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Recap / The A Team S 1 E 10 West Coast Turnaround

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Joe and Ellen Penhall, a farmer and his daughter who are being harassed by rancher Chuck Easterland, hire the A-Team to transport their watermelon crop to market. The situation is complicated by the changing market, the overripeness of the melons, and ferocious opposition from Easterland and his men.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Deadpan Snarker: Murdock makes a sarcastic comment on one of the problems they're having.
    Hannibal: "This [situation] is your classic Western! We're the cowboys in the box canyon. Easterland and his Indians have got us trapped."
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  • Improbable Weapon User: Hannibal, Face, and Murdock use part of the watermelon crop as ammo.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: For most of the episode, it's easy to imagine that Murdock's dog Billy is just an Imaginary Friend or delusion. At the end of the episode, however, Billy pulls Murdock off-screen in a manner that couldn't be faked without something else actually pulling him.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: The team winds up having to use Amy's car as a chase vehicle, including all the remodeling that gets done during a usual A-Team Montage. Amy is not happy, protesting that she hasn't even finished paying for it yet, but she eventually gets wrangled into it. It winds up getting damaged when Face and Murdock run off the road.
  • Real Estate Scam: Easterland has been making it impossible for the local farmers to get their produce to market and then buying up their land when they're forced to sell.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Bill Mather asks who the team are, Face responds that they're "the ghosts of Christmas Future."
    • During the final chase, Murdock calls Hannibal "Kemosabe."
  • We Do the Impossible: When Joe Penhall says that the situation with Easterland is impossible, Amy retorts that the team specializes in the impossible.

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