The A-Team: Trouble on Wheels

episode number: season 3, episode 6 (1984)
viewing setting: home DVD, 2/6/06

episode synopsis: The team helps an auto factory foreman who's being threatened by parts-stealing co-workers.

impressions: This one was quick-moving and entertaining, and had some good humor. There was also a wild gun-blasting, wheel-spinning, wall-shattering armored car battle at the end. Murdock did a quick improvisation to deal with a security guard who suddenly realizes that he's got the infamous A-Team at gunpoint. These were some nasty bad guys - they beat the crap out of the foreman, later kidnap his family, plus it's revealed that they previously put some other worker in a drill press which crushed him into paste. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the only way to deal with people lke this is to put them away for good. I'm starting to think that the idea is that these four guys saw so much blood and violence in Vietnam that they've vowed not to resort to extreme measures in the 1980s. I can only wonder what an R-rated version of this show might be like.

notable guest star: None who I recognized.

what the team builds in this episode: An armored car with swivel-mounted weapons (they actually converted Face's pimp-mobile into this monstrosity, for the final battle.)

Hannibal wisecrack highlight: Allows himself to be captured, then plays dumb and gets beaten, so that he can find out what's going on.

B.A. toughness highlight: Takes out a hammer-wielding punk.

Murdock insanity highlight: Hides inside a vending machine to spy on bad guys, pretends he's a crazy Italian gangster to intimidate bad guys.

Face scam highlight: Somehow procures a pimp-mobile; later pretends to be a repairman in the factory.

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