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.
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.
A mildly cross conversation over melons might not sound action-packed, but shopping scenes are another way this show stands out. (Did you ever see Michael Knight pick out sandwiches? I rest my case.)
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.
Winona Ryder hires the A-Team to find her mysterious brother Range, and promises them 10 percent of her future movie earnings if they succeed. What the team doesn't realize is that Range isn't a person, he's actually a range, like a kitchen appliance, and they have to drive to almost every Sears outlet in the country to find him.
Remember how â€œSeinfeldâ€ used to do those episodes where the characters would be stuck somewhere, like a restaurant or a parking garage? That's the deal here, as the team wraps up their boat trip from Ecuador and sits at a border crossing in Texas. Hannibal dresses as â€œRoger Castro,â€ one of Fidel's brothers who's seeking asylum; Face and Murdock accidentally marry the Doublemint Twins while trying to buy sno-cones, and B.A. uses his always-present welding gear to turn a border fence into armor-plating. They do indeed bust through the border, but their pants stay in Mexico, making for an awkward ride home.
My dreams of seeing a chicken rescue Markie Post remain unrealized.
It's time for welding and drilling and why they didn't just hire B.A. to succeed Bob Vila on 'This Old House' I'll never know.
The A-Team is hired by the mom-and-pop diamond industry, which is being run out of business by the new cubic zirconia manufacturers and their thuggish CEO. Hannibal's bizarre plan involves starting up a new radio station to play all your favorite hits and dusties (hence the â€œdustâ€ in the title); weirdly, it's so successful that Hannibal buys out not only the cubic zirconia people but the Moo 'n' Oink grocery chain and the Pump 'n' Loaf gas station franchise, AND he convinces Peaches and a reluctant Herb to do away with â€œandâ€ and rename their duo Peaches 'n' Herb!