An episode using the aforementioned formula will start with the A-Team being hired by downtrodden, t
Frequently, one of the clients will be a young woman who Face is immediately attracted to and who will serve as the object of his advances. The clients will have already passed "Mr. Lee", one of Hannibal's aliases, used to make sure the clients aren't sent by the military and encounter Hannibal in a second disguise, in which he'll tell the clients they've "just hired the A-Team." Just as frequently, the A-Team are on the road and stumble across someone who needed their help. The A-Team often return their fee to the most needy clients or find another way to pay their expenses.
By this time, Murdock will escape from the psychiatric hospital, where he is interned, with the help of Face. The mission is assessed by the team, and Face, sometimes assisted by Murdock, is sent to scam items for the team, often angering the episode's opponent at the same time. This scene usually precedes or runs alongside to (part of) the team confronting the episode's main opponent and his henchmen, with Hannibal delivering a warning - typically accompanied by a pithy, insulting remark - to them to give up peacefully. During this fight there is usually a slow-motion camera shot of B.A. throwing one of the bad guys over his head and onto a car hood, pile of cardboard boxes, or other such surface. The henchmen report to their boss, who quickly swears revenge.
The A-Team continue about their mission, often helping the clients in their daily routine, during which they prepare for the counter-attack from the episode's antagonist. During this time, the clients question either Murdock's sanity or that of Hannibal. In the latter case, one of the team members will make a reference to Hannibal "being on the jazz", a term to denote the adrenaline rush that accompanies their adventures. Hannibal will use his signature phrase "I love it when a plan comes together" (along with lighting his cigar) as their strategy to solve the problem coalesces. During this segment the aforementioned female character (often sister, daughter or assistant to the client) will give into Face's advances, but the two are usually interrupted by a member of the team after a short kiss. A short scene showing the interaction between B.A. and Murdock would follow, often with Murdock angering B.A., as a set-up to B.A. taking revenge on Murdock at the end of the episode.
Although the team is prepared for the opponent's attack, the antagonist is able to surprise the A-Team either by attacking earlier than thought, or by taking along more henchmen than accounted for, which leads into the team having to hide in a warehouse or barn or be taken captive.
Following is a scene in which B.A. leads the team into constructing a weapon, vehicle or other device out of resources at their disposal. A series of construction shots, most often involving welding, would be condensed into a short musical montage to demonstrate the A-Team's skill in fashioning weapons (or defense devices) out of random materials. Eventually, the newly fashioned weapon, vehicle or other device will be used to defeat their opponents. Elaborate vehicle explosions - usually involving a car, truck, or jeep flipping over, with doors and axles flying, in a giant fireball - became something of a series trademark. Invariably, immediately after the vehicle flips, the view would cut to the overturned vehicle to show the occupant moving or climbing out to demonstrate that they survived.
The show became emblematic of this kind of "fit-for-TV warfare" due to its depiction of high-octane combat scenes, with lethal weapons, wherein the participants (with the notable exception of General Fullbright) are never killed and rarely seriously injured (see also on-screen violence).
At the end of the episode, the clients thank the A-Team for their help, Face says goodbye to his love interest and B.A. takes his revenge on Murdock for angering him earlier. Every few episodes, the Military Police catches up with the team, giving them an extra obstacle to overcome in that particular episode, sometimes also appearing in the final few minutes of the episode, forcing the team to make a quick exit. A recurring element that can usually be fit anywhere into the episode would be B.A.'s fear of flying, which would lead to the team having to knock him out (either by drugs or, less often, hypnosis) to get him onto a helicopter or plane.