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Recap / The A Team S 2 E 12 The White Ballot

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The A-Team is called in by a newsman who knows that the current sheriff is crooked, but can't prove it. The team starts their own campaign with Face posing as a local man, Joe Morgan, who became a war hero in Vietnam. But they'll have to be fast and sharp to defeat the sheriff and Colonel Decker, both of whom are preparing welcomes of their own for the new candidate.

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  • Air-Vent Passageway: When Sheriff Dawson locks the team in a room pending execution, they drag a desk below the vent and pull the covering off. Murdock can fit in the passage, and crawls through the vent to get the drop on Dawson's deputy.
  • I Own This Town: The sheriff can do pretty much anything he likes, and he namedrops the trope when threatening a newsman who's running nasty stories about him in the opening.
  • Undercover as Lovers: In order to complete Face's disguise as Joe Morgan, Hannibal has Amy masquerade as his new wife.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Murdock begins one of his announcements for "Joe Morgan" with "Friends, Romans, country persons..."
    • Later, as he climbs up into an air vent, he sings a song based on Morris Albert's "Feelings."
  • Sleeping Dummy: Implied; the sheriff's deputy goes into "Joe Morgan's" room and shoots him as he lies in bed; however, all that is really shown is a bunch of rumpled covers and Face is seen shortly thereafter in an entirely different area.
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  • Take That, Critics!: Hannibal remarks about the A-Team being proud to diminish society's violence, which may have been a snipe at the people who thought the show was too violent.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Face asks who would be stupid enough to run as a candidate for sheriff. The next shot, Hannibal is helping him pick out a good photo for a campaign poster.
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