On a camping trip, McCall and his estranged son Scott must band together to protect a young rape victim from a gang of hoodlums who also killed her boyfriend.



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Robert McCall and his estranged son, Scott, agree to a weekend trip together to a private cabin upstate to try to bond before Scott takes off for college. Enroute they cross paths with a hitchhiking couple, and Scott makes a friendly acquaintance with Melinda. After the McCalls drive away, Melinda and her boyfriend are found by three young joyriding thugs in a pickup truck, Bobby, Dillart and Ray, who offer the couple a ride. The couple accept but are then forced into the woods where the punks, in attempting to rape Melinda, end up nearly killing the boyfriend. In some last vestige of conscience, the three take the victim and Melinda to the hospital. Now the boyfriend is DOA (dead on arrival), the three realize they may suffer the consequences for a myriad of felonies crimes they've just committed; kidnapping, attempted rape, and now, murder. But there is only one witness. As they confront Melinda in the small town diner/convenience store, Scott appears on a beer and snack run, and, ... Written by jmoira-1

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30 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Scott McCall: [after McCall's homemade explosive wounds a redneck gunman laying siege to their cabin] Way to go, Pop!
Robert McCall: Scott? I know we've had our differences, but I really must insist that never again, under any circumstances whatsoever, do you call me Pop!
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McCall Goes MacGyver on Pick-Up Truck Goons
7 October 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

McCall (Edward Woodward) takes a break from his philanthropic vigilantism on the mean streets of New York City to go on a father-son camping trip with his now college-bound son Scott (William Zabka). Familiar tensions arise between the two.

At a gas station on the way to the cabin Scott chats with hitch-hikers

  • Melinda (Dana Barron) and her boyfriend Jayck (Tom Isbell) going to


The hitch-hikers later get picked up by three drunken, baby-faced goons (Bradley Whitford, Perry Lang & William Youmans) in a truck who try to rape the girl and end up killing her boyfriend after he tries to fight them off.

While the attackers convene at a local diner with Melinda in tow to try to figure out how to keep her quiet Scott - on a beer run bumps into her by chance and helps her escape after she blurts out what has happened. He takes her back to the cabin with the goons in pursuit in their truck. The goons lay siege to the cabin I never liked this episode which looked like it was written for another series then adapted for this one. The change in setting was stylistically wrong for the Equalizer and the focus on character development seemed clumsy & forced. The acting and the writing were also both pretty soft compared with other episodes.

The baddies McCall faced on the show made the baby-faced ones in this episode looked kinda milquetoast. They don't push the vigilante button as hard as much as drunk idiots in a pick-up truck might and he goes MacGyver on them instead of Dirty Harry.

As a fan of the show I liked the sense of sinister danger that the guest villains brought as much as a similar sense of sinister danger that the protagonist had. None of that was captured here in what essentially could have been a teleplay for Starsky & Hutch or Hardcastle & McCormick.

As for the title 'The Children's Song' what the hell does that mean?

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