The Equalizer (2021 TV series)

The Equalizer is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on February 7, 2021. It is the second reboot in the franchise, following the 2014 film and its 2018 sequel, and is a reboot of the 1980s series with the same name.

The Equalizer
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Genre
Based onThe Equalizer
by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim
Developed byAndrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes28 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Zoe Robyn
  • Meredith Mills
  • Joe Gazzam
  • Erik Lee
  • Jamila Daniel
  • Raymond Quinlan
Cinematography
Editors
  • James Kilton
  • Dorian Harris
  • Matthew Philip Smith
  • Nick Towle
  • Brock Hammitt
  • Doug Hannah
  • Steven Lang
  • James Michael Crawford
  • Debby Germino
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43–44 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseFebruary 7, 2021 (2021-02-07) –
present (present)

The series is co-created by executive producers Richard Lindheim, with Michael Sloan, and Queen Latifah, who also stars as the title character. John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Andrew Marlowe, and Terri Miller also serve as executive producers. Lindheim died from heart failure on January 18, 2021, while working on the series; the series premiere is dedicated to his memory.

In March 2021, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on October 10, 2021. In May 2022, the series was renewed for its third and fourth seasons. The third season is set to premiere on October 2, 2022.

PremiseEdit

"The series centers around Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman in New York City and single mother to teenage daughter Delilah, with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn, acting as a guardian angel and a defender for those who cannot defend themselves while pursuing her own redemption."[1]

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, a.k.a. "the Equalizer", a divorced single mother and former CIA operative who acts as a street vigilante for justice
  • Tory Kittles as Marcus Dante, a divorced father of two sons and an intelligent and shrewd NYPD detective on Robyn's trail because he is reluctant to have Robyn help him but finds common ground in getting justice. In season 2, they become allies and friends.
  • Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian, Melody's husband and a master hacker who faked his death with Robyn's help[2]
  • Liza Lapira as Melody "Mel" Bayani, a former U.S. Air Force sniper turned owner of a bar which acts as a secret base of operations and an old friend of Robyn's from her service days
  • Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah, Robyn's 15-year-old daughter, who is rebellious and feels neglected by Robyn, despite their attempts to bond with each other
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Viola "Aunt Vi" Marsette, Robyn's wise paternal aunt, who lives with Robyn and Delilah, having moved from Milwaukee to help them out, and is a painter
  • Chris Noth as William Bishop (seasons 1–2),[3] a quirky ex–CIA director and old friend of Robyn's who now runs his own private security company. He acts as liaison between Robyn and the CIA. In season 2, he is killed in a plane crash by Robyn's nemesis, Mason Quinn.

RecurringEdit

  • Erica Camarano as Detective Paley (season 1; guest season 2), who works with Dante. She is shot and killed in the second-season premiere while responding to a bank robbery along with Dante.
  • Jennifer Ferrin as Avery Grafton, a district attorney who has made Robyn's arrest and prosecution a priority for her office, seeing her as an embarrassment for the justice system and a threat to her re-election prospects. In the second season, after Robyn saves Grafton from an assassination attempt by a corrupt A.D.A. and a known career criminal trying to stop a probe into her office that would have exposed them both, and points out the blindspots that both she and her office have developed in their pursuit of justice, she decides to call off the manhunt, as long as Robyn does not cross the line too far.
  • Frank Pando as Captain Torres, Dante's commanding officer
  • Dominic Fumusa as Detective Ken Mallory (season 2), a detective recruited by D.A. Grafton to identify and arrest Robyn

Special guest starEdit

  • Jada Pinkett Smith as Jessie "The Worm" Cook (season 2),[4] a former colleague of Robyn's who is a professional thief

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110February 7, 2021 (2021-02-07)May 23, 2021 (2021-05-23)
218October 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)May 15, 2022 (2022-05-15)

Season 1 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"The Equalizer"Liz FriedlanderTerri Edda Miller & Andrew W. MarloweFebruary 7, 2021 (2021-02-07)20.40[5]
22"Glory"Liz FriedlanderTerri Edda Miller & Andrew W. MarloweFebruary 14, 2021 (2021-02-14)8.21[6]
33"Judgment Day"Solvan "Slick" NaimErica Shelton KodishFebruary 21, 2021 (2021-02-21)8.13[7]
44"It Takes a Village"Randy ZiskJoseph C. WilsonFebruary 28, 2021 (2021-02-28)7.78[8]
55"The Milk Run"Peter LetoKeith EisnerMarch 28, 2021 (2021-03-28)7.40[9]
66"The Room Where It Happens"Stephanie MarquardtZoe RobynApril 4, 2021 (2021-04-04)6.99[10]
77"Hunting Grounds"Christine MooreJoe GazzamMay 2, 2021 (2021-05-02)7.22[11]
88"Lifeline"Randy ZiskJoseph C. WilsonMay 9, 2021 (2021-05-09)7.22[12]
99"True Believer"Laura BelseyKeith EisnerMay 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)7.39[13]
1010"Reckoning"Benny BoomJoseph C. WilsonMay 23, 2021 (2021-05-23)7.13[14]

Season 2 (2021–22)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [15]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [15]U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"Aftermath"Solvan "Slick" NaimTerri Edda Miller & Andrew W. MarloweOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)7.67[16]
Weeks after Delilah discovered the truth about her mother, she has withdrawn and lived with her father. McCall considers taking a break from her vigilantism, but is drawn back when Dante asks her to help with a robbery where the robbers stole a deposit box and left no trace. McCall enlists Bishop’s help, who discovers that the shot robber was a rogue CIA agent. The deposit box is revealed to belong to Atticus Lee, a former soldier who’s mysteriously disappeared. McCall and Dante investigate his house and find his daughter, who tells them that the same robbers came and kidnapped him. Dante learns that Lee stole a golden watch from congressman Sanford Gairn, who didn’t report it stolen. McCall further learns that Gairn conspired with his chief of staff to learn where he hid evidence of a cover-up the wife of Martin Navarro discovered. She and Dante arrive at the warehouse where Lee is held captive, and take out the chief of staff and his henchmen. Lee is reunited with his daughter and the congressman is arrested. Delilah accepts who her mother is after a stern lecture and decides to move back home with her.
122"The Kingdom"Randy ZiskZoe RobynOctober 17, 2021 (2021-10-17)7.30[17]
Mira Shah, the daughter of the Saudi Arabian ambassador, reaches out to McCall to ask her to find her brother, Ali, who has gone missing. She discovers that Ali was suspected to be involved with a dissident group, leading to the Saudi secret service to intervene to find him. However, McCall, Harry and Melody later learn that Ali wasn’t a dissident, rather he was in love with one who is, Reza Shaheen. Reza goes as far to offer himself to the secret service in exchange for Ali to be released, but McCall calls on Bishop, who was working with the Saudis, to do so himself. In the NYPD, detective Ken Mallory takes over the vigilante case. Upon learning of her involvement in the Shah case, he arrives to arrest the secret service men who held Ali captive. Dante warns him that McCall is never present at arrest other then making sure things lead to them. The Saudi secret service is not allowed to ever pursue Ali again, however, Mira has to move back to Saudi Arabia and Reza could still be exposed to the service if he maintains his claim to be “Dissident X”. McCall however doubts this, noting he might as well have done it to protect Ali in the first place.
133"Leverage"Eric LaneuvilleKeith Eisner & Erica Shelton KodishOctober 24, 2021 (2021-10-24)7.81[18]
The mother of teenager Malik Johnson approaches McCall and tells her that her son has been acting strangely recently and is worried. McCall navigates through the DEA to get to Malik, who has been forced to deal drugs and plant a bug in a stash house owned by 6th Street Mafia leader Lamar Starks. Malik is abducted after planting the bug, but calls McCall and she has Harry trace his call. Starks later asks him to plant a bomb in a barber shop belonging to rival gang, K-Block leader Charles Simms. Simms deduces the threat, and Malik escapes at the last second with McCall coming to his aid. McCall approaches the DEA and makes a deal for them to capture both Simms and Starks, under the guise of a cease fire. Mallory gets a hold of the meeting, and has his first encounter with McCall who orders him to cancel his reinforcements. District Attorney Avery Grafton begins to have second thoughts about handing Mallory the job of hunting down McCall. Delilah leaves Jason’s funeral, disliking that other students who didn’t know him claimed so in their eulogies. McCall encourages her to remember Jason by her own words, rather then verbally attacking the students. Delilah decides to hold her eulogy on a livestream.
144"The People Aren't Ready"Randy ZiskJoseph C. WilsonOctober 31, 2021 (2021-10-31)6.48[19]
Local food truck owner Carlos Ramos comes to McCall with concerns for his son, Hector, who has not been coming to work in recent days, after which his grandson Luis went to prison and Hector blamed District Attorney Avery Grafton personally. Amid informing Dante, McCall is forced to stage her own arrest as Mallory has followed him. Her arrest forces Mel and Harry to investigate more up close while also communicating with McCall. They search Hector’s hotel room and find staged evidence against him, and face a shooter while there. He’s later identified as Mitch Soraci, who is an enforcer for the Bridgetown O gang led by Johnny O. Dante releases McCall in order to assist in the case before her prison transfer. Having cloned Johnny O’s phone, they learn he conspired with Assistant District Attorney Raymond Ellis to assassinate Grafton and pin it on Hector. Ellis brings Grafton to a warehouse where Hector is being kept, but he refuses to kill her. McCall and Dante storm in, disarm Soraci and arrest Ellis. Grafton decides to accept McCall and her activities, as long as they are within a certain limit. In addition she dismisses Luis’s case after reviewing new evidence and decides to do the same in similar cases. While at the police station, McCall befriends a young girl named Kisha, and decides to reach out and offer her help if she needs it.
155"Followers"Mark PolishZoe RobynNovember 7, 2021 (2021-11-07)6.64[20]
McCall is approached by true crime enthusiasts Rachel and Abe Watkins, who have been following videos released of a woman, presumably by a stalker, whom they suspect is Brandon Mackey. McCall later learns that Mackey is innocent and has tried to prove this, but has regardless received threats against his life. Harry narrows down the stalker’s location to an Internet cafe following the release of another video, where McCall finds Watkins, who had withheld some information, even knowing that Mackey was innocent. McCall, Harry and Mel manage to narrow down the victim’s residence based on small clues of its location, and identify the woman as Vicki Howell. McCall calls on Dante to help her, and Howell is rescued, but the stalker escapes with her son. When Rachel visits the hospital, she discovers that Howell is in fact her stalker, while the real Howell and her son are discovered tied up in their basement. The stalker is identified as Amber Nelson, Howell’s former friend who became jealous of her popularity. Nelson kidnaps Rachel and broadcasts her capture live before Dante and the police arrive in the nick of time, thanks to McCall and her team. While out shopping with Delilah, aunt Vi encounters a white woman who accuses her of stealing and calls the police. Delilah shows them a video of the incident, proving Vi’s innocence. Delilah later approaches the woman, offering an opportunity to apologize. When she refuses, Delilah posts the video online in retaliation.
166"Shooter"Milena GovichJoe GazzamNovember 21, 2021 (2021-11-21)6.59[21]
McCall is approached by Dante and Grafton personally, who ask her to assist them in catching a serial sniper on the loose who seemingly targets random citizens. McCall, Mel and Harry identify the sniper as Silas Furlong, a former Air Force sniper who was trained by the same person as Mel, Dan Erickson. Furlong makes demands for a ransom, but it’s later revealed to be a trick to lure the authorities away from his actual target. Dante has the police secure Furlong’s wife and daughter, while a woman is fatally injured. Furlong’s daughter identifies a park she and him used to go to, as the next target location. Mel deduces Silas’ location and has a fight with him on a roof top, and he’s shot by McCall, who tracked Mel via CCTV cameras. Delilah experiences post traumatic stress while out with a friend, and McCall resigns herself to looking after her for a while. She decides that she needs professional help, and enlists Bishop to help.
177"When Worlds Collide"John TerleskyRob HanningNovember 28, 2021 (2021-11-28)5.94[22]
Bishop approaches McCall and asks her to help him rescue his long hidden son Zade after a hacktivist group manages to get hold of a folder of his secret files. McCall accepts, but faces resistance from Mel, who doesn’t fully trust Bishop. He meets up with a person after a call for a meeting, who is revealed to be terrorist Hassan Talib, whom he dealt with in Syria. He reveals that Bishop’s now deceased wife was together with him before she fled the country with Bishop. He wants him to help him escape the United States in return for his son to be released. McCall takes care of Talib, and has him change his appearance and give him a new identity before traveling to Cuba, where he’s due to meet his men. Bishop, with Harry and Mel’s reluctant help, locate Zade’s location, and he has himself deliberately captured in order to free Zade personally. They manage to escape and be picked up by Mel, while McCall kills Talib upon landing in Cuba. Aunt Vi is approached by a young woman who wants to hand her painting with her initials, which she dismisses. Delilah later learns from her that the girl in the painting was Vi’s former girlfriend before they went their separate ways. She convinces her to reach out again. Mel’s hideout is raided by federal agents, who arrest Harry for his previous crimes and his CIA hacking from when he helped Bishop.
188"Separated"Neema BarnetteErica Shelton KodishJanuary 2, 2022 (2022-01-02)6.53[23]
With Harry in prison, McCall and Bishop attempt to pull every string they can in order to have him released, but to no avail. Harry leaves instructions for Mel in order to assist McCall. Back in 2020, Alma Castillo crosses the U.S-Mexico border with her son, Pedro, but is separated from him when border police finds them. A year later, she approaches McCall and Mel and asks them to find him, having last heard that he should be in New York. Dante assists them, and they learn that Pedro was sent to a home that suffered from an arson attack. At a new home, Pedro was taken away by an ICE officer and swapped names with another boy named Emmanuel, who was adopted by the Hobson family. Mel downloads ICE agent Ike Deleo’s car info, and learns that he frequented a garment factory. McCall searches the place and is cornered by ICE agents, whom she takes down before discovering Pedro and other captured children. He is later reunited with his mother. Bishop attempts one last shot at getting Harry released after he’s due to be transferred to another prison, which proves successful.
199"Bout That Life"Eric LaneuvilleJamila DanielJanuary 9, 2022 (2022-01-09)7.18[24]
The wife of famous rapper Dilemma approaches McCall and asks her to investigate the murder of fellow rapper Dre Bids, which she is convinced he never committed after a SoundCloud track about it is released. McCall uncovers a web of people who is willing to cover up the murder, and conflicting statements about the night of the murder. Harry struggles to readjust, not being allowed to use a computer and Mel reluctantly decides to help him. Dre Bids record company manager, Jacob Styles, reveals that Dre Bids and Dilemma met in his studio to record a truce track, after the latter’s eldest son was beaten by Shouta Boys, a gang affiliated with Dre Bids. McCall learns that he was sent a text, warning that the truce was a set up, and that Dilemma received a similar text. The track about the murder is traced back to Sidney Rogers, who released as Sid Slay. She tells McCall that she found the lyrics in a notebook that was dropped during a confrontation, which McCall recognises as Nasir’s, Dilemma’s youngest son. Nasir confesses that he shot Dre Bids out of fright, but didn’t deliver the fatal shot. Harry and Mel traces the burner phone to Dre Bids’s protege, Brawlah. McCall confronts him, while Dilemma’s eldest son, Daoud arrives, pledging to avenge his father. McCall convinces him not to shoot and disarms Brawlah, with his confession recorded on his open mic.
2010"Legacy"Yangzom BrauenTalicia RaggsFebruary 27, 2022 (2022-02-27)7.18[25]
During the Tulsa race massacre in 1921, a painting is stolen from a burning household by two men from the Nardoni family. A hundred years later, the granddaughter of the daughter from said household approaches McCall and asks her to find the painting, which is of her grandmother’s mother. She explains how the Nardoni family established a shipping company with their legacy and fortune. McCall visits the company’s current CEO, Roger Nardoni, undercover and discovers the painting missing. Harry tells her that it’s stored in The Vault, which is heavily guarded. McCall enlists a former colleague, Jessie Cook (Jada Pinkett Smith), a professional thief, to assist in breaking in. Upon entering the right vault, they discover cheap variants of other paintings which were sold to chemical companies. Cook concludes that Nardoni was doing money laundering. Harry learns that Nardoni bribed authorities in poor countries in order to have chemical waste dumped there. A knocked out guard manages to trigger the alarm and they are forced to escape. McCall attempts to half Nardoni’s delivery with Mel, but are captured by Nardoni’s right hand man, James Decker. Cook comes to their rescue and they capture Nardoni and set his house on fire. Cook had in the meantime secured the painting and left sufficient evidence for Dante and the police to find. Delilah expresses opposition to a friend, Vera Franks, utilizing her grandfather’s middle name in an application to a UN program, deeming it unethical due her being white and not Hispanic as the middle name would imply. Vera later realises Delilah is right and decides to write an essay about what she learned from her family, and asks Delilah to help, which she accepts.
2111"Chinatown"Christine MooreZoe RobynMarch 6, 2022 (2022-03-06)7.13[26]
Li Wong, a local baker in Chinatown, fends off a suspected burglar, but later perishes in a building fire. Chloe San approaches McCall and asks her to investigate, suspecting the fire was foul play. During her investigation, McCall stumbles upon a mysterious pursuer in her presence, whom she later confronts. The pursuer is revealed to be former cop Ray Lai, who was a frequent customer at Li’s and worked with Dante’s father. The investigation uncovers that Lai fended off two assailants who drove a red van, having notably stabbed one of them in the eye. Mel goes to the electrical shop where they work and retrieves one cigarette from the van while Harry distracts the two. The cigarette is the same as one found at Li’s bakery. McCall also discovers that a previous witness, Frank Mitchell, worked with the two assailants. When he refuses to admit to being with them, Lai takes matters into his own hands and allows himself to be beaten and abducted by the assailants, Trevor and Eric. McCall and Mel arrive in time to stop the beating at a scrapyard. McCall is annoyed when Delilah decides to hang out with friends instead of helping with Thanksgiving dinner. She also helps convince Kisha Griffin in preparation for a speech at a high school. She also offers her home as a safety net for her.
2212"Somewhere Over the Hudson"John KrokidasRob HanningMarch 13, 2022 (2022-03-13)6.95[27]
Bert Singer, a recently departed accountant for the Romano mafia, approaches McCall and asks her to help him find his ledger that he was going to hand to the FBI in exchange for witness protection. McCall asks Harry to track Bert’s car, which has been driven to New Jersey, was stripped for parts by 15 year old Jackie Fowler and sold to local car parts dealer Floyd. He lures them into a trap in search of a radio for a car, and his right hand man Wick attempts to kill them. McCall concludes that Floyd is keeping Bert’s ledger, but upon searching Floyd's apartment, finds him dead. In the process, Romano’s assassins abduct Bert, torturing him about the ledger. McCall and Jackie enlist the help of Floyd’s girlfriend Rae. She sneaks into his office and finds the ledger. They and McCall ambush the assassins, but the remaining mafia arrive and storm the warehouse. Jackie turns off the electricity as a distraction and McCall takes the remaining men out. Romano stops Bert and seemingly shoots him, but he survives, having shielded himself with the ledger. Aunt Vi reluctantly allows Delilah to join her in a card game against two of her friends. Delilah deduces that the friends' continuous victory streak is due to them cheating. Mel reveals to her friend Shira that Harry is alive. Initially she refuses to talk to Harry, but he manages to convince her to forgive Mel for lying to her during his isolation.
2313"D.W.B."Solvan "Slick" NaimJoseph C. WilsonMarch 20, 2022 (2022-03-20)7.08[28]
While stopping at a gas station, Dante is ordered out of his vehicle by deputies Jim Barnes and Ted Morales after they suspect him of being an assailant that attacked the Barnes earlier. After knocking him out, they discover he is a cop, and decides to hold him captive and later dump his body at an abandoned farm. McCall arrives at the gas station and asks Dante’s sons about what happened, before their mother arrives and takes them to their father’s precinct. McCall and Grafton enlist help from local judge Frank Clemmens when talking to the sheriff, Tom Paulson, who reluctantly gives them the patrol logs and let's them look in the holding cells, without a trace of Dante. Dante’s oldest son Kyler reveals that the patrol car bumped its rear bumper in the ground when leaving. McCall narrows it down to Barnes and Morales and subtly confronts them. Mel manages to open a locked file on Barnes, revealing that he witnessed against his superior officer over thirty years ago in a similar case involving attorney Curtis Baker. His accounts of the route leads McCall to an old school, but Dante has already been moved. Dante suffers from flashbacks of his father and mother, who persuade him to fight back. He manages to swerve the car off the road and shortly escapes before getting shot in the shoulder. Morales begins to have second thoughts about their actions and stands up against Barnes, who later knocks him out. Dante manages to tackle Barnes and beats his head with a rock multiple times, killing him. After being hospitalized, Dante decides to resign from the police.
2414"Pulse"Paul HolahanJoe GazzamApril 10, 2022 (2022-04-10)6.68[29]
Marcella Mendez, a CIA agent and former student of McCall's, calls her and alerts her to a “code red” situation along with her coordinates. When McCall arrives, she finds Mendez shot dead and meets her handler, Carter Griffin. He reveals that she was just wrapping up a mission involving securing defection of Chinese UN translator Chen Ying in return for state secrets. McCall infiltrates the UN and speaks to Ying’s friend and steals a part of her bracelet, which contains a written discussion between the Chinese Vice Premier and an unidentified individual, referencing something dubbed “Willow”. Harry and Mel survey the airport after learning that an associate of Daniel Blake is coming to New York, later revealed to be Mason Quinn. Griffin informs McCall that Quinn is in New York to test an EMP he brought from the Chinese, and that it had been tested on an airliner seven months prior. McCall narrows the plausible location to be in a refinery near MacArthur Airport and heads there with Griffin. Harry also identifies the target airplane, belonging to Bishop Security and carrying Bishop himself onboard. Quinn and the buyer hold McCall and Griffin captive while Harry attempts to divert Bishop’s plane, which proves successful at first before the EMP hits the plane regardless and crashes, killing Bishop. Mel arrives and takes out the buyer’s men while McCall and Griffin break free. Quinn escapes, and warns McCall to not come after him, and if she would, he will be forced to come after her.
2515"Hard Money"Hernán OtañoErica Shelton KodishApril 17, 2022 (2022-04-17)6.64[30]
Two women, Shareen and Jenna, working at a Dollar Store, attempts to rob it one night, but change their minds and are witness to a man shooting an accomplice. Shareen is shot while they escape and Jenna calls McCall for help. Determined to not utilize hospitals to treat Shareen’s injury, McCall approaches her ex-husband Miles Fulton, who is a doctor, and asks him to treat Shareen. Jenna identifies the shooter as a man working for a delivery company that frequents the store, while Harry uncovers that the man, Nick Gleeson, was involved in counterfeiting, which was masterminded by Gordon Racine, and covered up as an ink incident. McCall also determines that a shop insider conspired with Gleeson, who she confronts after Jenna is abducted. She also enlists Dante’s help, who runs ballistics with an old friend in the police, while gaining more intel from a friend in the Secret Service. McCall reaches Gleeson’s location and confronts him, Racine and Brody Mavers. Gleeson holds Jenna hostage and lets her go as he makes an escape, but Dante manages to stop him. He later asks for her name, which she gives him. Miles’ concerns about Delilah and McCall reach her home, and Delilah lies to him in order to avoid further suspicion.
2616"Vox Populi"Carl SeatonZoe RobynApril 24, 2022 (2022-04-24)6.94[31]
Following the arrest and speedy trial of Tim Colvin, the jurors gather to determine their verdict. Aunt Vi, being one of the jurors, begins to doubt Colvin’s guilt, sensing that some evidence doesn’t add up. McCall covertly investigates, though with no friend at the police, she, Harry and Mel look through the limited evidence available. McCall questions the victim, Sarah Ross’s, roommate Olivia Simmons who, although doubtful, stands by her identification of Colvin. McCall further discovers that Colvin never was at the bar Ross left, and that he must have been mistaken for another black man, later specified to be Devin Ellis, who has an alibi for that night. Dante manages to secure a meeting with Colvin, while McCall questions the eyewitness that saw Colvin hail a cab. Colvin admits that he entered Ross’ building and her apartment, but left some time later and waited for his cab in the reception. Aunt Vi begins to have second thoughts when the lead juror accuses her of racial bias. In the end, she sets it aside and expresses an open mind to Colvin’s guilt, using the circumstances to convince her fellow jurors of their decision. McCall deduces that the eyewitness, Christian Messina, was the Ross’ actual rapist and killer, though there is no solid evidence against him. Aunt Vi and her fellow jurors decides that Colvin is not guilty, clearing him of all charges. Dante decides to rejoin the NYPD after seeking advice from Colvin’s lawyer, and approaches Messina about Ross’ case.
2717"What Dreams May Come"Millicent SheltonTeleplay by : Rob Hanning
Story by : Jordan Bringert & Rob Hanning
May 8, 2022 (2022-05-08)6.46[32]
Julien Thibideaux, a self proclaimed psychic, approaches McCall, saying that his sister Calista is in danger. He offers her little information to go on, but Mel learns from activist Rosa Martinez that she interviewed her on several occasions before backing away. Harry is reluctant to believe Julien, but joins him on a stakeout after he has another premonition. Dante joins the investigation when the dead body of an assassin is found in the boot of a car, the same one Julien saw in his sister’s premonition. With his fingerprints all over it, the police arrest him. Harry manages to access Calista’s notes, where it’s discovered that she had trialed the car and noted a connection between Serbian mob leader Milos Nemanjic, who sells illegal weapons back onto the streets. During Mel’s discovery of the guns, she runs into Callista, alive and well. McCall also discovers a connection to councilman Joe Silva, whom she suspects received money from the mob to fund his campaign. However, deeper investigation reveals that it’s actually Martinez who received money from the mob and thereby sold the guns to them to be sold back onto the streets. She also grew up in the same foster home as Nemanjic, essentially making them siblings. Calista goes to Martinez with her discoveries, but is brought to Nemanjic to be executed. McCall and Mel interrupt her execution and save her. Delilah goes to see a therapist, explaining how her constant lying to her father is taking a toll on her. She eventually decides to be honest with her mother about how she feels and how she’s worried about her.
2818"Exposed"Eric LaneuvilleTerri Edda Miller & Andrew W. Marlowe & Joseph C. WilsonMay 15, 2022 (2022-05-15)6.84[33]
McCall breaks into the Cuban embassy to obtain the secret files on Omar Delgado, a close associate of Mason Quinn. Approaching Harry and Mel with the information, they become reluctant to aid her due to the connection to Bishop’s death. McCall instead enlists the help of Carter Griffin, who manages to track Delgado down and has a task force apprehend him. He and his team wind up empty-handed after questioning him, and McCall tries herself. They stage his escape in order to gain his trust. Delilah’s friend Vera starts her campaign for student president, but a nude photo of her is leaked online by her ex-boyfriend Logan Jeffries. Finding her options to help Vera limited, Delilah turns to Dante, who in turn turns her to “The Equalizer”, being her mother. McCall decides to introduce her to Harry and Mel and assures her that she can turn to them for help. Harry struggles to erase Vera’s photo from porn sites when he meets his match with a Russian IP-address. Despite some struggles, he manages to overpower them and erase Vera and other victims’ photos. Delilah receives a disturbing text from Vera, hinting she may commit suicide. Delilah and Mel reach her location and the former manages to talk her down. Dante and the NYPD arrest Logan after receiving a hint about his burner phone. While driving home, McCall’s car is hit by another vehicle. The assailants kidnap her while a shocked Aunt Vi and Delilah watch them leave.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

In November 2019, CBS announced that a reboot was in development with Queen Latifah in the lead role as Robyn McCall. Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller would serve as showrunners with Latifah herself as an executive producer.[34] On January 27, 2020, CBS issued a pilot order for the new version.[35] Production companies involved with the pilot include Flavor Unit, Davis Entertainment, Martin Chase Productions and CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. On May 8, 2020, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[36] On March 9, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a second season.[37] On May 1, 2022, Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe stepped down as showrunners and are being replaced by Joseph C. Wilson and Adam Glass.[38]

On May 5, 2022, CBS renewed the series for its third and fourth seasons.[39]

CastingEdit

In February 2020, it was announced that Liza Lapira and Lorraine Toussaint had been cast in the pilot's lead roles.[40][41] On March 3, 2020, it was announced that Tory Kittles joined the cast in a starring role.[42]

On May 8, 2020, it was announced that Chris Noth joined a starring role along with Latifah.[43]

On December 21, 2021, CBS and Universal Television announced Noth was terminated from the series after sexual assault allegations were made against him. His final appearance will be in the middle of the second season.[3] On January 3, 2022, it was reported that Noth made his last appearance in "Separated" due to allegations that he assaulted women in December 2021.[44]

FilmingEdit

The pilot was slated to film in New York City in March 2020. Production was delayed as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States before filming could begin.[45] On February 9, 2021, it was reported that production had been temporarily suspended due to a positive COVID-19 test.[46]

Filming for the series has taken place in several locations in northern New Jersey, including Paterson, Newark, and Jersey City.[47] Exterior shots of a Jersey City home are used for Robyn McCall's residence.[48][49]

BroadcastEdit

The Equalizer premiered on February 7, 2021 after Super Bowl LV on CBS.[50] The second season premiered on October 10, 2021.[51] The third season is scheduled to premiere on October 2, 2022.[52]

The series had its series premiere in Germany on Sky One on July 12, 2021[citation needed], in the UK on Sky Witness on August 3, 2021,[53] and in Italy on Sky Investigation (local version of Sky Witness) on October 3, 2021.[citation needed]

MarketingEdit

On May 19, 2020, a 30-second teaser featuring Queen Latifah explaining her involvement in the series was released by CBS.[54] On January 9, 2021, CBS released the first official teaser for the series.[55]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 67% based on reviews from 30 critics, with an average rating of 6/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Queen Latifah returns to the small screen in full command of her craft—if only The Equalizer's overly-engineered early episodes were on her level."[56] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[57]

RatingsEdit

OverallEdit

Viewership and ratings per season of The Equalizer
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Avg. 18–49
rating
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Sunday 10:00 p.m. (1)
Sunday 8:00 p.m. (2–10)
10 February 7, 2021 (2021-02-07) 20.40[5] May 23, 2021 (2021-05-23) 7.13[14] 2020–21 4 12.07 8 1.7[58]
2 Sunday 8:00 p.m. (1, 4–6, 8, 10–18)
Sunday 8:30 p.m. (2–3, 9)
Sunday 9:00 p.m. (7)
18 October 10, 2021 (2021-10-10) 7.67[16] May 15, 2022 (2022-05-15) 6.84[33] 2021–22 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Equalizer
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Aftermath" October 10, 2021 0.8 7.67[16] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The Kingdom" October 17, 2021 0.7 7.30[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Leverage" October 24, 2021 0.8 7.81[18] 0.3 2.61 1.1 10.42[59]
4 "The People Aren't Ready" October 31, 2021 0.6 6.48[19] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Followers" November 7, 2021 0.6 6.64[20] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Shooter" November 21, 2021 0.6 6.59[21] 0.4 2.37 1.0 9.36[60]
7 "When Worlds Collide" November 28, 2021 0.5 5.94[22] 0.3 2.95 0.8 8.89[61]
8 "Separated" January 2, 2022 0.5 6.53[23] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Bout That Life" January 9, 2022 0.7 7.18[24] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Legacy" February 27, 2022 0.6 7.18[25] TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "Chinatown" March 6, 2022 0.6 7.13[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "Somewhere Over the Hudson" March 13, 2022 0.6 6.95[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD
13 "D.W.B." March 20, 2022 0.7 7.08[28] TBD TBD TBD TBD
14 "Pulse" April 10, 2022 0.5 6.68[29] TBD TBD TBD TBD
15 "Hard Money" April 17, 2022 0.6 6.64[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD
16 "Vox Populi" April 24, 2022 0.5 6.94[31] TBD TBD TBD TBD
17 "What Dreams May Come" May 8, 2022 0.6 6.46[32] TBD TBD TBD TBD
18 "Exposed" May 15, 2022 0.5 6.84[33] TBD TBD TBD TBD

FutureEdit

In January 2021, when asked about the show's relationship to the film series starring Denzel Washington, Marlowe stated that while they are focusing on establishing the television series to stand on its own, they are leaving the opportunity open for a crossover between the two in the future.[62]

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External linksEdit

Preceded by
The Masked Singer
2020
Super Bowl lead-out program
The Equalizer
2021
Succeeded by
Olympics on NBC
2022