The Equalizer – tape 563

Before the first programme on this tape, the end of The Fastest Men on Earth.

Then, The Equalizer, Edward Woodward goes all vigilante, and the most paranoid title sequence in history.

This episode is called Re-Entry. It’s directed by Aaron Lipstadt, who made his name with the quirky, low budget SF movie Android.

John Goodman guest stars as a father under pressure to do something he clearly doesn’t want to do.

John Goodman

He’s a security specialist who’s lost his job. Joe Morton is the man leaning on him to do something illegal, offering him financial security.

Joe Morton

His son sees him meeting Morton, and fears that he’s being forced to do something illegal, so he calls The Equalizer. Before McCall can talk to him, Goodman is bundled into a car and taken to the location of the heist.

Steve Buscemi turns up in a small role.

Steve Buscemi in The Equalizer

And composer of the theme tune, Stewart Copeland, turns up too.

Stewart Copeland

Goodman’s son is kidnapped, to force McCall to leave them alone, so he has to rescue the son before he can catch the crooks red handed.

After this, recording switches to the end of The Benny Hill Show. Amazingly, it ends with lots of women in bikinis chasing Benny Hill.

Then, another Equalizer, entitled Target of Choice. Michael Parks, his wife, an MS sufferer, and his son are menaced by a man who was jailed on Parks’ testimony.

Michael Parks

It’s another grim episode, with a strong insistence by McCall that killing isn’t the solution to anything. Woodward gives a moralistic lecture to the son, when asked why they don’t kill the bad guy.

After this, recording switches, and there’s the end of an episode of This Week looking at osteoporosis.

Then, The Equalizer episode Last Call. Keith Szarabajka (Mickey) is one of the customers trapped in a bar when a hoodlum takes refuge there. He’s being stalked by a mercenary called Gant because the father of a girl the hoodlum raped and murdered. It’s quite a nasty episode, given the nature of the rapist, but it’s given a strange ludicrous twist by the character of the mercenary, whom we only see in darkened silhouette, holding his laser-guided gun and dressed in dark glasses, trenchcoat and fedora like some kind of bogeyman. Quite odd.

After this programme, recording continues with News at Ten including an attack by the Prince of Wales on film and TV violence, made at the opening of the Museum of the Moving Image, which seems like bad manners on his part.

The tape stops during this bulletin.

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One comment

  1. Hi, I am wondering if you would be able to help me re: scene of Stewart Copeland walking across the crowded dance floor in this episode. It’s for a personal project (documentary – fair use – not being sold or distributed). What’s the best way to contact you? Well, actually, I guess you have my email address, now, so perhaps you could email me? Cheers

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