The A-Team

Season 2 Episode 12

The White Ballot

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 06, 1983 on NBC
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Face replaces a candidate who was killed while running for sheriff against a corrupt incumbent, and ends up getting the military after the whole A-Team when his photo is published in the newspaper. With this success, Decker gets back on trail of the A-Team.

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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

    Clifton James

    Clifton James

    Sheriff Dawson

    Guest Star

    Andrew Robinson

    Andrew Robinson

    Rance

    Guest Star

    Joshua Bryant

    Joshua Bryant

    Baker

    Guest Star

    Carl Franklin

    Carl Franklin

    Captain Crane

    Recurring Role

    Lance LeGault

    Lance LeGault

    Colonel Roderick Decker

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • after B.A hangs up the flyer in the window of a shop he leaves and makes a right turn passing a hotel , this is hotel Shirley located on 36-38 n Baldwin ave in siërra madre

      • The building used for the exterior shots of the sheriff's office is located at 25 S. Baldwin Ave. in Sierra Madre, California.

      • Murdock: Sheriff Dawson, who's sly, can always try, but it won't fly!

        As Murdock says this, the A-Team van passes by Howie's Ranch Market, which stood at the corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Baldwin Ave. in the town of Sierra Madre until 2005. The market began as a produce store opened by Kansas City transplant Harold Roberts in 1928.

      • The town of Sierra Madre, California, doubles for the town of Parkland, New Mexico, in some scenes.

        When B.A. and Murdock are first seen in the van with the posters on the side, they are driving south on N. Baldwin Ave. in the town of Sierra Madre; they make a right onto W. Sierra Madre Blvd. A moment later, as Murdock says, "... pick up your free pen...," they are turning right from E. Sierra Madre Blvd. to head north on N. Baldwin Ave. (back the way they came, but from the opposite side of the intersection).

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Face: Are you guys for real? You really think you're gonna get away with this?
        Sheriff Dawson: Free and clear, hero. You forget, I'm still Sheriff of this county.
        Hannibal: Oh, I don't know. Like they say: The opera isn't over till the fat lady sings, or the people vote.

      • Sheriff Dawson: I got you for kidnapping, stealing a squad car, hijacking a truck. Serious offenses, very serious.
        Hannibal: Yeah? Well, murder scores pretty high. I mean, if you want to compare notes.
        Sheriff Dawson: I don't appreciate that kind of accusation.
        Face: Tell us what kind you'd like. Maybe we can come up with something.

      • (Discussing the Sheriff)
        B.A.: That man seems upset.
        Murdock: Back at the VA, he'd be first in line for the ice cube room. That man's too unstable for politics, and believe me, I know whereof I speak, Jack.
        Hannibal: Yeah, when Face turned down that key to the city, it sure got his motor running. When he sees our little campaign get going, that Sheriff's gonna be out of wind just trying to get out of his own way.

      • Murdock: Oh, you know, when I was in high school I ran for president of the student council. But I lost on a technicality, though -- they weren't having an election at the time.

      • Murdock: I still have my harmonica.
        B.A.: Hannibal, he's startin' it again. He's tryin' to make me mad. You know he ain't got no harmonica there - there's nothin' but hot air.
        Face: Murdock, you'd better put it away. You know B.A. doesn't like music while he's driving.

      • Restauranter: All closed up!
        B.A.: Just got new hours, sucka, now get out the way!
        Restauranter: Uh, would anyone like some coffee?
        Face: Ah, that'd be nice.
        Restauranter: How would you like it?
        B.A.: In a cup, fool!

    • NOTES (3)

      • This episode appears to have aired out-of-order. First, Amy Allen (Melinda Culea) reappears. In the previous episode, "Steel," she did not appear, and was removed from the opening credits, indicating that "Steel" came after "The White Ballot" in production.

        Also, the intro of this episode's opening title sequence says, "Ten years ago..." while the rest of Season Two's episodes begin with "In 1972..."

        However, Amy's hair is shorter in this episode, indicating that it was probably not originally a Season One episode.

      • Clifton James is billed as Special Guest Star.

      • This will be actress Melinda Culea's last appearance as Amy Allen.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • The tune that Murdock plays on the (imaginary) harmonica at the end of the episode is "Happy Days Are Here Again," a 1929 standard by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen.

      • Murdock: Murdock for Prez. Sounds pretty catchy, if you ask me. And I've already got a campaign promise: Two vanilla snookies on every plate and and two crates of vanilla snookies in every garage. And I'd -- I'd go on radio every week, just like -- just like the old FDR, only I'd play the harmonica.

        Here, Dwight does an impression of President Nixon -- while also poking fun at Herbert Hoover's promise of "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" and including an allusion to the radio addresses that President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to as "Fireside Chats."

      • Murdock: (sings) Ceilings, nothing more than ceilings. I'm heading into ceilings -- above the floor.

        Murdock sings this to the tune of "Feelings," a 1975 pop song by Morris Albert.

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