The A-Team

Season 2 Episode 7

The Taxicab Wars

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 01, 1983 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In the final showdown between cabs in the alley outside Lone Star Cab Company, a sign for Purofied Down Products Corporation can be seen on one of the nearby buildings. Purofied, which filed for Chapter 11 in early 1984, was located at 11501 Hart St. in North Hollywood.

    • When the Lone Star cabs crash through the doors into the Love Cab Company, the stunt driver in the first cab is wearing a helmet.

    • After the elderly couple climbs out of Murdock's cab and begins walking off, the shiny building with the rounded towers in the background is the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

    • Hannibal's cab gets flipped at the intersection of W. 4th St. and S. Boylston St., just down the block from where B.A. picked up his fare minutes earlier. The large building on the left is the L.A. United School District building. The skyscraper in the distance (as the upside-down cab begins to land) is the BP Plaza; the long, low building at its foot is the downtown Marriott.

    • Hannibal: Face, did you copy that?
      Face: Sure did, Hannibal.

      During this exchange, Hannibal (actually, a stunt double) is shown driving east on Santa Monica Blvd. The L.A. Security Storage building at 6372 Santa Monica can be seen briefly before the scene cuts to Face in his cab.

    • B.A.: But don't worry. You in the winning cab. Huh.

      After B.A. says this, his cab and the pursuing Love Cab are shown heading south on Vine St.; the large yellow sign of the California Surplus Mart, located at 6263 Santa Monica Blvd (on the corner of Vine and Santa Monica), is just visible on the opposite side of the street. The tall skyscraper in the background is the Sunset Vine Tower, which was also the site of the building wrap for the 2007 Transformers movie.

    • Deke: This is Love 20. I'm at the Plaza.

      Actually, this entire scene with Deke, B.A., and the elderly couple takes place at the Union Oil Company, located at 461 S. Boylston St. in Los Angeles. The complex now belongs to the Los Angeles Center Studios; the walkways above Deke's head appear often on the CBS television series Numb3rs.

    • Murdock: People all over the city look to the roads in awe and ask, 'What is happening?' The answer is simple: Captain Cab has returned to Tarzana.

      During this voice-over, the three new Lone Star cabs are seen heading east on West 4th St. A sign for Olive St. is visible on the left side of the shot, and the sign for the Barclay Hotel, which still stands at 103 W. 4th St., is in the center of the shot. The overpass at the top edge of the shot is S. Grand Ave.

      This location in downtown Los Angeles is more than 20 miles southeast of Tarzana.

    • After the A-Team steals and repaints the cabs, they drive past a Love Cab on Hart Street in North Hollywood (Bobrick Washroom Equipment, located at 11611 Hart St., North Hollywood, is the red brick building in the background).

    • Hannibal: (as Clarence Wickersham III) Do you see that ring? My daddy gave me that ring and he gave me a business philosophy. And I've been using that philosophy ever since I sold aluminum siding out of a pickup truck in Nacogdoches, Texas.

      Nacogdoches, Texas, holds the distinction of being the oldest town in Texas. Interestingly, in a 2006 interview, Stephen J. Cannell recalls that the week after this episode first aired, he was watching a football game between Texas and Tennessee. At halftime, the Texas band played the A-Team theme song, while the Texas students in the stands made sock puppets and yelled, "Beat Tennessee!"

    • Kathy: He's got more ex-cons in his garage than they've got at Terminal Island.

      Terminal Island is a Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) located on an artificial island that separates Los Angeles Harbor and Long Beach Harbor. The Terminal Island FCI is a low-security men's prison that has housed a number of famous inmates over the years, including Timothy Leary, Charles Manson, and Al Capone.

    • After Thomas Hart is attacked at the beginning of the episode, a Goodhew ambulance is shown speeding down the road. At the time, Goodhew Ambulance service was the oldest (and possibly the largest) private ambulance service in Los Angeles County; James Goodhew began driving a horse-drawn ambulance in the late 1800s.

    • At the beginning of the episode, after Thomas Hart (driving Lone Star 1) picks up his fare, he turns from Maple Avenue onto E. 7th St.

    • Face's car is a 1984 Corvette.

    • Goof:
      When the Love cabs are painted in the car wash, their windshields are naturally covered up to prevent being painted. An interior camera, however, shows spray paint being applied to the windshield.

  • Quotes

    • Face: We're taking my brand new car into a situation where it could get shot up. I like to take good care of it, Hannibal. I'm real sentimental.
      Hannibal: Well, don't worry. If things get rough, I'll have them shoot around it.
      Face: Very funny.

    • (as Clarence Wickersham III)
      Hannibal: My daddy used to say, "The life without danger is just like a house of ill-repute without the naked ladies."

    • Amy: Lone Star 4, got a fare at the YMCA.
      Face: YMCA? Uh, listen, Amy, give that to Captain Cab, will ya? I don't do pickups at men's organizations. Hair salons, fashion boutiques, any place a pretty girl can be found.

    • Hannibal: Now, the Lone Star cab company's back in business. All we got to do is get some cabs that run.

    • Murdock takes on his alter-ego, which involves a hand made cape & mask (which look like a yellow plaid table cloth).

      Murdock: People all over the city look to the roads in awe, and ask what is happening? The answer is simple, Captain Cab has returned to Tarzana.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Hannibal: Outnumbered? Why, there have been times in history when two or three good men could hold off a whole army. You take Romulus and Remus. Why, they held off a whole army just because they held on to one little old bridge.

      According to legend, brothers Romulus and Remus founded Rome in 753 B.C. They did not, however, defend Rome by protecting a bridge. That honor fell to Horatius in 509 B.C.