The A-Team “Wheel of Fortune” (part 1 of 2)

SUMMARY: Murdock wins big on Wheel of Fortune and ends up involved in a casino heist. Yes, this is the plot and yes, it is better than it sounds.

In this episode, we get an interesting blend of humor, action, and gratuitous stunt casting, as Murdock takes center stage, Face and B.A. provide the backup, and George Peppard… Well, he basically makes a cameo appearance. I guess this was when he and Mr. T weren’t getting along so well.

Oddly enough, even though this is primarily a showcase for Dwight Schultz, the story he’s given to work with is amazingly slight. Still, he’s the best thing about the episode. Let’s take a look.

The A-Team "Wheel of Fortune" (part 1 of 2)

After the titles, we begin with Murdock appearing on Wheel of Fortune. His hair is slicked back, and he’s wearing a suit that looks like he went to the set of Three’s Company and raided Don Knotts’ wardrobe.

The A-Team "Wheel of Fortune" (part 1 of 2)

I’d make a remark about him not looking the part, but given the pedigree of most game show contestants, he’s hardly the oddest ever. For evidence of this, just seek out some old episodes of The Newlywed Game. Damn, if you ever thought your family was a bunch of goobers…

Come to think of it, that applies to any show hosted by Bob Eubanks. But I digress.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

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