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The Equalizer – Judgement Day – Review

This week’s the call didn’t come from someone in trouble. It came
from his lawyer.
Technically, the person Robin is trying to save isn’t the person who
hired her.

This is also the first time we’re seeing Robin and Detective Dante
work together. They make a pretty good team, wether Dante likes it
or not.

Client:    
Lawyer Nic Palermo on behalf of Dale Aldridge, a recent prison
escapee serving time for murder.

Palermo feels guilty because he’s been unable to save a client he
knows is innocent. All of Dale’s appeals have failed leaving no hope
for ever getting Dale ever being released.

It only took reading through the Palermo’s case notes for Robin to
realize Dale is actually innocent and does need her help.

I was listening to them recount the merits of the case against Dale
and I couldn’t imagine how the jury was persuaded to put Dale away.

It would have been easy to believe if Dale had been a person of
color, but I think it was smart, for several reasons, for the
writers not to take the episode down that road.

I preferred the subtle reminder that justice works differently if
you’re among the rich and powerful.

There was, it appears, nothing concrete against him. In fact there
was only one witness statement to use against him.

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Basically, he was
seen at the house next door. The jury apparently ignored the fact
that it was because he was working there.

Now Dale’s on a quest to prove his innocence, because he believes
knowing this will keep his son, Blake, from self destructing.

Unfortunately, Dale’s plan is devoid of, well, planning. This guy is
running on emotion, which is why he’s picked up so quickly.

He was doing something he was specifically told not to do; visiting
Blake.

Blake turned him in.

I think Dale was the only one surprised by that.

Robin quickly determines that Dale’s theory about who committed the
murder was wrong.

I liked the way the episode unraveled the truth. It wasn’t too
complicated or too simple. She simply did what the police did the
first time, but without the bad guy burying the information.

But there were some answers Harry couldn’t find. So, Robin decided
to contact Detective Dante.

Nice backstory/set up for why, ultimately, justice and doing the
right thing outweigh Dante’s issues with Robin working outside the
law.

The resolution was pretty sweet. Not quite the consequences on
display for all the world to see, but at least there were
consequences and justice was finally done.

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Robin even managed to help the lawyer, who made the desperate call
for help, by putting him in the position to
conquer in the courtroom once again.

He finally became the lawyer who
saved his client. Sweet.

Family Life:   The old standard ’Mom realizes her kid’s childhood
best friend is no longer her kid’s friend and tries to fix it’ story.

“I’m going to find my own ride home.” Nope. That moment felt like
Hollywood’s definition of child rearing. Never would have happened
with my mother. Not at 14.

It might not have felt so unrealistic if Delilah were 16 or 17. (I
still wouldn’t have done that to my mother, but it wouldn’t have
felt so wrong here.)

(This is the second series with kids stated as being 14 and being
written more 16 or 17. If you want to write an older teen, create
the characters at that age.)

What I did like was Delilah’s awareness of the difference between
actually caring about a cause and carrying a banner just to be seen
carrying the banner.

Miscellaneous

One of my favorite moments happened after Dale gave up. Harry and
Mel volunteering to continue the case because Dale needed and
deserved help. Lovely way to show they have signed onto Robin’s
quest for more than just loyalty to her.

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I’m with Robin….they need to come up with a better name than “The
Gotta Problem Person”. I keep waiting for her officially to call
herself “The Equalizer”. (or at least rewrite the ad.)

Overall the cases are still outpacing the family story for me. I was
really happy with the pace of the case. The twists leading to the
takedown of the real bad guys kept my interest and were believable.
But I’m not equally compelled by the family stories and I want to
be.

What did you think of the episode?

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