The A-Team

Season 2 Episode 6

When You Comin' Back, Range Rider? (2)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 1983 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Bus Carter: I hope you yahoos enjoy your little trip courtesy Carter Railways. Unfortunately, though, there ain't no return tickets.
      Face: I've always wanted to see the country by rail.

    • Face: I really appreciate your trusting me like that.
      Woman in Dressing Room: Let's just say I liked your face.
      Face: Oh? Do I have an honest face?
      Woman in Dressing Room: No, but I like it.

    • Face: All right, I want all you high-school dropouts to count to 125 before you even twitch.

    • (to Bus Carter)
      Hannibal: We're here to file a grievance against the Carter Railway Line for the Wild Horses of America, Western Divisions.
      Face: Not to be confused with the Horses' Butts of America of which we hear you are a member of long-standing.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Face: Adios, Mr. Bonanza! (He pushes Bus Carter out of the helicopter.)

      The television western Bonanza ran on NBC from 1959 to 1973. Unlike Bus Carter and his hired help, however, the Cartwrights were the good guys.

    • Murdock: Here, take care of Waco for me. (He pronounces it "Wacko.")

      Hannibal: That's Waco, Murdock. (He pronounces it "Way-co.")

      Waco is, of course, a city in Texas that is home to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, among other things. It was also the name of a 1966 western movie starring Howard Keel, Jane Russell, and Star Trek's DeForest Kelly in a bit part. There's also a "Waco Kid" in Blazing Saddles and "Waco Johnnie Dean" in Winchester '73.

      However, Murdock pronounces it "Wacko" because he's a pilot. The Weaver Aircraft Corporation was founded in Lorain, Ohio, in 1920 and was quickly nicknamed "Waco" (pronounced "Wacko"). Murdock flies a Waco biplane in the second half of the two-part pilot episode "Mexican Slayride."

    • After Face, Hannibal, and B.A. have been captured by Carter's men, Murdock jumps on Ed, who rears up and gallops off while the "William Tell Overture" plays underneath. "Just like the real Range Rider," says Daniel Running Bear -- but the "William Tell Overture" was the theme song for The Lone Ranger, not The Range Rider. The Lone Ranger also rode a white horse like Ed; the Range Rider's horse was a buckskin.

    • Hannibal: All right, turn those mustangs loose or start singing "Empty Saddles."

      "Empty Saddles," with lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan and music by Billy Hill, was sung by Bing Crosby in the 1936 film Rhythm on the Range.

    • Murdock: I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande. And I learned to ride before I learned to stand.

      "I'm an Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande)" was written by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren for the 1936 movie Rhythm on the Range starring Bing Crosby.

    • Murdock: (singing) A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course, unless, of course, the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

      Mister Ed was a television sitcom about a talking horse; it ran on CBS from 1961-1966. A palomino American Saddlebred horse named Bamboo Harvester played Mr. Ed; Allan Lane provided his voice, and Alan Young played Ed's owner, Wilbur Post.

    • Bus Carter: Who? That bunch of masked yahoos riding around like a High Plains Drifter or somebody?

      High Plains Drifter was a 1973 Western film starring Clint Eastwood.

    • Colonel Decker: This is gonna be the A-Team's Waterloo.

      Decker is referring to the Battle of Waterloo that took place on June 18, 1815 and marked Napoleon's last battle and the defeat that ended his rule as Emperor of France.