The Equalizer: Season 1, Episode 3

The Defector (2 Oct. 1985)

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McCall's attempt to help a former agent defect from the USSR goes badly, leaving the man's daughter in peril. McCall is also asked by a teenage boy for help against a local gang of bullies.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Irina Dzershinsky
Joe Silver ...
Felix Dzershinsky
Jaroslav Stremien ...
Karl Radek
Robert Denvers ...
Ballet Master
Tom Brennan ...
Vince Kelly
Colin Fox ...
Consul (as Colin R. Fox)
Fiddle Viracola ...
Secretary Consulate
Larry Kelly
Neil Newlon ...


McCall's attempt to help a former agent defect from the USSR goes badly, leaving the man's daughter in peril. McCall is also asked by a teenage boy for help against a local gang of bullies.

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Melissa Leo would later go on to star opposite Denzel Washington in 2014's "The Equalizer", which is based on the series, which Denzel Washington succeeded Edward Woodward as Robert McCall. See more »


Lt. Jefferson Burnett: What went down here?
Robert McCall: Well I dear say there will be an explanation. Polite telephone call to your people.
Lt. Jefferson Burnett: To hell with polite phone calls. I don't like people playing cloak and dagger games in my sector. An innocent person could have been killed in that cross fire.
Robert McCall: An innocent person was killed.
Lt. Jefferson Burnett: Look McCall you can't hide behind that security clearance anymore. You're just a private citizen now.
Robert McCall: Yeah. Well there's a thing called the constitution I can hide behind now, isn't there. You have any ...
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You were expecting maybe Clint Eastwood?
15 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode goes back to the double story.

In one, Edward Woodward is going up against the KGB station chief (Jaroslav Stremien) in New York. He had his informant (Joe Silver) of 15 years killed, and is now after the daughter (Melissa Leo).

Robert Joy (Dr. Sid Hammerback in "CSI: NY, AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem) screws up and has to redeem himself with Woodward. Not an exciting scene, but effective.

In the second job, Woodward is helping a teen (J.D. Roth) being bullied by thugs (Jorge Noa). He helps the boy stand up for himself.

Fair episode, but little excitement.

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