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Recap / The A Team S 3 E 22 Bounty

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When Murdock is kidnapped from the V.A. by a pair of armed hillbillies, the A-Team find themselves up against a gang of ruthless bounty hunters who are gunning for the price on their heads. Hannibal, Face, and B.A. rise to the occasion, but the situation is further complicated when Murdock, fleeing his captors, meets and falls in love with a female veterinarian named Kelly Stevens.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: When the patriarch of the bounty hunters tells the team he has Kelly and he'll let his boys have their way with her if they don't show, sweet, quirky Murdock takes the phone from Hannibal and quite seriously informs him that if he touches a hair on her head, he "will not eat or sleep" until he's tracked him down and fed his head to the flies.
  • Bounty Hunter: The episode is kicked off by a group of bounty hunters who kidnap Murdock, believing that his teammates will come to get him.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: When Murdock asks Kelly why she didn't turn him over to the bounty hunters, she replies that her dog (which was in the back of the car where he had hidden) didn't hurt him, and animals are good judges of character.
  • Fan Boy: Face poses as a huge fan of DJ "The Cowboy" to distract him while he slips sleeping powder in his drink.
  • Friendship Moment: When Murdock is kidnapped, the entire team focuses on getting him back. B.A. in particular expresses a lot of worry about what's happening to him and whether he's all right.
  • I Am Not Pretty: When Murdock says Kelly is a "pretty girl" and must have a boyfriend, she quickly dismisses it, saying she's never considered herself attractive. (She's at worst the "girl next door" type.) Murdock then picks up a mirror to show her.
    • The actress playing Kelly (Wendy Fulton) is married to Murdock (Dwight Schultz), so he certainly thought she was.
  • I Have Your Wife:
    • The bounty hunters kidnap Murdock from the V.A., knowing that his teammates will want him back.
    • Later, they kidnap Kelly after realizing that she helped Murdock escape from them. They call the A-Team and tell them that if they don't want her to be harmed, they'd better show up.
  • Inspirational Insult: When Face protests against having to find out information on the bad guys in under five minutes, Hannibal questions if he's "getting slow in his old age", which motivates him to do it in four minutes and change (and to insult Hannibal back).
  • Pity the Kidnapper: When Murdock gets abducted by bounty hunters he manages to drive his kidnappers nuts before they even get back to their hideout. Even death threats don't manage to shut him up for long.
    Villain: What are you, crazy?!
    Murdock: Of course I'm crazy! You got me out of the psychiatric ward of a V.A. hospital, STUPID!
  • Rescue Romance: Kelly and Murdock begin falling in love when she helps him get away from the bounty hunters trying to track him down. Once, when the two are discussing the fact that Murdock will have to leave before long, Murdock says that he couldn't forget the girl who came out of nowhere to save him.
  • Shout-Out: Hannibal quotes from Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" about knowing when to fold.
  • She Will Come for Me: An example which involves the hero talking to another hero and not to the villain. While at Kelly's, Murdock keeps fiddling with the radio, trying to find the transmission the others will probably use to locate him. Kelly says that he should relax and that they'll find him, and Murdock replies that he knows.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Colonel Decker again evinces a belief that Hannibal's loyalty to his men will enable him to catch him.
    Decker: Hannibal Smith would never abandon a friend. That will be his undoing.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: B.A., despite his constant irritation with Murdock, is the most expressive of the team when Murdock is kidnapped. When Hannibal and Face begin teasing him about it, he alleges that he's not worried; "it's just that the crazy fool can't help himself."