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Recap / The A Team S 4 E 13 Wheel Of Fortune

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Murdock becomes the reigning champion on Wheel of Fortune, thanks to his knack with phrases and Face's knowledge of the frequency of letters. But all the fun and games come to an abrupt halt when a trio of men kidnap Murdock from the VA hospital and force him into a mission to steal a helicopter.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Hannibal only appears at the beginning of the episode, having taken a vacation in Rio.
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  • Bookends: Near the beginning of the episode, Murdock comes into the back room where Face is waiting. Both of them scream and jump around in excitement, and Face comments about how amazing the Hawaiian vacation is going to be, only to hear that Murdock plans on taking a girl.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Murdock borrows Jody Joy's "most exciting thing" catchphrase to describe their kiss.
  • Catchphrase: Jody Joy refers to something as "the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me" multiple times. It gets to the point that Murdock can predict when she's going to say it.
  • Condensation Clue: When the villains force him and Jody Joy to run, Murdock leaves a note for Face and B.A. on the bathroom mirror. They turn the hot water on, revealing a message about the casino the villains plan to rob.
  • Game Show Appearance: The episode, which helpfully shares the name of the game show, involves Murdock going on the daytime show and winning a trip to Hawaii which gets interrupted by kidnappers. Pat Sajak, Vanna White, and then-announcer Jack Clark all played themselves.
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  • Nothing Personal: One of the villains of the week tells Jody Joy he's sorry that she'll have to share Murdock's nasty fate, but mockingly quips that she shouldn't pick up hitchhikers.
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