The A-Team

Harder Than it Looks

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 2/21/84
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  • Episode Description
  • The rescue of a kidnapping victim looks easy until the ransom is left behind and the victim insists on bringing along one of her captors. Hannibal has to decide fast, while he delivers the money.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dwight Schultz

    Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock

  • George Peppard

    Col. John "Hannibal" Smith

  • Mr. T

    Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus

  • Dirk Benedict

    Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck

  • Frank Lupo

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The Title Speaks for itself

    By Karlam20001, Aug 17, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Marcus: What're you going to do to me? Murdock: Use your imagination, or you can borrow mine.

    • Ramon: You're all dead men! Face: Really? Gee, I didn't think I'd feel this good after I was dead! (to everyone in the room) I want to thank you all for coming to the funeral.

    • Murdock: The Colonel really bends my mind out of shape, ya know? B.A.: Man, if your mind was bent out of shape, it'd be straight, fool.

    • Murdock: (in a game show host voice) Jennifer, you've won an all expenses paid kidnapping with the terrorist of your choice.

    Trivia (3)

    • The dam shown in the establishing shot that begins the last part of the episode is Hoover Dam. It is located on the Colorado River, which forms the border that divides Arizona and Nevada.

    • Marcus: We've got three teams out covering this entire area here. The lighthouse used for the GLA's hideout is the Point Vincente lighthouse in Palos Verdes. The area Marcus is describing is actually the Los Verdes Golf Course; the map on the blackboard is semi-accurate, except that it's California State Highway 107 that runs past the real lighthouse (the blackboard reads "Highway 105") and there is no "Flat Road" in the area.

    • Hannibal: (while throwing a grenade) Come and get it! This shot actually appears twice in the same chase sequence; later in the sequence, Hannibal throws a second grenade -- it's the same shot as the first, but without the line of dialogue.

    Allusions (9)

    • Murdock: All we have to do is follow the bouncing ball. Murdock says this line impersonating US comedian Paul Lynde.

    • Murdock: We gotta pop a Brodie and get moving. A "Brodie" is a wild, flamboyant, or even suicidal leap, named after Steve Brodie, who claimed to have jumped off the Brookyln Bridge on July 23, 1886, and survived. Whether he was telling the truth or not, his alleged stunt eventually turned his last name into a slang term.

    • Face: Fair's fair in love and war ... and all that stuff. According to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, "All's fair in love and war" appears in the 1850 novel Frank Fairleigh by Francis Edward Smedley.

    • Murdock: (to Face) Well, I'm gonna go get my gun. And then I'll catch you on the flip side. Back in the days when radio DJs played vinyl records instead of CDs, a DJ might choose to let a record play through to the end of one side without interruption; "I'll catch you on the flip side" meant that he wouldn't talk again until it was time to turn the record over to play the other side.

    • Face: B.A. did 15 rounds with Godzilla. The first Godzilla film -- called Godzilla, of course -- was released in 1954 by the Japanese film studio Toho Company Ltd., which has made 28 Godzilla films to date.

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