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"The A-Team" The Doctor Is Out (1985)

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The A-Team: Season 4: Episode 11 -- The team travels to South America to search for a kidnapped psychologist.


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10 December 1985 (Season 4, Episode 11)
In the lunatic asylum Dr. Richter is on to Murdoch, but gets abducted by armed U.S. army men. Murdock makes the team go after their leader... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

George Peppard ... John 'Hannibal' Smith

Dirk Benedict ... Templeton 'Faceman' Peck

Dwight Schultz ... 'Howling Mad' Murdock

Mr. T ... B.A. Baracus

Jeannetta Arnette ... Betty / Sarah

Daniel Davis ... Phillips

Richard Anderson ... Dr. A.M. Richter

Danny Mora ... Shelton

Geoffrey Lewis ... Colonel Mack Stoddard

Richard Partlow ... Sgt. Ratliff

Rodney Saulsberry ... Price

Karyn O'Bryan ... Wendy
Richard L. Duran ... Pablo (as Richard Duran)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Ashley ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
John Carter ... Man in final scene (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Hemmings 
Writing credits
Frank Lupo (created by) &
Stephen J. Cannell (created by)

Richard Christian Matheson (written by) &
Tom Szolossi (written by) (as Thomas Szollosi)

Produced by
John Ashley .... co-executive producer
Steve Beers .... associate producer
Rob Bowman .... associate producer (as Rob S. Bowman)
Stephen J. Cannell .... executive producer
Frank Lupo .... executive producer
Jo Swerling Jr. .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Pete Carpenter 
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Frank E. Johnson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Latham 
Casting by
Victoria Burrows 
Art Direction by
Carlos Berben 
Set Decoration by
Robin Royce  (as Robinson Royce)
Makeup Department
Elaina Cizek .... hair stylist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Production Management
Matthew N. Herman .... executive in charge of production
Stephen Sassen .... unit production manager (as Steve Sassen)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig R. Baxley .... second unit director
Garry A. Brown .... second assistant director
John Peter Kousakis .... first assistant director
Art Department
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Sound Department
Jim Cook .... re-recording mixer
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer
Franklin Jones Jr. .... re-recording mixer
'Fast' Eddie Mahler .... sound mixer
Dean Okrand .... re-recording mixer
Dick Wahrman .... sound effects coordinator
Special Effects by
Al Di Sarro .... special effects
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Kenneth John Borland Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
John Borland .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Norman Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry M. Lebo .... camera operator (as Henry Lebo)
Don Marshall .... gaffer
Verlin Mathews .... key grip (as Verlin J. Matthews)
Gary Baum .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Santoro .... grip foreman (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cheryl Miller .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jan Kemp .... wardrobe: men
Sheila Mason .... costume supervisor
Joy Tierney .... wardrobe: women (as Joy M. Tierney)
Editorial Department
Gary Winter .... executive in charge of post-production
Location Management
Peter M. Robarts .... location manager (as Peter Major Robarts)
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor
Steve Mccroskey .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steve Imbler .... transportation coordinator
Kenneth A. Owen .... mechanic (uncredited)
Other crew
Grace Curcio .... assistant: Mr. Cannell
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor
Priscilla Taussig .... production coordinator
Bob Lewis .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Continuity: When they reach South America, B.A.'s medallions change several times.See more »
Dr. Richter:I'd be very, very, very upset with you, Murdock, if you're so good at this that you're a fraud. I'd hate to lose you as a patient. I mean you're the, you're the best patient I got. In fact, you could be a professional patient.See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The wonderful and crazy "Maybe" that this episode gives !, 19 July 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

It's about the gorilla war which was a very popular theme in the 1980s cinema. Just remember Uncommon Valor (1983), Let's Get Harry (1986), Delta Force 2 (1990), etc. The action is plenty and well-made. The fun is here; I loved the mysterious girl who has multifarious characters; that was the episode's best. And I always had a thing for the 1980s music; something was mega entertaining about it through the TV shows. The mix of what remained from the 70's disco funkiness with the fast-paced orchestral tunes of the 1980s bewitches me utterly. It's like the best soundtrack for the 80s TV and my childhood.

However, the plot is breakable; why the crazy general kidnaps his psychiatrist, along with the report the last wrote, while he can easily kill him ? How the military officer recognizes Face as an A-Team man while Murdock, another A-Team man, is in front of him too, and not having real disguise as well? By the way, the same officer says that the A-Team is 3 guys ??! Why the A-Team is interested in stopping the assassination of some banana republic they totally don't know? From where they have all of this money to finance the traveling to that republic in the first place, especially when they collect no money for many operations like this; which was done for Murdock's emotional attachment towards his psychiatrist?. And finally, what was the point of that psychiatrist as not M.D one ?? Accordingly, the more pressing question would be why Murdock's T-shirt was having "Excellent" written all over it this time ?!

Still, there is highly interesting point. It remains at the wonderful and crazy hypothesis which the episode, consciously or unconsciously, propounds. The first line of it was Murdock saying to his doctor "It's all about running, running, and running". Murdock escapes from reality till he reached to a level where he doesn't know what's reality?, and what's not? (or so he claims). So what if all what he lives, and we do live with him, is only daydreams where he gets out of this hospital, just about everyday (!), gets together with his old war buddies to fight all the evil of the world, and beat it every time with devises that range between military improvisations and child plays, without having any injuries at all, killing anyone, or collecting real money, then, strangely enough, comes back to the hospital! Hence the whole infantile and nutty world of the A-Team could be just a creative figment of Murdock's infantile and nutty imagination. That could explain a lot. Especially when he's someone in deep love with watching numerous movies and TV shows for all the time. Otherwise, the writers of the show are bunch of Murdocks themselves!

Psychologically speaking, the supposed daydreams / the A-Team's winning war for supporting the goodness could represent perfectly the opposite of what Murdock was forced to live in Vietnam (a compensation's issue). And dramatically speaking what a marvelous twist that could have been. Nevertheless, no one could have ever exploited it, since it ruins completely the kind of credibility that the show has. But let me think of it from time to time. Even if it wasn't intended, unlike other intended enigmas in other shows at the moment (like : could Higgins be Robin Masters in "Magnum. P.I"?, or not?). So when Murdock says, in the start of the (The Doctor is Out), that "everything thing I dream of, comes true". I might replay "Yeah, as an A-Team episode !".

Despite the shortcomings, it's above average A-Team's fun. It's not manufactured to think in the first place, but to run from reality. And Murdock's or not, it's a nice run anyway.

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