The A-Team

Season 1 Episode 1

Mexican Slayride (1)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 23, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A desperate, but ambitious newspaper reporter, Amy Allen, wants to prove the existence of the A-Team, four ex GIs that help people in need. When she finds them she hires them, because her co-worker Al Massey is missing in Mexico.

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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

Melinda Culea

Melinda Culea

Amy Amanda Allen

Tim Dunigan

Tim Dunigan

Templeton "Faceman" Peck

Guest Star

Sergio Calderon

Sergio Calderon


Guest Star

William Windom

William Windom

Al Massey

Guest Star

William Lucking

William Lucking

Colonel Lynch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof:
      In the pilot episode, Hannibal is officially a Lieutenant-Colonel from the US Army. However, in "Firing Line" (episode 3, season 5) Hannibal is a Colonel.

    • We learn a lot about Murdock in this episode, including:

      His mother died when he was five,
      He has been diagnosed with paranoid delusions and intermittent memory loss, and that
      He was in the Thunderbirds before the Vietnam War.

    • Murdock's Shirt: "Napoleon"

    • Murdock's Obsession: He doesn't really have one in this episode, though he is often insists that he's crazy.

    • Goof:
      During the first chase scene (where the villains chase the reporter) the backdoor of the green pickup falls off. One shot later the backdoor is still on!

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Hannibal: Here we are, there they are. I love it when a plan comes together.

    • Col. Lynch: Well, who are we today? Harold Lloyd? King Kong? Napoleon's parrot?
      Murdock: I'm not nuts. I keep telling everybody. Don't you think I wanna get out of here and see E.T., just like everybody else?

    • B.A.: (About Hannibal) You learn to love him, Mama. But it takes a long time.
      Amy: That's the same thing he said about you.

    • Amy: (Referring to B.A.) He hates the pilot. Why?
      Face: Because our pilot is insane.
      Amy: So, he's up there now, flying us?
      Hannibal: Yes.
      (Murdock walks down aisle away from the cockpit)

    • (The team is being chased at a film studio and Hannibal is in his Aquamaniac Costume)

      Tour Guide: ...and look there the Aquamaniac. (people from the studio tour bus snap photos and Hannibal waves)

      B.A.: I ain't stoppin' for autographs Hannibal.

    • Director: (attempting to get Hannibal, who is in a Aquamania suit, to stay under the water longer) The guy we had in Aquamania One stayed down four minutes.
      Hannibal: Why isn't he doing it now?
      Director: He had a little brain hemorrhage or something.

    • B.A.: This road leads directly to the airport.
      Hannibal: This road is no where near the airport. (plane flies overhead)

    • (After flooding the MPs' car with water from the movie studio's "Red Sea" exhibit)
      Hannibal: Nice try, Colonel. But you ain't Moses.

  • NOTES (5)

    • During the opening credits of most episodes, you can see a "Cylon Warrior" pass by Dirk Benedict. Cylons were his enemies as "Starbuck" in the cast of the 1978-1979 series "Battlestar Galactica".

    • The original Face was played by a different actor, Tim Dunigan.

    • Music:

      Jumpin' Jack Flash, by The Rolling Stones

    • This episode first aired after the 1983 Super Bowl game.

    • Tim Dunigan was fired after the pilot for both being too tall (he towers over Mr. T) and for not being Stephen J. Cannell's first choice for the role (Benedict was). Dunigan maintains, though, that he was replaced because Brandon Tartikoff thought he looked too young for the part. Go figure.