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On The Jazz Newsletter: Volume 1 Issue N°2

Date: October 14, 1994
Author: Nicole Pellegrini
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Submission address: [email protected]
Administrivia: Nicole Pellegrini
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DATE: October 14, 1994
Greetings again everybody,

Well, here's issue number 2. It's coming a little early this week as I'll be away thru the weekend. Hopefully a few format problems I noticed in the last issue have been fixed for this one.

There's a few things I wanted to bring up myself this issue. First is, until I get an ftp or some sort of archive site set up, if you need any "backissues" of the group just email me. I am keeping them all on my computer for later archival purposes. Also please let me know if you did not yet receive the first issue, as this server keeps bugging out on me every now and then.

There haven't been many submissions received this week, however many new people expressed interest in the group to me and have since joined up. There's something like 30 of us now!

Finally, a message from me to William and Valerie: I must apologize but due to circumstances beyond my control (ie, midterms) I was unable to get the video dubbing done for you this week. They will be done, without a doubt, this coming week, or else you can send Mr. T. after me. :-)

I guess that's all for now. As promised, here is the first part of the complete episode list, the 1st season episodes. The other seasons will follow in future editions. Any corrections or additions are welcome. Thanks to Tony Friedman and Russell Perry (and Cannell Films!) for this list, which I made a *few* corrections to.

until later,
Quote of the Week:
"You're nuts!" - Generic bad guy
"No I'm not! I'm condiments! I've been promoted."
                           - Murdock from "Labor Pains"
The A-Team Episode Guide

Ten years ago/In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith
Sergeant Elliot "Bad Attitude" Baracas
Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck
Captain HM "Howling Mad" Murdock

Amy Amanda Allen
Tawnia Baker
Frankie "Dishpan" Santana

Colonel Lynch
Colonel Decker
Colonel Briggs
General "Bull" Fulbright
General Hunt Stockwell
George Peppard
Mr T (Lawrence Tero)
Dirk Benedict
Dwight Schultz

Melinda Culea
Marla Heasly
Eddie Velez

William Luckling
Lance LeGault
Charles Napier
Jack Ging
Robert Vaughn

Interesting Facts about the A-Team--
Total number of seasons the series aired: 5
Total number of episodes that aired: 94
Total number of 2 part episodes: 4
Total number of 3 part episodes: 1
Frequent Guest Stars: Red West, Hulk Hogan, Clifton James,
Jack Ging, Ted Markland, Ed Lauter, Tricia O'Neal, John Saxon,
Dennis Franz, Richard Romanus, Gary Grubbs.

License plates on BA's van: 2L83000 2E14859
License plate(s) on Face's corvette: ?? Anyone know ??

**First season** 1/23/83 - 5/10/83 13 episodes

01/23/83 Mexican Slayride (2 hours)
(Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell; dir. Rod Holcomb)
Debut: George Peppard plays a master of disguise who leads a versatile group of Viet vets secretly working as soldiers of fortune. Rounding out the team: a cn artist (Tum Dunigan); a sullen master mechanic (Mr T); and an ace pilot Dwight Schultz) who lives in a mental ward. In the opener, a newspaper eporter (Melinda Culea) wants the A-Team to free a colleague held by Mexican guerrilas. Lynch: William Luckling. Valdez: Sergio Calderon. Al Massey: William Windom. Colonel Flores: Enrique Lucero. Cortez: Jorge Zepeda.

01/30/83 Children of Jamestown*
(Stephen J. Cannell; dir. Christian I. Nyby, Jr.)
After the team rescues a girl from a crazed cult leader, Hannibal, BA, Face (Dirk Benedict) and Amy are captured by the man's followers and made the quarry for a death hunt. Martin James: John Saxon. Tim: Ron Hayes. Brother Stephen: Gerrit Graham. Sheila Rodgers: Carol Jones. Carolyn: Sherilyn Wolter. Brother John: Fred Lerner.

02/08/83 Pros and Cons*
(Stephen J. Cannell; dir. Ron Satlof)
BA's friend is held in a prison where the warden conducts fight-to-the-death boxing matches whose winner receives short-lived freedom. One-time heavyweight champ Ken Norton plays Jackhammer. Warden Beal: Clifton James. Jose Tataro: William Smith. Joey Tataro: Meeno Peluce. Sneed: Paul Koslo.

02/15/83 A Small And Deadly War
(Frank Lupo; dir. Ron Satlof)
Hannibal plays cat and mouse with a renegade SWAT team that's committing murder for hire. Stark: Jack Ging. Collins: Dean Stockwell. Maloney: Norman Allen. Meadows: Al White. Shaeffer: Fil Formicola.

02/22/83 Black Day At Bad Rock
(Patrick Hasburgh; dir. Christian I. Nyby, Jr.)
While treating a seriously wounded BA, a suspicious small town doctor notifies the sheriff, who fears that BA may be part of a biker gang returning to spring its jailed leader. Sheriff Thompson: Ed Lauter. Dr Sullivan: Tricia O'Neill. Snake: John Dennis Johnston. Jenko: Sid Haig.

03/01/83 The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas*
(Frank Lupo; dir. Bruce Kessler)
To rescue a "system" gambler from Las Vegas mobsters, the team uses a variety of masquerades, including Amy and Face as newlyweds, and Hannibal as a hit man working for the CIA. Gianni Christian: Charles Cioffi. Martell: Richard Romanus. Elly Payne: Tracy Scoggins. Warfel: Terry McGovern. Jilly: Luke Andrews.

03/15/83 Holiday in the Hills*
(Babs Greyhosky; dir. Arnold Laven)
The team crash-lands in the backwoods where they battle mountain men to save a man from being burned at the stake. Barnes: Edward Winter. Clint: Bill McKinney. Louanne: Denise Galik. Eldridge: Philip Sterling.

03/22/83 The Out Of Towners
(Frank Lupo; dir. Chuck Bowman)
The team takes up the cause of New York shopkeepers against neighborhood protection racketeers. Charlie: Yaphet Kotto. Digger: Albert Popwell. Scully: Robert Tessier. Tracy: Wendy Hoffman. Nicky: Billy Jacoby.

04/05/83 West Coast Turnaround*
(Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh; dir. Guy Magar) The team delivers produce to market for a farmer being driven out of business by a land-hungry rancher. Easterland: Stuart Whitman. Ellen: Devon Erickson. Joe Penhall: Robert Sampson. Whittaker: Michael Alldredge.

04/12/83 One More Time
(Frank Lupo and Patrick Hasburg, from a story by Babs Grehosky; dir. Arnold Laven) The government rafts the team to rescue a general and his daughter from guerrilas in Borneo. Rashaad: Nico Minardos. Ludlam: Warren Kemmerling. Kathy: Amy Steel. Perry: Alan Fudge.

04/19/83 Till Death Do Us Part
(Babs Greyhosky; dir. Guy Magar)
Murdock dons a wedding gown and BA pops out of the cake at a wedding forced by the groom to gain control of the company he shared with the bride's late father. Jackie Taylor: Janice Heiden. Calvin Cutter: John Ericson. Sheriff: Jim Antonio.

05/03/83 The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing*
(Patrick Hasburgh; dir. Ron Satlof)
Hannibal's plan to free a skyjacked airborne 747 requires a bit of adjustment when BA becomes cataleptic and Murdock is temporarily blinded. Jackson: Andrew Robinson. Thomas: Alan Stock. Hertzog: Jim McKrell. Trigg: Michael Swan. Phillips: Jesse D Goins.

05/10/83 A Nice Place to Visit*
(Frank Lupo; dir. Bernard McEveety)
A murderous family is holding an entire town in thrall. Trish: Joanna Kearns. Sheriff: Burton Gilliam. Deke: Don Stroud. Harold: Robert F Lyons. Logan: Ted Markland. Lianne: Kelbe Nugent.
And now on to this week's submissions...

Date: Sun, Oct 9, 1994 10:15 PM EST
From: [email protected]
Subj: Re: A-Team Digest: Vol 1 Issue 1
To: Onthejazz

"Child of Rage" was a TV movie. Fairly recent, I think, and quite chilling. Toronto's "Federation Station" CITY-TV put it on as late night filler. I might hunt through last weeks TV guide. You get to see more of that sweet little homicidal girl and the mother, but Dwight was quite convincing as the preacher. He even cried during one of his sermons! That reminds me of the episode where he rescues Hannibal and the guys from a prison with a bible. (Faceman failed as a priest, but H.M. Murdock succeeded). One of my favorite A-team's is where the team protects homeless people from being used as target practice for assorted baddies. Faceman places an Irish-accented priest, and Murdock is damn fine Bible-thumper! "If we're not going back, then we're not going back. But if we are going back, then we are going back". Hunh?

I liked all the Team members so it would be difficult to pin who was my favorite member, but as a Starbuck fan Dirk was right up there for a while (he didn't appear in the original pilot though).
John P. LaRocque ([email protected])
********]|_______>___________/ "There are those who believe
         |_____ /       that life here began out there..."

Ed. comments...
Well looks like I'll have to hope "Child of Rage" shows up on Philly late night someday, I was hoping it was out on video :-( I too liked all the team memmers, but (if you haven't noticed already) Dwight was definitely my favorite actor on the show. As a little kid watching I just thought Murdock was the greatest and I was convinced for a few years there I wanted to become a helicopter pilot! George Peppard comes in a close second just cause he was always so cool about everything. I just saw "The Battle of Bel-Air" episode this week for the first time in years..it has this fantastic helicopter chase scene where Murdock and Hannibal in this piece-of-shit barely-operable helicopter rigged with machine guns manage to outmaneuver(sp?) this state-of-the-art missle equipped chopper. No one but Hannibal could be so cool blasting away on the guns and with cigar firmly in place the whole time.
I was *terribly* depressed the day I heard George had died...I didn't hear about it until at least a month or so after it happened. Watching the old episodes now leaves a real bittersweet feeling.
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 1994 12:49 PM EST
From: [email protected]
Subj: Re: A-Team Digest: Vol 1 Issue 1
To: Onthejazz

Good job on the first installment of the newsletter. My top 3 favorite shows are as follows: 1) Black Day at Bad Rock, 2) The Fifth Season Opener, 3) The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas.

Since I promised a short bio of Dirk Benedict last week, here it goes. I don't know where he was born, but I do know that he turns 50 this March. He has been in over 20 movies and has starred and co-starred in many of them. Movies he has done include (in order): Georgia, Georgia (1972), Sssssss! (1973), W (1974, Journey from Darkness (1975), Cruise into Terror (1978), Mission Galactica (1979), several of the Battlestar Galactica tapes now available on VHS (1978-1979), The Georgia Peaches (1980), Ruckus (1981), Scruples (1981), Underground Aces (1981), Body Slam (1986), Trenchcoat in Paradise (1989), Bejewelled (1991) Blue Tornado (1991), Shadow Force (1992), Demon Keeper (1993), Official Denial (1993), The Feminine Touch (1994). *** Dirk Benedict has also appeared in many other TV shows besides the A-Team. His TV series and guest appearances are as follows: Hawaii Five-O (1972), Chopper One (1/17/74-7/11/74), Charlie's Angels (twice), The Cabot Connection (CBS pilot - 1977), Battlestar Galactica (9/17/78-4/29/79), Galactica 1980 (once), The Love Boat (twice), Family in Blue (1982 CBS pilot), Amazing Stories (1985), Hotel (1987), Murder She Wrote (1989), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1989), Evening at the Improv (guest host -1991), Baywatch (1992), The Commish (1993). *** He has also done a 30 min. exercise video titled "Steel Stomachs". Dirk is married and has two young children. He has also written two books. His first is titled "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy" and I'm not sure the title of the second one.*** That's It!
Ed. comments...
Thanks for sending in the bio. I'll have to look for his books. Didn't Dirk nearly die of cancer or something a few years before The A-Team started up? I *thought* I remember that one of his books was about that, but I could be mistaken.

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