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Recap / The A Team S 4 E 10 There Goes The Neighborhood

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The team is hired to bodyguard rock singer Stevi Faith, and against the wishes of her manager, they decide to hide her in a house in suburbia. However, once they get there, they find more work to do. A group of drug runners are bothering the locals. The team quickly deals with them, earning the respect of the neighborhood, but all is not well, and a surprising connection between both of their problems will lead to a turf war of heroic proportions.

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This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Chekhov's Gun: Joe Skrylow's machine. He shows it to the team shortly after they move in, and they fix it up and use it in the final tussle with the antagonists.
  • Cool Old Lady: The team disguises Stevi as Hannibal's little old mother to get her into the house without being noticed; she still finds a way to work her love for rock n' roll into it.
  • Lonely at the Top: Stevi tells Face that she's not so happy as she used to be with her fame; now she can't just be a normal girl with a normal life anymore. She can't even tell whether people like her for herself.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: During a talk with Face, Stevi tells him how she always wanted to be special in some way.
  • Kick the Dog: Just to prove how nasty they can be, the drug runners take shots at a little girl's dog, forcing it to wind its leash around a pole, just for fun.
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  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Stevi Faith is clearly an Expy for Cyndi Lauper and other female popular music acts like 80s-era Madonna. In fact, Lauper was actually initially set to be the rock star our heroes had to guard as a Special Guest, but it fell through.
  • Not a Morning Person: Apparently, Stevi is not used to rising early, as when Face tells her it's eight in the morning, she calls it the middle of the night and goes back to bed.
  • Ring Ring Crunch: B.A., sleeping in a house the team was using for a hideaway, smashes a radio that had been set with an alarm into little tiny pieces with one pound of his fist.
  • Special Guest: The rock star our heroes had to guard was set to be played by Cyndi Lauper, but it fell through.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: When Stevi calls Face her friend and begs Skrylow not to hurt him, Skrylow assumes that she's been brainwashed, rather than assuming that the whole story about her being kidnapped is fake.
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  • Take That!: The character of Joe Skrylow is an episode long example aimed at survivalists. His dialog hints at racist, homophobic, and valor stealing tendencies, and the episode shows him to be an insulting, utterly inept, obese Glory Hound, Know-Nothing Know-It-All, who ends up blowing their cover when he sees the (false) news that the team kidnapped Stevi.
  • Team Chef: Murdock winds up doing the cooking while the team is staying in suburbia.
  • Tempting Fate: After he and B.A. take out a lot of the neighborhood drug runners, Murdock comments on how easy the rest of this is going to be. B.A. warns him that that will jinx it.
  • We Need a Distraction: B.A. and Murdock blow up a bunch of barrels to distract the drug runners.
  • White Flag: A variation; when Joe Skrylow stakes out their house with a gun and demands they come out with their hands up, Face waves one of his white handkerchiefs as a "hold fire" signal.
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