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Recap / The A Team S 2 E 5 When You Comin Back Range Rider Part I

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A Native American, Daniel Running Bear, enlists the A-Team to help against a cattle rancher who is illegally selling mustangs to a dog food company. Unfortunately, they've got double trouble in the form of a new military nemesis — Colonel Decker, a more ruthless officer who has replaced Lynch as the army's adversary for the team.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Cowboy Episode: The whole episode is partially played out like a Western, with the team dressing up like cowboys, using smaller guns, and stopping Bus' train. Murdock, as the Range Rider, especially plays it up, much to B.A.'s annoyance.
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  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bus may be mean as far as the heroes are concerned, but he is quite fond of his niece, and doesn't want her to find out about his dirty business with the mustangs.
  • General Ripper: Decker is chosen to take on the A-Team because of his willingness to use unscrupulous tactics to secure victory.
    B.A.: Yeah, Hannibal and this guy mixed it up once in the Doom Club.
    [...]
    Amy: What, he didn't like the way you sugared his coffee?
    Hannibal: No, I didn't like the way he blew up Cong hospitals like it was his favorite sport.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Murdock, of course, can't resist sticking his ear to the train track to pretend he's listening to whether Bus' train is coming.
  • Shout-Out: Murdock sings a bit of the Mr. Ed theme song.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Murdock talks to his horse and claims he talks back. Murdock's statement on what the horse said about the train does seem to be right, but it's uncertain as to whether the horse can communicate or Murdock was just playing around.
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  • 30-Second Blackout: B.A. messes with the electricity in the V.A. hospital so Face can sneak Murdock out a window without setting off the alarm. The whole thing is only supposed to last ten minutes, and what we see lasts even less time than that. Then the lights come back on and everything is normal.
  • What a Drag: A downplayed version; the villains lasso Daniel and drag him behind their truck in punishment for him scaring off the horses they're trying to catch. He isn't killed, but his arm is broken and he's bruised.
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