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The Maltese Cow was the 13th episode of Season 2 of the NBC-TV series The A-Team, also the 27th overall episode in the series. Directed by Dennis Donnelly and written by Thomas Szollosi and Richard Christian Matheson, the episode originally aired on December 13, 1983.


Years ago, the A-Team purchased the Golden Pagoda restaurant and handed it over to Sam Yeng in gratitude for old favours. When organized crime started moving in on what they still called "their restaurant" they decided to do something about it.

Episode summary[]

The Golden Pagoda restaurant is owned by Sam Yeng,a good friend of the A-Team and they have helped out the Yeng's by bankrolling them, thus making them part owners of the successful eatery. Unfortunately, the Yengs have become a target for the Lung Chin, a Chinese tong that extorts protection money from area businesses. When the Lung Chin take on the A-Team, they kick over a hornet's nest, however, and things get very interesting when the team discovers that the tong is attempting to smuggle an exiled mobster back into the U.S.

Notable Organizations[]

The Lung Chin


The Lung Chin

Chris Thomas


none, though Sam Yeng alerted the team to the situation

Notable Locations[]

  • Athens, Greece
  • Los Angeles, California


The team wasn't shy about throwing around racial slurs in this episode.

Guest stars[]

  • James Hong as Wan Chu
  • Paul Mantee as Chris Thomas
  • John Milford as Police Detective
  • Keye Luke as Sam Yeng
  • Peter Kwong as Tommy Chen
  • Lydia Lei as Sun Yeng, Sam Yeng's daughter
  • Professor Toru Tanaka as Ling, the Bodyguard
  • Charles Guardino as Officer
  • John Ashley as Narrator (voice only/uncredited)