Hoping to attract a better class of guest Basil takes an advertisement in Country Life, much to Sybil's annoyance. Lord and Lady Morris book a room but before they arrive a seedy Cockney turns up on the off chance for a room which Basil reluctantly gives him. Another guest, Lord Melbury, arrives and Basil fawns all over the man even to the extent of cashing a cheque for him and allowing Melbury to go off with Basil's priceless coin collection. But the Cockney turns out to be police inspector and Melbury to be a confidence trickster. By mistake, Basil drives the real aristocracy away. As found in FAWLTY TOWERS.