The A-Team

Season 1 Episode 2

Mexican Slayride (2)

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

The A-Team travels to Mexico, where they are searching for Al Massey, but their client wants to come with. With the military police on their tracks the A-Team has to take actions quickly.

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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 (1)

      • Goof:
        When Murdock and Face are in the crop duster, you see Murdock singing. You can also see the sound of his singing and the movement of his lips are out of synch.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Colonel Flores: So, you are the man who's been causing señor Valdez so much trouble.
        Hannibal: Didn't take much to cause any trouble. He keeps tripping over his I.Q.

      • Colonel Flores: You have a very irritating manner señor.
        Hannibal: Yeah, I know, I've been working on my personality. Read the Don Rickles book and everything. Nothing seems to be helping.

      • Hannibal: They're closing.
        B.A.: They got us.
        Hannibal: You never know.
        B.A.: I do. We're almost out of gas.
        Hannibal: Now why did you pick a truck with no gas?
        B.A.: 'Cause I liked the paint job.

      • (as B.A. mounts a rifle on the plane)
        Face: Won't we shoot off the prop?
        B.A.: That's what this is for, man. Timing chain: bullets fire between the blades of the prop.
        Face: Is he nuts?
        Murdock: No, I'm nuts! He's just an angry mudsucker.

      • Hannibal: (After listening to part of Amy's story about them on tape) What is this? The last reel of a Disney movie?

      • (Hannibal is raiding Amy's makeup bag to make a disguise)
        B.A.: Coming out of the closet Hannibal.
        Hannibal: (Dryly) Funny.

      • Murdock: I'm nuts! I've got my whole room and board thing resting on that fact.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Colonel Flores' last name means "flowers" in Spanish. Malavida Valdez's first name means "bad life."

      • When Colonel Flores (which means "Flowers") says, "You have a very irritating manner señor," Hannibal replies, "Yeah, I know. I've been working on my personality. Read the Don Rickles book and everything. Nothing seems to be helping."

        Don Rickles is a comedian known for his insults (like the ones Hannibal tosses at Flores and Malavida "Bad Life" Valdez) who has been nicknamed "The Merchant of Venom."

      • The red biplane that Murdock flies is a Waco, which is not pronounced "Way-co" like the town in Texas, but "Wacko." As in "crazy." Which makes it a perfect fit for Murdock!

        The Waco (which gets its name from the manufacturer, the Weaver Aircraft Company) is still a great favorite with aviation buffs. The Taperwing models in particular were, according to the Waco Aircraft Museum, "known for their outstanding acrobatic qualities." You can see some of that demonstrated in this episode with loops, turns, and rolls.

      • Take a close look at the font style in this (and for the next few after that) episode. Look familiar? It should--it's the same one that was used in a previous Cannell series, The Greatest American Hero. And speaking of the latter, Brandon Williams, who played Ralph's son Kevin during the first season, appeared as one of the kids in the garage scene with B.A.

      • The first two episodes were originally broadcast as a made for TV movie entitled The A-Team.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Hannibal insults Colonel Flores by saying, "[You're] making believe you're Che Guevara...."

        Che Guevara was a Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla fighter who helped Castro to overthrow Batista in Cuba in 1959. He went on to fight in Congo-Kinshasa and Bolivia, where he was executed in 1967, making him a cult hero for many young people of that era. He is one of only two Latin Americans on the Time 100 list.

      • When Face shoots off the prop on the biplane, Murdock utters, "Good-bye, sweet prince." This is an allusion to a well-known line from Hamlet. Just after Hamlet collapses in death, his best friend, Horatio, utters these words: "Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince:
        And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"