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"The Equalizer" Re-Entry (1987)

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Original Air Date:
27 May 1987 (Season 2, Episode 22)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Edward Woodward ... Robert McCall

John Goodman ... Harold Winter

Cameron Johann ... Chris Winter

David Johansen ... Garnet

Joe Morton ... Slate

Keith Szarabajka ... Mickey Kostmayer

Stewart Copeland ... Pickpocket

Graham Beckel ... George Hershey

Steve Buscemi ... Archie, the Electronics Store Clerk

Episode Crew
Directed by
Aaron Lipstadt 
Writing credits
Michael Sloan (creator) and
Richard Lindheim (creator)

Scott Shepherd (teleplay)

Dennis Manuel (story)

Produced by
Alan Barnette .... producer
Dan Lieberstein .... co-producer: New York (as Daniel Lieberstein)
Coleman Luck .... co-producer
James Duff McAdams .... executive producer (as James McAdams)
Peter A. Runfolo .... co-producer: New York
Scott Shepherd .... co-producer
Ed Waters .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland (music by)
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Erb (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marc Laub 
Casting by
Lois Planco 
Production Design by
Richard Bianchi 
Art Direction by
Wing Lee 
Costume Design by
Linda Wayne 
Makeup Department
Joe Cuervo .... makeup artist
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist (as Werner G. Sherer)
Production Management
Diane Foti .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ellen H. Schwartz .... second assistant director
Robert E. Warren .... first assistant director
Art Department
Linda Skipper .... scenic artist
Sound Department
James Perdue .... boom operator (uncredited)
Fred Rosenberg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Steve Scanlon .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mitch Wilson .... optical effects (uncredited)
Harry Madsen .... stunt coordinator
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Editorial Department
JoAnn M. Laub .... assistant film editor
Stuart Lieberman .... post-production coordinator
Valerie Schwartz .... editorial coordinator
Music Department
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor (as Thomas Drescher)
Jeff Seitz .... music performer
Other crew
Wendy Chesebrough Lowe .... assistant to executive producer (as Wendy Chesebrough)
Soomi Marano .... production office coordinator
Kim Nielsen .... executive assistant
Sheila Paige .... script supervisor
Mike Marcucci .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Schutsky .... set location assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Germany:46 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Robert McCall:I'll tell you what we're going to do. You are going to take me to where you and Slate have that boy hidden. And if you so much as attempt to refuse me, I am going to take you apart, piece. By nasty. Little. Piece.See more »
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A Father's Weight, 20 November 2014
Author: Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada

well-meaning but naive widowed single dad Hal (John Goodman) has been out of work for six months. Desperate for income he has made a shady deal with some very bad people who have paid him up front to do something that is highly illegal. Hal tries to back out but they won't let him. He has already spent most of what they paid him.

Hal's teen son Chris senses his father's frustration and its severity. He enlists Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) via McCall's protégé Mickey Kostemeyer (Keith Szarabajka).

Whilst McCall & Mickey meet with Chris to discuss helping, Hal is abducted by his criminal employers just outside his apartment in full view of Mickey who is standing by the front window.

McCall & Mickey must find out what the job is that Hal is being coerced in to doing and how to thwart it keeping Hal alive and out of prison. The stakes get bigger as they go. Unexpected revelations complicate things further.

How one is able to get Graham Beckel, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, David Johansen and especially Joe Morton in the same cast on an episode of network series TV would be beyond most casting directors. Conversely with such excellent guest stars surely a better episode would have resulted.

I've never particularly liked this episode which looked like it was written for another series then adapted for this one. We get very little subtext about the lead character McCall in the script. The acting and the dialogue were also both pretty soft compared with other episodes.

Stewart Copeland who composed the haunting opening theme for the show appeared in this episode as a smarmy pickpocket.

John Goodman and Steve Buscemi would go on to appear together in Coen Brothers films.

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