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The Equalizer

Season 1 Episode 14

Out of the Past

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 15, 1986 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Out of the Past
An ex-con is harassing the man whose testimony put him away-the man now married to McCall's former wife.

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  • A deranged, dying ex-con is harassing the man who testified against him. McCall is called for protection by the man's wife – the woman who McCall was married to years before. Another good story…moreless

    This episode is one of those that are very talky, and quite low on real action. It doesn't really hurt the episode at all, although those who want an all-out action fix should look elsewhere in the series.

    It is over 15 minutes before we even see McCall in this episode, as the story is set up. We also get some background on McCall as we meet his wife, and learn that they once had a baby daughter who died.

    I did feel that the conclusion to the episode was slightly unsatisfying. It felt to be rather rushed and convenient, and was the thing that let the episode down the most.

    Although not one of my all-time favourites, this is a reasonable episode.moreless
Sandy Dennis

Sandy Dennis

Kay Wesley / Kay McCall

Guest Star

Stephen McHattie

Stephen McHattie

Eddie Washburn

Guest Star

Barry Primus

Barry Primus

Walter Wesley

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the omitted alternate shots of Stephen McHattie (Eddie Washburn) in the payphone booth, we see a red wall backing behind him, inside the booth. In the used and different-angled shots in the actual episode, we don't see any red wall backing inside the booth.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • During this episode's Pre-Opening Teaser Trailer, alternate shots of Stephen McHattie (Eddie Washburn) are seen when he phones Walter Wesley (Barry Primus) from a payphone, just across the street from where his house is situated. These shots do not appear in the episode itself, and instead, different angled shots, but with different tones in Stephen McHattie's voice are used.