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Recap / The A Team S 3 E 14 Cup A Joe

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The Dutton family, owners of the Cup 'A Joe diner, call in the A-Team after Cactus Jack Slater, a local business owner trying to force them into selling, injures the father of the family. The A-Team promptly take over the kitchen and begin making things hot for Slater, but Cactus Jack does not intend to let his business plans burn without a fight.

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  • Awesome Mc Coolname: The sniffer dog Face scams to find Slater's explosives during a bomb threat is called "Shotgun", which is a pretty cool name.
  • Destination Defenestration: B.A. throws one of Slater's's men through a window during the final battle.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Murdock uses a pan to clang one of Jack Slater's men on the head when they invade the kitchen.
  • Hash House Lingo: Murdock adapts quite well to cooking at the Cup A'Joe, slinging around diner slang with abandon.
  • I Have Your Wife: When Hannibal comes back from driving the explosives truck away, he gets a call from Slater, saying that he has Joe Dutton's wife and daughter and if he wants them back alive, he and the team will clear out. Of course, Hannibal goes for the Roaring Rampage of Rescue route instead.
  • It's All My Fault: Hannibal comes back from disposing of the explosives truck to find Murdock having been attacked when Slater's men kidnapped Dutton's wife and daughter. Murdock keeps repeating that he's sorry he couldn't protect them, despite the fact that the kidnappers "blindsided" him.
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  • Noodle Incident: Murdock runs out of paprika midway through his cooking and asks Face to go ask B.A. to look for more. When Face protests, Murdock reminds him of some time when Face had him call a girl. No further details emerge; Face instantly agrees to ask B.A. for the paprika.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Murdock drops into rhyming couplets while describing what he's going to do in the kitchen.
  • Sickbed Slaying: Slater's men get Dutton to sign over the restaurant by threatening his wife and daughter and then plan to shoot him. Unfortunately for them, it turns out that they weren't talking to Joe Dutton but to Hannibal Smith.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Murdock talks to Shotgun, the explosives dog Face scammed to deal with a bomb threat, when he doesn't seem enthusiastic about doing his job, and Shotgun finds not just a decoy explosive, but also the real threat — a truck full of explosives. Face remarks that Murdock has "a way with animals."
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  • Supreme Chef: Despite B.A.'s complaints that Murdock is crazy and will poison the diners with his cooking, he turns out to be quite good at it. Face says that his crepes remind him of the kind one of his girlfriends used to make.
  • Villain Ball: Cactus Jack Slater decides to kill the Duttons even after Joe Dutton has (apparently) signed over his restaurant to him to save his wife and daughter.
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