The Equalizer: Season 1, Episode 19

Breakpoint (19 Feb. 1986)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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While attending a wedding, McCall is taken hostage by Middle Eastern terrorists seeking to capture and execute a philanthropist from their country.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Wade
Richard Hamilton ...
Otis Hendricks
Phyllis Newman ...
Gwen Hunter
Sam Schacht ...
Gustav Herant
Ron Frazier ...
The Doctor
Terrorist Leader
Frank Stevens
Wrong Waiter
Lieutenant Ferraro
Benjamin Wade
Gary Speer


While attending a wedding, McCall is taken hostage by Middle Eastern terrorists seeking to capture and execute a philanthropist from their country.

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The filming of an episode involving a hostage situation at a wedding reception was interrupted by a police action involving a hostage situation at a wedding reception across the street. See more »


Lt. Isadore Smalls: Lt. Ferraro says you're like a loose grenade with no pin, you know what I mean?
Mickey Kostmayer: I'll see ya
[leaves to go out the door]
Lt. Isadore Smalls: You know what? He's right!
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McCall is McClane!
29 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the better Equalizer episodes, this is almost a forerunner of Die Hard as McCall is trapped in a building with a group of ruthless terrorists who have no idea of his operative background, trying to ensure the safety of the innocents trapped with him. There is genuine tension as the leader of the terrorists (Shalhoub) is shown to be unpredictable, one minute kind and considerate, the next a cold blooded killer; and while we know McCall will be OK, we have no idea about the others. This episode also serves to show how ruthless McCall himself can be to protect those he loves.

The only drawback to the episode is the fatuous and unnecessary inclusion of Kostmeyer popping up to make a crucial last shot at the end (which would be another Die Hard parallel if it had anything like the same meaning).

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