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Volume 1 Issue 03
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The totally unofficial A-Team electronic mail newsletter
Submission address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrivia: Nicole Pellegrini
DATE: October 23, 1994
Ok, I think I've got the great mysteries of AOL's mail
delivery peculiarities figured out, so *hopefully* there
won't be any more problems with people not getting mail
delivered. Thanks to everyone who got back to me this week
during my mail experiments as it helped me locate the problems.
The 2nd season episode list is attached below...lots of
good ones in there, a lot of them written by the "masters"
Lupo and Cannell, also Babs Greyhosky who wrote some of my
faves from the 1st season. Still wish I knew what happened to Amy
and why she got dropped. She was, IMO, a helluva lot better
a character than Tawnia, who never got to do anything but
pout and whine ("But Hannibal! Pleeeeeease can I go on the
mission? Please? Please? Pleeeease?" blech!). Still, we got the
introduction of Decker as the bad guy in season 2, who was
just so damn mean it was great!
Standard reminders: for copies of old issues email me...
preferrably at my email@example.com account but
here is ok too. And submit!...it doesn't have to be any
great insight or anything, but it's gonna get boring fast if
I'm the only one talking :-P A couple of people wrote me this
week asking how they could help out, and really, just submitting
posts is help enough. I created this group to hopefully stir up
some discussions and not just spew trivia--though trivia is also
always welcome. Valerie's post below about "life on the lam"
brings up some interesting ideas which I'd comment on now if I
didn't have a problem set to get back to :-)
So anyway, that's all for now...oh, I did yesterday catch the
tail end of a commercial for some upcoming wrestling or strong-
man event on tv that's supposed to have Mr. T as one of the
hosts. Those of you in the states might want to check your TV
Guides the next week or so to find out when it's gonna air. And,
while watching the episode "Incident at Crystal Lake" this week,
I caught that the license plate on Face's corvette was IHJG851.
Thought you might like to know :-)
Quote of the Week:
"Sounds like World War 5 out there." - Face
"Hey man, sounds like Hannibal!" - BA
from "Deadly Maneuvers"
The A-Team Episode List: Season #2 (9/20/83 - 5/15/84)
09/20/83 Diamonds N' Dust
(Patrick Hasburgh; dir. Ron Satlof)
The second season gets under way with a bang as the team transports
to a Zimbabwe diamond mine whose owner was killed trying to make the delivery
himself. Toby Griffith: Kristen Meadows. Schekter: Michael Halsey.
Albert Salmi. Landers: Sam Scarber.
09/27/83 Recipe For Heavy Bread
(Stephen J. Cannell; dir. Bernard McEveety)
The cook from the team's POW camp serves them a tip about a drug deal between
the camp's ex-commander and a man who sold out to him as a prisoner. Tom
Anderson: Marjoe Gortner. Lin Duk Coo: Mako. General Chow: John Fujioka.
10/11/83 The Only Church In Town
(Babs Greyhosky, dir. Christian I. Nyby, II)
Face is convinced there's a case for the team after receiving a package from
Ecuador containing his fraternity pin, given 15 years earlier to the woman
disappeared from his life. Leslie: Markie Post. Mother Superior: Elizabeth
Hoffman. Salvador: Ismael Carlo.
10/18/83 Bad Day On The Border
(Richard Christian MAtheson; dir. Bruce Kessler)
Hannibal goes undercover as an alien seeking border passage as the team
searches for an ill woman left behind by illegal-alien smugglers. Taggart:
Jack Ging. Prince: Dennis Lipscomb. Presley: Joey Aresco. Cooper: David
Graf. Maria: Edie Marie Rubio.
10/25/83 When You Coming Back, Range Rider? (2 hours)
(Frank Lupo; dir. Christian I. Nyby, II)
While the A-Team tries to corral wild horse rustlers, a dauntless army
shooter tries to lasso the A-Team. Daniel: Richard Yniguez. Decker: Lance
LeGault. Bus Carter: Morgan Woodward. Lane Carter: Dana Kimmell. Stryker:
11/01/83 The Taxicab Wars
(Stephen J. Cannell; dir. Gilbert Shilton)
A small cab fleet hires the team to hack away at a rival company that
its operations and forced it out of business. Crane: Michael Ironside.
Strike: Edward Lynch. Cal: Ernie Hudson.
11/08/83 Labor Pains
(Thomas Szolski and Richard Christian Matheson; dir. Arnold Laven)
The team helps migrant workers unionize against a landowner who's forcing
to work under slave-labor conditions. Jarrett: John Vernon. Cross: Charles
Napier. Laura: Penny Peyser. Gary: Alan Autry. Giddings: Ted Markland.
11/15/83 There's Always A Catch
(Richard Christian Matheson and Thomas Szolski; dir. Ron Satlof)
Decker hooks the A-Team just as they're reeling in an extortionist at a
village. Garber: John Quade. Shana: Tracy Scoggins. Doug: Robin Strand.
Cal: Len Wayland.
11/22/83 Water, Water Everywhere
(Stanley Ellis and Jo Swerling from a story by Stanley Ellis; dir. Stanley
A land developer is trying to run three disabled Viet vets off the desert
property they're renovating. Jaimie: Jim Knaub. Gaines: Alan Fudge.
Robin Riker. Bump: Jon L Feather. Les: R David Smith.
(Frank Lupo; dir. Gilbert Shilton)
Hannibal discovers a grave motive behind the sabotage of a construction site
the contractor who lost the bid. Mickey: Norman Alden. Randy: Mary-Margeret
Humes. Denham: Ray Giradin. Tommy Tillis: Michael Baseleon. Boyle: Tim
12/06/83 The White Ballot
(Jeff Ray; dir. Dennis Donnelly)
The plan to block a corrupt sheriff's reelection involves running Face as a
candidate, the last of whom was murdered. Sheriff Dawson: Clifton James.
Rance: Andy Robinson. Baker: Joshua Bryant.
12/13/83 The Maltese Cow
(Thomas Szolski; dir. Dennis Donnelly)
Murdock mugs as Philip Marlowe as the team infiltrates a Chinese tong trying
extort money from a restaurant they helped to build. Wan Chu: James Hong.
Chris Thomas: Paul Mantee. Tommy Chen: Peter Kwong. Sam Yeng: Keye Luke.
01/03/84 In Plane Sight
(Babs Greyhosky; dir. Tony Mordente)
The team employs a new method to prepare BA for a flight to South America,
where drug smugglers are responsible for the imprisonment of an innocent man.
Judy: Judy Strangis. Corliss: Anthony Charnota. Jes Hicks: Rod Colbin.
Carrie Hicks: Lesley Woods. Dalton: Lance Herrickson. Sanchez: Carmen
Argenziana. Jackson: Bruce French.
01/10/84 The Battle Of Bel-Air
(Frank Lupo; dir. Gilbert Shilton)
An air battle with a high-tech chopper climaxes a probe of a security firm's
kidnapping of its own employee (new regular Marla Heasly), who warned the
of an ambush by Decker. Raymond: Michael Fairman. Carson: Kurtwood Smith.
Ron: Randolph Roberts. Fatasi: Edward Ansara.
01/17/84 Say It With Bullets
(Richard Christian Matheson and Lee David Zlotoff; dir. Dennis Donnelly)
A WAC (Lauren Chase) asks th eteam to investigate the murder of her brother,
who was involved with arms trafficking on a military base. But the team is
unaware of her prior deal with Decker: The A-Team for her brother's murderer
(Monte Markham). Shaw: Sam Melville. Noche: Miguel Fernandez. Crane: Carl
01/31/84 Pure-Dee Poison
(Chris Bunch and Alan Cole; dir. Dennis Donnelly)
A southern minister (John Amos) wants to put the cap on a moonshine
(Bo Hopkins) whose product is lethal. Stephanie: Tracy Reed. Burt: Steve
Sander. Frank: Tony O'Neil.
02/07/84 It's A Desert Out There
(Bruce Cervi; dir. Arnold Laven)
The sophisticated commando tactics that a gang uses for petty holdups suggest
they're practicing for bigger game. Lila: Jeannie Wilson. Flagg: Anthony
James. Burke: Tony Burton. Driscoll: Robert Dryer.
02/14/84 Chopping Spree
Face's prized Corvette is used as bait to nab car thieves, who instead steal
BA's van, giving the big man a very Bad Attitude. Sam Friendly: Dennis
Tony Victor: Lee Patterson. Tiny Roscoe: Nick Shields. Cindy: Liberty
Godshail. Davey: Joe Colligan.
02/21/84 Harder Than It Looks
(Frank Lupo; dir. Ivan Dixon)
Rescuing a kidnap victim is "a piece of cake", except when the ransom money
left behind, and the victim insists on having one of her kidnappers rescued
well. Jennifer Teasdale: Lori Lethin. Marcus: Kevyn Major Howard. Roman:
Steven Keats. Kathryn: Cherie Michan.
02/28/84 Deadly Maneuvers
(Richard Christian Matehson and Thomas Szolski; dir. Mike Vejar)
Revenge is the motive as, one by one, the team falls victim to mercenaries
hired by foiled criminals. Kyle: Ed Lauter. Sharphook: Ed Johnson. King:
Michael Cavanaugh. Hoffer: John G Scanlon. Maggie Sullivan: Tricia O'Neill.
Harper: Richard Kuss.
05/08/84 Semi-Friendly Persausion
(Danny E. Cole; dir. Craig R. Baxley)
The team is hard pressed to meet the demands of their clients, pacifists who
won't allow violence despite the ruthlessness of bigots trying to run them
their property. Kale Sykes: Geoffrey Lewis. Kerl: Tim O'Conner. Eric: Sam
Jones. Ollie: Robby Kiger. Traynor: Frank Luz.
05/15/84 Curtain Call
(Stephen Katz; dir. Dennis Donnelly)
With Decker closing in fast, flashbacks recall Murdock's contributions to his
teammates as they struggle to keep him alive after he stops a bullet. Crane:
Carl Franklin. Richie: George Wyner. Artie: Danny Wells.
Date: Fri, Oct 14, 1994 10:51 PM EST
Hello! I'm going to make a radical move and introduce myself as Valerie.
(that's good, 'cause that's who I am :) It is wonderful to hear of others who
love this show, too! (My friends tended to tease me about it. I can't imagine
I have to agree with everyone who has put "Black Day at Badrock" at the top
the list of favorite episodes. There are just TOO many great lines in there
not put it at the top. In general, I have to agree with most of the named
favorites. (Golfball liberation, watermelon sales, etc.) I'm afraid I don't
remember much of the beginning of the fifth season. I started taping the
episodes right after those aired, and it has been 6 years.
Hmmm... I have to say that Nicole was lucky not to find out about George
Peppard's death for a while. I found out about it 2 days after the fact,
before exam week started. Did wonders for my studying, sending it right down
the tubes. :)
Whenever I watch these, (which is often, and my roommate can attest to that,
much to her dismay) I have to wonder what it would be like to live like that.
Granted, it is all fictional, but still. They live, seemingly making the best
of their situation, facing unbelievable odds. What I like most about it is
they are what the title says- a team. Which draws to mind a quote from
Hannibal- "Next time you want to take someone out, don't hire yourself a good
squad, get yourself a team."
(As someone pointed out for another tv show, it is bad when you start
in terms of quotes from that show 8-)
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