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The A-Team

Season 3 Episode 3

The Bend in the River (2)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary

In the Amazon's rain forests, the A-Team has some issues locating their target, since they're on unknown territory, but then their Vietnam experience comes to help.

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  • This is the conclusion of a two part episode and the season 3 premiere episode. This episode saw several plot points and a few suprises.

    This episode saw several major plot points and a few funny moments.

    First was the appearance of veteran actor Sergio Calderon as "El Cajon" which in Spanish means "The Coffin". Hannibals distaste of the nickname pushes the team to come face to face with him. El Cajon has a rifle biult into his wodden leg that he clumsily uses as a weapon, and provides a funny moment at the end when Murdock slaps his knee and the gun goes off right near B.A..

    Next was Faces adoration for El Cajons daughter, Marta Dubois who played Bobbi. At the end of this episode Tawnia Baker and her fiancee Brian Leftcourt(Barry Van Dyke) get married by El Cajon (Who is a ship Captain after all) and she then leaves the show.

    The comedy of this episode, as always, was provided by Murdock who pretended to be a movie director filming a movie throughout the mission.

    Face says, in describing Bobbi, "I love this movie, especially the female co-star" to which Murdock replies "If only I can talk her agent down to $50,000."

    Also Murdock aggravates BA with a ceremonial mask and he sings "The Witch Doctor" song (oo,ee,oo,aah,ahh, ting, tang, walla, walla, bing, bang)".

    The kicker of this episode climaxes when we find out whats beyond the bend in the river, a Nuclear Reactor run by a neo-nazi general. The team overpowers the group, blows up the reactor, and captures the general.

    Marla Heasley (Tawnia Baker), Barry Van Dyke (Brian Leftcourt), Marta DuBois (Bobbi), Mike Preston (Doyle), Sergio Calderon (El Cajon), Rafael Campos (Unknown), Kai Wulff (Unknown), Richard Moll (Churlisco), Don Pedro Golly (Unknown), Eric Holland (Unknown), Danny Wells (Unknown)

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

Barry Van Dyke

Barry Van Dyke

Brian Leftcourt

Guest Star

Marta DuBois

Marta DuBois

Bobbi Cardina

Guest Star

Mike Preston

Mike Preston


Guest Star

Marla Heasley

Marla Heasley

Tawnia Baker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Murdock: I swear I did not request these script changes. Whatever happened to the original endings, those happily forever after endings that've become my trademark?
      B.A.: Your trademark is stupidity!

    • El Cajon: You are the man with many lives, like the cat, no?
      Hannibal: I'm the one with the gun with many bullets.

    • Hannibal: So... How's tricks?
      Doyle: You don't realize who you're dealing with.
      Hannibal: I realize I'm dealing with a two hundred-pound sack of manure who's gonna have a hard time crawling out of that hole.

    • Murdock: (as a crazed movie director) How I wish I had a shoreline of natives with spears. The texture, the color... I need it! I need that fast film!
      B.A.: Your color gonna be red with blood if you don't stop actin' stupid!

    • Hannibal: Hey, you! Yeah, you! Your friend over there looks a little sick. I think it's because he's been lookin' at your pig face for too long.
      Face: Oh, hey, hey, Colonel! Don't get on the jazz; you're just gonna get yourself in trouble.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Hannibal: Well, that explains why he's got you here like Papillon.

      Papillon was the nickname of Henri Charrière, who was wrongly convicted of murder in France and imprisoned. He made several attempts at escape before finally finding freedom in Venezuela. Charrière published his story, Papillon, in 1969; a film version starring Steve McQueen in the title role was released in 1973.

    • Witch Doctor by David Seville.

      Murdock sings witch doctor, while holding a tribal mask, to B.A.

    • Murdock: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
      A well-known line from the hugely popular movie musical The Wizard of Oz (1939)