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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!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Hot Styles s3ep12

Co-starring: Markie Post as Rina, Richard Lynch as Jonny Turian, Arthur Taxier as Turian's Assistant, John Moschitta Jr as Jason Burnette, Andy Romano as Mr Dubio
Written by Stephen Katz
Directed by Tony Mordente

Face asks the team to rescue his current girlfriend from a gang who have kidnapped her but when it turns out the woman does not want to be rescued, it is clear things are not as they seem.

During the show’s run, there were three episodes made in which one member of the team made only a cameo appearance. This is the first of these and it is BA’s turn to be absent, appearing only in the final few minutes for the gag finish. At first this doesn’t appear to be a problem as the episode opens brightly with a kidnap, car chase and subsequent storming of the villain’s headquarters, all within the first five minutes. After that though, matters start winding down and the result is an episode that is just too low-key.

It isn’t clear at first exactly what the plot is, something that makes the episode initially intriguing as little hints are dropped as the story begins to unfold. Having fashion as the background doesn’t suit the nature of the show though but it does lead to one of the more unusual variations on the standard construction montage.

In the absence of BA, Murdock stands in, driving the van and wearing the jewellery. For the most part though, this is a Face-driven episode and reunites Benedict with Post who played Face’s high school sweetheart in season two’s ‘The Only Church in Town’. There are two infiltrations by Face in an attempt to contact her, meaning Hannibal and Murdock are also absent for a fair part of the running time.
Though there is a rare reference to the crime they didn’t commit, the dialogue scenes fail to spark into life and you would be forgiven for drifting off before the not particularly interesting end. The final gag is ok (re-using footage from part one of ‘When You Comin’ Back Range Rider?’) but the conclusion you may well reach is that any episode that has a member of the main cast missing is a dud. This, though, would be disproved in the very next episode. 5/10

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