The A-Team: The Out of Towners

episode number: season 1, episode 8 (1983)
viewing setting: home DVD, 6/18/04

episode synopsis: The team travels to New York to defend a street of shops from an extortionist gangster.

impressions: Certain things were becoming standard by this point: Face's scams always involved a pretty woman, B.A. always got mad at one or more of the others. Amy seemed to be getting more to do by this time, too.

notable guest star: Yaphet Kotto, whose biggest roles in my opinion were Parker in Alien and Mr. Big in Live and Let Die, as the gangster. Robert Tessier, tough bald guy and veteran of many TV and movie roles (among my favorite was the evil torturer in The Sword and the Sorceror) played one of the main goons (trivia: he also won a Purple Heart and a Silver Star as a paratrooper in the Korean War.)

what the team builds in this episode: an entire fake store, and later they rig the street for the big fight

Hannibal wisecrack highlight: shoots up the gangster's club, then crashes through the outer wall and fills it with garbage

B.A. toughness highlight: sets off the airport metal detector, then stares down the security guard

Murdock insanity highlight: watches TV static as if it was a real show, shows remarkable zeal for collecting trash, wears an oil drum into battle

Face scam highlight: somehow procures a taxicab and a garbage truck

Amy usefulness highlight: gets the scoop on the bad guy, also gets to trip the big dynamite trap!

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