The A-Team

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Without Reservations

    Aired 3/8/87

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    The Grey Team

    Aired 12/30/86

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    The Spy Who Mugged Me

    Aired 12/12/86

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    The Crystal Skull

    Aired 11/28/86

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Point of No Return

    Aired 11/21/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Vaughn

    General Hunt Stockwell

  • Dwight Schultz

    Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock

  • Mr. T

    Sergeant Bosco "B.A." Baracus

  • Eddie Velez

    Frankie "Dishpan" Santana

  • George Peppard

    Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith

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  • "In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire: THE A-TEAM." ========================== Broadcast History NBC---Jan. 1983---Sunday 10:00-11:00 NBC---Feb. 1983-Aug. 1986---Tuesday 8:00-9:00 NBC---Aug. 1986-Dec. 1986---Friday 8:00-9:00 NBC---Dec. 1986---Tuesday 8:00-9:00 NBC---May 1987-Jun. 1987---Sunday 7:00-8:00 ===================== Theme by: Mike Post & Pete Carpenter ========================moreless

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  • Quotes (407)

    • Hannibal: Here we are, there they are. I love it when a plan comes together.

    • Col. Lynch: Well, who are we today? Harold Lloyd? King Kong? Napoleon's parrot? Murdock: I'm not nuts. I keep telling everybody. Don't you think I wanna get out of here and see E.T., just like everybody else?

    • B.A.: (About Hannibal) You learn to love him, Mama. But it takes a long time. Amy: That's the same thing he said about you.

    • Amy: (Referring to B.A.) He hates the pilot. Why? Face: Because our pilot is insane. Amy: So, he's up there now, flying us? Hannibal: Yes. (Murdock walks down aisle away from the cockpit)

    • (The team is being chased at a film studio and Hannibal is in his Aquamaniac Costume)
      Tour Guide: ...and look there the Aquamaniac. (people from the studio tour bus snap photos and Hannibal waves)
      B.A.: I ain't stoppin' for autographs Hannibal.

    • Director: (attempting to get Hannibal, who is in a Aquamania suit, to stay under the water longer) The guy we had in Aquamania One stayed down four minutes. Hannibal: Why isn't he doing it now? Director: He had a little brain hemorrhage or something.

    • B.A.: This road leads directly to the airport. Hannibal: This road is no where near the airport. (plane flies overhead)

    • (After flooding the MPs' car with water from the movie studio's "Red Sea" exhibit) Hannibal: Nice try, Colonel. But you ain't Moses.

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    Notes (110)

    • During the opening credits of most episodes, you can see a "Cylon Warrior" pass by Dirk Benedict. Cylons were his enemies as "Starbuck" in the cast of the 1978-1979 series "Battlestar Galactica".

    • The original Face was played by a different actor, Tim Dunigan.

    • Music: Jumpin' Jack Flash, by The Rolling Stones

    • This episode first aired after the 1983 Super Bowl game.

    • Tim Dunigan was fired after the pilot for both being too tall (he towers over Mr. T) and for not being Stephen J. Cannell's first choice for the role (Benedict was). Dunigan maintains, though, that he was replaced because Brandon Tartikoff thought he looked too young for the part. Go figure.

    • Colonel Flores' last name means "flowers" in Spanish. Malavida Valdez's first name means "bad life."

    • When Colonel Flores (which means "Flowers") says, "You have a very irritating manner seƱor," Hannibal replies, "Yeah, I know. I've been working on my personality. Read the Don Rickles book and everything. Nothing seems to be helping." Don Rickles is a comedian known for his insults (like the ones Hannibal tosses at Flores and Malavida "Bad Life" Valdez) who has been nicknamed "The Merchant of Venom."

    • The red biplane that Murdock flies is a Waco, which is not pronounced "Way-co" like the town in Texas, but "Wacko." As in "crazy." Which makes it a perfect fit for Murdock! The Waco (which gets its name from the manufacturer, the Weaver Aircraft Company) is still a great favorite with aviation buffs. The Taperwing models in particular were, according to the Waco Aircraft Museum, "known for their outstanding acrobatic qualities." You can see some of that demonstrated in this episode with loops, turns, and rolls.

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    Trivia (310)

    • Goof: In the pilot episode, Hannibal is officially a Lieutenant-Colonel from the US Army. However, in "Firing Line" (episode 3, season 5) Hannibal is a Colonel.

    • We learn a lot about Murdock in this episode, including: His mother died when he was five, He has been diagnosed with paranoid delusions and intermittent memory loss, and that He was in the Thunderbirds before the Vietnam War.

    • Murdock's Shirt: "Napoleon"

    • Murdock's Obsession: He doesn't really have one in this episode, though he is often insists that he's crazy.

    • Goof: During the first chase scene (where the villains chase the reporter) the backdoor of the green pickup falls off. One shot later the backdoor is still on!

    • Goof: When Murdock and Face are in the crop duster, you see Murdock singing. You can also see the sound of his singing and the movement of his lips are out of synch.

    • During the beginning teaser, B.A. when he enters the house, says "Shut up! Shut up! We're coming in here jack! Now get the first aid kit before you have to use it on yourself!" However, during the episode, another take of the scene is shown with the "Shut up! Shut up!" line omitted.

    • Goof: Right after Hannibal says, "I love it when a plan comes together," there is a shot over the top of the A-Team van, facing the guys in brown robes holding guns on the van. A voice says, "Get out of that van with your hands up" -- but no one's mouth is moving in the shot.

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    Allusions (190)

    • Hannibal insults Colonel Flores by saying, "[You're] making believe you're Che Guevara...." Che Guevara was a Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla fighter who helped Castro to overthrow Batista in Cuba in 1959. He went on to fight in Congo-Kinshasa and Bolivia, where he was executed in 1967, making him a cult hero for many young people of that era. He is one of only two Latin Americans on the Time 100 list.

    • When Face shoots off the prop on the biplane, Murdock utters, "Good-bye, sweet prince." This is an allusion to a well-known line from Hamlet. Just after Hamlet collapses in death, his best friend, Horatio, utters these words: "Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

    • Hannibal says, "Throw down your weapons and put your hands on your head, or I'll turn you all into burning bushes!" This is a reference to the burning bush in the Bible (Exodus, chapter 3).

    • Face says, "Nuttier than an almond bar." The popular saying is actually "Nuttier than an Almond Joy" -- but for obvious reasons, the saying is slightly altered in this episode to avoid comparing a popular candy bar to a villain!

    • Face says, "Nah, it's just a flesh wound." This echoes the Black Knight's famous line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "It's just a flesh wound."

    • Face says, "I will fear no evil. Thy rod and thy AR-15 shall comfort me, right, guys?" This is an allusion to Psalm 23:4: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."

    • The title is an allusion to "Children of Jonestown," a book written by Kenneth Wooden about the "People's Temple" cult, their leader, Jim Jones, and the 1978 massacre in Jonestown, Guyana.

    • Murdock: Book 'em, Danno. Murder one. As Detective Steve McGarrett, Jack Lord uttered these words many times to James McArthur, who played Detective Danny Williams on the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-O. The series ran for twelve seasons from 1968 to 1980.

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  • Fan Reviews (111)
  • UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TOP 6 shows 80's including BAYWATCH tv hasn't done anything good since these 7shows off Air

    By SteveAhern, Aug 29, 2013

  • I loved it when a plan came together......

    By McBurgermeister, Jan 09, 2009

  • Snuck out of kindergarden to meet Mr. T

    By yeeisme, Oct 01, 2008

  • The A-Team... A favorite from my teen years, and still awesome in re-runs!!!

    By shwsrs, Oct 01, 2008

  • Four commandos are on the run from the military for a crime they didn't commit.

    By Woolsey, Aug 23, 2008

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