The A-Team

Season 5 Episode 13

Without Reservations

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 08, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Frankie and Face visit Murdock (strangely completely sane) at his job in a restaurant, and all three become hostages of mobsters out to kill a patron, the US Attorney General. Hannibal and B.A. have to save the others, but things heat up when Face is shot and needs immediate medical attention.moreless

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  • Without Reservations

    Another off-duty episode with The A-Team caught in another situation that requires their special brand of help.I find that when any protaganist of any show finds themselves in the middle of a bad situations it is always fun,and abit educational to see how they will get out of the situation.Murdoch uses a clever method to get a message to Hannibal,and BA.And,of course the end results are predictable.
  • This is technically NOT the last episode of the series. If you watched Murdoch's t-shirt messages you can tell. Especially the last two episodes shown, "The Grey Team" and "Without Reservations".moreless

    This episode is technically the next to last episode of the series. It aired on March 8, 1987, but buy the time the series was already canceled. This episode was the only unaired episode left at the time the show was canceled. Murdoch's t-shirt messages are the clue. In the episode, "The Grey Team", which aired on December 30, 1986, his t-shirt says, "Fini". In the episode, "Without Reservations", when the guys are back at the house in Langley, after Face gets out of the hospital, Murdoch's t-shirt, when he brings a pizza for Face, says "Almost Fini".

    Don't know why these episodes were aired out of order, but be glad they were. I've seen a lot of shows that get canceled but leave the viewers and fans hanging because no remaining episodes are aired. But when the show comes out on DVD, the "lost" episodes are included. Go figure!moreless
  • Not my A-Team.

    I suppose the network just felt the show had gotten too stagnant. Wanting to avoid that, they tossed in Stockwell. Wanting to avoid "Stockwell sends them on a mission" stagnation, they developed this episode. The A-Team stumbles into a life or death mission on their time off.

    Oh, and here's the fun part, let's shoot face and give him even less to do than he does in a normal episode anymore (honestly, since they've been working for the government, what do they need with a scrounger? He'd lost his bite.) Next...let's cut Hannibal and BA out of half the episode.

    So, what does that do? It gives us another Murdock central episode with a heavy dose of Frankie (the Murdock-lite.)

    Then, since we need to cut costs, let's put it all in one or two rooms and an existing set.

    Yes, that's it. We've cut costs and can keep the series going. Seriously, you'd want to continue watching a show like this?

    This is not my A-team. This is not why started watching. It's not why I continued watching. Fortunately, after this episode I didn't have to continue watching, but I can watch all the older so much better episodes that starred Hannibal and Face and BA and Murdock!moreless
  • Why did they end this great show with a episode like this

    i must say i was disapointed with this episode not because of this episode but because they chose to end the series with it.

    I believe the ending of the episode the grey team should have ended this series.

    On the whole this episode didnt have the humour or fun of the previous episodes and i felt it a little bit dark.

    On the whole it feels like they wanted to continue the series but got cancelled half way.moreless
  • A surprising episode which appeared too late into the game to make a difference.

    This is an oddly contained episode. What I mean by contained is that the episode plays out in exactly three areas: The restaurant, the Langley house and just outside the restaurant. It gives a claustrophobic feel to the episode. So much so that even though you know Face won't die, you can't help but fear for his life.

    This episode is often lambasted for its rather sane Murdock. However, considering the nature of the plot it is not that odd that Murdock would be relatively sane during this episode. It is after all his best friend that is dying.

    Moving on though, this episode dared to do something different. Compact space, a tense atmosphere and the sense that it all could go horribly wrong (which it comes very close to doing). The focus is on the characters, rather than the plot. For that, the writers should definitely be commended.

    Beyond that though, this episode has none of the usual A-Team trademarks (besides the opening, taken directly from a first season episode), which is why I can understand people not liking it. However, The A-Team needed something different. The preceding 97 episodes are, with exceptions here and there, rather formulaic.

    This episode broke the mould, but did so a little too late.moreless
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

Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn

General Hunt Stockwell

Eddie Velez

Eddie Velez

Frankie "Dishpan" Santana

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • The actor who played Lou Canter (Mills Watson)in Without Reservations co-starred in the late 70's TV show The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo as Deputy Perkins.

    • The actor who played Lou Canter in this episode also guest starred in two other A-Team episodes. The first episode he guest starred in was "When You Comin' Back, Range Rider?", a two-hour episode in the second season. The second episode was "Trouble on Wheels" in the third season. In all three episodes, he played a bad guy.

    • Every scene in the opening of this episode (except for one second where Frankie is shown) has been copied from the opening of episode 9, "Holiday in the Hills."