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S2-E2 The Psychiatrist

S2-E2 The Psychiatrist



Assuming you haven’t got the VHS, the DVD or seen it seven times on Gold, The Psychiatrist (series 2 episode 2: “Watery Fowls”) looks as zingy and agonising as it did in 1979.

Sybil flirts with an open-shirted guest (or “Piltdown ponce”) while Basil fawns on a couple who are both doctors – until he learns one is a psychiatrist. There’s so much to love in the way that from there his spasms of overreaction build to disaster on the first-floor landing, not least the insults exchanged by the “brilliantine stick insect” and the “coiffured old sow”.


Basil goes to great lengths to prove to Sybil that a guest has smuggled a woman into his room. Instead the hotelier keeps being caught in compromising situations with a young Australian woman, and a visiting psychiatrist finds his increasingly manic behaviour both fascinating and alarming. Classic comedy first broadcast in 1979, starring John Cleese and Prunella Scales.

Cast & Crew

Basil Fawlty John Cleese
Sybil Fawlty Prunella Scales
Manuel Andrew Sachs
Polly Connie Booth
Mr Johnson Nicky Henson
Raylene Miles Luan Peters
The Major Ballard Berkeley
Dr Abbott Basil Henson
Mrs Abbott Elspeth Gray
Terry Brian Hall
Miss Tibbs Gilly Flower
Miss Gatsby Renee Roberts
Director Bob Spiers
Writer John Cleese
Writer Connie Booth
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