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Recap / The A Team S 3 E 15 The Big Squeeze

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The team is called in by Gino Gianni and his daughter Theresa to deal with loan shark Jack Lane, who's been squeezing them for money, but when they get there, Gino has had a nasty visit from Lane and wants to cancel the deal. Unwilling to let Lane have the last word, the A-Team sets up an establishment and prepares to put a squeeze of their own on the gangsters.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Alliterative Name:
    • Gino Gianni, the proprietor of the Italian restaurant.
    • Not to mention Hannibal's character name in this one: Sean O'Shea.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Murdock talking to Hannibal about his union being hired lists two major bad things and one minor bad thing that will occur if Hannibal doesn't hire them.
    Murdock: Excuse me sir. If you're planning to open up a restaurant, let me introduce myself. My name is H.M. Murdock and I belong to the B.B.D.W.G.O.H. Failure to hire our personnel will lead to picketing, bad press, and no cookies before bed!
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Hannibal allows himself to be shot by a sniper (he was wearing a bulletproof vest, Lord knows how he expected the sniper to hit him there) and when the Smug Snake Loan Shark behind it comes to gloat and tries to spit in Hannibal's face at the wake. Hannibal "wakes up" and holds him at gunpoint. The team then put him inside the coffin and take him to a seaside dock to perform a Jack Bauer Interrogation.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Mr. Lane briefly goes into an Italian accent to mock Mr. Gianni.
  • Catchphrase: Hannibal invents one for his role as Sean O'Shay: "As my dear departed father used to say..."
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Hannibal, posing as Sean O'Shay, goes to ask Jack Lane for money. Jack makes himself very unpleasant, and at the end of the conversation, Hannibal "accidentally" spills a cup of hot coffee on him.
  • Diegetic Switch: As the team decorates their own restaurant in an A-Team Montage, they bring in a piano, Faceman continues the background music on it, which starts again after he stops.
  • Disney Death: Jack Lane apparently snipes Hannibal from a rooftop midway through the episode. Of course, Hannibal (through some never-explained trick) is absolutely fine.
  • Fingore: Lane's henchman breaks Gino's fingers to remind him of the payment.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Murdock orchestrates Hannibal's fake funeral. He stops Face and B.A. at the door and demands to know if they are "friends of the bride, or the groom?" Then he gives a eulogy about how Hannibal (rather, the restaurant owner he was masquerading as) "graced our lives like an avocado salad." He then takes things up to eleven by playing a very melancholy version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame on the organ!
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Hannibal in his disguise as Irish pub owner Sean O'Shea rapid-fires these at everybody.
    Hannibal: As me dear departed father used to say, "always listen to the flow of the river and you'll always catch a trout."
    Jack Lane: What the Hell is that supposed to mean?
    Hannibal: I don't know. Never figured it out, but I've always liked it.
  • It's All My Fault: Theresa Gianni blames herself after Hannibal is sniped, saying that she feels that if she hadn't asked for his help, none of this would have happened. Her father seems to have a similar feeling, given that Hannibal's attempt to save his restaurant from Lane (apparently) led to his death.
  • Last Disrespects: Jack Lane attends Hannibal/Sean O'Shay's funeral with the intent of spitting in his face — and gets a nasty surprise when the "deceased" turns out to be very much alive.
  • Kick the Dog: As if it weren't enough that he's a loan shark and begins the story by threatening Mr. Gianni and his family, Jack complains about having to take care of his father, who's in a nursing home.
  • Moment Killer: Theresa is thanking Face for his and the team's help in restoring her father's spirit. The two of them are obviously attracted to each other and kiss, but just then, Hannibal arrives, saying that he's got a heavy something for Face to lift.
  • Red Baron: Jack Lane is also known as "Jack the Ripper", which suits his rough style very well.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Jack's desire to get even with the team, and especially with Hannibal/Sean O'Shay, leads him to do unwise things multiple times. His right-hand man, Travis, even tells him numerous times that he's rushing too much or doing something unwise, but he always gets ignored.
  • Shout-Out: Hannibal's "Dear Departed Father"'s sayings sound an awful lot like Banacek's Polish proverbs.