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- In 'The Kipper and the Corpse', Basil escapes all consequences by climbing into a laundry basket while his wife is left to mop up his mess. Cue end of episode. Refuge in Audacity, obviously.
- Throughout the series, getting Sybil angry is a very large worry. Considering her reaction when she finds out about the construction folly in episode 2, this is a very, very, very justified worry. Sybil the dragon faced with an optimist... She can kill a man at ten paces with one blow of her TONGUE!
- In "Communication Problems", the one time the show gets you on Basil's side, because his obnoxiousness is fully justified as he's standing up to an insufferable and dishonest persnickety customer.
Mrs. Richards: When I pay for a view, I expect something more interesting than that!
Basil: That is Torquay, Madam.
Mrs. Richards: Well, it's not good enough.
Basil: Oh? And may I ask what you were expecting to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The hanging gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeests sweeping majestically--
Mrs. Richards: Don't be silly. What I wanted was a view of the sea.
Basil (pointing): You can see the sea. It's over there between the land and the sky.
Mrs. Richards: I would need a telescope to see that!
Basil: Then may I recommend you try moving to a hotel closer to the sea! Or preferably in it.
Mrs. Richards: Right, now, listen to me: I'm not satisfied. However, I have decided to stay here. But I shall expect a reduction.
Basil: Why? Because Krakatoa's not erupting at the moment?
Mrs. Richards: Because the room is cold, the bath is too small, the view is invisible, and the radio doesn't work!
Basil: No, the radio works. You don't!
- Likewise, the end of the hotel inspectors episode, where after dealing with the insufferably picky Mr. Hutchinson for the entire episode, finally just slams two cream pies into his face and crotch, pours a pitcher of milk into his briefcase, and throws his prissy ass out the door.
Basil: And if you ever come back, I shall kill you.
- John Cleese once said that the only thing he didn't like about that scene was that the screams of laughter from the studio audience drowned out that last line.
- Another example of a guest being so much more ruder than Basil that we're completely on his side is the bratty boy from "Gourmet Night," and dear lord is he on a roll this time:
Boy's mother: He's very clever, rather highly strung.
Basil: Yes, yes, he should be.
Boy: (about his chips) They're the wrong shape.
Basil: Oh dear, what shape do you usually have? Mickey Mouse shape? Smartie shape? Amphibious landing craft shape? Poke-in-the-eye shape?
Boy: (about the mayonnaise) That's puke, that is.
Basil: Well at least it's fresh puke.
- Oh and to top it off, he gives him an "accidental" slap on the head too.
- In the anniversary episode, Polly finally gets tired of Basil dragging her through insane scheme after insane scheme, gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and forces him to pay her out the nose before agreeing to any further plans.
- In the same episode, the ever-timid and good-mannered Manuel is so passionate about his paella that, when Terry gets competitive over the matter, the episode ends with him and Manuel rolling around on the floor, fighting like cats. For emphasis, Manuel picked a fight with another human being!
- After being hit with blow after blow about how unsatisfied his guests are with the service at his hotel, an exhausted and riled Basil enters into a mind-numbingly EPIC rant at his guests:
Basil: This is...typical. Absolutely typical. The kind of...arse I have to put up with from you people! You ponce in here, expecting to be hand-waited on, hand and foot, while I'm trying to run a hotel here! Have you any idea of how much there is to do? Do you ever think of that? Of course not! You're too busy sticking your noses into every corner, poking about for things to complain about, aren't you? Well let me tell you something: This is EXACTLY how Nazi Germany started! A lot of layabouts with nothing better to do than to cause trouble! Well, I've had fifteen years of pandering to the likes of you, and I've had enough! I've had it! Come on, pack your bags and get out! Come on, everybody out! Come on, out! RAUS! RAUS! RAUS!
- While it ultimately backfires badly on him, Basil within another rant from Sybil, quickly silences her with a firm Big "Shut Up!" in "The Psychiatrist".
Basil: I'm fed up with you, you rancorous, coiffured old sow. Why don't you syringe the donuts out of your ear and get some sense into the dormant organ you keep hidden in that rat's maze of yours?