The A-Team

Season 3 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The A-Team intercedes when a union organizer tries to put a small logging operation out of business by burning down one of their trucks. Amid the falling trees, Murdock is on the hunt for Bigfoot.

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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 (3)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Murdock: I'm gonna get my name right up there with Charles Darwin and Leo Bell!
        Hannibal: Leo Bell? Who's that?
        Murdock: It's the guy in the room next to me. He's got a mouth so big he can put a whole jar of peanut butter in it, lid and all!

      • (Murdock is babbling nonsense)
        Face: How long has this man been talking like this?
        V.A. Nurse: Well, I don't know. We never listen to what Murdock says; I mean, he's been jibbering for as long as I can remember!

      • Samantha: If I were just a man, I would haul off and crack McEwan one right across the jaw.
        Face: Well, I'm glad you're not a man. I like you just the way you are.

      • Face: I'm allergic to bullets, especially ones coming at me.

      • Hannibal: How you doing, Murdock?
        Murdock: I think there's a tree on my leg.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (8)

      • Murdock: People have been looking for this missing link for years. I'm gonna tag this baby and I'm gonna get my name right up there with Charles Darwin and Leo Bell.

        Murdock tells us who Leo Bell is. Charles Darwin is, of course, the author of On the Origin of Species, in which he describes his theory of natural selection (evolution).

      • Face: (to the nurses) Now, you will listen very carefully. You will both finish your shift, clock out, and go home. If in an hour, you don't hear from me, do not leave the house; wait by the phone; your phone will ring. Pick it up. If the voice on the other end does not say "Thunderball," let it ring at least six more times before you pick it up again.

        The 1965 film Thunderball was the fourth film in the James Bond series and the fourth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent.

      • Murdock: The MI5 chaps knew we were going to bomb Haiphong Harbor, but their secretary put the call in ....

        The U.S. bombed Haiphong Harbor numerous times as part of the Vietnam War. In 1966, Harold Wilson, prime minister of Britain (home to MI5, the U.K.'s Security Service), 'dissociated' his government from President Johnson's decision to bomb Haiphong and Hanoi, but he maintained otherwise close relations with the U.S.

      • Murdock: (in a German accent) We were ordered to take the great ship Leningrad. Sixteen were killed, but it wasn't my fault. Kalyenko knew. Two of his men were agents.

        The Leningrad was a destroyer leader commissioned for the Russian navy in the 1930s.

      • Murdock: Perkins, Normandy, 1944.

        Murdock is alluding to D-Day: June 6, 1944, when the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. Private Warren Perkins of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was one of thousands killed that day; he is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

      • Murdock: Bigfoot country!
        Bigfoot is one of the names for the folklore creature that is said to be the missing link between man and ape and to reside in forests in the Northwest of the USA. There have been many alleged sightings over the years, but no conclusive proof of the creature's existence.

      • Murdock: I'm a lumberjack, I'm ok
        Murdock is singing 'The Lumberjack Song', it comes from one of the most famous sketches in the still-popular alternative comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 - 1974)

      • Samantha: I thought a soldier like you was used to getting up early.
        (Murdock blows on his Bigfoot mating call; Face emerges from under the bedcovers.)
        Face: I am. As long as I don't have to share a room with Marlin Perkins over there.

        Marlin Perkins was a famous zoologist and host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.