‘THE WEDDING PARTY’
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In this episode, Basil gets embarrassed by sexual interaction when two young lovers come to the hotel. Through a series of misunderstandings and misinterpretation, Basil soon decides to have the two lovers and a couple more guests leave the hotel. This is before he discovers the truth from Sybil.
I admit, this isn’t really a standout favourite episode from the ‘Fawlty Towers’ TV series, but it’s pretty good and interesting to watch. It develops the character well in terms of how Basil behaves with regards to sexual interaction and how he disapproves of it when he sees love come to the hotel.
This episode guest stars Trevor Adams as Alan and April Walker as his girlfriend Jean. It turns out Polly knows who Alan and Jean are when they come to the hotel. There’s also Yvonne Gilan as Mrs. Peignoir, who is attracted to Basil. There’s also Conrad Phillips and Diana King as Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd.
Basil also has to deal with Manuel on his birthday. I enjoyed those scenes where Manuel attempts to thank Basil for his ‘beautiful present’ of an umbrella and Basil dismisses him. It was also very funny when Manuel gets terribly drunk and has a hangover afterwards. Manuel ends up asleep in a basket.
I also enjoyed the scenes in Basil and Sybil’s bedroom, especially when Sybil has her funny laugh of a ‘seal and a machine gun’ as described by Basil. It was also very funny when Sybil’s on the phone to her friend Audrey and she goes, “Oh I know! I know! Oh I know”, which really gets on Basil’s nerves.
‘The Wedding Party’ is an interesting exploration into Basil’s character in how he reacts to sexual behaviour and disapproves of it. It’s amusing when Basil gets the wrong end of the stick with Polly’s friends and their family. It’s also very amusing when Basil has to deal with Manuel after his birthday.
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 Wedding Party’ rating – 7/10
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