Metal Rooster embodies the existential dread of the male chicken. The only thing he has to live for is your succulence, and so he channels his aggression and despair into song. Metal Rooster’s life is not pretty. Neither is his music.
Murdock receives a letter at the mental hospital that he’s inherited a llama farm in West Virginia, only to learn that the neighboring farms are being torched, one by one, by a psychotic Milton Berle. The A-Team shuffles on down to the farm to help Murdock’s mountain relations, â€œDocâ€ and â€œMary Louiseâ€ Murdock, but Uncle Miltie traps them all inside a burning horse stall, and the only supplies at their disposal are two rakes, a Budweiser â€œClydesdales of 1982â€ calendar and six thousand pounds of manure. Also, Milton Berle is in a dress, a dress Hannibal is pretty sure was his.
“It took me 25 years to design this,” he says, and that’s a bummer because he’s a business card designer and has only been able to finish two projects, lifetime. Not to worry, though – he’s well on his way to being profitable, provided he continues working until at least the year 2860.
Once again in need of some R&R, the A-Team heads to a bed and breakfast in Vermont run by an old army buddy of Hannibal’s (played by Tom Poston of â€œNewhartâ€) The place has seen better days, so Hannibal concocts a plan to liven it up by putting on a fancy song-and-dance show for all their old military friends, just like in â€œWhite Christmas.â€ (Don’t miss B.A. and Murdock performing â€œSistersâ€!) Colonel Lynch thinks this is a jolly chance to capture the A-Team, but then Tom Poston’s mild-mannered character goes on a killing spree and the team has to blow him up with explosives instead of build him up with song, dance and laughter. The only episode of â€œThe A-Teamâ€ co-written by Irving Berlin and David Mamet.
After a couple of difficult missions, including the one where B.A. got shot and had to get a blood transfusion from Murdock, the A-Team decides to take some R&R at a Montana hunting lodge. They run into none other than Bugs Bunny, and it’s a matchup for the ages: Bugs’s tricks (â€œWabbit Season!â€ â€œA-Team Season!â€) vs. Hannibal’s plans, at least until Face decides the best way to settle things is through a game of Texas Hold ‘Em: one round, winner take all. Also, Murdock dresses like a lady bunny to try to romance Bugs.
The A-Team gets hired by MECC, the educational software group, to do some field research for their new game, â€œOregon Trail.â€ Thanks to a spiteful group of fellow pioneers, the A-Team has nothing but trouble on their leg of the journey: a thief steals two wagon tongues, Murdock loses the trail and must wait for three days, and Hannibal gets dysentery and cannot ford the river just east of Bad Rock. When things look their bleakest, a Native American guide tells the team about a fish that will call in some political favors and get them across the stream… if they’ll assassinate its rival, a guppy who’s been leading in the latest round of polls.
Cause if I was sleeping and a puppet woke me up by blasting Peter Gabriel on his jukebox, I’d be touched and we’d have a tearful reunion. If John Cusack did it I’d grab the neighbor’s bowhunting equipment and it would not end well.