‘The Germans’ (TV)



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In the last episode of ‘Fawlty Towers’: Series 1, Sybil is in hospital. She has an in-growing toenail and has to have an operation to get it out. Basil meanwhile runs the hotel with Sybil in hospital and hope to run the place properly. But things don’t go so well when a fire drill occurs and Germans stay over.

I found it funny during the fire drill scenes how Basil tries to explain to the guests that it’s not the fire bell but it’s the burglar alarm. The guests just don’t get it and Basil’s so frustrated that he gives up and says “I don’t why we bother, we should let you all burn!” It’s a line that defines Basil’s character.

Andrew Sachs also delivers a brave performance as Manuel in this episode. During the episode, Manuel finds the kitchen on fire and he too gets his clothes on fire. It was funny when Manuel tries to tell Basil that there’s a fire in the kitchen, but Basil doesn’t believe him until he sees it for himself.

But most importantly, this episode features the Germans who stay at the hotel. The Germans include Lisa Bergmayr, Willy Bowman, Dan Gillian and Nick Kane. The Germans behave reasonably; as after Basil gets knocked and bandaged on the head, he has lots trouble to not ‘mention the war’.

This episode also guest stars Brenda Cowling as Sister and Louis Mahoney as Dr. Finn at the hospital Sybil is staying at. Brenda Cowling has appeared in a number of BBC sitcoms including ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘You Rang M’Lord’. Basil becomes rude to the Sister before and after he has an accident with the fire drill. Louis Mahoney has been in ‘Doctor Who’ in ‘Frontier In Space’, ‘Planet of Evil’ and ‘Blink’.

Ballard Berkeley is funny as the Major in this ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode. My favourite scenes from this episode have to be when the Major thinks that a moose head is speaking to him, when in actual it’s Manuel behind the reception desk. It’s funny when the Major says at the end, “You naughty moose!”

‘The Germans’ is a great episode to finish off Series 1 of ‘Fawlty Towers’. There’s a lot happening in this episode that makes it pacier and funny at the same time. The moose head and the fire drill scenes are my favourite from the episode and it’s so easy to recall Basil’s “Don’t Mention The War!”

The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of ‘Fawlty Towers’ – The Complete Collection (Remastered) DVD, there’s a commentary with producer/director John Howard Davies and there’s a commentary with John Cleese.

‘The Germans’ rating – 9/10

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