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Recap / The A Team S 4 E 3 Where Is The Monster When You Need Him

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While working on Hannibal's latest monster movie, Gatorella, the team flies to Mexico. However, upon arrival, they receive a strangely heavily armed welcome. The reason behind the natives' sudden unfriendliness is revealed to be Ramon DeJarro, a foreign war criminal wanted in numerous places, who is hiding out in the area.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • The Alleged Car: An aerial variant; the plane Face got for Murdock to fly is quite run-down. Murdock cannot get the wheels to fold in after takeoff and Face mentions something about a previous pilot having refused to fly it because it stalled on him three times.
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  • Bad "Bad Acting": When the A-Team has to help Hannibal make a monster movie on location, the plot starts to happen, and Face winds up playing the male lead. Normally, he was the slickest con man around, convincingly pretending to be all sorts of different occupations, but when they put him in front of a camera, he's wooden. Face, being Face, immediately makes excuses for it, saying that he's getting the feel for the character, etc.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: In addition to having to deal with the team's normal quirks and activities, Face has to deal with Charles Lake, the extremely demanding male lead.
  • Dirty Coward: The original male lead for Gatorella, Charles Lake. Even given the situation, being held captive by a foreign war criminal, he's still takes it a bit far.
    Charles: Maybe if we tell him we'll do anything he wants, promise not to tell on him. He seems like a reasonable man, if we beg him maybe. Jenny can go to him, convince him!
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  • Drives Like Crazy: Hannibal pulls some extremely wild moves with the car while trying to get away from Colonel Decker.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Face speaks in English with a few Spanish words and phrases thrown in when trying to calm down the locals, who have just arrived with guns and told the party to fly back to the USA.
  • Self-Deprecation: When Hannibal is posing as the movie theater owner, he tells Decker that the only reason someone would want to see Gatorella is if they were on the run.
  • Shout-Out: The film poster for Gatorella is a near-exact copy of the posters for Alligator.
  • Staged Shooting: Murdock comes up with this idea as part of the escape scheme. The team cobbles together a makeshift squib and finds a pen to pop it with. Murdock "panics" under the threat of execution and betrays the others' plans to their captors. The enraged Hannibal shoots him — and in the commotion is able to grab the captor's actual gun.
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  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Hannibal goes into another long string of complex character motivations while explaining how he's planning to play alligator mutation Gatorella.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Hannibal throws in a bit of Yiddish when he's explaining Face's nickname to his agent.

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