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Recap / The A Team S 1 E 11 One More Time

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Hannibal, Face, and B.A. are finally nabbed by Lynch, but the colonel's victory is short-lived. A pair of higher-ranked officers quickly takes control over the situation and offers the team one chance for a possible escape from thirty years in prison — a rescue mission involving a General Ludlam and his missionary daughter, who have been captured by antagonistic forces in Borneo.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Bait-and-Switch: It appears that Hannibal is playing the monster in the movie. Turns out he's disguised as an old lady.
  • Blatant Lies: When Colonel Lynch asks one of his M.P.s why he checked out an actor named Lynch, the fellow replies that he's "come to appreciate" Hannibal's sense of humor which led him to use his nemesis' name as an alias. The annoyed Lynch asks if he thinks that's funny. The M.P. responds, "Considering the fact that we've looked everywhere for him, and all this time he's working in the open under your very name..." Then Lynch glares at him and he changes his tune. "Well, no sir, I don't think that's funny."
  • Boxed Crook: Downplayed; the team is offered a 24-hour lead in exchange for completing a dangerous undercover mission. The army men who make the offer say they can't guarantee the charges being dropped.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: As Hannibal, Face, and B.A. are being captured by the villains after heroically assaulting the kitchen, Hannibal samples the soup on the stove and remarks that it needs salt.
  • Disguised in Drag: Hannibal dresses like an old woman for one of his monster movies and is then chased by Lynch while still wearing his disguise.
  • Disposable Vagrant: In the movie being filmed at the beginning of the episode, a bag lady is steering a shopping cart down an alley, picking items out of the trash bins. At the last bin on the alley, she gets grabbed by a monster hiding in the bin. (The bag lady is the disguised Hannibal).
  • Drives Like Crazy: Hannibal pulls off some crazy things during the opening car chase trying to get away from Lynch. He corners on a tilt and vaults the motorcycle he's driving into the air.
    Hannibal: And they said I didn't have enough experience to be a stunt driver!
  • Glory Hound: Lynch is proud of capturing the A-Team, and when Briggs and Perry show up and demand he turn them over to them, he accuses them of trying to steal the credit for catching them. Briggs bluntly says that if he thinks that's what they want, especially since most people don't honestly remember what the A-Team are wanted for, he's stupider than he looks.
  • Hollywood Skydiving: The A-Team (and Amy) wind up having to skydive into Borneo. It goes off completely without a hitch, even for Amy (who seemingly doesn't know the first thing about this) and B.A. (who's still drugged and unconscious).
  • Insistent Terminology: Murdock comes back from trying to snag a pilot's plane and tells Amy that he "just fell in [his] arms". Amy remarks, "You knocked him out, didn't you?" Murdock says not to discuss that.
  • Last Request: Face stalls the firing squad trying to execute him by asking for a last cigarette, which the villains grant. He then further states that there are probably a lot of other things they're supposed to give him that were missed, such as a last request, a last meal...
  • Mercy Lead: The team's incentive for helping the government; if they succeed, they get 24 hours before the army starts chasing them again. Face and B.A. are not too impressed, but Hannibal wants to go for it, pointing out that if they don't take that offer, they end up in prison for thirty years.
  • One Last Smoke: Face was about to be put in front of a firing squad by the bad guys. He asked for a last cigarette, which they oblige. Hannibal and the others manage to puncture a hole in a nearby gas tank, Face spits out the cigarette, but it fails to ignite the gas. Luckily, Amy ignites it with a flare gun.
  • Parachute in a Tree: Amy's parachute is caught in a tree, leaving her dangling in her harness. She has to beg Murdock's help to get down.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: B.A. is not happy with the prospect of going on a potential suicide mission to rescue Colonel Ludlam. Apparently the two had some fights during their time in Vietnam, which involved Ludlam calling B.A. a liar and B.A. punching Ludlam in the nose.
  • Shot at Dawn: Face is taken out to be executed via firing squad.
  • Take Me Instead: Played with. The team formulates a plan which somehow needs to start with Hannibal getting shot first. However, the villains send it off the rails by selecting Face as the first to be executed. Subtly alarmed, Hannibal insists that "going first" is his prerogative, but the villains do not bite the bait, forcing the others to scramble to fix things.
  • Tempting Fate: Hannibal says that it'll take Lynch "at least a couple weeks" to find them again. The episode ends with him spotting the van and starting another chase.
    B.A.: Weeks, huh?