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Recap / The A Team S 3 E 20 Knights Of The Road

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For reasons they don't understand, a father/daughter tow truck company are being pressured to sell by their competition, who are all too willing to use dirty measures to get what they want. They turn to the A-Team for help, and the "knights of the road" dig deep enough to discover the reasons behind the scheme — a drug smuggling operation.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Diplomatic Impunity: The villains are taking advantage of this, smuggling drugs across the US/Mexico border in broken down cars, using diplomatic license plates provided by captain of police Zuniga to prevent Border Patrol from searching the cars. Taking over Corson's garage would simplify things. They can't overuse the diplomatic plates without the Border Patrol getting suspicious, but the Corsons have a contract to cross the border freely whenever they want.
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  • Dirty Cop: The A-Team attempts to turn the cocaine dealers in to the local police, only to find when they march into the station that some of the cops are in on it as well, and Zuniga is in fact captain of the police.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    Murdock: I wrapped the monster jaws around the unsuspecting wire and I pressed and I pressed until they became one with each other. In fact, it was such a beautiful moment that I may need a cigarette.
  • The Door Slams You: Hannibal opens the door of a tow truck into the face of one of Tyler's men during a fight.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Hannibal, B.A., and Face have caught some of the drug dealer's men, but they won't tell them where he lives. The team sticks them in a car and has B.A. slowly crush it, which loosens their tongues.
  • Kick the Dog: As if it weren't bad enough to begin the episode by beating up Mr. Corson when he refuses to quit, Tyler's men also make moves on Jenny Corson against her will.
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  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: As is often the case on the show. The team is originally called in just to deal with some shady businessmen trying to edge out the competition, but end up discovering a drug running scheme, and taking down a gang of Dirty Cops.
  • Resurrect the Wreck: The team fixes up a heavy tow truck that Jenny says hasn't run in years to go after the boss. It's one of the few times they work on a vehicle without weaponizing it until they significantly anger the boss, so they weaponize it to prepare for his assault.
  • Running Gag: Face trying to win over Jenny Corson, who is resistant to his attempts to charm her, and his increasing discomfort with each failed attempt.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: When Tyler threatens the Corson family at the beginning of the episode, he offers to let them off the hook if Jenny will "play house" with him. She chooses to swing a wrench at his head instead.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Title Drop: Murdock utters it, giving a Large Ham speech about how being a tow truck driver is a sacred obligation to save souls who are in trouble.
    Murdock: Ranger! No... no, knights! Knights! Of the Rooooad!
  • Wrench Wench: Given that Jenny Corson is her father's partner in the business and they can't even afford part-time employees, she is probably good with machinery.
  • Wrench Whack: When Tyler's men move in on her, Jenny picks up a wrench and swings at them. It ultimately does no good, and one of the men takes the wrench from her and uses it to bust up her and her father's tow truck.