Ah, Fawlty Towers. One of the many reasons I love England. I WOULD write a review on the complete collection, since I have that, but I will settle for Volume Two, because I think that these three episodes are the best of the whole series.
First of all, let's talk about Fawlty Towers in general. The acting is absolutely hilarious and the characters are well-made. The jokes and hair-rising situations are both ironic and slapstick, leaving families in stitches. I watched Fawlty Towers when I was eleven. I'm almost fifteen now and I still can't resist watching Fawlty Towers over and over again. I think what I like best about Fawlty Towers is the brilliant irony that loves to kick Basil Fawlty in the behind. It makes you want to curl up with a pillow and squeal with embarrassment for poor Basil Fawlty, and yet you can't take your eyes away from the screen because you're just too busy laughing at the brilliant faces Basil is making.
Now the three episodes specifically.
Gourmet Night: A new chef, called Kurt, comes to work at Fawlty Towers and the Fawltys absolutely love him. So Basil and Sybil decide to host a Gourmet Night, with some of Torquay's well-respected people. Kurt, however, has an arguement with the Spanish waiter, Manuel. This leads to him being unavailable and Basil must find a way to get food for his gourmet night, or else it will go all wrong. Utterly hilarious! The irony in this episode really comes back and kicks him in this episode! Basil's temper gets the better of him in this episode (which we should all enjoy) and his desperation for an idea leads to ridiculous situations. in some shows it might seem stupid, but in a comedy like this you just KNOW it's fine. Bear in mind that "if you don't like duck, you're rather stuck!"
The Germans: Sybil has an ingrowing toenail and therefore must spend her night at the hospital. Basil is delighted, FINALLY being in charge. Despite the fact that Sybil keeps on CALLING him to remind him mainly to hang up the moose and to ring the firebell at twelve for a fire drill. And it is only evident that everything falls to pieces, and Basil finds himself in hospital. Convinced that the waitress Polly can't handle the hospital herself, Basil, who has concussion, returns to welcome the Germans, and makes a whole mess. This is not as ironic as Gourmet Night, but it really makes you feel the frustration Basil feels when confronting the hotel guests about the fire drill. Even so, you laugh because you cannot BELIEVE how difficult it must be! Plenty of sticky situations keep you roped in, and the extremely forgetful Major will keep you laughing on and on! "I speeak Eeenglish very well!"
Communication Problems: Ahh, more frustration than the Germans! Mrs Richards, a deaf old woman who refuses to turn her hearing aid on, is not enjoying her stay. First of all, she claims the room is inadequate. Second of all, she is convinced some of her money (75 pounds) has been stolen, and is irritated by the fact that the Fawltys will not call the police immediately. Meanwhile, Basil has been given a rather good tip about a certain horse running in a race called Dragonfly. Sybil, however, had made him quit gambling on horse races when they got married. This means that Basil has to keep quiet about it throughout the episode, and this is a rather difficult thing to do. Why, oh WHY did he ask Manuel to put the bet on for him? Another hilarious episode. The chemistry between Basil and Mrs Richards is absolutely brilliant. "Basil can't win, even if he wins," as it says on the back of a Fawlty Towers DVD box. I agree. The two plots (one with Mrs Richards, the other with Dragonfly) cleverly combine into a delicious mixture that will keep you giggling on and on. There are plently of wonderful one-liners (the same for all of the other episodes!) and again, the irony is wonderful!
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