The A-Team: The Bells of St. Mary's

episode number: season 3, episode 10 (1984)
viewing setting: home DVD, 2/10/06

episode synopsis: The team helps an all-female singing group who's under pressure from a record company.

impressions: Surprisingly, this one was pretty damn entertaining. There was nothing to build, no Army goons to hide from or avoid or fight...just some girls in trouble. Actually, that was part of the fun: the girls were obviously having an effect on all of the four team members, to the point where they had to find ways to not get distracted. fortunately, the ending gave hope that things worked out well for everyone. I noticed that this episode continues a trend of B.A. being an electronics expert, especially when it comes to miniature bugs and tracking devices. Hannibal shows some good leadership and tactics, twice, and he also got to use a good disguise near the end. Another funny part was when Face got sick of Murdock's babbling and told him to shut up, and B.A. defended him; the look on Hannibal's face was priceless. Random stupid character note: the lead singer of the girl-band ignores Hannibal's orders and goes to see her brother, which results in her being tailed and him being kidnapped...dumb.

notable guest star: Joseph Wiseman, who played the eccentric but evil billionaire here, was the very first James Bond villain in Dr. No.

what the team builds in this episode: Nothing.

Hannibal wisecrack highlight: Walks into the evil record company executive's studio and completely dominates the battle of wits/words...and then the battle of bullets. He also has some good lines when the team is sizing up an ex-military squad sent to get them.

B.A. toughness highlight: None, but he shows how he cares about kids and the ladies, plus he has the foresight to plant a bug on the bad guy's car so that later they can find his headquarters.

Murdock insanity highlight: Decides that B.A. is his hero, and proceeds to follow and idolize him (don't worry, it doesn't last.)

Face scam highlight: None.

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