Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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The Psychiatrist 

Confusion arises when Basil tries to catch a girl in a playboy's room after hours, all the while unnerved by a psychiatrist's presence.


Bob Spiers


John Cleese (by), Connie Booth (by)




Episode complete credited cast:
John Cleese ... Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales ... Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs ... Manuel
Connie Booth ... Polly Sherman
Nicky Henson ... Mr. Johnson
Basil Henson Basil Henson ... Dr. Abbott
Elspet Gray ... Mrs. Abbott
Ballard Berkeley ... Major Gowen
Brian Hall ... Terry
Luan Peters ... Raylene Miles
Aimée Delamain ... Mrs. Johnson (as Aimee Delamain)
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ... Miss Agatha Tibbs
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ... Miss Ursula Gatsby
Imogen Bickford-Smith Imogen Bickford-Smith ... Girlfriend


When two doctors register for rooms at Fawlty Towers, Basil is delighted. Soon thereafter, Basil discovers that one is a psychiatrist. Basil is terrified of what the psychiatrist might think of him. The doctor has no interest in analyzing Basil; he merely wants to enjoy his stay at the hotel. Meanwhile, a handsome young playboy has checked into one of the "single" rooms, and Basil is determined to prove that the man has a lady visitor. Another visitor to the hotel is an attractive young single woman. Basil manages to make a fool of himself while trying to avoid what he believes to be the psychiatrist's scrutiny. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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26 February 1979 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode where the viewers see the paperboy rearranging the letters on the "Fawlty Towers" sign in the opening shot to "Watery Fowls" See more »


A boom mic is clearly visible in the top right-hand corner of the screen for several seconds (until the camera moves down to compensate) when Basil is talking about swimming to France. See more »


Basil Fawlty: Are you dining here tonight, here in this unfashionable dump?
Mr. Johnson: I wasn't planning to.
Basil Fawlty: No, not really your scene is it?
Mr. Johnson: I thought I'd try somewhere in town. Anywhere you recommend?
Basil Fawlty: Well, what sort of food were you thinking of... fruit or...?
Mr. Johnson: Anywhere they do French food?
Basil Fawlty: Yes, France I believe. They seem to like it there, and the swim would certainly sharpen your appetite. You'd better hurry, the tide leaves in six minutes.
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The Fawlty Towers sign is re-arranged by the paper boy to spell Watery Fowls (a "T" is missing). See more »


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Great farce.
9 December 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I wouldn't say that The Psychiatrist has got the strongest of plots, but it doesn't matter much because there are so many great jokes and brilliant moments of physical humour that the story-line itself is of little consequence. On gags alone, this is one of the best.

For what it's worth, the episode sees hotel owner Basil in serious fawning mode when a married couple, both doctors, book a room; when he's not being obsequious, he's trying to catch another guest, ladies' man Mr. Richards (Nicky Henson), with a woman in his room after hours. The introduction of another customer, sexy Australian Raylene Miles, only adds to Basil's problems, as he seemingly cannot avoid being caught by Sybil in compromising situations with the Antipodean babe.

Best moments: Basil mistakenly looking in the wrong window while up a ladder, and Basil reaching round a doorway to find a light switch only to grab Miss Miles' breast.

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