List of The Equalizer episodes

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The following is an episode list of the CBS show The Equalizer.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Premiered: Ended:
1 22 September 18, 1985 April 8, 1986
2 22 October 8, 1986 May 27, 1987
3 22 September 23, 1987 May 4, 1988
4 22 October 26, 1988 August 24, 1989

DVD releases[edit]

At present, the following DVD sets have been released.[1]

DVD set Company Release date
The Equalizer: Season 1 Universal Home Video February 12, 2008
The Equalizer: The Complete Collection; Limited Edition Visual Entertainment August 19, 2014
The Equalizer: The Complete Season 2 Visual Entertainment August 26, 2014
The Equalizer: The Complete Season 3 Visual Entertainment October 24, 2014
The Equalizer: The Complete Season 4 Visual Entertainment November 25, 2014


Season one[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
01-01 "The Equalizer" Rod Holcomb Michael Sloan & Richard Lindheim September 18, 1985 (1985-09-18) 83517
Robert McCall, disenchanted with "The Company" (an otherwise unnamed American intelligence agency), quits and starts his own detective agency. His first cases are helping a computer clerk whose life is in danger after he stumbles across some incriminating data, and a woman being stalked by a crazed man.
01-02 "China Rain" Richard Compton Story by : Victor Hsu
Teleplay by : Joel Surnow, Maurice Hurley, & Victor Hsu
September 25, 1985 (1985-09-25) 61204
When a Chinese maid's young son is snatched by mistake in place of the son of the woman's wealthy employers, McCall is hired to locate the boy.
01-03 "The Defector" Rod Holcomb Heywood Gould October 2, 1985 (1985-10-02) 61213
McCall comes to the aid of a Russian double agent who wants to defect to the west but when the man is murdered, McCall must protect his ballerina daughter. Meanwhile, McCall also helps a teenager stand up to a group of bullies while balancing time with his latest mistress.
01-04 "The Lock Box" Russ Mayberry Story by : Frank Military
Teleplay by : Frank Military, Joel Surnow, & Maurice Hurley
October 9, 1985 (1985-10-09) 61216
When a teenage girl is abducted by a pimp who runs an anything-goes, invitation-only brothel, the girl's parents hire McCall to find their missing daughter. Guest star Adam Ant.
01-05 "Lady Cop" Russ Mayberry Story by : Kathryn Bigelow, Maurice Hurley & Joel Surnow
Teleplay by : Maurice Hurley & Joel Surnow
October 16, 1985 (1985-10-16) 61208
A young policewoman hires McCall when she finds that her partner and his cronies are corrupt, and intend to make sure that she doesn't blow the whistle on them.
01-06 "The Confirmation Day" Richard Colla Story by : Eric Blakeney & Gene Miller
Teleplay by : Edward Adler & Heywood Gould
October 23, 1985 (1985-10-23) 61205
A teenage boy hires McCall for help after his father stole a truckload of antiques, which resulted in the man's friend being shot dead and the boy's father now being wanted by the Mob. McCall also helps an old lady who is sure someone is stalking her.
01-07 "The Children's Song" Richard Compton Story by : Howard Chesley
Teleplay by : Howard Chesley, Joel Surnow, & Maurice Hurley
October 30, 1985 (1985-10-30) 61203
McCall takes his estranged son Scott for a weekend away in the country to try and bond, but they don't exactly have a quiet time when they end up protecting a girl from young thugs who killed her boyfriend and now intend to keep her from talking.
01-08 "The Distant Fire" Alan Metzger Story by : Robert Sabaroff
Teleplay by : Robert Sabaroff, Joel Surnow, & Maurice Hurley
November 6, 1985 (1985-11-06) 61201
McCall is forced to team up with a known hitman, to save the life of a woman they both used to love from a killer.
01-09 "Mama's Boy" James Sheldon Heywood Gould November 13, 1985 (1985-11-13) 61219
A single mother hires McCall to straighten up her troubled teenage son, who is going off the rails after falling in with a drug runner with martial arts skills.
01-10 "Bump and Run" Richard Compton Story by : Jim Trombetta
Teleplay by : Maurice Hurley & Joel Surnow
November 20, 1985 (1985-11-20) 61214
McCall must track down a vigilante who is killing punks in his name, while also helping a female student who is in danger from some thugs after an attempted car-jacking against her went wrong, leaving one of them dead and the surviving thugs seeking retribution.
01-11 "Desperately" Donald Petrie Charles Grant Craig December 4, 1985 (1985-12-04) 61221
McCall protects a lonely wife after a stranger tried to lure her into an affair, breaking into an apartment and murdering a man in the process. Things get even worse when the stranger turns out to be a hit-man.
01-12 "Reign of Terror" Richard Compton Story by : Steve Bello
Teleplay by : Steve Bello & Coleman Luck
December 11, 1985 (1985-12-11) 61220
McCall does his best to rectify the situation when the new doctor at a local clinic in gang territory is targeted by the vicious gang after she refuses to give them drugs as payment for working on their turf.
01-13 "Back Home" Alan Metzger Story by : Neil Cohen
Teleplay by : Joel Surnow & Maurice Hurley
December 18, 1985 (1985-12-18) 61209
When McCall is hired to protect the elderly residents of a run down apartment block, who are being harassed by the block's banker owner (Frank Converse), he also discovers that the man has arranged to have his estranged wife (Marisa Berenson) murdered.
01-14 "Out of the Past" Richard Compton Cyrus Nowrasteh January 15, 1986 (1986-01-15) 61224
A deranged, dying ex-con is harassing the man who testified against him. McCall is called for protection by the man's wife – the woman who McCall was married to years before.
01-15 "Dead Drop" Donald Petrie Maurice Hurley and Joel Surnow January 22, 1986 (1986-01-22) 61230
When a man is marked for murder after innocently having his name used in a mailing racket, McCall assembles a team of contacts to stake out the group behind the scam and let it be known that McCall's client is innocent.
01-16 "Wash Up" Richard Compton Mark Frost January 29, 1986 (1986-01-29) 61228
McCall is hired by two skyscraper window washers, who are certain that their boss is trying to have them killed after they set about forming a union.
01-17 "Torn" Russ Mayberry Story by : Joel Surnow & Maurice Hurley
Teleplay by : Carl Eastlake
February 5, 1986 (1986-02-05) 61211
McCall is hired to protect a woman and her young daughter (played by a 9-year-old Melissa Joan Hart) from her abusive husband about to be released from prison, but finds his time divided as he also tries to get even with a contact who betrayed him years before.
01-18 "Unnatural Causes" Alan Metzger Story by : Susan Woollen
Teleplay by : Susan Woollen, Coleman Luck, & Scott Shepherd
February 12, 1986 (1986-02-12) 61233
A serial killer, who targets lonely middle aged women and leaves an orchid at the scene of the crime, is on the loose. McCall investigates, while also being hired by a young wannabe actress who has fallen foul of a flashy pimp.
01-19 "Breakpoint" Russ Mayberry Story by : Scott Shepherd
Teleplay by : Scott Shepherd & Don Carlos Dunaway
February 19, 1986 (1986-02-19) 61226
McCall is attending a wedding reception when the party is suddenly taken hostage by a group of terrorists (the ringleader played by Tony Shalhoub) who have kidnapped a Middle East philanthropist.
01-20 "No Conscience" Richard Compton Mark Frost March 26, 1986 (1986-03-26) 61231
A womanizer is kidnapped and beaten up for a piece of information that his captors want – but he doesn't know what it is. Given 36 hours, the man hires McCall to help him, a case with many turns.
01-21 "Unpunished Crimes" Alan Metzger John Burke & Grenville Case April 1, 1986 (1986-04-01) 61227
McCall is hired by a boy to help his inventor father, whose designs were ripped off by a multi-million dollar corporation run by a ruthless executive.
01-22 "Pretenders" Richard Compton Scott Shepherd April 8, 1986 (1986-04-08) 61234
McCall is hired by a fledgling reporter who is convinced that her new apartment neighbor is up to no good. But she can't prove anything, and the police don't want to know.

Season two[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
02-01 "Prelude" Richard Compton Carleton Eastlake October 8, 1986 (1986-10-08) TBA
A dictator, who McCall helped bring to power, kidnaps an American journalist who McCall must now rescue.
02-02 "Nocturne" Richard Compton Carleton Eastlake October 15, 1986 (1986-10-15) TBA
McCall comes to the aid of a blind rape victim who hears the voice of her attacker.
02-03 "A Community of Civilized Men" Alan Metzger Daniel Pyne & Scott Shepherd October 22, 1986 (1986-10-22) TBA
A widow is being pressed to pay off her husband's debts, and enlists McCall's help to keep the collectors off her back.
02-04 "Joyride" Russ Mayberry Jim Trombetta & Charles Grant Craig October 29, 1986 (1986-10-29) TBA
A hearse, bearing a coffin full of crack cocaine, is stolen and taken for a joyride by two young boys who are unaware of the contents of the coffin.
02-05 "Shades of Darkness" Donald Petrie Jack V. Fogarty November 5, 1986 (1986-11-05) TBA
McCall must clear a National Guardsman wrongly charged with murder.
02-06 "Nightscape" Aaron Lipstadt Carleton Eastlake November 12, 1986 (1986-11-12) TBA
McCall is asked by a rape victim to stop her husband from seeking revenge on her attackers.
02-07 "Counterfire" Alan Metzger Scott Shepherd & Coleman Luck November 19, 1986 (1986-11-19) TBA
McCall is framed for a blind man's murder, and the waitress who set him up is nearly killed. McCall must work with the girl to find the man who set up both of them and restore his good name.
02-08 "The Line" Russ Mayberry Steve Volpe November 26, 1986 (1986-11-26) TBA
McCall is called upon to help a woman whose son was killed by a citizen's patrol group.
02-09 "Tip on a Sure Thing" Donald Petrie Scott Shepherd December 3, 1986 (1986-12-03) TBA
A bookie kidnaps a jockey's son in an attempt to fix the outcome of a horse race.
02-10 "The Cup" Mario DiLeo Story by : Andrew Sipes and Carleton Eastlake
Teleplay by : David Jackson & Carleton Eastlake
December 10, 1986 (1986-12-10) TBA
Mickey Kostmayer's brother, a priest, hears a criminal confession moments before the man is murdered.
02-11 "Heartstrings" Russ Mayberry Loraine Despres December 17, 1986 (1986-12-17) TBA
A woman's baby son has been kidnapped, and McCall is called on to retrieve him. This episode features Edward Woodward's real wife Michele Dotrice.
02-12 "High Performance" Russ Mayberry Jack V. Fogarty January 7, 1987 (1987-01-07) TBA
McCall protects a construction worker who is both a witness to a killing and the murderer's next target.
02-13 "Beyond Control" Alan Metzger Coleman Luck January 14, 1987 (1987-01-14) TBA
McCall must protect his former boss Control from a KGB hitman.
02-14 "Carnal Persuasion" Leon Ichaso Dennis Manuel January 21, 1987 (1987-01-21) TBA
A judge offers to release a convicted man... if his wife will perform sexual favors for him.
02-15 "Memories of Manon: Part 1" Tony Wharmby Coleman Luck February 4, 1987 (1987-02-04) TBA
A joint American/Canadian task force, led by Phillip Marcel, is destroying mob operations along the Eastern seaboard with the assistance of an informant codenamed Chrysalis. Mob boss Frank Dorgan kidnaps Phillip's daughter, Yvette, and threatens to kill Phillip if she doesn't provide the identity of Chrysalis. Yvette turns to her godfather, Control, who enlists McCall to protect the Marcels. Control reveals that Yvette is the daughter of McCall's beloved former operative, Manon...but doesn't reveal her other secret...
02-16 "Memories of Manon: Part 2" Tony Wharmby Coleman Luck February 11, 1987 (1987-02-11) TBA
Dorgan kidnaps Yvette again to raise the stakes in his pursuit of Chrysalis. McCall must now play Dorgan against Chrysalis to thwart Chrysalis' plans and save the Marcels – while coming to terms with his own link to Yvette.
02-17 "Solo" Alan Metzger Carleton Eastlake February 18, 1987 (1987-02-18) TBA
A woman is wanted in Pennsylvania for a policeman's murder...and McCall is the woman's new lover. This episode includes the first television appearance of Kevin Spacey.
02-18 "A Place to Stay" Alan Metzger Story by : Marc Rubin
Teleplay by : Marc Rubin, Carleton Eastlake, & Coleman Luck
February 25, 1987 (1987-02-25) TBA
McCall takes the case of a runaway child who has been taken in by a child porn artist.
02-19 "Coal Black Soul" Richard Compton Scott Shepherd May 6, 1987 (1987-05-06) TBA
McCall deals with someone who claims he can't stop killing women and also has his eyes on a female psychiatrist.
02-20 "First Light" Richard Compton Jack Fogarty May 13, 1987 (1987-05-13) TBA
Scott takes on his father's role as "The Equalizer" while his father is away, and his case involves a merchant seemingly harassed by local thugs...but Robert's true nemesis holds a grudge from World War II.
02-21 "Hand and Glove" Alan Metzger Coleman Luck May 20, 1987 (1987-05-20) TBA
An invalid woman has nightmares, and one of them comes true when one of the figures from them appears in her room.
02-22 "Re-Entry" Aaron Lipstadt Story by : Dennis Manuel
Teleplay by : Scott Shepherd
May 27, 1987 (1987-05-27) TBA
McCall is called on to help a man who was tricked into committing a crime. This episode includes guest stars John Goodman, David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter), Steve Buscemi, and a cameo by Stewart Copeland.

Season three[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
03-01 "Blood and Wine: Part 1" Alan Metzger Coleman Luck September 23, 1987 (1987-09-23) TBA
McCall and a monk, who was a terrorist before his conversion, must track down the monk's former partner.
03-02 "Blood and Wine: Part 2" Alan Metzger Coleman Luck September 23, 1987 (1987-09-23) TBA
Part 2 of a 2-hour season premiere.
03-03 "Suspicion of Innocence" Russ Mayberry Robert Eisele September 30, 1987 (1987-09-30) TBA
A mentally retarded man (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) witnesses the murder of one of his coworkers in an alley, is charged with the crime and enlists McCall to help prove his innocence.
03-04 "In the Money" Aaron Lipstadt Ed Waters & Scott Shepherd October 7, 1987 (1987-10-07) TBA
A woman crosses some corrupt stock traders.
03-05 "Encounter in a Closed Room" Jim Johnston Story by : Ann Lewis Hamilton & Scott Shepherd
Teleplay by : Ann Lewis Hamilton
October 14, 1987 (1987-10-14) TBA
A Soviet defector's parents have been kidnapped by the KGB and will only release them if she convinces another defector to return to their home country.
03-06 "Mission: McCall; Part 1" Alan Metzger Ed Waters & Scott Shepherd October 28, 1987 (1987-10-28) TBA
McCall is kidnapped by the KGB and Scott enlists help of a former Agency colleague Richard Dyson (played by Robert Mitchum) to free him.
03-07 "Mission: McCall; Part 2" Alan Metzger Story by : Ed Waters & Coleman Luck
Teleplay by : Ed Waters, Scott Shepherd & Robert Eisele
November 4, 1987 (1987-11-04) TBA
Part 2: Dyson enlists former deep cover operative Harley Gage to assist him in rescuing McCall from his KGB captors.
03-08 "Shadow Play" Russ Mayberry Robert Eisele November 11, 1987 (1987-11-11) TBA
McCall must help colleague Harley Gage protect a government witness from assassins who are looking to keep him from testifying before a Congressional Oversight Committee.
03-09 "Inner View" Marc Laub Jim Trombetta November 18, 1987 (1987-11-18) TBA
McCall is enlisted by a psychic who claims to have seen a serial killer's next murder.
03-10 "The Rehearsal" Alan Metzger Robert Eisele December 2, 1987 (1987-12-02) TBA
McCall and Gage are trapped in a theater with an acting company after someone plants bombs at all the theater's exits and cuts the phone lines.
03-11 "Christmas Presence" Michael O'Herlihy Coleman Luck December 16, 1987 (1987-12-16) TBA
McCall and Gage are called on to protect a six-year-old boy with AIDS, whose grandmother is dealing with increasingly violent harassment from their scared neighbors.
03-12 "A Dance on the Dark Side" Jonathan Perry David Lightstone January 13, 1988 (1988-01-13) TBA
McCall must protect a police switchboard operator who overheard a policeman talk about his former partner's murder and is now being threatened into silence.
03-13 "The Child Broker" Mark Sobel Mick Curran January 20, 1988 (1988-01-20) TBA
McCall helps a young woman whose boyfriend is being used as a pseudo-slave.
03-14 "Video Games" James A. Contner Peter McCabe January 27, 1988 (1988-01-27) TBA
An investigative reporter tracking information on a call-girl operation and his daughter's death goes missing.
03-15 "Something Green" Luis Soto Kevin Droney February 10, 1988 (1988-02-10) TBA
A diplomat has kidnapped his son (Macaulay Culkin) from his ex-wife and has $10 million in mob money in tow. McCall is called on to stop them from leaving the country.
03-16 "The Mystery of Manon: Part 1" Bradford May Coleman Luck February 17, 1988 (1988-02-17) TBA
Control's goddaughter Yvette Marcel returns, asking Control and McCall for help with her father Phillip, who has received information that his wife Manon - long believed to be dead - may still be alive.
03-17 "The Mystery of Manon: Part 2" Bradford May Coleman Luck February 24, 1988 (1988-02-24) TBA
With Phillip now dead, McCall and Control must discover the true identity of the woman who believes herself to be Manon - and expose the shadow party controlling her.
03-18 "No Place Like Home" Tobe Hooper Robert Eisele March 16, 1988 (1988-03-16) TBA
A man on welfare is in need of help from McCall to protect him from his abusive landlord.
03-19 "Last Call" Michael O'Herlihy Robert Crais March 23, 1988 (1988-03-23) TBA
Kostmayer and several others are taking hostage by a rapist on the run from a Mafia assassin.
03-20 "Regrets Only" James A. Contner Robert Crais March 30, 1988 (1988-03-30) TBA
A woman is stalked by her ex-husband.
03-21 "Target of Choice" Mark Sobel Kevin Droney April 6, 1988 (1988-04-06) TBA
A murderer is paroled, and the man who helped put him away finds out he is living in his neighborhood.
03-22 "Always a Lady" Marc Laub Story by : Scott Shepherd
Teleplay by : Peter McCabe
May 4, 1988 (1988-05-04) TBA
McCall is called on to try to save a former colleague, who is apparently framed for money theft.

Season four[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
04-01 "The Last Campaign" Richard Compton Lee Batchler & Janet Scott Batchler October 26, 1988 (1988-10-26) TBA
A state senate candidate (Stanley Tucci) is blackmailing the incumbent (E.G. Marshall) to endorse him for election.
04-02 "Sea of Fire" Alan Metzger Story by : Peter McCabe
Teleplay by : Peter McCabe & Coleman Luck
November 2, 1988 (1988-11-02) TBA
McCall is called on to help a high school principal deal with a gang who raped a female student in the school gym.
04-03 "Riding the Elephant" Donald Petrie M.K. Lorens November 9, 1988 (1988-11-09) TBA
Two Thai nationals are being hassled by a racketeer with connections to McCall's past employers.
04-04 "Eighteen with a Bullet" Richard Compton Bruce A. Taylor November 16, 1988 (1988-11-16) TBA
McCall and Kostmayer help a young singer escape the clutches of her manager, who is up to no good.
04-05 "The Day of the Covenant" James A. Contner Robert Eisele December 7, 1988 (1988-12-07) TBA
In a case of mistaken identity, Scott's girlfriend is kidnapped by an Afrikaner fanatic who believes she is a terrorist.
04-06 "Splinters" Paul Krasny Coleman Luck December 14, 1988 (1988-12-14) TBA
Kidnappers take Kostmayer hostage and torture him in an attempt to turn him on McCall.
04-07 "Making of a Martyr" Bradford May Wayne Powers & Donna Powers January 11, 1989 (1989-01-11) TBA
A gun control advocate receives threatening phone calls.
04-08 "The Sins Of Our Fathers" Paul Krasny Tom Towler January 18, 1989 (1989-01-18) TBA
A mobster's son is kidnapped as part of a revenge plot against his father.
04-09 "The Visitation" Bradford May Robert Eisele February 1, 1989 (1989-02-01) TBA
An ex-lover of McCall's is forced to help victims of a virus carried by two men who have killed an international arms dealer.
04-10 "Past Imperfect" Russ Mayberry Gail Morgan Hickman February 15, 1989 (1989-02-15) TBA
A cartel uses a man's estranged son to try to make the man do what they want him to.
04-11 "Trial by Ordeal" Marc Laub Coleman Luck March 1, 1989 (1989-03-01) TBA
McCall defends Control against treason charges filed against him by The Company.
04-12 "Silent Fury" Russ Mayberry Donna Powers & Wayne Powers March 8, 1989 (1989-03-08) TBA
McCall helps a deaf robbery victim.
04-13 "Lullaby of Darkness" David Jackson Coleman Luck March 30, 1989 (1989-03-30) TBA
McCall is called on to help a mother and daughter escape their abusive home life.
04-14 "17 Zebra" Alan Metzger Jacqueline Zambrano April 6, 1989 (1989-04-06) TBA
McCall investigates the death of several homeless people who have died from heart attacks while in ambulances.
04-15 "Starfire" Bradford May Robert Eisele April 13, 1989 (1989-04-13) TBA
McCall helps a man who is convinced he is an alien being hunted by killers.
04-16 "Time Present, Time Past" Gordon Hessler Tom Towler April 20, 1989 (1989-04-20) TBA
Scott and a Bulgarian defector (who was aided by his father) are kidnapped, and Scott enters his father's line of work when he tries to rescue the man.
04-17 "Prisoners of Conscience" Marc Laub Robert Eisele April 27, 1989 (1989-04-27) TBA
McCall tries to free a Chilean poet from the grasp of a man who killed his father years ago.
04-18 "The Caper" Alan Metzger Tom Towler May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04) TBA
A cleaning woman witnesses a murder and tries to solve it.
04-19 "Heart of Justice" Bradford May Gail Morgan Hickman May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11) TBA
A man hellbent on getting revenge on the men who attacked his wife enlists McCall's help when he finds out someone else has gotten to them first.
04-20 "Race Traitors" Robert E. Warren Donna Powers, Wayne Powers, & Gail Morgan Hickman June 29, 1989 (1989-06-29) TBA
McCall comes to the aid of a black family being harassed by racists.
04-21 "Endgame" Alan Metzger Coleman Luck August 10, 1989 (1989-08-10) TBA
A man who is a master of strategy games uses his knowledge to plot revenge against two sisters.
04-22 "Suicide Squad" Marc Laub Jacqueline Zambrano August 24, 1989 (1989-08-24) TBA
McCall aids a young student who has turned to drug dealing after he loses his athletic scholarship at college.


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