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The A-Team

Season 1 Episode 13

The Beast From the Belly of a Boeing

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 03, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The A-Team is called to rescue a hijacked 747 when the police shouldn't get involved. So the Team plans to go on board. When B.A. realises he sits in an airplane, he enters a state of paralytic comatose. When Hannibal and Face are captured, Murdock has to free them. But how to land this plane, when Murdock is blinded?moreless

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  • B.A and Murdock are in the cargo hold and the plane takes off and BA froze and Murdock tries to snap him out of it.

    The scene above was my favorite in this episode. the flustration of Murdock trying to snap B.A. out of it; enventally the plane lands and b.A. wakes up and he is mad. The team is reunioned and stops the bad guys and save the day. This episode and other episodes "with the BA/Murdock relationship" are my personal favorite episodes.
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

Melinda Culea

Melinda Culea

Amy Amanda Allen

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson


Guest Star

Alan Stock

Alan Stock


Guest Star

Jim McKrell

Jim McKrell


Guest Star

William Lucking

William Lucking

Colonel Lynch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Murdock and B.A. hook up the fuel tank and then hop inside the plane. When the hijacker capture Face and Hannibal, they ask the tower for clearance to takeoff. It then cuts to B.A. and Murdock in the plane as it starts to take off. So who disconnected the fuel truck?

    • Hertzog: Okay, Smith, we're gonna bring you in VFR.
      Hannibal: VFR?
      Murdock: That's pilot talk. It just means you're flying this baby on your own.

      VFR stands for "Visual Flight Rules," and it means flying by what you can see, not solely by what the instruments tell you; the latter is IFR: Instrument Flight Rules. Most commercial flights are IFR, and in the U.S., all planes flying in Class A airspace (18,000 feet or higher) must fly IFR.

    • Goof: When the gun goes off, blinding Murdock, the close-up shows the bullet going into a burgundy seatback. But the scene takes place in economy class, where the seatbacks are gray; the burgundy seats are in first-class, where Hannibal is sitting.

    • The high-altitude shots of the hijacked airliner are actually of a TWA plane; in some of the shots, the film has been flipped, so that the initials on the tail read "AWT" instead.

    • Goof:
      Watch carefully at the scene where the plane crashes through the terminal. A lady tosses her prop baby up in the air.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (1)


    • Murdock: My good sir, this doctor has released me because I'm sane! I have papers and everything!

      Murdock's voice from this point until the ending credits roll is an imitation of Richard Burton.

    • Murdock: By the way, B.A., I thought that now that I'm not nuts anymore, maybe you and I could room together.
      (B.A. glares at him.)
      Murdock: On the other hand, good fences do make good neighbors.

      "Good fences make good neighbors" is a line from Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall."

    • Murdock: Did any of you guys ever see that old Doug McClure movie Terror in the Sky?

      Terror in the Sky was the fifth incarnation of a well-used story by Arthur Hailey. The story began as Flight into Danger, a 1956 television movie that Hailey wrote for CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). It was remade as the feature film Zero Hour in 1957; then Hailey novelized the story as Flight Into Danger: Runway Zero-Eight in 1958. It was remade as a television movie in West Germany in 1964; in 1971, Terror in the Sky was adapted into an American television movie from Hailey's 1958 novel. The rights to Zero Hour were eventually sold to the makers of the 1980 cult classic Airplane!, which used much of the original screenplay verbatim.

    • Jackson: You and Tonto can crack your lousy jokes as you go into the ocean.
      Face: Get 'em up, Scout.

      Moments earlier, Hannibal had referred to himself and Face as "Lone Ranger types." In these lines, Jackson and Face continue the allusion: Tonto was the Lone Ranger's sidekick, and Tonto's horse was named Scout.

    • Murdock: (singing) Pardon me, Roy, is that the catatonic choo-choo?

      This is a parodied allusion to the Glenn Miller hit, "Chattanooga Choo-Choo."

    • Murdock: Hey, I'll just shrink down and squeeze through the cracks.

      Murdock is doing a fair imitation of Marlon Brando here.

    • Murdock: I have been kicked out. Caine has been kicked out of the harbor. So pull up the gangplanks, Mr. Roberts, and tell all the officers to meet me in the wardroom.

      This is Murdock's impression of James Cagney from the 1955 film Mister Roberts.

    • Murdock: Don't be silly, pal. You're taking a fall. When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it. It's bad business to let a killer get away with it -- bad all around. Bad for detectives everywhere.

      This is Murdock's impression (imitation) of Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon.

    • The title is a twist on the phrase "belly of the beast," which may have originally come from the story of Jonah in the belly of the whale. Jack Abbott, a career criminal, published a book called In the Belly of the Beast in 1981; the book, however, is unrelated to the events in this episode.