With Sybil in hospital for a few days to have an operation for an ingrown toenail, Basil is left on his own at the hotel to cope with a group of German tourists and the need for the regular semi-annual fire drill. He's not having much success with either. The guests confuse the burglar alarm with the fire alarm and when Manuel does start a fire in the kitchen, no one pays attention. Basil suffers a rather severe blow to the head leading him to insult his German guests by making constant references to the war.
Did You Know?
When Manuel attempts to put out a fire in the kitchen, firemen were on standby to put out the flames. However in the next shot where Manuel walks out to alert Basil of the fire, two chemicals were added to his arm, to create smoke. During rehearsal and filming these chemicals soaked into his clothing causing him second degree chemical burns on his arm and back. See more
The fire alarm that plays such a pivotal role, prominently placed at the reception desk, is mysteriously absent in all other episodes. See more
I must have been keen on her because I took her to see India.
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The jokes with the names of the Nazi-leaders were slightly altered for the German version to fit spelling in the German language. See more