The Equalizer (1985) – The Children’s Song, and The Distant Fire

William Zabka is back as Robert McCall’s (Edward Woodward) son, Scott, and there’s a television debut for Bradley Whitford, Ed O’Neill shows up as a local doctor, and Dana Barron from National Lampoon’s Vacation is this week’s person in need of help from McCall’s Equalizer. The Children’s Song was written by Howard Chesley, Joel Surnow…

The Equalizer (1985) – Lady Cop, and The Confirmation Day

Lady Cop, the fifth episode in The Equalizer’s first series boasts some pretty big and interesting names. It was written by Maurice Hurley and Joel Surnow from a story created by Hurley, Surnow and Kathryn Bigelow(!). It first aired on 16 October, 1985 and sees Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) continuing to wrestle with his inner…

The Equalizer (1985) – The Defector, and The Lock Box

Very quickly The Equalizer has shown that its willing to go dark and gritty, and while there are some dark moments in The Defector, The Lock Box is even darker. The Defector was written by Heywood Gould and first debuted on 2 October, 1985. An old friend, and former agent of the USSR, Felix (Joe…

Miami Vice (1985) – The Dutch Oven, and Buddies

It’s back to the glitzy yet dangerous streets of Miami as Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) continue delving into the world of vice. First up this week is Ditch Oven, written by Maurice Hurley. This story first debuted on 25 October, 1985. When Trudy (Olivia Brown) has to take a…

Miami Vice (1985) -Whatever Works, and Out Where the Buses Don’t Run

Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas)  find more darkness under the glitz and glamour as I dive into this week’s pair of episodes of Miami Vice. First up is Whatever Works. Written by Maurice Hurley, the episode first debuted on 4 October, 1985. Sonny’s Ferrari Daytona Spyder gets seized by police…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – Going Home and Paniolo

  Thomas heads to Virginia in the first episode up this week, Going Home, which aired 31 October, 1985 and was penned by Gene Donalds and Chris Abbott. He returns to Virginia for his grandfather’s funeral, and it opens up a slew of memories, pains, and troubles amongst the family. He’s never been a fan of…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – The Hotel Dick and Round and Around

  Magnum (Tom Selleck) tries to grow up a little this week in The Hotel Dick; written by Reuben Leder, this one aired 17 October, 1985. Feeling age beginning to creep up on him, and even admitting to Higgins (John Hillerman) needing glasses to read, he leaves the estate behind, trying to shed his perceived beach bum private…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – Old Acquaintance and The Kona Winds

  There’s a bit of noir, and a bit of a fun ride, in this week’s installment of Magnum… First up is Old Acquaintance, written by Jill Donner, this episode had an airdate of 3 October, 1985, and may have heavily influenced the writers of Ace Ventura… Thomas (Tom Selleck) is delighted to hear from…