The A-Team

Season 5 Episode 1

Dishpan Man (Part 1 of The Court Martial)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 1986 on NBC

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  • The beginning of the end.

    This episode marks the start of the dangerous new story arc. Forced by dipping ratings, the fifth season sees the addition of new characters and more masculinity. It takes away the parade of Ahab Generals seeking the A-Team and makes them a sub government commando unit working for a shadowy general. This is the beginning of the three part episode that puts all the pawns into place for this new voyage.

    One of the mediocre changes (he had his good and bad points) is the eponymous Frankie "Dishpan Man" Santana. His skill is obviously one that the A-Team had before, but no one specifically illustrated it in their background. He was a plug to fill a skill gap. Personality wise, he was a cross between a tame Murdock and a hornier Face. Thid isn't Shakespeare, so any acting issues can be forgiven.

    Now, I guess you want something specific about this episode... It's a fine outing. Different, to be sure, but still with the requisite A-Team moments. It made sense.

    Plus, the runway scene is a classic moment for the series.

    A solid episode, all the changes included.