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Showdown! the A-Team Episode
The A-Team (season 3)
The A-Team season 3.jpg
Original season 3 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1984 (1984-09-18) -
May 14, 1985 (1985-05-14)
Season chronology
Season 2
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List of The A-Team episodes

The third season of the action-adventure television series The A-Team premiered in the United States on NBC on September 18, 1984, and concluded on May 14, 1985, consisting of 25 episodes.


Opening credits

  • Hannibal launches the cannon at a pursuing Jeep in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version, note that Melinda Culea can still briefly seen behind Hannibal).
  • The helicopter chase from the Season 2 episode "The Battle of Bel-Air".
  • Hannibal was dressed as the aquamaniac, had his face door opened, and Face gives him a cigar, in the Season 2 episode "Steel" (note that this version played backwards on the actual episode: Face removes the cigar, and closes the door).
  • Hannibal disguised as a fisherman in Season 2's "Pure Dee Poison".
  • Hannibal sends a bulldozer ball crashing down on the villains' car in the Season 2 episode "Steel".
  • Face saying goodbye to sister Teresa, at the end of Season 2's "The Only Church in Town" (as previous version).
  • A cylon walking past cases Face to double take in the Season 2 episode "Steel" (as previous version, now with accompanying sound effect).
  • Face and a guest at Face's scam film opening in Season 2's feature-length two-part episode "When You Comin' Back Range Rider?".
  • Face fires his gun, looks behind him, and smiles, in the Season 3 episode "The Bells of St. Mary's" (note that on the actual episode, the shot is edited differently, and Face does not look behind him).
  • A shot of Face, while trying to con mobster Crazy Tommy T from the Season 2 episode "Steel".
  • A coffin rises from a hearse, and Murdock bursts out and fires his gun in the Season 2 episode "Chopping Spree".
  • Murdock reveals himself as the bride in Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part".
  • Murdock emerges his disguise as a bush, in Season 2's feature-length two-part episode "When You Comin' Back Range Rider?"
  • B.A. makes his memorable entrance, as he bursts into the Mexican bar in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • B.A. crushes a car on a modified construction vehicle in the Season 2 episode "Steel".
  • B.A. gives a wink at the end of the Season 2 episode "Chopping Spree".
  • The classic B.A. shot, as he turns around to see what Hannibal is doing in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • The armored car bursts out of the back of a truck in the Season 2 episode "Bad Time on the Border".
  • The helicopter (piloted by Murdock) chases the villain's car from the Season 2 episode "Recipe for Heavy Bread".
  • A Jeep flips over as Hannibal throws a grenade in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
381"Bullets and Bikinis"Dennis DonnellyMark JonesSeptember 18, 1984 (1984-09-18)
Flying to Miami to help two girls in their hotel business, the A-Team must deal with two problems: B.A.'s fear of flying, and the gangsters that are trying to force the girls to sell the hotel. The method of getting B.A. to fly this time is drugging him in a car and making him think they drove the entire time to get there; even doctoring a newspaper to fake the passage of time. Hannibal takes over as the hotel's owner, while Face plans to reorganize the staff by hiring attractive women in bikinis to bring in more guests. In the end, B.A. discovers the ruse after seeing a real newspaper.
"The Bend in the River"Michael O'HerlihyStephen J. Cannell & Frank LupoSeptember 25, 1984 (1984-09-25)

Tawnia Baker, the A-Team's support member for the last half season calls in the help of her friends to find an archaeologist (secretly her fiancé) that has gone missing during an Amazon expedition. Traveling to the Amazon, the A-Team must deal with the local pirate king, "El Cajon" (The Coffin). The A-Team have to find a way to locate the pirates, bringing them into unknown territory. Locating the pirates, they come across a plot that is far greater than any of them could have expected: Third Reich remnants building a nuclear station. As Murdock puts it "the Fuhrer the better." The A-Team must ally themselves with the shady El Cajon's forces to defeat the threat. This is the last appearance of Tawnia Baker, who weds her fiancé at the end of the episode.

  • Originally shown as a feature length episode, but was later cut into two separate episodes in syndication.
414"Fire"Tony MordenteStephen KatzOctober 2, 1984 (1984-10-02)

A fire chief calls in the help of the A-Team to help defend her department from a competing fire fighting department. Meanwhile, Colonel Decker is temporally replaced by a Colonel named Briggs, who opens his hunt on the A-Team, only to be unsuccessful in his first and only attempt.

  • Note: Colonel Decker would makes his reappearance later in the series with no explanation as to the disappearance of Briggs. Although the most likely reason is that unlike Lynch or Decker, Briggs lacked the willpower to continue after the A-Team after his first failed attempt.

Trivia: The alert tones in the first minute of the show, as well as the siren used by the fire truck, come from another NBC show, Emergency! (1972) Special Guest Star: Stepfanie Kramer as Fire Chief Annie Sanders.

425"Timber!"David HemmingsJeff RayOctober 16, 1984 (1984-10-16)
A brother and sister hire the A-Team to help them stay in the logging business.
436"Double Heat"Craig R. BaxleyStephen KatzOctober 23, 1984 (1984-10-23)

The A-Team is hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a man who has to testify against the biggest mobster in the city, and they find out the abduction is part of a burgeoning war between two rival syndicates.

Special Guest Stars:Dana Elcar as George Olson. Burke Byrnes as Federal Marshal. Steven Williams as Eddie Devane.
447"Trouble on Wheels"Michael O'HerlihyMark JonesOctober 30, 1984 (1984-10-30)

The A-Team is called in to thwart a stolen auto-parts scam operated by a violent group of criminals.

Special Guest Star: Joe Santos as Rudy Garcia.
458"The Island"Michael O'HerlihyMark JonesNovember 13, 1984 (1984-11-13)

A young boy from a remote tropical island asks the A-Team to help his people who are being terrorized by a group of fiendish drug smugglers. Among the islanders is the A-Team's old Vietnam-era medic, Dr. Fallone. This is also the first time someone guesses Hannibal is in disguise, but it isn't him.

Trivia: The stock airplane footage that was used when The A-Team travel to the island are clips of the Cutter's Goose from Tales of the Gold Monkey, which was a Universal-produced TV show that aired during the 1982-83 season.
469"Showdown!"James FargoMilt RosenNovember 20, 1984 (1984-11-20)

Several unsavory hoodlums are hired by the sleazy rock promoter Kyle Mason to impersonate the A-Team and tries to force Captain Winnetka's Wild West Show out of business. The real A-Team arrives to help the Captain and his feisty daughter Carrie, and to clear their names. The A-Team must save the Wild West Show while trying to evade their old nemesis Colonel Lynch, who has been given one final chance to capture the A-Team and is determined to succeed at all costs. At the same time Murdock is upset because the phoney A-Team doesn't have an imposter of himself; however, Hannibal calms him by explaining Murdock is a "known unknown".

Special Guest Star: Morgan Woodward as Captain Winnetka.
4710"Sheriffs of Rivertown"Dennis DonnellyMark JonesNovember 27, 1984 (1984-11-27)
A group of businessmen have banded together to solve a very serious law and order problem, and conclude it is just the kind of job for the A-Team.
4811"The Bells of St. Mary's"Dennis DonnellyStephen J. CannellDecember 4, 1984 (1984-12-04)

The A-Team are caught between a greedy record company owner, a top singing group (the Bells) and a school's top football player. Serving as a makeshift witness protection group, while resisting their own attraction to the girls, the team successfully keep them safe until the charity concert.

Special Guest Star: Joseph Wiseman as Zeke Westerland.
4912"Hot Styles"Tony MordenteStephen KatzDecember 11, 1984 (1984-12-11)

Just when Templeton 'Face' Peck is getting smitten with the Hollywood model Rina Turian, she is snatched before his nose by Chicago based mobster Johnny Turian.

Special Guest Stars: Richard Lynch as Johnny Turian and Markie Post as Rina Turian.
5013"Breakout!"Dennis DonnellyStephen Katz & Mark JonesDecember 18, 1984 (1984-12-18)
While B.A. drives to Hollywood, where Face is having a ball, Murdock's rabbit's foot doesn't stop himself and the black van from getting hijacked by bank-robber Deke Logan and his partner Malcolm.
5114"Cup A' Joe"Craig R. BaxleyDennis O'Keefe IIIJanuary 8, 1985 (1985-01-08)
When the Ruthless Businessman Cactus Jack Slater threatens a defenseless family for their diner, the A-team are called to not only put him in his place, but for Murdock to show off his cooking skills.
5215"The Big Squeeze"Arnold LavenStephen J. CannellJanuary 15, 1985 (1985-01-15)
When loan shark Jack 'the Ripper' Lane, who is too violent even for his mob extortion boss Nathan Vincent's taste, breaks Italian restaurant owner Gino Giani's fingers, he and his daughter Gina hire the A-Team.
5316"Champ!"Michael O'HerlihyStephen KatzJanuary 22, 1985 (1985-01-22)

Face decides to invest some of the team's funds in 60% of a boxer, Billy Marquette.

Special Guest Star: Alex Rocco as Sonny Monroe.
5417"Skins"Dennis DonnellyMark JonesJanuary 29, 1985 (1985-01-29)
The A-Team travels to Kenya to help a game warden fight an organized unit illegally hunting elephants for skins and ivory tusks as well as the slaying of her brother.
5518"Road Games"Dennis DonnellyMark JonesFebruary 5, 1985 (1985-02-05)
When the otherwise decent manager of a home is forced to take a run on account of his personal debts in illegal gambling, the A-Team is hired to put the criminals out of business, and must even trick Colonel Decker into providing help.
5619"Moving Targets"Dennis DonnellyMark JonesFebruary 12, 1985 (1985-02-12)

The A-Team is hired to test the security in the royal palace of a Northwest African country. Trivia: When moving inside the ship, the word "BILLETTKONTOR" is written on one of the curved walls, suggesting that the ship is Norwegian.

Special Guest Star: John Saxon as Kalem.
5720"Knights of the Road"Michael O'HerlihyBurt Pearl & Steven L. SearsFebruary 26, 1985 (1985-02-26)
Mr. Corson and his daughter Jenny run a small towing truck company in an Arizonan town. When another company resorts to violence against their trucks and even threaten them physically to force them out of business, the A-Team is recruited.
5821"Waste 'Em!"Sidney HayersStephen Katz & Mark JonesMarch 5, 1985 (1985-03-05)

Former military helicopter pilot A.J. runs a delivery service, Speedy Express, with his blind sister Lisa Perry. Garbage collection company manager Ike Hagen wants them to sell to him, and pulls all the stops to force them, including threats and violence against both vehicles and staff, so they hire the A-Team.

Special guest star: Mitchell Ryan as Ike Hagan
5922"Bounty"Michael O'HerlihyMark Jones & Stephen KatzApril 2, 1985 (1985-04-02)

Romance blossoms between Murdock and Kelly Stevens, a veterinarian, after she rescues the pilot from savage bounty hunters.

NOTE: Dwight Schultz's real-life wife Wendy Fulton plays Kelly, and the episode plays off their real-life marriage.
6023"Beverly Hills Assault"Craig R. BaxleyPaul BirnbaumApril 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)

A young artist seeks the help of the A-Team to search for the men who brutally assaulted her boyfriend. Also, Murdock takes painting and Face becomes a critic to bust a party of art thieves in Beverly Hills.

Special Guest Star: Lloyd Bochner as Steffan Shawn.
6124"Trouble Brewing"Michael O'HerlihyBurt Pearl & Steven L. SearsMay 7, 1985 (1985-05-07)
Two sisters who own a soda factory are victimized by a competitor and seek help from the A-Team.
6225"Incident at Crystal Lake"Tony MordenteStephen J. Cannell & Frank LupoMay 14, 1985 (1985-05-14)
The A-Team take a vacation at Crystal Lake after Colonel Decker gets too close for comfort. However, their vacation is ruined when four fleeing highwaymen take Crystal Lake's ranger and his daughter hostage.

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