History YMMV / TheATeam

22nd Jul '16 5:44:05 AM longWriter
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* StopHelpingMe: Face was actually upset Hannibal broke him out, as because he is so charismatic he was living a decent prison life including a tanning booth, a hot female guard for a "companion" and was due for a parole hearing in a week.
** Though that dropped the second he realized Hannibal needed him and could get the charges cleared.
2nd May '16 7:49:02 PM HeroGal2347
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Murdock's character was almost written out of the series before it aired, as the producers found the character too "over the top". The popularity of the character among the test audience however convinced the producers to keep the part of Murdock.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Murdock's character was almost written out of the series before it aired, as the producers found the character too "over the top". The popularity of the character among the test audience however convinced the producers to keep the part of Murdock. Fans of the show all over are glad they did.
2nd May '16 7:46:39 PM HeroGal2347
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* ReplacementScrappy: Tawnia is this to Amy.
* TheScrappy: Frankie Santana, a fifth member added to the cast during it's last season. His character is almost the same as that of both Face and Murdock. He's Casanova like Face and especially crazy like Murdock. In the first seven episodes of the same season, the writers thought it was a good idea to make Frank a new Murdock to BA (while the real Murdock has been Flanderized into a really sane man). BA even said/make the usual things/threats to Frank he usually says to Murdock. The writers seems to realize it didn't work, so they teamed up Frankie more with Face and Murdock for the remainder of the series.

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* ReplacementScrappy: Tawnia is this to Amy.
Amy. Amy at least had some fans; Tawnia was just shoved in because the networks wanted a female character and wasn't all that capable when the team was in the field.
* TheScrappy: TheScrappy:
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Frankie Santana, a fifth member added to the cast during it's its last season. His character is almost the same as that of both Face and Murdock. He's Casanova like Face and especially crazy like Murdock. In the first seven episodes of the same season, the writers thought it was a good idea to make Frank a new Murdock to BA (while the real Murdock has been Flanderized into a really sane man). BA even said/make the usual things/threats to Frank he usually says to Murdock. The writers seems to realize it didn't work, so they teamed up Frankie more with Face and Murdock for the remainder of the series.



** Tawnia Baker. While Amy did have some popularity, Tawnia was nothing but a boat anchor getting shoehorned into every situation and desperately wanting to be on the team for no reason. Despite the CharacterShilling she got, the actors themselves clearly don't want anything to do with her.
*** Marla Heasley, the actress, later explained that from the first day she showed up on set, she was treated with hostility by George Peppard just for being a woman on what the cast felt should be an all-male ensemble. Melinda Culea, who played Amy, told a similar story of her own departure being essentially forced on her for daring to ask for something more to do and Peppard pushing heavily for her to be ejected. Both character existed entirely because the network was concerned about airing a show with so many male main characters and ''zero'' women. Eventually, Peppard won out, but one last attempt was made at the end of season 4 to integrate Tia Carrere's character of "Tia" into the show, but Carrere dropped out due to her obligations to ''Series/GeneralHospital'' instead.

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** Tawnia Baker. While Amy did have some popularity, Tawnia was nothing but a boat anchor getting shoehorned into every situation and desperately wanting to be on the team for no reason. Despite the CharacterShilling she got, the actors themselves clearly don't want anything to do with her.
*** Marla
her.[[note]]Marla Heasley, the actress, later explained that from the first day she showed up on set, she was treated with hostility by George Peppard just for being a woman on what the cast felt should be an all-male ensemble. Melinda Culea, who played Amy, told a similar story of her own departure being essentially forced on her for daring to ask for something more to do and Peppard pushing heavily for her to be ejected. Both character existed entirely because the network was concerned about airing a show with so many male main characters and ''zero'' women. Eventually, Peppard won out, but one last attempt was made at the end of season 4 to integrate Tia Carrere's character of "Tia" into the show, but Carrere dropped out due to her obligations to ''Series/GeneralHospital'' instead.[[/note]]
2nd May '16 7:38:22 PM HeroGal2347
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: A joke by Murdock in "Water, Water Everywhere" where he brags about his matchmaking capabilities references his success with Princess Diana and Prince Charles, at the time recently married.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: FunnyAneurysmMoment:
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A joke by Murdock in "Water, Water Everywhere" where he brags about his matchmaking capabilities references his success with Princess Diana and Prince Charles, at the time recently married.



* MemeticMutation: One of the earliest Internet memes was the "Mr. T versus" comic, which mostly involved editing stills from ''The A-Team'' and borrowed heavily from B.A.'s character to describe Mr. T (like claiming Mr. T also had a fear of flying). Some of them also included Murdock to be pitied by Mr. T.

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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One of the earliest Internet memes was the "Mr. T versus" comic, which mostly involved editing stills from ''The A-Team'' and borrowed heavily from B.A.'s character to describe Mr. T (like claiming Mr. T also had a fear of flying). Some of them also included Murdock to be pitied by Mr. T.



* {{Narm}}: Hulk Hogan being casually referred to as "Hulkster" in "Body Slam".
** And most of the other celebrity appearances for that matter, with the worst probably being the infamous Boy George episode, which culminates with B.A. of all people, grinning like a loon while bopping away to The Culture Club's musical performance. Because nothing speaks to battle-hardened war veterans like the music of a camp, cross-dressing, British pop star.

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* {{Narm}}: {{Narm}}:
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Hulk Hogan being casually referred to as "Hulkster" in "Body Slam".
** And most of the other celebrity appearances for that matter, with the worst probably being the infamous Boy George episode, which culminates with [[GrumpyBear B.A. ]], of all people, grinning like a loon while bopping away to The Culture Club's musical performance. Because nothing speaks to battle-hardened war veterans like the music of a camp, cross-dressing, British pop star.



* ValuesDissonance: It's hard to imagine Hannibal getting away with yellowface or blackface disguises anymore as he did early in the show's run. The network seemed to be aware of this on some level, as the "Mr. Lee" disguise only appeared once on screen and disappeared from the opening credits past the first season. B.A. made a crack about the low quality of Hannibal's blackface disguise in the very episode in which it appeared, though even the joke itself comes off as bad taste now.

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* ValuesDissonance: ValuesDissonance:
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It's hard to imagine Hannibal getting away with yellowface or blackface disguises anymore as he did early in the show's run. The network seemed to be aware of this on some level, as the "Mr. Lee" disguise only appeared once on screen and disappeared from the opening credits past the first season. B.A. made a crack about the low quality of Hannibal's blackface disguise in the very episode in which it appeared, though even the joke itself comes off as bad taste now.
2nd May '16 7:34:27 PM HeroGal2347
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* TheWoobie: Faceman. His father left him before he was old enough to even remember, no mention of what happened to his mother... all we know is that he wandered into an orphanage when he was five years old. From a young age, he taught himself to con people, seizing at every little opportunity he saw, only to miss out on the big ones because of it—most notably when he [[spoiler: conned his childhood friend Barry into giving him concert tickets—while Face was at the concert, a family showed up at the orphanage looking to adopt, and they chose Barry.]] [[JerkWoobie Granted, that was Face's own fault]], but that kind of makes it worse. His college girlfriend Leslie (who he called "[[LadykillerInLove The only woman I ever really loved]]") disappeared with no explanation on the same day he was going to propose to her. He [[NeverBeHurtAgain never allowed himself to get too close to another woman after that]], so very few of his relationships ever made it past one-night stands. Leslie's disappearance led Face to drop out of college and join the Army where he went through the horrors of the VietnamWar, including spending time in a prison camp, and then he and the rest of the team ended up as fugitives because of something they were ordered to do (he laments in one episode, "[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Why is it that every time we try to serve our country, we end up behind bars]]?"). In "Family Reunion", Murdock discovers that A.J. Bancroft, a criminal the team is negotiating with, is [[spoiler: Face's father.]] A.J. begs Murdock not to tell Face—he wants to do it himself. But A.J. chickens out and ends up [[spoiler: dying before he can tell Face the truth]], leaving Murdock to have to deliver what would have been good news had it come earlier. Plus the number of times Face has been [[DistressedDude hurt, kidnapped, beaten up by the bad guys]]... somebody give this guy a hug!
10th Apr '16 1:01:37 PM HeroGal2347
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** In the same episode where Hannibal is in blackface, while undercover Murdock mock-threatens to rape a woman associated with the bad guys.

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** In the same episode where Hannibal is in blackface, blackface ("[[Recap/TheATeamS1E7TheRabbitWhoAteLasVegas The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas]]"), while undercover Murdock mock-threatens to rape a woman associated with the bad guys.
3rd Apr '16 10:40:32 AM HeroGal2347
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* NightmareFuel: While not quite nightmare-inducing, sweet, kooky Murdock delivering a funeral wreath to one of the villains of the week[[note]]disguised as a funeral parlor worker and claiming it was a mistake[[/note]]while singing "[[IronicNurseryTune The Hearse Song]]" is somewhat unsettling.

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* NightmareFuel: "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E5ASmallAndDeadlyWar A Small and Deadly War]]": While not quite nightmare-inducing, sweet, kooky Murdock delivering a funeral wreath to one of the villains of the week[[note]]disguised as a funeral parlor worker and claiming it was a mistake[[/note]]while singing "[[IronicNurseryTune The Hearse Song]]" is somewhat unsettling.
3rd Apr '16 10:38:44 AM HeroGal2347
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** And most of the other celebrity appearances for that matter, with the worst probably being the infamous Boy George episode, which culminates with B.A. of all people, grinning like a loon while bopping away to The Culture Club's musical performance. Because nothing speaks ro battle-hardened war veterans like the music of a camp, cross-dressing, british pop star.

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** And most of the other celebrity appearances for that matter, with the worst probably being the infamous Boy George episode, which culminates with B.A. of all people, grinning like a loon while bopping away to The Culture Club's musical performance. Because nothing speaks ro to battle-hardened war veterans like the music of a camp, cross-dressing, british British pop star.star.
* NightmareFuel: While not quite nightmare-inducing, sweet, kooky Murdock delivering a funeral wreath to one of the villains of the week[[note]]disguised as a funeral parlor worker and claiming it was a mistake[[/note]]while singing "[[IronicNurseryTune The Hearse Song]]" is somewhat unsettling.
14th Mar '16 6:46:52 AM HeroGal2347
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* {{Tearjerker}}:
** While in Vietnam for a job, the team remembering the war while "Eve of Destruction" plays is absolutely gut-wrenching.
** In the same episode as above, Murdock (in an unusually serious and vulnerable tone) asking whether Hannibal thought about the war while they were there, and Hannibal replying stoically that he 'remembered it,' but he 'didn't think about it.' The episode closes with close-up of Murdock looking off into space while we hear the sound of helicopter blades (the aural symbol in the episode that one of the team is thinking about the war).
** After being shot (potentially fatally) and barely holding on to consciousness, Murdock murmuring/singing, "if you got a problem/if you got a problem/ it'll go away."
** Then later (in the same episode as the entry immediately previous), Murdock begging Hannibal to leave him, take the rest of the team, and escape.
25th Sep '15 4:33:24 PM MetropolisGal2
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* HilariousInHindsight: Face shooting at Reapers in a falling tank. A few years later, Bradley Cooper is playing [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Rocket Raccoon]] and shooting at ...well, almost everything.
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