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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: When Basil, Manuel and Polly are trying to hide Mr. Leeman from the other guests, they put him in a cupboard. While they are talking to the people staying in the room, Mr. Leeman's hand comes out of the cupboard. Watch carefully, and you can see the actor opening the door from the inside, and then putting his arm down, making him look like the corpse.

The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: There are noticable disparaties between the locations of rooms and the windows on the outside of the building. This is particularly noticable in this episode when Basil climbs a ladder to look through the window.

David Mercier

The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: In the episode "The Wedding Party", the first two rooms on the second floor right of the stairs were 12 and 14. Yet in this episode, those two exact same rooms are now 5 and 6.

Razzer

The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Visible crew/equipment: Basil runs out of the kitchen and stops Doctor Abbott and starts talking to him. The shadow of a boom mic appears on the wall to the right of the screen twice as he talks to him.

Razzer

The Builders - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When the Major says "He lost it you know" to Polly before entering the dining room, the silhouette of a boom mic can be seen on the top right hand of shot.

Razzer

The Builders - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When Basil smashes Manuel against the wall where the dining room is meant to be, we can see it is made out of cardboard. Notice how it begins to fall off, even though it is meant to be sealed and covered in wallpaper.

Razzer

The Wedding Party (a.k.a. Sex) - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: Basil goes back to the second floor chasing after Polly. As he passes the last part of the banister, he touches the edge of it and it wobbles like rubber.

Razzer

The Anniversary - S2-E5

Plot hole: Sybil leaves the hotel at 05:29 and returns with Audrey at 24:39. 19 minutes have elapsed in real time during which Basil has been 'entertaining' Sybil's friends. So Sybil had just enough time to visit Audrey, talk to her and return. There wasn't enough time to visit the homes of Alice, Kitty or Virginia. Sybil went straight to Audrey who must therefore be her closest friend. Also Audrey was free and knew nothing about the party. Would not Basil have invited Audrey to the party? Is not Audrey's presence just to allow Sybil to explain to the audience when it makes no sense she is not at the party?

DVDpedant

The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Basil, Manuel and Sybil enter the office and find Miss Tibbs fainted next to the corpse, the boom mic appears on the righthand side of the screen next to the fan on the wall. And when the camera switches back to the full shot of all the characters, the boom mic appears again.

drwhoben

The Germans - S1-E6

Other mistake: When Basil shuts Manuel in the burning kitchen and slams the door, the walls shake.

The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: When the sausages burn the first time, the smoke comes from off screen.

Starchild

The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: The dog's mouth is nowhere near Manuel when he is "bit".

Starchild

The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Polly is on the phone with the undertaker and she says "I'm afraid somebody's died tonight", the boom mike is visible to the right of the screen.

Mortug

The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: When Basil sneaks into Raylene's room to listen for the "extra guest" in Johnson's room, Raylene wakes up screaming. When Sybil comes in, turns the light on and Basil says "I didn't know she was there, I just came in to check the walls", look at the extreme right of the screen. You can see the shadow of a boom light on the wall.

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Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When the Hamiltons arrive, Mrs Hamilton says 'May I introduce my husband.' The boom mic is seen at the top of the screen.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When Basil's trying to persuade Sybil about the woman in the guest's room, the shadow of a boom mic appears on the top wall.

Jon Sandys

Show generally

Revealing mistake: Whenever somebody closes a door, leans against a wall, or goes up/down the stairs and brushes against the wall, it wobbles, revealing that the walls are lightweight stand-up props.

The Hotel Inspectors - S1-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Basil enters the "Private" room, the camera is reflected on the glass door pane.

The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: After the woman screams, Sybil knocks the wall and you can see it move.

Starchild

Gourmet Night (a.k.a. Gourmet's Paradise) - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: At the end, the stage lights can be seen in the silver lid.

Starchild

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Mrs Richards: And another thing. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil: [whispering to Manuel.] Deaf, Mad and Blind. [To Mrs Richards.] Yes, this is the view as far as I can remember... Yes, yes it is.
Mrs Richards: When I pay for a view, I expect something more interesting than that.
Basil: But that is Torquay, madam.
Mrs Richards: Well it's not good enough.
Basil: Well may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain...
Mrs Richards: [interrupting.] Don't be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil: You CAN see the sea! It's over there between the land and the sky!
Mrs Richards: I'd need a telescope to see that.
Basil: Well might I suggest you move to a hotel closer to the sea. Or preferably in it.
Mrs Richards: Now listen to me. I'm not satisified but I've decided to stay. HOWEVER, I shall expect a deduction.
Basil: Why, because Krakatoa isn't erupting at the moment?
Mrs Richards: Because the room is cold, the bath is too small, the view is invisible and the radio doesn't work.
Basil: No, the radio works. You don't.

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Trivia

This is the only Fawlty Towers episode that doesn't have a hotel sign at the beginning. The episode opens at a hospital.

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