Fawlty Towers

Communication Problems (a.k.a. Theft) - S2-E1

Question: What's the name of the piece of music played when Basil turns up the radio after Mrs Richards says it (the radio) doesn't work?

Neil Jones

Answer: It's "Leisure Complex" by Dave Gold and Gordon Rees. Can be found on YouTube. The relevant clip is around 25 seconds in.

Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Question: What was Basil referring to with his response of "I'm sorry it wasn't wide enough for you - a lot of the English cars have steering wheels" to Mr Hamilton's remarks about the M5 motorway?

Neil Jones

Chosen answer: Mr Hamilton referred to the M5 as a "little backstreet". In response Basil sarcastically apologises for it being narrow, despite being a multi-lane motorway, and makes a comment about cars in the UK having steering wheels because American roads are often built straight.

The Builders - S1-E2

Question: After Manuel has been punched by the builder, there is a close-up of the telephone receiver, and we hear Basil say something that ends in "thank you very much." What does Basil say?

Chosen answer: Basil says "Well done, Manuel, thank you very much."

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Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Question: Basil asks the American male guest (Mr Hamilton) if they have palm trees in California. The American replies that, "They say Burt Lancaster has one, but I don't believe them." The DVD then appears to cut prematurely to the next scene. Is there a hidden or subliminal joke here that I'm missing?

Chosen answer: A possible explanation can be found here: http://tviv.org/Fawlty_Towers/Waldorf_Salad Quote: "This is, of course, sarcasm, as southern California in general and Los Angeles in particular is famous for its palm trees".

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The Anniversary - S2-E5

Question: When Polly is laying in bed disguised as Mrs Fawlty, was that really Prunella scales playing that part? I was wondering as Polly as a more thinner face than Sybil and could never have really got away with it.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Indeed it is Polly. She has stuffings in her mouth to pretend she is swollen.

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