A-Team meets alternate reality? Instead of being a fugitive from the military in the 80’s, Hannibal is a hard-boiled private detective in 1920’s San Francisco. Wealthy aviator H.M. Murdock hires Hannibal and his trusted associate Face to find the Maltese Cow, a jewel-encrusted bovine that was made in the 16th century and has been missing ever since. But not all is as it seems; a mysterious man known only as â€œBaracusâ€ insists that Hannibal’s client is actually his enemy, and that H.M. Murdock is nothing but a crazy fool! Will Hannibal find the Cow, uncover the truth and avoid the wrath of the Decker organization?
The A-Team heads to Chicago to help Murdock’s brother in his campaign for Mayor. Since he, too, is a crazy fool, he’s not campaigning under his real name, Bob Murdock, but as a superhero called “The White Ballot.” His antics rile the city’s political bosses and they try to rub out his campaign, only to find Hannibal and friends working the precincts… with plenty of firepower to spare! Then, on election day, everyone votes for Harold Washington, Murdock’s brother goes on a bender and the team has to spend a dreary night watching Level 1 improv at Second City.
The A-Team’s old connection at the State Department, the one who got them out of Colonel Lynch’s clutches in Season 1, has a new mission for them: he needs an outside group to negotiate a new set of steel tariffs with the Soviet bloc. The team tries gamely to represent America’s trade interests, until they realize the lead Soviet negotiator isn’t just after steel, he’s a cyborg made of steel. So they blow him up.
Sea World has fallen under the evil spell of Big Ralph the Sea Lion, who rules the tank with an iron flipper. A group of frightened dolphins uncovers Ralph’s plan to sell the more rebellious animals to Huey Lewis and they hire the A-Team to do something about it. Murdock, who spent all of last week’s episode channeling â€œlobster vibes,â€ teaches a starfish to fly a helicopter, while Hannibal, Face, B.A. and Triple A join forces with some honked-off jellyfish in time for a big final fight scene. It’s just like â€œThunderball,â€ only not.
In a very elaborate miscommunication, the A-Team is hired by the perennially cellar-dwelling Seattle Mariners – â€œwe heard you were experts on defense!â€ Confused but always eager to give it their all, Hannibal (impersonating Don Zimmer, of all people) works out some drills. Morale improves but on-field performance does not, and manager Rene Lachemann is fired. Lachemann, in turn, hires the A-Team to get revenge on the team’s executives, which they achieve by staging a â€œStrippers Who Look Like Whitey Ford Dayâ€ at the Kingdome.
You all wanted it, and now you’ve got it: Latka Gravas, Urban Terrorist takes on the A-Team in a violently hilarious crossover with “Taxi.” Tony Danza and Judd Hirsch have to hire Hannibal and company when one of Latka’s multiple personalities turns out to be a paranoid looney hell-bent on destroying the city’s transportation infrastructure. There is intrigue everywhere and much planning is done on both sides, but the city is saved when Murdock realizes he can simply out-crazy Latka. Not to be denied, Andy Kaufman breaks character, yelling â€œI can’t handle any more violence!â€ while throwing rubber goldfish at the camera. There is great commotion â€“ Dirk Benedict gets into a shoving match with Rhea Perlman â€“ and then next week Kaufman’s manager comes on to explain the whole thing was just a hilarious prank.