The A-Team

Season 3 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 02, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The A-Team is hired by a local fire chief, who is trying to fight back against a violent private group of firefighters who want to replace her department.

Meanwhile the military police, under the new leadership of Colonel Briggs, closes in on the team.

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  • Fire is the story about a female fire chief who hires the team to protect her from a rival fire company chief (Kelsey)who wants her contract so that he can plan a hit on a political figure.moreless

    Fire! is a great episode in which there are sveral funny bits, the introduction of a new military antagonist (Col. Briggs) comedy from Murdock and a rare occasion where Hannibal falls for the girl.

    This episode has a great mix of all the classic elements. Murdock creates a secret fire fighting weapon in a small seltzer bottle he calls \"Lil\' Squirt\" and this frustrates BA. , Murdock and Face scam Kelsey as \"Fireman Fred\" \"I\'m dressed in red, i\'m Fireman Fred!\".

    This episode also shows that the team isnt biased against women as the team is impressed with a female fire chief.

    The new military antagonist, Col. Briggs shows up at the beginning, middle, and end of this episode making a really nice introduction for his character.

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 (3)

    • Most, if not all, of the fire alarm and fire truck sound effects used in this episode were taken from the series Emergency!.

    • When the A-Team makes an escape from Colonel Briggs in the early part of the episode, the van is seen making a right onto a street, followed by a left at the next intersection. That shot was filmed on Walnut Street in Newhall, California, at the intersection with 9th Street.

    • Colonel Briggs temporarily replaces Colonel Decker as the A-Team's chief military seeker. Lance LeGault was not available for the taping of this episode.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Fireman Fred: I'm Fireman Fred I'm Dressed in red and if they ask I'm Fireman Fred.

    • Face: Well, I hate to be a clock-watcher, Hannibal, but aren't you guys a little late? Late as in I could have been killed?!

    • Annie: Why do you do what you do?
      Hannibal: Call it survival.
      Annie: Want to bet if you weren't wanted, you'd still be doing it?

    • Hannibal: How did you get into this line of work, Miss Sanders?
      Annie: You mean what's a nice girl like me doing running a fire department?
      Face: You heard that one before?

    • Hannibal: You can't go. Casey, I want you to stay here with her.
      Annie: What do you mean I can't go? This my job. This is my fire company. It's my job to fight fires!
      Hannibal: Yeah, but we're not fighting a fire. We're fighting a war.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Stepfanie Kramer is billed as Special Guest Star.  At the time of this episode's original airing, she had just begun her starring role as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall in new Frank Lupo / Stephen J. Cannell series, Hunter.


    • Face: Hey, hey, could you fellows put a hold on it? I'm trying to listen to Rubenstein's performance of Brahms' Second Piano Concerto.
      Murdock: I prefer Ashkenazy.

      Polish-American Arthur Rubenstein is considered by many to be one of the finest virtuoso pianists of the 20th century; he won six Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, twelve years after his death. Vladimir Ashkenazy is a Russian-born virtuoso pianist; he has also won six Grammy Awards. Both pianists recorded Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 during their careers.

      Johannes Brahms began writing his second piano concerto in 1878 and completed it in 1881; he premiered the concerto in Budapest on November 9, 1881.

    • Murdock: And remember, only you can prevent forest fires.

      In 1944, the Ad Council created this message for Smokey Bear in an effort to prevent forest wildfires. The ad campaign has been so successful that nearly any American can quote Smokey Bear's message upon hearing the first few words.

    • Murdock: Do you know that there are a thousand tragic cases of "meaning to" in the naked city?

      This is an allusion to the line that closes the 1948 film The Naked City: "There are eight million stories in the naked city; this has been one of them." The line was also used in the TV series Naked City, which was inspired by the film.

    • Hannibal: (to Face) Come on, Van Gogh.

      Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh lived in Europe during the latter half of the nineteenth century. During his lifetime, he produced more than 2,000 paintings and drawings. Some of his best-known works include "Cypresses," "Sunflowers," and "The Starry Night."

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