The Equalizer: Season 1, Episode 2

China Rain (25 Sep. 1985)

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A Chinatown gang kidnap whom they believe is the son of a wealthy Chinese-American couple, unaware that he is actually the maid's child. Fearful that the police will not be able to get the boy back alive, the maid contacts Robert McCall.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Police Detective (as Jim Russo)
Adam Redfield ...
Mrs. Tom
Mrs. Lin
Mr. Lin
Pippa Pearthree ...
Ching Valdes-Aran ...
Tommy Li (as Ching Valdes)
Kevin Gray ...
Karen Akers ...
Roger Chang ...
Steven Tom ...


When some men plan to kidnap the son of a wealthy Asian couple, they grab the the maid's child by mistake. They call the police and to keep the boy alive they pretend that they have the couple's son. But when her employer refuses to pay the ransom, she calls McCall. Written by

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In the synagogue, where Control is waiting for McCall, the person in the last row behind McCall stands up during the close-up dialog but is still seated when the camera changes to long-shot and then he rises to pray. See more »


Answering machine: Hiya this is Ronnie, I know I promised your car back this afternoon but I ran into a problem so you won't have it until tomorrow. Er, hope that isn't too much of a pr...
[McCall presses fast forward]
Answering machine: [Beep] Yeah I'm a waitress in a doughnut shop on eighth avenue, the manager keeps coming on and I want you to teach him a lesson.
Answering machine: Hello er Equalizer I'm a WF and I'm into bandanas and-an-an cross dressing, I'd love it if you...
[McCall presses fast forward]
Robert McCall: You've been Equalized enough already.
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Blue after yellow kills a fellow.
15 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was a straight kidnapping case.

A Chinese boy, the child of Lauren Tom (Julie on "Friends") was taken by mistake by some thugs and The Equalizer is called in to help.

He uses his contact in the Triad (Ching Valdes-Aran - Kung Fu Granny) to help and calls in an associate (Keith Szarabajka - The Dark Knight) for the dirty work. This is the first of 42 appearances for Szarabajka.

Lots of gunfire at the end and, of course, a successful conclusion.

The cool, calm demeanor of Edward Woodward is what makes this series worth watching. he never gets ruffles and you know he is going to make things right.

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