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20 August 2010 @ 01:00 pm
TV meme, day 24  

Day 24 - Best quote

My love for language-based comedy means I have many, many favourite quotes, but most of them aren't as funny when read out of context or if the characters are unfamiliar. Therefore I'm picking only one today, Basil talking to himself in the Fawlty Towers episode "Communication Problems" (1979).

Several variations can be found online, but Belgian TV conveniently repeated the episode last Monday, so I sat poised, pen in hand, to check whether I had the quote word-perfect. I hadn't, but I do now.

"ZOOM!"
"What was that?"
"That was your life, mate."
"Oh, that was quick. Do I get another?"
"Sorry mate, that's your lot!"


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heartofdavid: bowiecoolheartofdavid on August 20th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Basil rules - the sarcasm never stops oozing.

I've got a favorite sequence from Life on Mars; it's the last line that kills me.

Sam Tyler: Look, I was thinking, guv. I know having me here is difficult for you. What if I went back?
Gene Hunt: To Hyde?
Sam Tyler: Is that possible?
Gene Hunt: I'll get on the blower.
[Gene picks up the phone]
Sam Tyler: You can do that? You can just send me back to where I came from?
Gene Hunt: [on phone] Hello, is that the Wizard of Oz? [to Sam] The Wizard'll sort it out. It's because of the wonderful things he does.
Mnemosyne: silly gene_lethe_ on August 20th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
When you said The Wizard of Oz was a favourite of yours, I knew you were going to like all the references to it in LoM. :)