The A-Team

Season 5 Episode 9

Point of No Return

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 21, 1986 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Stockwell refuses to allow the A-Team to go after Hannibal when he fails to check in while on a solo mission in hostile territory of Hong Kong. The rest of the Team goes anyway.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • You don't watch this episode for the team. You watch it for Stockwell.

    The fifth season of The A-Team introduced an, in my opinion, fascinating character: General Hunt Stockwell. He straddled the line of good guy/bad guy nicely. Morally ambiguous, strict and one with an interesting and mysterious past.

    So it comes to no one's surprise when we learn in this episode that Stockwell spent some time as a spy in the far East. He steals the show, taking command of the team in Hannibal's absence. The team's attempts to find Hannibal on their own come off a little cheesy and are at times, a little disrespectful to their actual abilities. The emotional scene in which they confront Stockwell concerning Hannibal's supposed death is still a highlight though. The emotion in the scene is a rarity in the series.

    The plot is rather simple and resolved rather easily and with an edge of corniness. There's no real tension as to whether Hannibal is dead. It allows this new character to steal the show, similar to how he did in the "The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair". For some hardcore fans of the series, it's hard to swallow.

    For someone who can appreciate the fifth season for what it tried to do, namely to reinvigorate and partially revamp the show, it's an episode you'll want to watch. As an A-Team episode on itself, it's average.moreless
  • An adventure of moderately epic porportions, wrapped up in an hour. Yup. The A-Team.

    This episode was average A-Team. One of the team is in danger, the rest need to ply their talents to save them. Yup. Typical. What made it different? Nuclear material. Stockwell. And...well, isn't that enough?

    Having Stockwell in the mix shook up what was a typical plot. Having the nuclear material ramped up the danger level, as if it wasn't dangerous enough for the fans to have Hannibal in grave danger.

    There was a level of fun in this episode, and a decent ammount of action. There were surprises and double crosses and a little bit of costumery. Oh, and the return of a fight between BA and someone just as big.

    So, this is The A-Team back in action Stockwell style. Back to average for the Fifth Season.moreless
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

Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn

General Hunt Stockwell

Eddie Velez

Eddie Velez

Frankie "Dishpan" Santana

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Face: Frankie, there's not a shred of hard evidence that says that he(Hannibal)'s dead.
      Frankie: Yeah, except that goon back there who says he was killed!
      Murdock: (yelling) Well, you shouldn't be listening to goons!
      (Everyone is silent for a minute)
      Murdock: I'm, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. It's just that goons are not a very reliable source of information you know.

    • Stockwell: Is there a problem?
      Murdock: Yes. We do not believe that Hannibal is dead, General.
      Stockwell: That's an interesting fantasy, but we don't deal in fantasies in this business.

    • Murdock: Stockwell? Stockwell? Stockwell doesn't give a rats tail whether Hannibal is alive or dead!
      B.A.: You got that right crazy man.

    • Stockwell: Check us in, the name is Robins.
      Face: Come on Murdock, let's go.
      Frankie: Hey! Where you guys going huh? What's happening?
      Face: Well, if you were in a strange town and you need to find somebody, who do you ask?...Cab driver.
      Frankie: Ah. Yeah, but Stockwell said to stay right here and check in.
      Murdock: Well, that's great, that's great, you just do that, that's great.
      Frankie: (To B.A.) Come on.

    • Stockwell: Where are Peck and Murdock?
      Frankie: Uh, well, Face... he saw a woman... that he knows. And Murdock -- he, he saw...
      B.A.: Somethin' in his head. Ain't no tellin' what it was!

    • One of the funniest lines ever heard on the A-Team. Frankie and Murdock have both come in contact with a leaking radioactive container. And, fearing they have radio active poisoning, they spend the rest of the show wondering what will become of them. While working on loosening Hannibal's restraints, Frankie turns to Murdock.

      Frankie: There are so many things I wanted to do in life, get married, have kids....MURDOCK, do you think we'll ever be able to have children?
      Murdock: I dunno Frankie, I don't think I know you well enough.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Five months after this episode aired, Dustin Nguyen (Bobby) began starring in the new Stephen J. Cannell series, 21 Jump Street..