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In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire ... The A-Team.

This was the introduction to one of the great TV series of the eighties. The purpose of this blog is to build up the definitive episode guide to the show across its five seasons which ran from 1983 to 1987. So this isn't too much of a burden, I'm intending to watch a couple of episodes a week and given that there were around 100 episodes made during its run, this will turn into a year-long project!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Till Death Do Us Part s1ep11

co-starring: John Ericson as Calvin Cutter, Janice Heiden as Jacqueline Taylor, Jim Antonio as Sheriff Gillis, Noble Willingham as Pete
Written by Babs Greyhosky, Frank Lupo
Directed by Guy Magar

The team are hired to rescue southern belle Jackie Taylor who is being forced to marry so the husband-to-be, Calvin Cutter, can get his hands on her fortune.

One of the high points of the first season, this is one of the most enjoyable of all A-Team episodes, keeping the gang together for most of the running time and being all the better for it. A terrific blend of action and comedy, this is superbly written by the ever-reliable Greyhosky and is played to the hilt by a cast on top form.

It is certainly one of Schltz's best episodes, one in which he eats the shaving foam from the fake cake, dresses up in the bridal gown and then writes a letter to apologise for standing the groom up at the altar. Benedict has some funny scenes in which he is made very uncomfortable by Hannibal's way of putting a stop to Cutter's plan and there's also one of the all-time great comic moments when BA is shown smiling into camera during Murdock's alternate wedding video.

The episode hits the ground running with only two short scenes before the Team arrive at the wedding and anarchy ensues. There's a lot squeezed into 45 minutes, culminating in a tense helicopter chase which is as exciting as any A-Team action sequence. The action memorably pauses halfway through when the chopper gets low on fuel and Murdock is forced to land at a gas station (“Fill her up, high octane”). Any negative points? Well, as the bride who doesn't want to be, Heiden's southern drawl is rather put-on but that can't detract from one of the A-Team classics. Brilliant. 10/10.


  1. Definitely one of the best, H.M.! I agree about how keeping the Team together for most of the ep really helps. The wedding scenes (both of them) are priceless!

    Not much to add to your review, except that Janice Heiden gets my vote as the sexiness, most attractive of all of the show's guest stars.

    This episode was featured in an episode of "The Sopranos." Aptly titled "Watching Too Much Television," the Drea de Matteo character gets the idea (after she watches "Till Death Do Us Part") to marry her gangster boyfriend so she cannot be forced to testify against him.

  2. glad you like this episode, one of my all-time favourites. In terms of most attractive guest star, I would go with Lisa Denton in Cup A Joe. Gorgeous!