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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, 1 October 2010

Pure-Dee Poison s2ep16

co-starring: John Amos as Reverend Taylor, Tracy Reed as Stephanie Taylor, Steve Sandor as Burt, Bo Hopkins as Charles Drew, Tony O'Neil as Frank, Marsha Haynes as Dr Reed
Written by Chris Bunch, Allan Cole
Directed by Dennis Donnelly

The team are hired to put a stop to illegal moonshiners whose drink has caused deaths in a small town.

More ordinary than most of season 2.5, this is still a good episode, kicking off with Hannibal disguising himself as a fisherman in the meet-the-client scene. The standard plotting doesn't help matters much but this is a strong episode for Murdock. He gets to visit the dentist, lies in the road as a truck drives off over him and pretends to be a pig having accidentally activated a tripwire. On top of this, he gets some great lines, such as when he fails to decoy the villains by putting his cap on a pole (“It always worked for John Wayne!”) and when he advises Hannibal of the mission time-frame (“Sir, as this is Tuesday it is my feeling that Wednesday could occur officially as early as tomorrow”).

The action is fairly standard but the final battle does boast possibly the biggest explosion in any episode. Generally speaking, this is the mixture as before but enjoyable with it. The episode does have the rare distinction of giving BA a romance with the client's daughter. These scenes between Mr T and Reed border on the excruciatingly embarrassing but it’s all part of the fun. 7/10.

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