The Equalizer

Season 1 Episode 22

Pretenders

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 1986 on CBS
9.2
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An aspiring reporter, desperate for a scoop that will get her notice and a promotion, becomes convinced that something big is happening right in the next apartment.

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  • McCall is hired by a fledgling reporter who is convinced that her new apartment neighbour is up to no good. But she can't prove anything, and the Police don't want to know. A fair episode to round off the season...moreless

    8.5
    Although I didn't find this to be a totally outstanding episode, I did enjoy it more than the previous couple ('No Conscience' and 'Unpunished Crimes'), and found it an intriguing tale to finish off the season.



    The story unfolds well and makes you really wonder what is going on. [spoiler] Of course, being 'The Equalizer', it is probably no real surprised that reported Beth is living next door to an international assassin, but ever so the tale leaves you guessing throughout. [End of spoiler]



    This is more of a standard episode than a real 'season finale' that we have come to know from many TV shows in more recent years; it plays very much as a typical story with only the additional inclusion of the main theme playing over the end of the final act.



    A reasonable end to an enjoyable first season.



    ---Season overview---

    On the whole, I found this an extremely enjoyable first season, being well written, well acted and well produced.



    Unlike some other shows of the era, the series has dated very well and still holds up well today. Edward Woodward is great as the tough-as-nails but compassionate McCall, in a role that could easily have come off as two dimensional and rather dull.



    My favourites of the first season are 'China Rain', 'The Children's Song', 'Bump and Run', the more comic-book like 'Reign of Terror', and 'Breakpoint', though they are just a few of the many excellent episodes to be found in this season.



    My least favourite episode is 'The Distant Fire', which I found unusually dull (although I'm sure there are others who loved it). Other than that, it is only towards the tail end of the season a few more average episodes are offered up, and even then they are well told and still watchable.moreless
Tony Musante

Tony Musante

John Parker

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Kathleen Lloyd

Kathleen Lloyd

 

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Tom Atkins

Tom Atkins

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Ron O'Neal

Ron O'Neal

Lieutenant Isadore Smalls

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