It’s rare for every main character on The Equalizer to be under attack at once, but that was the case on the show’s Season 3 finale, which aired Sunday on CBS.
Robyn, Mel, Harry, Dante, Delilah and Aunt Vi all had battles to fight during the action-packed episode — arguably one of the series’ best so far.
The episode, titled “Eye for an Eye,” opens with Robyn and Mel being chased — and ultimately trapped — in a building by men with guns. Then, there’s a rewind to a much more joyful period six hours earlier. While happily working on her dad’s old car, Robyn gets a call from Aunt Vi and Delilah, who are planning a day of fun themselves. After making a plan to join them for dinner later, Robyn heads to the auto store. That’s when things take a turn for the worse: She’s being followed.
Meanwhile, Harry and Mel are at a grocery store, where they also are being followed. Soon, they’re fighting off two men in the parking lot while Robyn is doing the same with three men in the store bathroom. Tile is broken, stalls are torn apart, and a sink is smashed as Robyn pummels her attackers. Before she leaves, she notices a syringe on the floor.
Aunt Vi and Delilah are also in danger as they pick up snacks at a bodega. Using her newly honed observational skills, Delilah notices a man acting strangely.
Mel, Harry and Robyn meet up at their headquarters, where they are surprised by CIA agent Colton Fisk, who says he got word they were being followed. After pulling camera footage from the attacks, Harry identifies a white van, which he hopes to pursue.
In need of backup, Harry recruits Dante, whom he finds in a bar, wallowing in the despair brought on by his suspension. Robyn and Mel investigate the drug in the syringe by visiting an acquaintance who owns an illegal lab. With some persuasion, he reveals it is a “truth serum” that also gradually shuts down the nervous system. He admits he sold it to an anonymous buyer.
Back at the bodega, Delilah correctly predicts that the strange man will rob the store. As the armed robber holds Aunt Vi, Delilah and the other customers hostage, Harry and Dante locate the white van outside a building. Peeking through a window, they notice a symbol of a black bird against a red background on a wall. After texting a photo to Robyn, they learn the symbol represents the Venezuelan Freedom Fighters, whom Robyn helped fight a dictator when she was a member of the CIA. When the agency abruptly withdrew from the mission, many of the freedom fighters were left to die, including one of Robyn’s colleagues. Robyn determines the group is getting revenge against both her and Fisk, who was also part of the operation.
Harry and Dante successfully fight off an attacker, but they realize he has injected Dante with the truth serum. They call Robyn and Mel, who are on their way to confront Fisk. They tell Harry to get Dante to the illegal lab.
Fisk tells Robyn and Mel that he believes the leader of the Freedom Fighters is coming after him. And as Robyn and Mel are leaving the scene, Fisk is kidnapped in the white van. While following the vehicle, Robyn and Mel call Harry and Dante, who confesses that he loves (!) Robyn. But there’s no time to unpack that revelation; Harry must get the antidote for Dante. When they arrive at the lab, though, they discover its owner has been murdered.
As Aunt Vi tries to defuse the situation at the bodega, Robyn and Mel are gassed and tied up upon their arrival at the building. Harry frantically looks for the antidote at the lab while Dante’s body continues to shut down. Harry is forced to use defibrillators to revive Dante, and then they, too, are kidnapped.
A sympathetic Aunt Vi starts a conversation with the robber and learns he became desperate after he lost his job and his wife. She and Delilah ask him to consider surrendering.
Robyn and Mel also are making progress: They lure one of their attackers to them, successfully knock him out and escape from bondage. Meanwhile, Fisk is being assaulted and questioned by the leader of the Freedom Fighters.
Aunt Vi continues to encourage the robber to turn his life around. When police finally break into the store, Delilah acts quickly, kicking the robber so he falls out of the line of fire. After noticing his gun is empty, she relays the information to the police, who spare his life.
There is no resolution for Fisk, who is now being injected with the truth serum — or Robyn and Mel, who are now trapped by the men, as shown at the beginning of the episode. They are separated, and Robyn is taken to a room where she is confronted by her old CIA colleague, who isn’t dead after all. Upset at being abandoned by Robyn and the CIA, she reveals her plan for revenge: She will burn Harry, Mel and Dante alive in front of Robyn, who helplessly watches on camera as her friends are tied up and surrounded by flames.
Robyn fights, but is overpowered. As she watches the fire grow more intense around her loved ones, all she can do is scream.
Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Grade it, and the season as whole, via the polls below. Then sound off in the comments!
I can’t believe this was the season finale what with all the interruptions we’ve had to endure. I felt sure that there were a few more episodes to watch before the season finale. What happened? Was the season shortened?
It’s not a shorten season-they only do 18 episodes.
It was amazing and edge of my seat action. I can not wait until season 3! I honestly hope that Harry, Mel, and Dante are okay because they are Robyn McCall’s team and they are her family.
I cannot wait until season 3!
You just watched season 3 so I think you mean you can’t wait until season 4.
I count three (3) cliffhangers in one season finale. And who did Robyn call for backup before getting gassed? How many months do we have to wait for the conclusion to this story?
Hehehe…. You’ll have to endure 5 long agonizing months before season 4. Then you’ll get your conclusion
It’ll take 5 months to conclude the last episode to give the writers a chance to write a plausible episode of saving the team and not chicken frying them. I don’t have a clue how they’ll get out in time!
Maybe longer due to writer’s strick
With writers’ strike, who knows when we’ll see new content. January 2024?
Hopefully while Robyn is somehow managing to save those three, Delilah and Vi are getting the same treatment but are not saved. Those two are the most unnecessary and irritating characters ever in a tv show
That’s terrible, Olivia. I like Delilah and Aunt Vi. But, I don’t think they need their own storyline.
If you honestly think they would kill off Delilah and aunt vi you should watch something more your speed like bluey
Lorraine Toussant better be a Performer of the Week this week! The scenes in the bodega were masterful.
Why is it that bad guys can never hit the broad side of a barn?
Drugged Dante was a hoot!
Wow, that was a really nasty and unnecessary comment to make. They give and add a lot to the show and highlight how Robin needs family around her to keep her human, humble, and not some performance robot.
That fight in the bathroom stretched credulity to the breaking point. Robin smashes a guy’s head through a porcelain sink, and it barely slows him down. The man would be dead! Wrestling a guy through the walls of three or four bathroom stalls, and he has no broken bones and can run out of the bathroom? Nonsense. I like action as much as anybody, but come on!
I’ve seen even more over-the-top scenes on a lot of shows similar to Equalizer and don’t get me started with those action-packed movies. It’s called showbiz and it happens all over Hollywood. When they want you to die they make it happen and when they want you to live they make it happen.😅
That was a helluva finale. I loved it and can’t wait for next season.
There’s no conclusion to the last episode as if there was another season
Apparently this was the series finale. There is not a season 4 projected at the moment.
Catch up. The show has been renewed for Season 4.
At the end of Season 2 the show was renewed for 2 more seasons. It was already renewed for season 4 when season 3 started.
Enjoy the show, but it’s kind of a ridiculous cliffhanger. The only way it could really “pay off” is if 3 main characters actually die in that fire. But we all know that isn’t going to happen. The phone call Robyn placed will result in a mystery savior showing up just in the nick of time – bing, bang, boom. All is well!
Agree w/ Matt H. about the bathroom fight. After that beatdown from Robyn the three bad guys should be anywhere from incapacitated to dead, but amazingly jump up and run out without issue. Sure, Jan. 🙄 Feels like some ridiculous PG requirement that people can’t get injured on the show anymore.
Can we stop with the cliffhanger finales please? If you’re into the show you’re going to watch when it comes back, if you’re not into the show a cliffhanger probably isn’t going to get you to come back. As it is, by the time the next season starts I’ve completely forgotten all the cliffhangers from all the shows and who’s in what danger, and that’s with a normal summer hiatus that doesn’t have a WGA strike.
The violence is over the top. Seeing the people surrounded with fire was soooo upsetting.
It was not entertaining. So surreal.
I prayed all night long for who might face such danger from avengers.
Very hard to watch this amount of hate and anger
There are classic episodes of Little House on the Prairie airing on Cozitv if that helps. Oh wait, there’s some anger and hate on there too. Try Father Knows Best or Leave it to Beaver.
Maybe you better stick to PBS and reruns from the 1950s.
This might be a good time to tie The Equalize reboot into the JAGverse since NCIS: Hawai’i’s two-part season finale also dealt with the aftereffects of CIA operations gone wrong in Venezuela.
Part of me wants McCall’s phone call to have been to Sam Hanna so we can, maybe, get a Last Holiday reunion.
The finale was great!
Aunt Vi and Dee was wonderful. Aunt Vi was so believable. She’s always been a very talented actress.
I believe that it will boil down to Robyn being drugged and it was a hallucination.
I can understand why the freedom-fighter was upset and wanted revenge, but not the ex-CIA agent in which she act like Robyn purposely left her behind. She didn’t know she survived.
I miss Bishop’s character and wished that his son was brought in somehow.
I was disappointed. Too many things were going on trying to tie up some previous episodes, allow time for usual family/relationship flow AND quickly do something kind of new to allow a cliff-hanger opportunity to carry into next “season”….all in all WAY too much for my interest- fire scene at the end was toooo much! Well acted as always, however!
This episode like all the rest was great. Only problem is I will not watch next season. No matter how much I enjoy a show, if the season ends on a big cliffhanger that is directly related to the main story line, I will no longer watch any episodes of that show. What a shame.
The action was intense. I enjoyed the multiple storylines with Dee and Aunt Vi and what the team was up against. But the highlight for me was that hilarious car scene with Harry and Dante, with Robyn and Mel listening on the phone. Dante kept going on and on about Robyn’s smile and her eyes. The “I love her for that” followed by “What is he saying?” followed by Harry trying to cover for him cracked me up. And then later at the lab, when Harry was wondering what to do, Dante said Robyn would know what to do. That man is sprung, and now everyone knows it.
I love the Equalizer I watch every episodes and most of the re-runs. I hope the episode 18 is just for drama because I would really hate it if any of them died. When will the new season start and on what channel?
Who could possibly be both alive and in New York that Robyn trusts? Carter Griffin was a mole (In true Brett Dalton style). Would she reach out to the DA? Rick Dawson is in Europe. Did Bishop’s son inherit Bishop security? Maybe she text the rapper she helped? This will bother me for months!