The A-Team

Season 1 Episode 3

Children of Jamestown

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 30, 1983 on NBC
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A desperate father calls for the A-Team to rescue his daughter. They succeed, but get captured by the kidnappers, a fanatic religious community. They decide that the A-Team shall die in a chivvy, where the team is the prey.

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  • After helping a young woman escape a religious cult, the A-Team are captured and forced to run as the hunted as members of the cult hunt them. Now they must use their wits to save the rest of the children forced in the cult and keep their livesmoreless

    8.0
    Great episode, starts off strong and keeps going. Although, like many shows there are lag times, but its few and far between. Gerrit Graham and John Saxon guest star as a member of the cult and the leader of the cult respectively. I don't remember too many of the episode I saw when I was a child, so it was fun to watch this as a new episode of sorts. This first syndicated episode also shows the traits of the A-Team as we see that Hannibal is very fond of his boots, Face has an automatic flair with the ladies, Murdock is very loyal to the team and B. A Baracus has a bit of a temper, but great in tight situations. Definitely worth a look, if you can afford it, buy it on DVD, if not, you can watch EVERY episode on NBC.com or Hulu.com

    3 out of 5 starsmoreless
  • It is where the A-team rescue this child who was made to take a vow of silence. BUT they get captured in the process. They escape and Hannnibal plots a plan to get his boots back.moreless

    10
    The children of Jamestown is my favourite episode of this season. I found the fight between Hannibal and Face really funny. I feel sorry for Amy as she has not been in situations like this where she has to accept death. Its really nice to see that a-team looking out for her and supporting her. I found it really amazing how they found out so much information, just by looking around the place. For example they knew where all the servailance were, what type of guns they had. I found it really funny that they went through most of the trouble just for Hannibal's boots. It was really cool that in that garage, out of all the junk they made such cool traps. It was nice for Murdock to go back for the team members.moreless
Dwight Schultz

Dwight Schultz

Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock

George Peppard

George Peppard

Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith

Mr. T

Mr. T

Sergeant Bosco "B.A." Baracus

Dirk Benedict

Dirk Benedict

Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck

Melinda Culea

Melinda Culea

Amy Amanda Allen

John Saxon

John Saxon

Martin James

Guest Star

Ron Hayes

Ron Hayes

Tim

Guest Star

Gerrit Graham

Gerrit Graham

Brother Stephen

Guest Star

William Lucking

William Lucking

Colonel Lynch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • 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.

    • During the fight in town at the beginning of the episode, watch the baseball bat carefully. In most of the shots, it is a foam bat, which gets floppy if not held correctly. Watch the way George Peppard takes it from Melinda Culea; even though he tries to hold it steady, it still wobbles a little at the top as he swings away from her. The floppiness is most evident as Dirk Benedict takes it from Peppard (watch how it arcs a little around his hand), and just before Benedict throws it down at the end of the fight (the end wobbles visibly).

    • Goof:
      When Hannibal gets out of the van in the camp, his handcuffs are open. He closes them by himself.

    • Episode took place in:
      Redwood, CA

    • They would actually reuse the concept of Monks with guns in the fifth season episode "Crystal Skull."

    • Murdock's Obsession: Continually emphasised the rule that you aren't supposed to leave your unit.

    • As Face and the farmers daughter are walking by one of the burned out jeeps, you can clearly see the smoke bomb, lodged in the engine, stop smoking.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • B.A.: (to Amy) Don't be afraid, I won't let anything happen to you. (to Hannibal) She can't do it, we have to see her through this.

    • Martin James: Have you heard this poem? The time of right is the goal of the fight. The Lord will prevail where evil shall wail.
      Hannibal: Have you heard this poem? Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck one, down he run, you smell worse than my socks.

    • Hannibal: I believe it was General Grant who once said: When you are surrounded and outnumbered, there's only one way out.
      Amy: Yeah? And what's that?
      Hannibal: Surrender.

    • Amy: We need your help - he's injured.
      Farmer: Look, there's nothing we can do to help you. We don't even have a phone. My daughter and I have lived here for the past five years, alone...
      B.A.: We comin' in, Jack! Now get the first aid kit before you have to use it on yourself!

    • B.A.: Hannibal, why you gotta go and bust Faceman in the lip for? You know if you make him ugly, it'll mess up our meal ticket. Won't be able to get no more good hotel rooms.

    • Hannibal: These boots are hard to get.

    • Hannibal: ...besides, he stole my boots. Nobody steals my boots.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • 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.

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