The A-Team

Season 3 Episode 11

The Bells of St. Marys

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 04, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The A-Team gets involved in the music business when threats from their old record label prompt a singing group to ask the A-Team for help. Face went to school with them, and can't refuse to help old friends even when there isn't any money to get.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

    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 (9)

      • The exterior shot of the recording studio is the same shot used for another studio in the episode "Showdown".

      • The motel where Charlotte meets Billy for the second time is the Bell Vista Motel, which is still in operation at 1605 N. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank.

      • When Face hands off tailing the bad guys in the white van to Murdock, the intersection is N. 3rd St. and E. Orange Grove Ave. in Burbank; Murdock turns left from Orange Grove to follow the bad guys on 3rd.

      • Goof: While Face is tailing the bad guys in their white van, he tells Murdock, "All right, I'll make a right up here on Fifth. Murdock, you get on him two blocks up." However, in the next shot, Face is still tailing the van when Murdock sees him -- and Face makes a left turn in front of Murdock's car.

      • While Face is tailing the bad guys in their white van, he follows them through a right-hand turn, passing by the Police Services Building in Burbank. (The city of Burbank has since built a much larger, fancier building.)

      • At about the 11-minute mark in the episode, the bad guys skid to a stop near the building where Charlotte and Billy have their clandestine meeting. A sign for Col-Bee Liquor is visible in the background; the store is still in operation today in the same location at the corner of Cole and Willoughby Avenues.

      • While the A-Team is tailing Billy, a mural is visible in one shot (on the right side of the screen). That location is the corner of Beverly Blvd. and S. Union Ave. Sadly, the mural is no longer there.

      • Murdock begins to suffer a severe case of hero worship, which is directed at B.A.

      • The team's rule about clients is talked about - the team don't date their clients because it distorts the team's thinking and is dangerous.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • (Hannibal knocks on an apartment door)
        Hannibal: It's us.
        Charlotte: (inside the apartment) Just a second, I don't have anything on!
        Hannibal: Steady, Face.
        Face: I'm trying, Hannibal, I'm trying!

      • (A man punches Hannibal and Face pushes the man down a flight of stairs)
        Hannibal Thanks, Face. I didn't know you cared.
        Face: Yeah, well, it must be the cologne you're wearing.

      • Face: The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
        (B.A walks into the room)
        B.A.: The bigger they are, the harder they hit!

      • Murdock: See, a trick I've found in sexually stressful situations is to focus your mind on something of a completely different nature. Take that "Road and Track" magazine and look at those cars, take the eggs out of the refrigerator and practice juggling!
        Face: Yeah, well that's easy for you to say, Murdock. Your mind doesn't focus.

      • Face: But Hannibal, rules are made to be broken!
        Hannibal: Noses are also made to be broken. Right, Face?

      • Murdock: You ain't no hero! You just one big, mean, angry mudsucker!
        B.A.: Shut up, fool!

      • Murdock: Did you know that, that you inspire men? You are a natural leader and I, I stand in awe of the Barackan One.
        B.A.: Got no time for the jibber jabber!

      • Murdock: But, but B.A... no, no, no, no, no, Bah...
        Hannibal: Bah?
        Murdock: Bah is a true leader. He is a man who can inspire other men. He can infuse into these boys a noble purpose.
        B.A.: (to the football team) Kill those suckers!

    • NOTES (1)

      • Joseph Wiseman appears in this episode as a "Special Guest Star." Wiseman is perhaps best known for playing the title character in Dr. No, the 1962 James Bond film, though he has numerous television credits to his name as well.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Murdock: It was 1928. Notre Dame was down and almost out, and Knute Rockne gathered everybody in that locker room and told them the story of Frank Gipp. ... he told them how the Gipper played the entire game with pneumonia and how the Gipp died on the field. And then he said, "Whenever Notre Dame is down and you really need a win ... you just gather the boys together and you tell 'em, 'Win one for the Gipper.'"

        George Gipp did not die on the field in his final game on November 20, 1920. He was ill and still recovering from a shoulder injury, but he led his team to a 33-7 victory over Northwestern on an ice-covered field. He died less than a month later on December 14.

        Knute Rockne gave his "Gipper" speech on November 10, 1928; Notre Dame ended up beating Army 12-6 that day at Yankee Stadium.

        Knute Rockne's speech (which does not match Murdock's version) was reproduced in the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American, with Pat O'Brien in the title role and a young Ronald Reagan as George Gipp. As a result, Reagan carried the nickname "Gipper" the rest of his life. He turned it to his advantage during his presidency, often using "Win one for the Gipper" as a rallying cry, so that the phrase is now associated as much with him as with Notre Dame football.

      • Hannibal: Well, in the immortal words of Ricky Nelson, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself."

        Hannibal is quoting lyrics from Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party," released in 1972; it would be Nelson's last top 10 hit and eventually became his best-selling album ever. Sadly, Ricky Nelson died in an airplane crash one year after this episode aired.

      • B.A.: Hey, man, that look like Charlotte King!
        Hannibal: The lead singer with The Bells?

        The Bells is the name of group the team is protecting. The Bells is also the name of a Canadian pop group from the 1970s.

      • Title: An obvious allusion to the Bing Crosby film The Bells of St. Mary's.