The A-Team: Road Games

episode number: season 3, episode 17 (1985)
viewing setting: home DVD, 2/17/06

episode synopsis: The team helps an ex-gambler whose debts threaten to take away his children's home.

impressions: Plot holes abounded, but it was still entertaining. Hannibal came up with a rather complicated master plan, a key element of which was a bunch of casino gaming equipment - which was procured from a props store. Last time I checked, a prop store didn't deliver working gaming machines...but what the heck do I know? Anyway, this was the episode with the rolling casino built into an 18-wheeler. Also, Colonel Decker also appeared briefly in this one.

notable guest star: Ed Winter, who was Colonel Flagg in M.A.S.H., was the head bad guy here.

what the team builds in this episode: Nothing.

Hannibal wisecrack highlight: In addition to multiple disguises and shooting up the bad guy's operation while taunting him, Hannibal pulls a really funny stunt this time: knowing that the team's clients may be in danger, he tips off Decker that the A-Team is threatening those people. This gets the Army on site, which is convenient when the bad guys show up with guns.

B.A. toughness highlight: When he and Murdock are trying to con someone out of a helicopter, and Murdock is babbling out an excuse, B.A. just says "give us the chopper."

Murdock insanity highlight: Throughout the mission, he evaluates and criticizes the team's performance.

Face scam highlight: Infiltrates the bad guys' organization by getting a job with them, also BS-es the prop store out of an entire casino's worth of gambling gaming equipment.

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