The A-Team (1983–1987)
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There Goes the Neighborhood 

The A-team is just in time, asked to protect rock singer Stevi Faith, to prevent an attack in her manager Woodie Stone's office by terrorists from North Terrania who want to prevent her ... See full summary »

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Joe Skrylow
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Woody Stone
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Stevi Faith
Victor Campos ...
Juarez
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Mussaf (as Julius Carry III)
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Juarez's Henchman
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Taylor
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Pete Peterson
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Penny Peterson
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The A-team is just in time, asked to protect rock singer Stevi Faith, to prevent an attack in her manager Woodie Stone's office by terrorists from North Terrania who want to prevent her donating any proceeds of an Africa benefit to the rival Central African South Terrania. They decide to hide her in a safer place incognito, so Face buys a nice suburban house, hoping to sell with a profit after some renovation. All neighbors are decent people, even the wacky, fat, macho but useless block captain Joe, except the Hells Angels types in the house across, who soon turn out to be hoods planted by drug baron Juarez. Their firm efficiency against those criminals makes Hannibal elected -without standing- new block captain, so Joe will eagerly rat on them to Stone, and then other problems also resurface... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

At one point in the episode when looking at the Neighbourhood Watch accessories, Murdock says "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges." This is the same quote used (and originated) in Blazing Saddles (1974). See more »

Goofs

Very obvious stunt double when Hannibal jumps off the makeshift tank/snow shoveler. See more »

Quotes

Stevie Faith: Woody, this is a really evil thing you're doing. There's a karma shift here that could spell your doom.
Faceman: Yeah, she's got a point!
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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Extraordinary Idea with Ordinary Dealing !

The A-team + a suburban neighborhood = great basis for one of a kind episode. But what I watched was kind of the frustration of that.

True that the second act is filled with the drug dealers' storyline, and it did meet well with the first one (the chasers of the rock singer) with a twist about her manager too. But I just yearned to some things else in it.

This could have been the most comic A-team episode at all, especially when we see how these crazy good guys could solve the neighborhood's simple problems, or manage its agenda. Let alone the try to live its life; imagine how many widow or divorced woman will fall for Col. Hannibal, or how many child Murdock will befriend, or how the kind people will hide them when Col. Decker is around. I think, now, this is the impossible dream to dream !

Nevertheless, it has its moments. The toy gun as eavesdropping device (the A-Team's funny infantile nature). Mr. T beating up an alarm clock. Mr. T's anger when someone mistakenly referrers to a decrease in his manhood. The hilarious moment when the manager's gang got into a clash with the drug dealer's gang by wicked A-Team's plan. The wonderful climactic action sequence. And sure the brief scene when the 4 men were setting on a table having breakfast without a word to each other like a dysfunctional family; it is what this episode should have exploited better.

(Valerie Stevenson) looked like a real rock star at the moment. I was shocked when I discovered later that she isn't. Her much talking about Karma was more or less a spoof of the way some rock stars talk. Speaking about spoofing you can't ignore the way Dwight Schultz dressed and talked quietly as in fact a good spoof of the unchangeable (Fred Rogers), the host of (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood) the children's show from 1968 to 2001, with the "Hi Neighbor" signature greeting. The episode's title (There Goes the Neighborhood) may refer to Joe Walsh's 1981 rock album, with the same title.

The thing is they changed the place but not the format. It's about the suburb, not the suburban, and the rest is an A-Team's usual stuff. Anyway, still a lovely afternoon nab for the mind...as most of the 1980s works as well.


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