The A-Team

Season 3 Episode 1

Bullets and Bikinis

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Two girls fly in from Miami to ask the A-Team to save their beachfront hotel because a local gangster destroys their business and offers a lot of money to the bank to get the hotel. So the A-Team flies to Miami, which causes a few problems, but after that, everyone has fun running a hotel for a few days.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

    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

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (7)

      • The Beach Boys' 'Surfin' USA' is heard in this episode.

      • The building used for the exterior of Joey Epic's office (it's a white building with rounded balconies on one end) is 101 Ocean, located at the end of Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica.

      • When Face and Hannibal start singing "Moon over Miami," they are standing in front of a sign announcing the opening of the "Sunset Bay Towers." The building was constructed in Long Beach, California, in 1984; it is now known as the Ocean Club.

      • The final battle with the bad guys was shot at Long Beach; the towers in the background (across the water) are camouflaged oil rigs on Island Grissom, named for astronaut Virgil Grissom, who died during a preflight test for the Apollo 1 mission on January 27, 1967, along with astronauts Edward White and Roger Chaffee.

      • While the story takes place in Miami, it was (of course) shot in and around Los Angeles, including Marina del Rey. The Marina Towers, located at 4640 Admiralty Way, are visible in the background while Joey Epic has his meeting at the (fictional) Farsider Inn.

      • Goof: The story is set in Miami; however, in one of the opening shots in the episode, there is a street sign for "Las Olas Blvd.," which is in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, not Miami.

      • Murdock wears two T-shirts in this episode. The first says, "There's a creep in your future." The second says, "Minds are for people who think."

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Joey: You, uh, you sign right there on, uh, on the dotted line. Here.
        (Joey hands Hannibal the deed to the hotel, expecting a signature)
        Hannibal: Right here, huh?
        Joey: Yeah.
        (Hannibal sets the deed on fire)
        Joey: What are you doing? What are you doing?! What are you crazy? Are you crazy?!
        Hannibal: I didn't like the terms.

      • Murdock: I should have the binocs. Faceman said I am the lifeguard.
        B.A.: You're gonna be a package of cream cheese in a minute. I'm the lifeguard; you can't even swim!

      • Face: Ah, relax, B.A., relax. Dentists are our friends. If you're real good, he uh, might give you a sucker when he's done.
        B.A.: A sucker is what I feel like for bein' here.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (7)

      • Murdock: Now, B.A., listen to your commanding officer. This is sunny Florida. It's the fun city. You know, fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy takes the T-bird away.

        Murdock quotes more lyrics here from the 1964 Beach Boys hit "Fun, Fun, Fun."

      • Hannibal and Face: (singing) Moon over Miami. Shine on my love tonight.

        A popular jazz song, "Moon over Miami" was written in 1935 by Joe Burke and Edgar Leslie and recorded by several artists the following year. It was also the inspiration for a 1941 movie musical starring Don Ameche and Betty Grable, and a short-lived TV series in 1993.

      • Murdock: Boy, I sure wish we had Superman. Even Jimmy Olsen.

        In the fictional world of Superman, Jimmy Olsen was a cub reporter and photographer for The Daily Planet.

      • Murdock: (singing) Well, she's got her daddy's car and she's cruising to the hamburger stand, now ....

        Murdock is singing the 1964 Beach Boys hit "Fun, Fun, Fun," though he has modified the lyrics slightly; the original lyrics were "Well, she got her daddy's car and she cruised through the hamburger stand, now."

      • Murdock: (singing) East Coast girls are neat; I really like those styles they wear. Those Southern girls and the way they kiss, they keep their boyfriends warm at night. I wish they all could be California -- I wish they all could be California -- I wish they all could be California girls.

        Murdock is singing the 1965 Beach Boys hit "California Girls" -- though he mangles the verse quite a bit.

      • Murdock: (singing) If everybody had an ocean across the U.S.A., then everybody'd be surfin' like Californ-i-a. You'd see them wearing their baggies, Huarache sandals, too. A bushy, bushy, blond hairdo ....

        Murdock is singing the 1963 hit "Surfin' USA." The original song, as sung by the Beach Boys, accompanies the opening shots of this episode.

      • Murdock: (singing) Goin' to Surf City, just to have some fun.
        Murdock and Face: (singing) We're goin' to Surf City, where it's two to one. Two girls for every guy.

        Murdock and Face are singing the 1963 Jan and Dean hit "Surf City," which was written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson. However, Face and Murdock don't quite get the lyrics right; it's "gonna have some fun" and "two girls for every boy."