‘The Psychiatrist’ (TV)



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In this ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode, a married couple of doctors come to stay at the hotel. Basil gets uncomfortable when he finds out one of the doctors is a psychiatrist. But Basil makes a fool of himself, especially when he tries to get to see the girl smuggled in Mr. Johnson’s room for the night.

This episode guest stars Nicky Henson as Mr. Johnson. Nicky would later guest star in a ‘Doctor Who’ audio drama by Big Finish called ‘Loups-Garoux’. Mr. Johnson represents a sex symbol to which Basil disapproves of. Sybil however is admiring of him and has scenes flirting to him while he’s on the phone.

There’s also Basil Henson and Elspet Gray as the two Dr. Abbots in the episode. Elspet Gray would later guest star in the ‘Doctor Who’ story, ‘Arc of Infinity’. It was funny when Basil got confused with the two Abbots being doctors and also when they find him in their room when he ‘checks the walls’.

There’s also Luan Peters as Raylene Miles, an Australian girl who comes to stay at ‘Fawlty Towers’. She’s a tremendously gorgeous blonde and Sybil gets the wrong end of the stick when she thinks that Basil is trying to ‘grope’ with her. There’s also Imogen Bickford-Smith as Mr. Johnson’s girlfriend.

It was funny when Basil tries to get to see the girl in Mr. Johnson’s room by placing a ladder outside the window, but it turns out to be the Abbots’ room instead. Sybil finds out and smacks him on the face a few times when she gets the wrong end of the stick and Basil is completely befuddled by this.

Another favourite moment of mine from this episode is when Manuel says “She go crazy!” to Basil. Basil shakes him about after hearing Manuel told Sybil ‘he tried to see girl’. ‘The Psychiatrist’ is another enjoyable episode portraying Basil’s embarrassment of sexual interaction between people.

The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of ‘Fawlty Towers’ – The Complete Collection (Remastered) DVD, there’s a commentary with director Bob Spiers and there’s a commentary with John Cleese.

‘The Psychiatrist’ rating – 8/10

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