The A-Team

Season 2 Episode 13

The Maltese Cow

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 13, 1983 on NBC
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Old friends who own a restaurant sponsored by the A-Team face an extortion threat from a Chinese tong. Hannibal takes care of this problem personally.

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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

    Dirk Benedict

    Dirk Benedict

    Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (13)

      • The building that serves as the police station in this episode stands at the corner of Conway Place and Mateo Street in Los Angeles.

      • Goof: As Face lays down cover fire for B.A. and Hannibal to rush Wan Chu and Chris Thomas into the warehouse, the exact same shot of Face firing at the bad guys is used twice in the same sequence.

      • Hannibal, in the police car, forces Wan Chu's car into the trashcans in front of the Moytel Motel, which is located at 946 Yale St. in New Chinatown, Los Angeles.

      • After the A-Team escapes from the police station, Hannibal drives the "borrowed" police car south, passing Norton Electric Wholesale, which is still located at 1375 N. Broadway in Los Angeles. This puts them less than a mile from the Golden Pagoda in New Chinatown.

        Just past Norton Electric, they pass a building under construction; it's now the Quan Yum Temple (a Buddhist temple).

      • After the A-Team takes the money box from Wan Chu and escapes, there is a nighttime shot of the Hong Kong Low deli and the Jin Hing jewelry store. Jin Hing was founded in 1933 and is still in business in New Chinatown (though no longer in the same location). The Hong Kong Low restaurant was started in 1939 and remained in business for nearly sixty years. In 2004, the building, located at 425 Gin Ling Way, was renovated and restored as a home for a housewares and gift store named Realm.

      • In the second shot after the first commercial break, a very distinctive building is visible at the far end of the road. This building appears on old postcards of New Chinatown as "The Dragon Tower at Bubbling Pool Road."

      • The gate that appears just after the first commercial break is the West Gate in New Chinatown. It stands on Hill Street at the entrance to Gin Ling Way, which is part of the Central Plaza in New Chinatown.

        The gate was built in 1938, making it Chinatown's oldest pailou (archway); the structure is partially made of 150-year-old camphor wood. The four characters of poetry displayed on the gate were composed by Chinese consul T. K. Chang; they translate as "Cooperate to Achieve."

      • Hannibal: Well, look at this. A car on each corner.

        The corner in question is the intersection of Yale St. and W. College St. in Los Angeles. The building used for "Wan Chu Laundry" stands at 905 Yale St., and is now home to Morgan Linen Services.

      • Hannibal: Don't worry. We're just taking a nice, slow, innocent, little drive down the street.

        As Hannibal says this, they pass the Chunsan Plaza (right side of the screen), which is located in the 700 block of N. Broadway in New Chinatown, Los Angeles.

      • Hannibal: Second story on your right.

        Just before Hannibal says this, Murdock looks up through the open sunroof and sees an ornate roof with red tile. It's the top of a gate on Hill Street in New Chinatown in Los Angeles.

        The gate appears to be on the left side of the street. However, it is actually on the same side of the street as the blue building that Hannibal points out on the right.

        In fact, the two structures stand on either side of a parking lot -- as you can see in the shot that comes immediately after the second commercial break, where the camera pans from the top of the gate to the building, which is tan at that point, instead of blue. That building is located at 934 N. Hill St.; it is currently home to New Dragon Seafood Restaurant.

      • The Golden Pagoda, used for the exterior shots of the restaurant, is located at 950 Mei Ling Way in Los Angeles. Now called Hop Louie, the restaurant was constructed in 1941 by Chester Quan. It was the tallest structure in New Chinatown, standing fifty feet high.

      • Goof: Moments after Hannibal destroys it with machine gun fire, the chandelier above the Lun Chin bad guys is shown fully intact.

      • Murdock can speak and read Chinese.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Murdock: (Explaining his version of how he can speak and read Chinese.) What can I say? One day I had a gonzo headache and before it went away I could read and speak Chinese. And it was a bad afternoon, too, lemme tell you.

      • Face: Hannibal, you really believe they're going to buy us as Tongs?
        Hannibal: They don't have to buy us - all they have to do is rent.

      • Face: All that Waterford crystal I borrowed from Universal premiere at the Sheridan Hotel...
        B.A.: Man, you didn't borrow nothin'. You stole that 'bout three or four years ago. Poor folks was havin' a party to celebrate their movie. Now they gotta wind up drinkin' champagne out of paper cups.

      • Murdock: Safe! That's rich. Set'em up an' tell me another one buddy. You wanna know what's safe in this world? Sittin' in a church and eatin' a lotta raw fibre, the rest...well you take your chances

      • Police: You guys won't get smart and give us your names?
        Hannibal: Oh, my mom said to keep my name, so I´ll take mom's advice, thanks. But we appreciate the offer.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • This episode's title alludes to the 1930 detective novel The Maltese Falcon. The story introduces Sam Spade as a classic hard-nosed detective, whom Murdock loosely emulates in "The Maltese Cow."