The A-Team: Dishpan Man

episode number: season 5, episode 1 (1986)
viewing setting: home DVD, 11/12/13

episode synopsis: The team gets recruited by a mysterious general to undertake a mission which would free a witness who can clear them.

impressions: This was the season five opener, and was the first of a 3-part arc. Tia from the end of season four is apparently gone and forgotten, and instead we have the introduction of Frankie, a special-effects whiz. This is also the first appearance of retired General Stockwell, who has much covert power and also his own plane and secretary. So the team stops the hijackers in Spain and liberates the airliner and the witness, only to have him turn against them in court, which puts them in line for the firing squad.

notable guest star: none

what the team builds in this episode: They put together a miniature helicopter for Murdock, and also some special effects to fool the terrorists.

Hannibal wisecrack highlight: Doesn't back down from Stockwell, despite being in his pajamas.

B.A. toughness highlight: KOs a terrorist with one punch.

Murdock insanity highlight: Acts crazy to Frankie and later the terrorists.

Face scam highlight: Somehow procures a truck in Spain.

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