History Series / TheEqualizer

29th Aug '16 5:16:16 AM JackG
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** It's also downplayed as [=McCall=] often has the police arrest the villains at the end, once he's sorted out the original problem.
27th Aug '16 2:24:12 AM JackG
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* MistakenForSpies: Several examples, such as "Dead Drop" and "No Conscience".

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* MistakenForSpies: Several examples, such as "Dead Drop" and "No Conscience".Conscience" involve the client being mistaken for the next chain in a ring of spies.
26th Aug '16 9:59:17 PM JackG
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26th Aug '16 9:25:00 PM JackG
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* TenMinuteRetirement: After one episode ends badly, [=McCall=] decides to give up his WeHelpTheHelpless gig. Then a sobbing woman is heard begging for help on his answering machine. The episode ends with [=McCall=] picking up the phone to offer his help.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: After one episode ends badly, [=McCall=] decides to give up his WeHelpTheHelpless gig. Then a sobbing woman is heard begging for help on his answering machine. The episode ends with on [=McCall=] picking up the phone to offer his help.services.
26th Aug '16 9:24:24 PM JackG
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After Edward Woodward suffered a heart attack that forced him to cut down on his acting for awhile, the 'Equalizer' role was temporarily shared with Richard Jordan and Robert Mitchum (also playing former members of the Agency).

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After Edward Woodward suffered a heart attack that forced him to cut down on his acting for awhile, the 'Equalizer' role was temporarily shared with Richard Jordan and Robert Mitchum (also playing former members of the Agency).


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* TenMinuteRetirement: After one episode ends badly, [=McCall=] decides to give up his WeHelpTheHelpless gig. Then a sobbing woman is heard begging for help on his answering machine. The episode ends with [=McCall=] picking up the phone to offer his help.
26th Aug '16 8:32:57 PM JackG
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* TheCasanova: Harley Gage.

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* TheCasanova: Harley Gage. And in "No Conscience", a compulsive womanizer is mistaken for a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut-out_(espionage) cut-out]] in a spy ring; he has to hire [=McCall=] to help him track down every woman he's dated recently to find out who the real spy is.
26th Aug '16 8:18:01 PM JackG
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Mickey, at least temporarily, after the MindRape below.

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Mickey, at least temporarily, after BrainwashedAndCrazy: In "Splinters", the MindRape below.KGB kidnap Mickey Kostmayer to test this trope on, figuring that if they can break the UndyingLoyalty of these FireForgedFriends, their brainwashing technology will work on anyone. After an extensive MindRape, Mickey is waiting with a gun when [=McCall=] turns up to rescue him. [[spoiler:Fortunately ThePowerOfFriendship proves greater.]]



* ManchurianAgent: In "Splinters", the KGB kidnap Mickey Kostmayer to test this trope on, figuring that if they can break the UndyingLoyalty of these FireForgedFriends, their brainwashing technology will work on anyone. After an extensive MindRape, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Mickey is waiting with a gun]] when [=McCall=] turns up to rescue him...



* MindRape: A favourite tactic of [=McCall=]'s, and has been known to completely reduce a villain to a quivering jelly. Also used to brainwash Mickey into (almost) [[ManchurianAgent assassinating him]] in "Splinters".

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* MindRape: A favourite tactic of [=McCall=]'s, and has been known to completely reduce a villain to a quivering jelly. Also used to brainwash Mickey into (almost) [[ManchurianAgent [[BrainwashedAndCrazy assassinating him]] in "Splinters".
26th Aug '16 6:58:11 PM foxley
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* ShoutOut: [=McCall=]'s troubled past clearly draws on Edward Woodward's title role in the 1967-72 BritishSeries ''Series/{{Callan}}'' about a reluctant killer in the [[TrenchcoatBrigade murky world]] [[SpyFiction of espionage]]; as well as issues raised by the trial of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Goetz 'Subway Vigilante' Bernard Goetz]] and the movie ''Film/DeathWish'' (as seen in a Magazine/{{MAD}} spoof where Goetz, Charles Bronson and the Equalizer argue over who should shoot a subway mugger). His Walther PPK is an obvious reference to that most famous British spy, Film/JamesBond.

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* ShootingGallery: In "Reign of Terror", [=McCall=] is shown on a shotgun range in which silhouettes of shoot/no shoot situations are projected on the walls, while he discusses with a former member of the Cuban secret police the decisions he's made in life. He ends up accidentally shooting two silhouettes of men with their hands raised in surrender.
* ShoutOut: [=McCall=]'s troubled past clearly draws on Edward Woodward's title role in the 1967-72 BritishSeries ''Series/{{Callan}}'' about a reluctant killer in the [[TrenchcoatBrigade murky world]] [[SpyFiction of espionage]]; as well as issues raised by the trial of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Goetz 'Subway Vigilante' Bernard Goetz]] and the movie ''Film/DeathWish'' (as seen in a Magazine/{{MAD}} ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' spoof where Goetz, Charles Bronson and the Equalizer argue over who should shoot a subway mugger). His Walther PPK is an obvious reference to that most famous British spy, Film/JamesBond.
26th Aug '16 5:50:24 PM JackG
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* KangarooCourt: In "Trial by Ordeal", [=McCall=] has to act as defense advocate for Control, who's being tried by a secret court used for intelligence agents accused for treason, with immediate execution if he's found guilty, so he can't publicly reveal any classified information.

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* KangarooCourt: In "Trial by Ordeal", [=McCall=] has to act as defense advocate for Control, who's being tried by a secret court used for intelligence agents accused for treason, with immediate execution if he's found guilty, guilty so he can't publicly reveal any classified information.information. He has a jury of his peers, but as they're all underlings who'll be promoted if Control is killed, their motives are questionable when they find him guilty. [[spoiler:The whole thing turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter by Control to see who among his underlings is loyal.]]
26th Aug '16 5:48:04 PM JackG
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* KangarooCourt: In "Trial by Ordeal", [=McCall=] has to act as defense advocate for Control, who's being tried by a secret court used for intelligence agents accused for treason, with immediate execution if he's found guilty, so he can't publicly reveal any classified information.
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