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Recap / The A Team S 4 E 21 The Trouble With Harry

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B.A. notices something wrong with Jeffrey Sullivan, a teenager at his youth center. Investigating, he, Hannibal, and Hulk Hogan discover that the young man's life is far worse than he has let on — his father is drinking himself to death and the Chicago underworld is after them for their own set of reasons.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: Harry Sullivan. Jeffrey tells B.A. that he's been drinking heavily since Jeffrey's mom died. Later, the group finds him drunk in a movie theatre and shortly thereafter, he goes into shock and has to be rushed to the hospital.
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  • Bash Brothers: Face and Murdock do their share of tag-teaming the antagonists, especially given that the antagonists are bigger than either of them.
  • Doomed New Clothes: Face buys Murdock a new suit before their double date. Of course, it gets ruined in the course of the fighting and running away the two have to do.
  • Double Date: Part of the episode concerns Face and Murdock attempting to go on a date with identical twins. It goes off the rails when Hannibal calls needing their assistance with the case.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Murdock repeatedly tells Face that he shouldn't have answered the phone — except that it was Murdock who answered the phone.
  • Monochrome Past: The night that Harry Sullivan was attacked for refusing to take a dive and was forced to go on the run is shown in black and white at the beginning of the episode.
  • Running Gag:
    • Murdock repeatedly tells Face he shouldn't have answered the phone.
    • Face repeatedly tells the girls they'll be meeting them soon, whereupon something else happens to keep them away.
    • The team crossing paths with William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
  • Super Window Jump: Jeffrey jumps out the window attempting to escape the guys who came looking for his father.
  • Theme Twin Naming: The twins Face and Murdock are supposed to go on a date with are called Rikki and Vikki.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Face and Murdock get hung upside down on two separate occasions by two separate groups of people during the course of the episode.
  • We Need a Distraction: Hannibal tasks "Hulk" Hogan with distracting the police officers while he gets the money out of the car where Jeffrey stashed it. "Hulk" keeps their attention by lifting the back end of a police car off the ground with his bare hands.
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  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After being repeatedly and sometimes forcibly kept from going on their double date, Face and Murdock are finally ready to meet the twins...only to find that they gave up and found two other guys in the meantime.
  • You Killed My Father: Gangster Richie Ifker, who is after Harry Sullivan, has this as a motive; Harry apparently killed his brother years ago. Of course, it was an accident.

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