The Equalizer (1985–1989)
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A boy who senses something is wrong with his father calls McCall to help him. McCall learns that he is being pressured to help some people rob his employer. McCall has a plan to help him ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Edward Woodward ... Robert McCall
John Goodman ... Harold Winter
Cameron Johann ... Chris Winter
David Johansen ... Garnet
Joe Morton ... Slate
Keith Szarabajka ... Mickey Kostmayer
Stewart Copeland ... Pickpocket
Graham Beckel ... George Hershey
Steve Buscemi ... Archie, the Electronics Store Clerk


A boy who senses something is wrong with his father calls McCall to help him. McCall learns that he is being pressured to help some people rob his employer. McCall has a plan to help him but the people coercing the father grabs the boy and tells McCall not to interfere. So McCall has to find out how they knew about him and where the boy is. Written by

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27 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This episode is aired in the movie the wolf of wall street, in the scene where we first see jordan's dad. See more »


Mickey Kostmayer: Chris.
Chris Winter: You're The Equalizer.
Mickey Kostmayer: Not today, it's his turn. I'm just along for the ride.
Robert McCall: Robert McCall, this is Mr Kostmayer.
Chris Winter: Chris.
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Featured in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) See more »

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A Father's Weight
20 November 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

well-meaning but naive widowed single dad Hal (John Goodman) has been out of work for six months. Desperate for income he has made a shady deal with some very bad people who have paid him up front to do something that is highly illegal. Hal tries to back out but they won't let him. He has already spent most of what they paid him.

Hal's teen son Chris senses his father's frustration and its severity. He enlists Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) via McCall's protégé Mickey Kostemeyer (Keith Szarabajka).

Whilst McCall & Mickey meet with Chris to discuss helping, Hal is abducted by his criminal employers just outside his apartment in full view of Mickey who is standing by the front window.

McCall & Mickey must find out what the job is that Hal is being coerced in to doing and how to thwart it keeping Hal alive and out of prison. The stakes get bigger as they go. Unexpected revelations complicate things further.

How one is able to get Graham Beckel, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, David Johansen and especially Joe Morton in the same cast on an episode of network series TV would be beyond most casting directors. Conversely with such excellent guest stars surely a better episode would have resulted.

I've never particularly liked this episode which looked like it was written for another series then adapted for this one. We get very little subtext about the lead character McCall in the script. The acting and the dialogue were also both pretty soft compared with other episodes.

Stewart Copeland who composed the haunting opening theme for the show appeared in this episode as a smarmy pickpocket.

John Goodman and Steve Buscemi would go on to appear together in Coen Brothers films.

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