In the Season 5 premiere episode, Hannibal is kidnapped by retired General Hunt Stockwell, who offers him the choice between going to jail or the A-Team performing a mission for him. They are to free a group of hostages from a hijacked plane in Spain. As an extra incentive, Stockwell reveals that former ally Josh Curtis is on the plane, and he might have information that could clear the A-Team's names. Instead, after being freed, Curtis betrays the team and falsely tells Stockwell he saw the A-Team kill Colonel Morrison and burn their headquarters to cover the crime. After years of being fugitives, the A-Team has finally been captured.
After having a little accident on the set of his latest monster movie, Hannibal has to spend the night in a hospital. From there he is kidnapped and brought before the mysterious retired general Hunt Stockwell, who proposes a mission to free the passengers of a high jacked plane. One passenger in particular interests them both: Captain Curtis, the one man who could prove the A-Team's innocence in the '72 Hanoi bank job. Hannibal decides to take along the young special effects man who was responsible for landing him in the hospital, 'Dishpan' Frankie Santana. As the five of them leave for Spain, Stockwell designated them the call-numbers 'Empress' 7 to 12.
Robert Vaughn has worked with George Peppard before. They both starred in the 1980 science fiction film Battle Beyond The Stars, which was a futuristic remake of The Magnificent Seven. Robert Vaughn played Lee in The Magnificent Seven and George Peppard was originally considered to play Vin in The Magnificent Seven.
- Eddie Velez as Frankie "Dishpan" Santana
- Sandy McPeak as Capt. Josh Curtis ￼
- David Hess as Ben Al Fradeen (as David A. Hess)
- Fernando Escandon as Colonel Morales
- Judith Ledford as Carla
- Stanley Brock as Mr. Rubinick
- John Durbin as Ramon Soulay
- Richard B. Whitaker as Able Three (as Richard Whitaker)
- Andrew Divoff as Soulay's Man
- Patrice Chanel as Newswoman
- Tom Stoviak as Paramedic (as Thomas Stoviak)
- Douglas Johnson as Male Nurse
- Houshang Touzie as Akim
- Frank Moon as Doctor
- Robert Gallo as Controller
- Kelly Lynn Gitter as Melinda (as Kelly Lynn Pushkin)
- Tery McPhie as Margaret (as Teru McPhie)