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The Equalizer - It Takes a Village - Review

This show is now on my very short list of shows I watch before I go to sleep the night it airs. Keep it coming.

Client:  Prove that a neighborhood activist was murdered

We’re still early in the season and they seem to be setting the stage for the types of cases Robin will be facing over the (hopefully) next few seasons.

I think I prefer the cases where there really are no other options for the client of the week. From that perspective this week’s case wasn’t quite as desperate.

The problem I had was the, seemingly, bad detective work. The fact that the body wasn’t in a typical position and there was a footprint on the wall beneath the window sill should have been spotted by the police.

It’s not a big deal, but Robin spotted those two red flags so easily that it popped me out of the show for a moment. I like the idea of The Equalizer stepping in after everything was done “right” but still the system still failed.

I suppose verifying the handwriting (and the fact that the handwriting was so steady) does explain it.

But if the discussion between Robin and Mel had been tweaked to indicate the detective did notice those elements. I wouldn’t have been distracted thinking about it.

That mental hiccup didn’t keep me from enjoying the episode overall though.

I absolutely adored watching Robin intimidate a bunch of gang bangers. The “Metacarpal Grip” was genius.

The twists in the episode were, as usual, responsible for most of my fun.

First, someone Malcolm thought was a friend turned out to be a betrayer. He let the killer slip into Malcolm’s apartment.

Second, the physical killer is caught, but refuses to flip on the real villain (Robert Harrington, Sr.), the rich real estate magnate who paid him to kill Malcolm.

Third, the really fun double twist of convincing us that Robin’s plan to get the evidence against Harrington, Sr. had failed...except...

Fourth, the real plan was to manipulate Harrington into confessing on the Time Square Jumbotron. Very satisfying.

The big lesson of the episode, at least from Harrington’s POV, was don’t anger the CIA. They, at least in this universe, understand the concept of revenge being best served cold.

Isn’t it adorable? Dante still thinks he’s in control. But Robin is sucking him in.

How long do you think it will be before Dante begins to consider Robin an “asset”?

How long after that will he realize it’s actually the other way around?

Family Life:  Delilah decides to take on city hall.

Delilah, during a driving lesson, hit a pothole. When her aunt challenges her to do something other than complain she starts where most high schoolers start. She sends out a tweet.

She discovers that it’s an issue that many others have had issues with the pothole, but nothing has ever been done about it.

I really wish the show had not told us her age. Granted it didn’t occur to me as I was watching, but 14 is early to start learning to drive. Sorry. That’s just a pet peeve.

The city official met with her so that could tell her, in-person, that he didn’t care and wasn’t going to do anything about it. Some life lessons suck.

This family plot worked a lot better for me this week. Especially, because it was touching on a life lesson all teens eventually bump heads with.

It was a nice mirror of the official case, but I think they missed an important opportunity. They set up the perfect moment to underline that voting in local elections is as important as voting in national elections.

Delilah is too young to vote, but it’s not too early to instill the importance of voting, and instead they opted to have them fix the problem themselves.

I am officially hooked on this show. What did you guys think of the episode?


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