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Recap / The A Teams 2 E 9 Theres Always A Catch

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On the tail of several narrow escapes from Decker, the team enters a hospital to get B.A. a tetanus shot, and encounters a young woman named Shana Mayer. She tells them how a corrupt fisherman, Mr. Garber, is overfishing the lobster beds and oppressing the locals. The A-Team head for the water, but they'll have to work fast as Decker, as always, is closing in.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Agony of the Feet: A running gag for B.A. in this episode. He stepped on a nail during an escape before the episode started, and so it's painful for him to walk on for the rest of it. During one fight scene, a mook tosses Murdock, who lands on B.A.'s injured foot.
  • And This Is for...:
    • It isn't said to the villain, but as the team is preparing to blow holes in Garber's lobster traps, Murdock asks Hannibal if he can push the button, "for the Therm" (his companion cube lobster who was broken earlier). Hannibal lets him.
    • After he tosses one of Garber's mooks overboard, B.A. says, "That's for my foot, sucker!"
  • Angry Guard Dog: The team encounters a ferociously barking Dobermann called Cutter while trying to buy replacement parts for the clients' boat. It's unknown whether he would have done anything more vicious because he's tied up, although the owner threatens to set him on them.
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  • Answer Cut: Hannibal says, "Murdock will pop up somewhere", regarding his hope that Murdock can help rescue the rest of them. Cut to Murdock popping up out of the water to meet Amy.
  • Companion Cube: Murdock carries around a mounted (and possibly fake) lobster, to which he talks. He calls it "Thermidor", and when Therm is broken by one of Garber's men during a fight, Murdock punches out the man who did it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: To distract the driver of the truck coming to pick up the team, Murdock and Amy pose as a romantic couple, with Murdock chasing Amy and tackling her to the ground. The reason? "We're breaking up and she won't give me back my letterman jacket."
  • The Door Slams You: The team slams one of Decker's M.P.'s with the door while escaping from the hospital.
  • Gratuitous French: While posing as the Magnificent Templeton, Face drops in a lot of French words such as "madame" and "non", as well as attempting a French accent.
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  • Inspirational Insult: Face is complaining as to why he has to use the scuba gear and stick the explosives on Garber's traps. Hannibal responds that he can't do it because he's the planner and he plans better above water...and also, he and B.A. have been working out; Face and Murdock "look a little flabby." Presumably this was intended to invoke an "I'll show you!" reaction.
  • Message in a Bottle: The A-Team leave a message in a bottle for Garber around the time they blow holes in his lobster traps.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: While in his guise as "the Magnificent Templeton", Face says "Fantasy is my middle name."
  • Protector Behind Bars: When he, Face, and B.A. are captured by Decker and the M.P.s, Hannibal isn't nearly as concerned about them as he is about Doug and Shana, their clients, as Garber threatened their lives earlier.
    Hannibal: Nobody's going to kill us.
  • Punny Name: Murdock calls the mounted (and possibly fake) lobster he carries around "Thermidor" — as in the dish "lobster thermidor."
  • Revenge Before Reason: Decker, who's made it clear he doesn't like Garber any more than Hannibal does, has given him a chance to get away with no repercussions and ordered him to leave town. However, he can't resist stopping by to kill the Mayers and wreck their boat for causing him trouble.
  • Roses Are Red: The A-Team leave a poem based on the old rhyme for Garber:
    Lobsters are red
    Water is blue
    Put up your hands
    And look behind you.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Face explains what will happen if he (the Magnificent Templeton) doesn't escape before the partition separating him from the shark goes up with, "Jaws 4."
    • Murdock calls one of Garber's men "Popeye" as he demands his surrender.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Colonel Decker ends up working with Garber and his goons to try and capture the A-Team. The criminals, assuming Decker is a Dirty Cop, try to make friends with him. He shuts them down quickly, reminding them that the only reason they're not under arrest themselves is because the A-Team are a higher priority.
  • Taking You with Me: Garber warns Hannibal that "I get washed out of this thing; I ain't going alone."
  • [Verb] This!: A hero-on-hero example; B.A., getting sick of Murdock going on about "vibes" all episode, goes after him and tosses him headfirst into the water. When Murdock surfaces, B.A. shouts, "Now vibe on that, sucker!" and laughs.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: To distract the driver coming to pick up the A-Team, Murdock and Amy pose as a boyfriend and girlfriend about to break up. When the guy gets the upper hand on Murdock, Amy pulls a gun on him.