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Recap / The A Team S 2 E 3 The Only Church In Town

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When one of Face's dates is interrupted by a letter from an old girlfriend, Leslie Becktall, a strange alteration comes over him. He insists that she's in trouble, even going so far as to hire his teammates to take the case. When the team arrives in Ecuador, they find that Face was right — a group of bandits have taken over a Catholic-run orphanage, an orphanage where she has become a nun. Now it's up to the A-Team to save the nuns and the orphans, while Face simultaneously grapples with his old feelings for Leslie.


This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: The Mother Superior of the orphanage the team saves is quite unhappy with the Team's methods of driving off the bandits terrorizing them. This is because the bandits are just a small squad from a much larger gang and angering them means the rest of the gang will return and try to destroy the orphanage.
  • Disguised in Drag: Face and Murdock dress up in nuns' habits to infiltrate the orphanage without the bandits realizing.
  • Humiliation Conga: The A-Team get the bandits drunk on whiskey, beat them up, force them into the truck, drive them into the middle of nowhere, and dump them, first demanding that they strip. The head nun chastises them for it, saying that they only humiliated the bandits; they didn't get rid of them, and now they'll be back with their friends to destroy the orphanage.
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  • Just a Stupid Accent: When the team goes on a mission in Ecuador and needs to negotiate transportation with a villager. Hannibal can actually speak a little Spanish, but can't establish a dialogue with the man. Murdock, on the other hand, makes himself understood perfectly well... simply by speaking English with a ridiculous Spanish accent!
  • New Old Flame: Face's first love Leslie Becktall (who he's never mentioned previously) turns up after a fifteen-year absence. (During which time she's become a nun. Ouch.) The fact that Face never mentioned her before actually makes sense inside the story, however, as she seemingly "dropped off the face of the earth" after standing him up, and this obviously hurt Face a lot, explaining why he wouldn't want to discuss it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Amy even mentions that for Face, a major Casanova, to be fixating on one woman is unusual. Face opens up about how Leslie was "the only woman I ever loved", and it's hinted that her disappearance contributed to his commitment issues.
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  • Put Their Heads Together: During one of the fights with the gang, Face (still disguised in a habit) throws the cloth over two villains' heads and bangs their heads together.
  • Shout-Out: When B.A. declares that he's not flying to Ecuador and they need another method of transportation, Murdock messes with the lights in Face's scammed house and intones, "Beam us up, Scotty."
  • Taking the Veil: Face's lost love Leslie is a rare example of a woman becoming a nun willingly as a "calling". She explains to him that she wanted to become a nun even when they were in college together, and that she disappeared without talking to him because she knew having to see him again would shake her resolve. She further tells him that, while being married to him would have been "a wonderful second choice", at some point she knew she would have regretted not going with her calling. Despite initially feeling hurt at being ditched without even a last goodbye, Face eventually comes to understand and respect her position.
  • Trojan Horse: Hannibal sneaks the A-Team into the orphanage using a truck full of whiskey. The drunkard criminals happily bring the truck inside, drink the whiskey until they're completely sauced, and are then easy pickings for the Team to take them down.