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The Film

Fridge Brilliance
  • The destruction of B.A.'s iconic van at the beginning of the film was sad, but it made it easier for the Team to remain inconspicuous.
    • Not only that, it was a reference to a Running Gag from the show, where B.A.'s van was regularly damaged in an episode, only to be magically restored in the next episode.
  • Why did the military (it isn't clear whether it's the Air Force or the Army due to uniform fail) launch RQ-9s to shoot down the C-130? Because the plane they'd stolen carried a fully-loaded/armed light tank. Why not manned planes? Murdock broke the canopies of the fighters during takeoff.
  • Pike has several chances to kill Face and B.A., but he takes his time and gloats, missing each. This would seem to come into conflict with his disgust at the unprofessional manner in which Lynch's men go about trying to kill him...until you remember Hannibal once called him a 'cartoon character'- everything Pike does, he does it to satisfy his adrenaline rush, and as soon as he gets into a good firing position, he abandons all pretense of finesse and proceeds to unleash the heaviest firepower at his disposal (he is already going guns-blazing minutes after the A-Team snatched Morrison in Berlin, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he is doing so in the middle of a populated area or that he is about to be surrounded by the police from all sides). Seems about right that he'd suddenly start monologuing as soon as he had the hero in his gunsights.
  • Murdock's quote from Braveheart is an eerily apt description of the situation the Team eventually finds itself in.
  • How did Face sneak the cuffs key into the paddy wagon at the end of the movie? It probably wasn't just a tongue that Chris gave him moments before when they were making out.
    • That was pretty much obvious since he has the key in his mouth.
  • Many saw Lynch a hero in the series, because he was doing his job pursuing the A-Team because he believed them to be criminals. However, the film's closing shows it to possibly be a prequel story to a reboot of the A-Team story, and we are introduced to a second Lynch, who had the team arrested for committing the crime of breaking out of prison to prove their innocence. So, that means that had a second film come around, the second Lynch would have essentially taken on the role of Lynch of the show, trying to pursue the A-Team to arrest them.

Fridge Horror

  • While the aerial battle between the tanks and the drones is awesome, you got to take into account that they were firing off dozens of live shells over Germany, not to mention the crash of the drones. They also landed close to people, meaning that that aerial battle took place over a populated area.
  • A Psychopathic Manchild with the power of the CIA behind him. Just let that sink in.

The Series

Fridge Brilliance
  • Why do the A-Team never hit anyone, despite being trained soldiers? Because they're deliberately missing. The viewer regularly sees them taking out tires/etc. from a considerable distance. They're clearly good shots. The team could shoot the villains if they chose, but they're already wanted for war crimes and breaking out of prison; adding several counts of murder to that wouldn't be a good idea.
  • In "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing", Murdock is found sane by his doctor, who says Murdock is "just as sane as [he is]". His doctor is later revealed to be insane, and Murdock's release from the VA is overturned.
  • Quite a good one - Murdock's sanity (or lack thereof) was always a point of contention. However, no matter which side of the fence you fall on, it's fairly evident the guy has genuine problems. He does "get better" over the course of the series (although quite obviously still a freewheeling maverick) with the two major crossing points being his breakthrough with Richter in "The Doctor is Out" and after the events of "The Sound of Thunder". Strange but true - watch the character development.
    • There's also the unspoken idea that they ALL came back from Vietnam damaged - BA's childhood dislike of flying became crippling aerophobia, the maverick Hannibal became a reckless adrenaline junkie, and Face, who already had trust and commitment issues because of his childhood, was forced to trust (and then to lose) a number of people, thus exacerbating his issues to the degree where he even pulls back from his teammates sometimes.
  • Murdock has proven on multiple occasions that he's quite capable of busting himself out of the VA. So why does he almost always wait for Face to come and scam him out? Because it's fun. There's really no other reason for it other than the fact that it's just more fun that way. Some people wait for their friends to come over so they can play video games or harass their older/younger siblings — Murdock waits for Face to come over so they can do improv on the guards.
  • In "The Out-of-Towners", Face asks Amy if she told the other team members that their clients were having second thoughts. Amy admits that she didn't. Given the way she describes the shopkeepers' problems while attempting to get them to go through with it anyway, she probably didn't call them on purpose, so that they'd already be there by the time they learned and would do the job.
  • In "Deadly Manuevers", Hannibal's method of keeping his men in top shape may seem a little like something you'd expect from a Drill Sergeant Nasty, but even this hard training might be a manifestation of Hannibal's protective and father-like attitude towards the others. While they often don't act like it, the work the team does is dangerous, and (as shown in "Black Day at Bad Rock") if one of them gets lax even for a moment during a mission, he could die, or one of the other team members (or the client) could die.
  • One potential explanation for Face's awkwardness when he remembers Lisa is blind while trying to kiss her in "Waste 'Em!" relates to the fact that he has scruples against forcing a woman. A sighted woman can tell when Face is trying to kiss her, but a blind woman couldn't, so he could have accidentally kissed her without being aware that she wasn't aware and had not given (at least) implicit consent. Once she lets him know she sensed/guessed what he was trying to do and is okay with it, he leans in for the kiss.
  • In "Champ", the villains drug the water used to rinse B.A.'s mouth guard, but he still manages to beat his opponent. One reason could be B.A.'s experiences in Vietnam — there are no time-outs in war.

Fridge Horror

  • In the early Season 1 episodes of The A-Team, it is established that Face, the A-Team's handsome and charming but unrepentant Con Man, was raised by Catholic priests in an orphanage after they found him when he was five years old. So you think, how did Face become a con man if he was most likely raised religious? Then you think about the tons of recent allegations against Catholic priests and then you have to wonder: why isn't Face more messed up and/or does he have any repressed memories hidden in that pretty head of his? As with the Suite Life example, this had to be unintentional, but looking back, you just can't help but wonder once you think about it...
    • Religious people can't be conmen? Have you never seen a televangelist?
    • Preacher's Kid
    • There's a saying: The Irish make good priests and horse traders (the pre-internal combustion engine equivalent to used car salesmen). The two jobs have a lot of skill overlap. Charisma and persuasion being up there. No deviant priests necessary and rather unlikely. We hear about bad priests a lot because it makes for great scandal, but they're really the exception to the rule.
      • Here, here. There's also free will involved. Members of the Italian mafia were often very devout Catholics in their own way. Face likes scamming people. He's probably been charming the nuns at the orphanage for extra cookies since he showed up. And every time he reminisces about the orphanage it's a happy memory, we even get to meet a couple of the nuns who raised him in one episode. The kids under their care look fine and the entire episode is very heartwarming.
  • More about Face: the series demonstrates multiple times that he doesn't really like the adventures the team is forced to go on as much as the others, and also that he has major commitment issues related to everybody he's relied on in his life abandoning him, either by disappearance (e.g., his father or Leslie Backtall) or death (e.g., a lot of his fellow soldiers in Vietnam). Is some of his dislike of these missions because he's afraid of losing his friends in the same way?

Fridge Logic

  • Technically, Face didn't actually escape. His tanning booth was stolen by Hannibal with him locked inside it, so would he wind up with the same type of punishment as the rest of the guys?
    • He didn't go back, so yes, yes he will.
  • Hannibal dyes his hair from white to dark brown in order to get through the airport. In the next scene, it's back to white again. So he actually took the time to dye it back?
    • It's possible he used temporary, one-wash dye that would wash out when he took a shower, but that still makes one wonder when he found time to take a shower.
      • When B.A. was still unconscious; they drug him & get on the plane, then switch to the freighter before he comes to with Murdoch having enough time to make B.A. a curry after getting onto the ship. On top of that, they're travelling from Germany to Los Angeles and there's roughly 48 hours between the air strike & the plan starting. Plenty of time for Hannibal to remove the dye.
  • When Hannibal fakes his death, why did they send him to the crematorium with his clothes on? (Aside from the fact that it would have been hard to keep that from kicking the rating up a notch otherwise, anyway.)


  • Usually the show can handwave the odd lack of help from the authorities for any given week's client with a quick line of dialog establishing them as being bought off or something, but sometimes they forget. For example, in "The Taxicab Wars," Michael Ironside's evil cab company is actively sabotaging, vandalizing, and threatening Ernie Hudson's cab company, including blowing up their cabs. This happens due to Ironside's company retaliating for...Hudson's company reporting him to the taxicab commission for drug dealing and rigging rates. The episode never addresses why Hudson cannot A) report them again or B) just call the police, thus making the A-Team's involvement rather strange.
    • "Steel" similarly featured no involvement from the authorities even though the week's villain was a construction contractor who was actually blowing up a public construction site and actively threatening a rival company from working the city's job. Presumably the city would just get the guy arrested to avoid losing any more money to him.
  • B.A. is afraid of flying—yet he is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the Special Forces, a war where American troops—especially the Special Forces—got around the country in helicopters.