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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!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Curtain Call s2ep22

co-starring: Lance LeGault as Colonel Decker, Carl Franklin as Captain Crane, Danny Wells as Artie Simmons, George Wyner as Richie Hauser
Written by Stephen Katz
Directed by Dennis Donnelly

The team face a race against time after Murdock is shot as Decker closes in.

The final episode of season two is one of the most fondly-remembered of the show's entire run. By putting the most popular character in jeopardy, writer Katz ensures this is a tense and dramatic affair. Of course, it is actually an episode on the cheap, using a series of flashbacks from previous shows as the team reminisce about life with Murdock. Having the best A-Team episodes to choose from certainly helps and there are a lot of good memories here.

Of the new scenes, among the highlights are Face pretending to be a hunter who has been attacked by a bear and the way Tawnia jiggles into shot with a pair on binoculars early on ;) It’s always good to see Decker, of course, and his scene with Murdock back at the VA hospital is very funny, finishing off what had been an excellent season on a comic high. 9/10

Flashback 1 (Hannibal):
The blood transfusion from Black Day at Bad Rock
The hair dryer & trash bag escape from Pros and Cons
The microlite take-off from Holiday in the Hills
The “fill her up, high octane” scene from Till Death Us Do Part
The crash sequence from Holiday in the Hills

Flashback 2 (BA):
The drugged hamburger from Till Death Us Do Part
BA throwing Murdock off a pier from There's Always a Catch

Flashback 3 (Face):
Murdock and Face scamming dynamite from Diamonds 'n' Dust
The tuberculosis break-out from the VA hospital from A Small and Deadly War

Flashback 4 (Decker):
The team cornered in a building from There's Always a Catch
Decker in pursuit of the A-Team van from Labor Pains

Flashback 5 (BA):
BA freezing during the plane take-off from Beast from the Belly of a Boeing

1 comment:

  1. This is my all-time favorite episode, even though Tawnia's performance is the worst of the entire series. Honestly, I don't think she gave a damn if Murdock lived or died and I kept expecting her to ask to be dropped off somewhere. When she tried to talk Face out of getting the medical supplies Murdock so desparately needed, I thought Face was going to hit her.

    Aside from Tawnia, it was a great episode. You really see how much the team cared about Murdock, especially BA, who was positively distraught towards the end. And you get all the wonderful clips, and that really touching song and montage at the end.