Samuel Beckett writes an episode of the A-Team â€“ a dark, dreary episode in which the team is stranded by the roadside and has to think of how to pass the time until their contact, Insane Wayne, arrives. Every so often another character drives by and the team gets excited, but it turns out not to be Wayne, and the excitement passes. After a while they get a message on the van's phone that Wayne won't be coming, and will try again tomorrow. Hannibal says fine, let's go, but no one moves. Eek.
A redneck bar crowd is dancing to Culture Club while the A-Team tries to foil an armed robbery, while Murdock plays Lennon Sisters tunes at the radio station. This moment is why TV was invented.
Impressed by the breakout success of â€œJim Henson's Muppet Babies,â€ Stephen J. Cannell pens a weird little episode imagining the A-Team as little kids who have to fend off Little Decker, the neighbor who keeps trying to invite himself into the Little A-Team's treehouse, by using cap guns and big wheels instead of machine guns and awesome vans.
"These Soviet guys are the worst-dressed invasion force ever. No wonder they're working with a guy called Poncho."
In a shameless ratings play, NBC has some of its TV stars appear on â€œWheel of Fortune,â€ but in character â€“ meaning that Ted Danson isn't buying a vowel, it's Sam Malone. And when the A-Team has a chance to spin the wheel, they instead start a short musical montage in which they use Pat Sajak's suit (by Botany 500!) and hair gel to create an improvised explosive. They don't need to guess the puzzle, they just blew it up!
Does it not occur to these clod villains that killing Uncle Buckle-Up is a bad business move for a company that makes Uncle Buckle-Up dolls?
I know virtually every one of these previews has been a team-up with some unlikely character, but seriously, this time the A-Team gets hired by Linus and Charlie Brown because Lucy's psychiatry stand has become the emotional blackmail capital of the â€œPeanutsâ€ universe. Murdock kind of likes her â€œtough loveâ€ approach, but Face wants to get out of town as fast as possible, mostly because Sally has switched her affections from Linus to him, and he's not sure he wants to become Sally's sweet baboo.
Fred Rogers hires the A-Team? Turns out the Neighborhood has seen hard times, what with that crooked courier company coming down hard on Mr. McFeely. But the team comes in and makes those speedy deliveries and knocks the bad guys into the Kingdom of Make Believe. Their timing couldn't be more perfect: X the Owl has an assignment from correspondence school about military tactics, so he thinks Hannibal's plans are nifty-galifty.
After yet another close call with the A-Team, long-suffering Colonel Decker decides to rest and regroup by playing in the world championship of his favorite board game, Stratego. Decker steamrolls his way to the finals but loses to a grizzled and mysterious stranger, who's so impressive Decker hires him to help catch the A-Team. Except that the stranger... is Hannibal! (Maybe I'll write a Season Six of the A-Team just to help everyone along.)
NBC brings you a tough, sassy crossover between The A-Team and Cheers! Ted Danson's bar is being harassed by a mystery villain, who wants to make it part of a chain of English pubs. The team finds out that the man behind the scheme isn't a man at all, it's a robotic clone of Winston Churchill! The team deftly defeats Robot Churchill's many clone soldiers â€“ this was not their finest hour â€“ and the robot's head explodes after Cliff Claven begins reciting little-known facts about the Caribbean mongoose and its role in the Haitian Revolution.