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The Equalizer

Season 1 Episode 7

The Children's Song

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 1985 on CBS
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The Children's Song
Father and son protect a girl from would-be rapists intent on killing the only witness to a murder.

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  • McCall takes son Scott for a weekend away in the country to try and bond, but they don't exactly have a quiet time when they end up protecting a girl from young thugs who killed her boyfriend and now intend to keep her from talking. A great episode...moreless

    This episode is the first time in the series that McCall is not hired for a case. Instead, as with many episodes of other series ('The A-Team', 'Knight Rider', 'Airwolf', etc.), he and estranged son Scott (appearing for the first time since the Pilot) get involved by chance. In fact, with a bit of tinkering to suit the format, this story could easily have come from any of those aforementioned shows.

    After the initial set-up, the story takes place over one night, leading on to dawn the next morning. I really like how the events take place over just a few hours, and have a really claustrophobic feel.

    I did find it a bit odd that McCall had such trouble with just three youths. Presumably it was because he wasn't armed and didn't know how many of them there were. Adding to that, the youths didn't really seem all that that tough, two of them only following the orders of the third. But I still enjoyed the way that McCall outwitted them.

    [Slight spoiler] One thing that did bug me is that they never really explained how McCall, Scott and Melinda (the girl they're protecting) escape from the cabin exploding at the climax of the episode. I guess they just moved *really* quickly, but even so, it did niggle me.

    I also wondered – even allowing for it being a rural area – no one reported all that shooting in the night; surely someone must have heard it. It's not until the explosion at dawn that the Police finally show up. [End of slight spoiler]

    There are a few slight plot holes, but looking past them I found this to be a really enjoyable episode, probably one of my favourite of the season.moreless
Dana Barron

Dana Barron


Guest Star

Perry Lang

Perry Lang


Guest Star

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford


Guest Star

William Zabka

William Zabka

Scott McCall

Recurring Role

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