The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86962   Message #1622858
Posted By: clueless don
08-Dec-05 - 12:14 PM
Thread Name: BS: Fawlty Towers
Subject: RE: BS: Fawlty Towers
My enjoyment of Fawlty Towers was limited by the fact that I didn't have anyone to root for. On the one hand, Basil was genuinely put upon from many directions, which might have made me root for him. But he did so many awful things that I couldn't root for him.

One of my favorite moments in the show was when a guest was checking in, and Basil made some remark (I forget the details) about what he had to put up with in Manuel. The guest and Manuel then began having an animated coversation in Spanish, much to Basil's chagrin. The message seemed clear: Manuel isn't an idiot, he just doesn't speak the language.