stricken Basil tries to cover up the fact that he served rotten fish to a guest who later dies in his bed.

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    • 31 Minutes
    • EPISODE 11

    Anniversary

    Sybil thinks that Basil has forgotten their 15th wedding anniversary, "not after what happened the last time he didn't remember." She mentions it to Polly. Actually, Basil has arranged a surprise party with Sybil's friends. Unfortunately Sybil decides to play golf and leaves Basil caught up in guests, lies and mayhem.

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    • 29 Minutes

    Sybil thinks that Basil has forgotten their 15th wedding anniversary, "not after what happened the last time he didn't remember." She mentions it to Polly. Actually, Basil has arranged a surprise party with Sybil's friends. Unfortunately Sybil decides to play golf and leaves Basil caught up in guests, lies and mayhem.

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    • 29 Minutes
    • EPISODE 12

    Basil the Rat

    Manuel thinks he has purchased a Siberian hamster for a pet. Basil (John Cleese) is convinced that the gullible Spaniard has been sold a rat…just as the health inspector comes to the hotel.

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    • 33 Minutes

    Manuel thinks he has purchased a Siberian hamster for a pet. Basil (John Cleese) is convinced that the gullible Spaniard has been sold a rat…just as the health inspector comes to the hotel.

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    • 33 Minutes
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