The A-Team

Season 2 Episode 4

Bad Time on the Border

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

BA finds a girl lost in L.A. so he decides to help her. Hannibal goes undercover as an illegal alien when the A-Team is asked to find a sick woman who was apparently left behind by alien smugglers.

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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

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The home of Murdock's pet, Herman, is a box that reads "Blue Tip Matches. Strike anywhere. 1977 Ohio Match Company. Wadsworth Ohio U.S.A. 44281."

        The Ohio Match Company, which made Blue Tip matches, closed in the 1980s. The matchboxes are now considered collectibles.

      • Goof: When Murdock says, "Hold on to your feelers" to Herman, the matchbox in the background reads "Blue Tip Matches" from the top to the bottom of the box, and there is no "Herman's Home" tape on the box. In the next shot, a close-up of the box, the writing reads from bottom to top, and the "Herman's Home" tape is visible on the box.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • (Face is feeling seasick)
        Hannibal: You're a terrific shade of green, you know? It brings out the color of your eyes.

      • Presley: (being threatened by BA) Look, I haven't got her so why don't you call this jewelery store off me?
        Face: That's hard to do, very hard to do.

      • (as Murdock tries on some clothes)
        Presley: What's your size?
        Murdock: My size? My size is the amount of space I fill up, thanks for asking.

      • Hannibal: You're never gonna know where we are, but we know where you are. Now, if you're lying, or if you warn Prince, we'll be back and pull your drapes for good.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Marla Heasley makes her first appearance as one of the bikini girls on Face's boat. Quite a sight for the first time we see her!

      • This episode marks Jack Ging's second unrelated guest appearance. He would, of course, later be chosen as a semi-regular for the role of General "Bull" Fulbright.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Murdock: I'm Donny (gestures to BA) and this is Marie.

        An allusion to Donny and Marie Osmond, the famous singing siblings who are part of the Osmond family. They presented two shows together, both called Donny & Marie. One was a variety show (1976 - 1979) and the other a talk show (1998 - 2000).

      • Murdock: (singing) If not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would be lost.

        With the A-Team out at sea, Murdock finds time to sing this nautical song which happen to be the lyrics to the popular television show Gillilgan's Island.