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Recap / The A Team S 2 E 17 Pure Dee Poison

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A country preacher comes to the A-Team for help. A man in his county is brewing moonshine, which, to add insult to injury, is made with such poor equipment that the residue in the moonshine can poison or even kill those who drink it, and he's selling it all over the county. The team heads to the town to run the moonshiners out of business.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Badass Preacher: Reverend Taylor himself is pretty cool, blowing up moonshine stock in a bar.
    Villain: Reverend, I'm not gonna listen to any more of your preaching.
    Reverend Taylor: Well that's fine with me, 'cause I'm through sermonizing. (Pulls out a shotgun) Let us pray.
  • Evil Laugh: Murdock does a lot of cackling during the episode.
  • Falling into His Arms: As Taylor's daughter Stephanie is putting something on a high shelf, she stumbles backwards. Fortunately, B.A. is standing behind the ladder and catches her.
  • Gargle Blaster: The villains' moonshine is not only alcoholic enough to be explosive, it's also toxic from corrosion and lead in their equipment. Reverend Taylor says it's killed people across the county, paralysed and blinded some others. Murdock takes one sip just to test, spits it out, and asks if they're planning on doing their wash.
  • Getting High on Their Own Supply: One of the moonshine runners is seen drinking their own poisonous moonshine himself.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Face shorts out the surveillance camera for a few minutes so that the team can get by without being noticed. The guard just attributes it to the low quality of the surveillance equipment. Murdock also trips over the cord for one of the security cameras and cries out as he falls, but manages to play it off by snorting and rooting around the tree, and they decide it was just a razorback pig.
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: The villains are a gang of moonshiners who are forcing Arcadia County bars to buy their toxic moonshine.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: The shed that Drew's men lock the team, Tawnia, and Stephanie in has everything that they need to make a tank, complete with cannons, out of a tractor.
  • Tempting Fate: Two back-to-back examples.
    • After patting down Hannibal to ensure that he's not hiding any guns, the guys who run one of the local joints decide Tawnia can't be hiding a gun. She pulls one out of her hat.
    • After the above, the guys who run the joint shakily say that Tawnia wouldn't shoot. Cue Hannibal taking the gun and declaring that she wouldn't but he would.
  • Title Drop: When discussing the poisonings caused by the bad moonshine, B.A. makes the comment that "it's just pure-dee poison, that's all it is."
  • Undercover as Lovers: Hannibal and Tawnia pose as a guy and a girl going out for a drink to get into one of the bars.