The A-Team

Season 1 Episode 8

The Out-of-Towners

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 15, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The A-Team takes up the cause of New York shopkeepers against neighborhood protection racketeers. Everything seems to go easily, till the final big fight.

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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

Melinda Culea

Melinda Culea

Amy Amanda Allen

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Face drives and parks the garbage truck, he is seen coming out of the truck wearing a red shirt. When he gets to the back end of the garbage truck to meet up with the rest of The A-Team, he is wearing a light blue shirt.

      When Face is monitoring Hannibal's actions with the thugs at the appliance repair shop, Face is shown wearing a teal sweater. When Face sees that Hannibal is in trouble, Face takes the TV he was monitoring Hannibal with to the repair shop, he comes in the shopwearing a light blue shirt.

    • The garbage truck was provided by the Crown Disposal Company, which handles waste services in and around L.A.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hannibal: You said you'd fly if it wasn't Murdock at the controls.
      Murdock: You didn't tell me he said that. You said you'd fly with another pilot, but not me? You said that?
      B.A.: Yeah!
      Murdock: Wise choice.

    • B.A.: Man, how do you put up with yourself?
      Murdock: It's difficult at times.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The episode is set mostly in New York City, but of course shot in Los Angeles. One recognizable location is the 1100 block of South Los Angeles Street, which appears in the shot of B.A.'s taxi following the bad guys, just after B.A. says, "We movin' uptown now, passin' 86th St."

      Another L.A. location is South Broadway, which appears in the scene of Face tailing the bad guys later in the episode (look for the historic Woolworth store on the left side of the street).


    • Murdock: Tracy's gonna show me all around New York. Look. She's gonna show me Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. You know, where that big hairy ape got ....

      Murdock is, of course, referring to the movie King Kong.

    • Murdock: Th-th-that's all, folks.

      Porky Pig's stuttering sign-off came at the end of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.

    • Murdock: Houston, we got a problem.

      Houston, We've Got a Problem was a 1974 television movie that referenced the events aboard Apollo 13 in 1970, but focused mostly on fictional crises in the lives of the Mission Control crew.

    • B.A.: You driving?
      Face: When in Rome....

      "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" possibly traces back to advice given by St. Ambrose to St. Augustine in the fourth century: "When you are at Rome live in the Roman style; when you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere."

    • Murdock: (singing)
      I'll take Manhattan,
      The Bronx and Staten I....

      Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote the song "Manhattan" for a Broadway revue called The Garrick Gaieties in 1925; the song was their first of many hits.

    • The title of the episode is borrowed from a 1970 comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis, written by Neil Simon, and directed by Arthur Hiller.