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Recap / The A Team S 3 E 13 Breakout

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B.A. and Murdock's cross-country drive to meet Hannibal goes awry when they get mixed up with a couple of robbers and sent to a chain gang. The team knows they have to act fast before Decker arrives to arrest them, but the situation is further complicated by the fact that criminal Deke Logan is planning on digging up the money buried on a local widow's land.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Answer Cut:
    • When Murdock calls Hannibal after he and B.A. are arrested, Hannibal brings up the obvious problem that once the sheriffs run B.A.'s fingerprints, they'll find out his identity and it'll only be a matter of time before Decker shows up. The next scene is Decker calling one of his subordinates to tell him about this and order him to get transportation ready.
    • At one point after he and B.A. have been transferred to the chain gang, Murdock says that he hopes "the colonel" has a plan. Cue Hannibal turning up at the police station where they were brought after being arrested, posing as Decker.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Murdock begins teasing B.A. about chasing the thugs who carjacked the van because of being worried about him, to which B.A. retorts that it was the van he was worried about. The two spend several minutes going back and forth about what concerned B.A.
  • Cut Phone Lines: After finding Hannibal on her property, the owner tries to call the police. However, nothing seems to happen. Hannibal takes the phone and quickly figures out that the villains must have cut the lines in preparation for digging up the money buried on her property.
  • Chained Heat: BA and Murdock are caught by a small town sheriff and put on the local chain gang. While inside, there's a prison break and the escaping prisoners handcuff them together while they tended to a guard who got shot. Murdock brings up The Defiant Ones.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When the person in charge of the chain gang is laying down the rules, Murdock makes a joke about how he wants his breakfast cooked. The guy responds by threatening to bash his head with the nightstick he's carrying.
  • Domestic Abuse: When Deke Logan's girlfriend tells him she won't let him go after the buried money with half the county after him, he roughly says not to tell him what he can't do, and when she says she's not doing it, he pulls a knife and holds it in her face as he growls that "nobody walks out on me."
  • Friendship Moment: While B.A. initially seems to think that Murdock is driving away with the van on his own, at some point he figures out that Murdock isn't joking; he's in trouble, and keeps going after him. Murdock teases him about being worried.
  • Hollywood Law: Murdock and B.A., as well as the two criminals who carjacked them, are all sent out to work on a chain gang within mere hours of being arrested. While United States law has always upheld forced labor as a legitimate punishment for crimes, that requires one to actually be convicted of a crime. Murdock and B.A. had not been found guilty, or even taken to court at all. Hell, the sheriff hadn't even finished running their fingerprints by the time they were sent out to work!
  • Not What It Looks Like: By the time the policemen catch up with B.A., Murdock, and the carjackers, B.A. and Murdock have got the upper hand. Murdock lampshades it, saying that he knows it looks like he and B.A. are crooks and the other two are innocent civilians.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: When a couple of robbers coerce Murdock (at gunpoint) to drive the van to help them get away, and he employs some Badass Driver skills:
    Robber: Where'd you learn to drive like that?
    Murdock [deadpan]: I saw Cannonball Run five times.
  • Shout-Out: When a robber carjacks Murdock and demands he drive him somewhere in B.A.'s precious van, Murdock warns him that it's "like taking downtown Tokyo away from Godzilla."