Aug 16, 2013
The A-Team “In Plane Sight” (part 1 of 2)
SUMMARY: The team ventures to South America to help out a pilot wrongfully accused of drug running. Lance Henriksen has a small role, and since this is a travel episode, B.A.’s fear of flying gets some airtime.
We continue our look at the single greatest show ever made, which now has a film based on it coming out June 11 in theaters everywhere!
“In Plane Sight”, an episode from season 2, is a solid enough episode, and it’s a good example of why the show became a hit. It also features an appearance by Lance Henriksen, so you know I’m totally onboard with this one.
Our episode proper begins “somewhere over Venezuela”, as a title informs us. A cargo plane makes an emergency landing on what turns out to be a Venezuelan military base. The pilot, a young man whose name isn’t all that important (and after this scene will never appear again) is confronted by two soldiers (the guy in charge is Col. Sanchez, and the other guy is just a guy).
The pilot says his cargo is turquoise gems, but Sanchez smashes open a crate and finds several hidden bags of cocaine.
It seems they don’t take too kindly to drug runners in Venezuela, because the soldiers immediately arrest the pilot, even though he insists he had no idea there was cocaine in those crates.
This guy will turn out to be the cousin of our female lead for the episode, but really, he could have just as easily been her fiancée, her brother, or some guy she necked with at senior prom. That’s how little this guy matters to the overall plot, as we’ll soon see.