The A-Team

Season 1 Episode 5

A Small and Deadly War

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 15, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A renegade S.W.A.T. unit can be hired to kill people. When another police officer learns about that, he hires the A-Team to uncover these techniques and protect his family. The A-Team has to fight hard against this well trained unit.

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    Dwight Schultz

    Dwight Schultz

    Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock

    George Peppard

    George Peppard

    Col. John "Hannibal" Smith

    Mr. T

    Mr. T

    Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus

    Dirk Benedict

    Dirk Benedict

    Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck

    Melinda Culea

    Melinda Culea

    Amy Amanda Allen

    Jack Ging

    Jack Ging


    Guest Star

    Dean Stockwell

    Dean Stockwell


    Guest Star

    Norman Allen

    Norman Allen


    Guest Star

    William Lucking

    William Lucking

    Colonel Lynch

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (8)

      • After Hannibal says, "Depends upon how fast B.A. gets us there," the A-Team van is shown speeding down Santa Monica Boulevard (the big red phone number for L.A. Security Storage is visible just before the blackout to go to commercial).

      • In the back room where Maloney meets Hannibal, Face, and B.A., there is a flyer for one of the Joe Louis-Billy Conn fights. In 1941 and 1946, Louis retained his heavyweight title in knockout wins against Conn; their last meeting, in 1948, was for a public exhibition in Chicago.

      • Don't you think it's odd that the four cops were in just one cop car? Definitely not standard procedure.

      • Episode took place in:
        Los Angeles, CA

      • Murdock's Obsession:
        Talking about his fake dog "Billy." He also only wears one glove during the entire episode.

      • Murdock's Shirt: Alexander the Great.

      • The comic book Murdock is shown reading is Fantastic Four #253, cover dated April 1983. Marvel comics released at this time were dated 4-6 months ahead of their actual printing, (insuring them longer shelf life for sell-through) which would place the production of this episode somewhere between November 1982 to January 1983.

      • When B.A. jumps onto the hood of the car near the end and punches a hole in the windshield, it mysteriously disappears seconds later when he jumps off. (Also, the windshield doesn't break like how windshields are suppose to break, but that's a different issue).

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Face: Replace the button on the collar with one from the kit.
        Amy: Bringing me along to sew, how wonderfully sexist.
        Face: Well, we each do what we have to do, if you think you can pick these three locks in ten minutes then eh...

      • B.A.: All right Hannibal how do we shut these guys down? I mean these guys are S.W.A.T. trained in special weapons and tactics.That's our bag. It's gonna be like going up against ourselves.
        Hannibal: Exciting, isn't it?

      • Murdock: Book 'em Dano, murder one.

      • B.A.: Man, I don't know why you had to go and send them that warning, Hannibal.
        Hannibal: B.A., that is what is called "style".
        B.A.: I call it "dumb". You don't go kick the snake you're tryin' to sneak up on.
        Hannibal:: Part of my plan.

      • B.A.: All right, Hannibal, how do we shut these guys down? They're S.W.A.T.-trained; that's special weapons and tactics. That's our bag. It's gonna be like going up against ourselves.
        Hannibal: Exciting, isn't it?

      • Hannibal: These guys gotta have an Achilles' heel. We´ll just keep pushing them and pushing them and pushing them until we find their weak link. It´s the same plan we nailed that Cong general with outside Khe San.
        Face: Ah, you mean where I took it in the leg?
        Murdock: I got shot down!
        Face: That was a terrible plan!
        Hannibal: Now we got all the kinks worked out in it.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (8)

      • 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.

      • Murdock: I'm not even supposed to sing, but Chiquita Banana got hung up at Valley Presbyterian.

        The singing mascot for Chiquita Bananas debuted in 1944.

      • Murdock: (singing)
        Did you ever see a hearse go by
        and think that someday you'd surely die?
        They put you in a little box
        and cover you over with dirt and rocks.

        This is one of many versions of "The Hearse Song," a folk song that dates back to World War One or earlier.

      • Meadows: So, instead of going to the chief, he hires the Seven Samurai.

        Seven Samurai is a 1954 Kurosawa film, widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

      • Face: I'm Captain Roy McEvedy. Lieutenant Harv Esterhaus [Murdock] and Sergeant Smith [Hannibal].

        Murdock's alias is a nod to another NBC crime show, Hill Street Blues, which included series character Phil Esterhaus and guest character Mr. Harv.

      • Face: My favorite TV show was Dragnet. Yeah, I learned most of my cons from watching episodes about bunco artists.

        The first television version of Dragnet ran from December 16, 1951, to August 23, 1959. (It was a radio show from 1949 to 1957.)

      • Face: I remember, in the orphanage, I had a whole scrapbook of Dick Tracy and his Crimestopper texts.

        On September 11, 1949, Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strip, began adding the Crimestoppers Textbook to the Sunday edition of Dick Tracy, offering tips on safety, finding clues, preventing neighborhood crime, and the like.

      • Hannibal: Well, we're off the bricks again.

        "Off the bricks" means "off the streets." The phrase is used in Clint Eastwood's 1979 film The Gauntlet, another story about corrupt police.