The Equalizer

Season 1 Episode 19

Breakpoint

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 1986 on CBS
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Breakpoint
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While attending a wedding, McCall is taken hostage by terrorists seeking a Middle Eastern philanthropist.

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  • McCall is attending a wedding reception when the party is suddenly taken hostage by a group of terrorists who have kidnapped a Middle East philanthropist. A top notch episode...

    9.9
    This is a really good episode, and in my opinion one of the best of the season.



    It is one of the few instances where McCall just happens to be there, rather than actually being hired (indeed, the only other instance of this happening in the first season is with another excellent episode, 'The Children's Song'). Although I don't like the "just happens to be there" card being played too much, it does make for a great story such as this one.



    The scene where newlywed Deborah is dragged out, presumably to be raped, is a really terrifying moment. We often hear of rape in the series, be it a threat or the consequences of, but seldom do we see it actually happen. Even though it isn't completed, it is still a terrible moment.



    I like little touches of the episode, such as McCall sitting making origami birds out of the musicians' music papers.

    I also like Mickey infiltrating the building, adding some slightly lighter moments to the story.



    All-in-all, this is a terrific episode. Although, as I say, the "just happens to be there" card should not be played too often, in this case it again makes for a top notch tale.moreless
Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson

Deborah Wade

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Phyllis Newman

Phyllis Newman

Gwen Hunter

Guest Star

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Otis Hendricks

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Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka

Mickey Kostmayer

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