The Equalizer (1985) – Mama’s Boy, and Bump and Run

Christine Baranski is denied a chance to shine in Mama’s Boy when the narrative shifts to include her ex-husband, Gilbert (Jim Dale) as Victoria (Baranski) turns to Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) for help when her son is on the verge of becoming a drug dealer.

And hey look! There’s Alex Winter in a bit part as Jeffrey, a friend of Victoria’s son, Ronnie (Adam Horovitz).

Written by Heywood Gould, Mama’s Boy first aired on 13 November, 1985.

Victoria is a smart and successful PR rep, her ex runs an art gallery, and Ronnie a seventeen-year-old boy who is looking to belong and make some coin has turned to dealing, working for Eugene (Mark Soper). McCall is unable to reach Ronnie with open discussion and plain facts, so he turns to Gilbert for help instead of Victoria (which would have been great for her character).

Honestly, there’s no real reason for Gilbert to be in the story except that the writers didn’t want to put the female character in jeopardy in order to save her son, which is what happens with Gilbert.

Instead, Gilbert works with McCall posing as McCall’s buyer and his go-between for dealing with Eugene on a big deal. Eugene uses Ronnie as his go-between and his son is shocked to discover his father could be dealing and taking drugs. He’s not, it’s part of the plan and is now being held by Eugene until McCall comes through with the rest of the cash, showing Ronnie what kind of guy he really is.

It all ends well, and I’m sure despite the fact that the parents are divorced new connections and relations are being forged.

Also watch for an appearance by Winter’s Lost Boys co-star Billy Wirth!

Bump and Run was written by Maurice Hurley and Joel Surnow from a story by Jim Trombetta, and it first debuted on 20 November, 1985.

McCall is on the hunt for a psychopath who has taken up being a vigilante and killing criminals in his name. Sadly, it’s pretty easy to figure out who it is from the get-go, and I actually got pissed at McCall for not noticing as quickly as he should have.

He also takes on a case of a young woman, Sydney (Laura Ashton) who has been targeted by a group of carjackers who are after her in vengeance for a death of one of their own. McCall calls in Mickey (Keith Szarabajka) to look after her, but doesn’t count on the pair having an affair of the heart while Mickey is supposed to be protecting her.

There are lots of recognizable guest stars in this episode, Charles S. Dutton, Mark Margolis back as Jimmy, Meat Loaf as an information source, and Mark Linn-Baker as one of McCall’s tech contacts.

I like the static the relationship causes between McCall and Mickey, but of course, due to the episodic nature of television at the time time, this is probably the last time we see Sydney.

While not my favourite episode so far, I already enjoy moments when Mickey shows up. Let’s see what happens next time!

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