The A-Team: The Maltese Cow

episode number: season 2, episode 12 (1983)
viewing setting: home DVD, 7/6/05

episode synopsis: The team helps a restaurant-owner friend fight back against Chinese gangster extortionists.

impressions: Do you think that four men could not only survive, but actually triumph against a powerful gang lord and his legions of martial-arts trained soldiers? Me neither, but it happened in this episode.

notable guest star: We get THREE! James Hong, who was the evil Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China, is the evil gang lord here. Professor Toru Tanaka, who was a hulking bad guy in numerous martial-arts movies, was a hulking bad guy here. There was also Al Leong, the short, bushy-haired Oriental guy who shows up in all sorts of action movies.

what the team builds in this episode: Nothing, but they find and utilize tons of fireworks.

Hannibal wisecrack highlight: He leads a masked assault on the main bad guy's lair.

B.A. toughness highlight: Calmly dispatches karate thugs with his fists.

Murdock insanity highlight: thinks he's a detective from a pulp story.

Face scam highlight: not much; he tallies up the money that the bad guys owe for damages

Amy usefulness highlight: none - she's gone beginning with this episode

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