Heartwarming / The A-Team

For an 80s action series, this show had a surprising number of heartwarming moments.
  • Scary Black Man B.A. Baracus, perhaps ironically, got the most heartwarming moments of any of the cast, particularly when he goes into Gentle Giant mode, showing that he can be both the muscle and the heart of the team.
    • In ''Children of Jamestown", the team is captured by an insane cult leader and told they will be put to death soon. When he realizes that Amy isn't going to be able to handle the fear of death, B.A. soothes her by promising he'll protect her no matter what.
    • When (in "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing") Murdock is panicking after being blinded, B.A. promising that he (Murdock) will be alright and that he (B.A.) would get him out of the situation.
    • Also, in Bad Time on the Border, B.A. asking a little lost Mexican girl, "Do you want to be my friend?" and she nods "yes". Might make you melt just thinking about it...
    • B.A.'s mom saying about how she used to worry about B.A. being on the run without any family around him until she received a picture from him that was a photograph of him and the rest of the team and she realizing that B.A. was with his family.
      • Also, B.A.'s mom saying at the end of the episode that she considers Murdock her son and would legally adopt him if she could.
    • In "The Duke of Whispering Pines", Hannibal needs to melt down one of B.A.'s gold necklaces as part of a plan. B.A. at first refuses, saying that necklace has a very special meaning to him. It's soon revealed that the necklace was a Christmas gift from Murdock.
  • At the beginning of "Pros and Cons", before he knows what's going on, B.A. has a minor Papa Wolf moment against an old friend, Jase Tataro, who is hiding out after escaping from prison, with only his little brother knowing where he is. B.A. warns Jase that if he wants to mess up his own life, that's his business, but he'd better not mess up his little brother's.
  • "Black Day at Bad Rock":
    • Hannibal holding B.A.'s hand while he's lying on the table.
    • Shortly afterwards, when Face is fretting that B.A. will follow through on his threat to make him pay once he gets better, Hannibal responds, "Face, B.A. loves you...He told me so himself."
    • At the end, B.A., who's been grouching at Face all episode for getting him wounded, makes as if to pay him back. Face cringes as B.A. raises his fist...and then B.A. smiles and shakes his head. It gives a lot of credence to Hannibal's reassurance earlier.
  • "The Out of Towners":
    • Amy describes the trouble the villains are putting the shopkeepers through as she tries to get the team to go through with the job, despite the second thoughts of the clients. (Not that they probably wouldn't have anyway.) After a little thought, the fact that she didn't call the rest of the team to tell them that the potential patrons were having second thoughts was probably to make sure they got there. She also shows a lot of faith in their abilities, despite the shopkeepers' skepticism about the whole thing.
    • B.A. has just remarked that if the shopkeepers had told them they didn't want to hire them yesterday, he could have avoided flying...and then he meets a shoeshine boy, who was punched and had his kit destroyed just for getting some polish on one of the bad guys' socks. Instantly, he changes his tune and declares that the small sum the boy can put toward hiring them "will just about cover our fee."
    • Face, Amy, and Murdock are using a T.V. to monitor Hannibal in the middle of his stint as a new shopkeeper being offered "protection" by two nasty mooks. Then the T.V. shorts out. Face runs toward the front of the shop.
    Face: We can't leave Hannibal up there with no contact!
  • "One More Time": While Hannibal's recklessness is partially responsible for the problems of the episode, he also exhibits concern for his men which softens it.
    • When the villains come in to grab the first person to be sent before the firing squad, they choose Face instead of Hannibalnote . Hannibal doesn't lose his nerve, but the sound of his voice betrays subtle alarm as he tries to goad the villains into taking him first. When they refuse, he instantly gets the rest of the team moving into the plan, knowing that Face's life is on the line if they can't pull it off quickly.
    • During the battle that follows, Hannibal yells, "Face!" over the noise of the battlefield, as they've lost track of him after the attempted execution. He manages to zero in on him and guide Murdock over to airlift him out.
  • In "The Only Church in Town", Face's and Leslie's last farewell. It is so bittersweet and heartwarming that it needs to be seen to be believed.
  • Most of Family Reunion.
    • Even Face and Murdock's fight is this, because in a strange way, it shows just how much they really care about each other.
    Murdock: There's one thing about you and me that I've always liked, and that's our fights. Cuz we don't have to...stumble over our - our lips...apologizing.
    • The fact that their whole fight is only two minutes long speaks volumes about how deep their friendship runs. Of course, when you've been on the run with someone for fifteen years, after fighting a war and going through a Vietnam prison camp together, even the most serious fight can't really be expected to last very long.
  • Murdock's concern when Face is shot in Without Reservations. To see the fun-loving, happy-go-lucky Cloud Cuckoo Lander turn so deadly serious is absolutely jarring. The look of pure hatred he gives the man responsible...shudder.
    • And then at the end when Murdock finally gets his hands on the guy who shot Face and starts relentlessly pounding him, and literally has to be pulled off of him. It really shows what Murdock is capable of when someone he cares about is hurt, seeing as he's usually the least violent of the team. You do not want to get on Murdock's bad side.
      • The tag scene for that episode is also quite cute. Murdock brings Face a 'get well' pizza...aaaww.
  • Face and Murdock's whole friendship is heartwarming when you think about it. Face grew up in an orphanage, and as a result he has serious trust and commitment issues. He's always kind of guarded, but when he's around Murdock he's a lot more willing to let loose and act silly. Murdock also seems to know more about Face than anyone else does - he frequently mentions things that Face likes (his favorite foods, etc.), and he's the only one of the team that you ever see Face fighting with (whether playfully or seriously) onscreen.
  • "Curtain Call":
    • Murdock getting shot protecting Hannibal, especially because he doesn't even hesitate.
    • B.A. looking after him in particular. While Hannibal and Face do their share of trying to help, it's B.A. who is with Murdock most of the time, cooling his feverish face, talking to him, and urging him to fight for his life.
      B.A.: I ain't gonna let you die, man. You're my friend.
    • Murdock (when Decker is closing in) begging Hannibal to leave him and get the rest of the team to safety and Hannibal refusing ("We go out together, or not at all").
    • Face telling Tawnia that it doesn't matter if he gets captured because without the first aid kit, Murdock is dead.
    • Hannibal willingly surrendering to Decker to save Murdock also counts.
    • The closing Montage of moments between B.A. and Murdock, set to "Opposites Attract."
  • "Trouble Brewing": The A-Team bursts in to rescue their clients, who have been captured by the bad guys and were probably close to being executed. Hannibal puts his arms around both of their shoulders and reassures them.
  • "Bounty":
    • Murdock and Kelly. The entire relationship, but especially the "pretty girl" moment. Murdock asks Kelly where her boyfriend takes her for fun, and she says she doesn't have one. Murdock expresses complete disbelief that a pretty girl like her wouldn't have a boyfriend, which Kelly dismisses, saying she's never considered herself attractive. So Murdock picks up a mirror to show her. Made all the more heartwarming by the fact that Dwight Schultz and Wendy Fulton are still married after being together 30+ years.
    • The sheer amount of concern and focus the other team members show when Murdock is in trouble. B.A. spends half the episode wondering whether he's all right and (at least once) implying he'll pound the kidnappers if Murdock is hurt in any way. While Hannibal is less demonstrative, his concern is also clear, such as when he quickly gets to the phone when the van arrives at the gas station, knowing the villain threatened to kill Murdock if he didn't answer. Face, as DJ "The Faceman", spends time on the local airwaves trying to contact Murdock after he escapes, calling him "our little lost sheep."
    • Kelly sees Murdock fiddling with the radio, trying to find the transmission the others will put out, and she says to stop worrying and that they'll find him. Murdock replies that he knows, and then launches into a description of what they're probably doing — which is a good representation of how well he knows his teammates.
    • When the villains call and say they have Kelly, the entire team instantly agrees that they're going back. Hannibal and B.A. especially try to reassure Murdock that it will be all right and they'll save her.
  • Hannibal reassuring Murdock that he appreciates his uniqueness and prefers Murdock to be himself when Murdock tries to "conform to a more socially acceptable norm" for an episode (after getting tired of B.A. ragging on him all the time) and is completely miserable.
  • In "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing", this line from Murdock to B.A.: "I want you to be my role model, someone I can look up to when the purple wobblies start to wobble."
  • "Recipe for Heavy Bread":
    Lin Duk Coo: A-Team is my best friend. You saved my life.
    Hannibal: No, you saved us.
    • Lin's past. He was called in as a chef to the head of a prison camp, a fairly good position considering the war was going on — and he risked his position and his life to help the American POWs imprisoned in the camp, including Hannibal, Face, B.A. and Murdock. When you think about it, this also means that Lin is responsible for everything the A-Team has been able to do and all the people they've been able to save. Everything else that happened after the team was sent to the camp was due to a compassionate cook who (being Vietnamese) was supposed to be their enemy.
  • In "The Taxicab Wars", Face expresses concern that Murdock is going to get distracted with his new superheroic identity and not do his part of the job. Hannibal responds, "I would risk my life with Murdock any day."
  • At multiple points during the shows run, they accent the fact that the team has a strict "No man's left behind" policy. And boy do they stick to it. Even when three of them are about to be shot by a firing squad, Murdock does everything in his power to get them back.
    • What makes this even sweeter is that all of the team knows this rule. From "Pros and Cons", where B.A. tries to reassure his opponent/friend that they just have to survive the Forced Prize Fight until the rest of the team arrives to Murdock declaring that he knows the rest of his comrades will come for him in "Bounty", every member of the team trusts its other members.

from The Movie:

  • At the start of the movie, Hannibal holds up BA to hijack his van, and notices BA's Ranger tattoo. BA warns Hannibal not to talk shit about his old battalion, and joins in when Hannibal recites the Ranger Creed as a Trust Password. And when Hannibal asks for his help to rescue a brother Ranger, BA jumps in with no hesitation. BA may be a thug right now, but deep down inside he still believes in the cause.
    • And later, after they rescue Face, he starts half-playfully giving BA a hard time about how he helped with the rescue after Hannibal shot and carjacked him. BA shows Face his Ranger Tattoo, and he immediately thanks him for his help.
  • After finding out they've been betrayed by General Morrison, they ask, "Could you ever do that to us?" Hannibal replies "Never in a million years."
    • In the extended edition he adds: "I'd rather be shot by a firing squad first."
  • During the court martial, Hannibal tries to take full responsibility so the others can get off easier. The others all immediately refuse to accept the offer to be tried separately.
  • When Face is doubting his plan towards the end of the film, Murdock points out that he's got the most on the line here & he's still putting his faith in Face, before reassuring him that whilst he's crazy, he's not that crazy.