A new week, a new case, but the struggles of being a former CIA operative trying to only take on cases for good and manage a teenaged daughter? That’s forever.

Director(s) Liz Friedlander
Writer(s) Terri Edda Miller, Andrew W. Marlowe
Aired (CBS) 2/14/2021

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What Is This Child Hiding? – Robyn, Aunt Vi, Delilah

While Aunt Vi has dedicated a notable portion of her life to Delilah, Robyn’s sudden return doesn’t mean Aunt Vi can immediately reassess and manifest her next chapter. Delilah is still warming up to Robyn, and considering there is a pattern of Robyn not showing up when asked or expected, it makes her unwilling to get too close from her often absent parent.

Delilah getting caught trying to do her eyebrows

Case in point, Delilah is part of a choir, performing in Times Square, and she is quite hesitant to invite Robyn for she doesn’t want to get her hopes up. But, Aunt Vi pushes that things are different now, and as much as Delilah doesn’t believe it, Robyn is still her mom. She hopes this shift could mean a better relationship.

Case of the Week –Robyn, William

So, the case of the week deals with a nanny’s life and children being threatened because some mobsters want a file of her employer, an FBI agent, to uncover who is the possible mole in their organization. The nanny finds Robyn through a Community Crisis Board in Queens, and Robyn gets to work. Which ruffles some feathers, like the CIA, and so William warns her that while retirement can be accepted, freelance less so.

However, with what Robyn is doing feeling fulfilling, she would rather go to war than go back. So, the CIA makes an appearance at Robyn’s home, pushing that they don’t like a former asset working on their own. Especially when they are starting to brush up with other investigations in progress. Even if said investigation deals with another agency.

Brokering Peace For A Better Life – Robyn, Aunt Vi, Delilah, William, Detective Dante

In the end, Robyn helps the nanny get her son back, with her employer not aware of Robyn’s role or what happened. Also, while late, Robyn does show up to Delilah’s concert, and Aunt Vi, subtly, makes it clear to Delilah – so the healing might begin.

William and Robyn talking

But, in order to maintain this progress, Robyn, through William, cuts a deal with the CIA. Which, considering Detective Dante is sniffing around for information on Robyn, will be necessary to keep him from asking too many questions and blowing up her spot.



Delilah and Robyn’s Relationship

In a lot of action movies, less so than shows, you see people like Robyn, more often men than women, attempt to retire, be with their families, and try to live a normal life. However, then something or someone threatens their family, and you don’t really get to see that adjustment period. Rather, it becomes about saving them, and the whole pursuit of normalcy is lost. If not, the family is a small part of them being an agent or soldier.

With The Equalizer, you can see Robyn’s focus is on Delilah but also keeping other families and vulnerable people together. Hence her posting on a Community Crisis board to get leads and even, freelance, joining the CIA. And it is this new spin that is more family-oriented, which helps the show stand out.

Robyn smiling

On The Fence

Appreciating Who Robyn Is Helping Yet Also Not Being That Invested In That Part Of Her Life

With that said, with no notable villain, beyond Detective Dante learning the truth and this episode’s case not being as good as the opener, I do feel those who want that awesome case of the week might get disappointed. I know we definitely feel Robyn’s fight scenes remain lackluster, and even though Mel and Harry are cool, they aren’t compensating for what seemingly will be the weak point of The Equalizer.

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The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 15 “Hard Money” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)We FINALLY get to meet Robyn's ex, Delilah's dad, as she asks him to do a favor for one of her clients – which raises his suspicions about what she does.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 14 “Pulse” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Robyn's greatest enemy makes his grand entrance as her greatest ally makes a grand exit.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 13 “D.W.B.” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Marcus faces a life and death situation, memories of his mom and dad push him to find ways to survive as his ex-wife tries to console their kids and help Robyn.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 12 “Somewhere Over The Hudson” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Robyn adds to her list of mentees as Mel reconciles with an old friend who thought Harry has been dead.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 11 “Chinatown” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In this episode, Robyn is focused on solving an Asian hate crime that she, and those who know the victim, refuse to let become another unsolved murder.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 10 “Legacy” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In a mini-Set It Off reunion, Robin helps a family who lost it all during the Tulsa Riots get back a prized painting with a wild card.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 9 “Bout That Life” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Robyn gets involved with a rap beef, we learn Delilah may have a special friend, and Harry tries to figure a way to do the work he loves without getting caught.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 8 “Separated” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The Equalizer returns, and with Harry in jail, so comes the question of whether Robyn can continue without his expertise.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 7 “When World's Collide” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)After Bishop gets hacked, Robyn and her team have to face a terrorist willing to expose all of his secrets, and to protect Bishop, Robyn may have to make a sacrifice.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 6 “Shooter” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Mel's past becomes necessary for a rogue sniper case, Delilah deals with the trauma of her best friend getting shot and dying in front of her.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 5 “Followers” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Robyn finds herself working with online detectives to save a woman's life, Aunt Vi and Delilah deal with a Karen who threatened Vi's freedom.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 4 “The People Aren't Ready” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)With Robyn coming face to face with the DA and Mallory, does this mean a new chapter has to begin for everyone's favorite equalizer?
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 3 "Leverage" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Mallory has his first up close and personal meeting with Robyn as she gets involved in a DEA case featuring two gang leaders.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 2 “The Kingdom” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Robyn has a new cop on her case, goes up against Saudi Arabia, and is dealing with Delilah lying to her – so it's just another day.
The Equalizer: Season 2/ Episode 1 “Aftermath” [Season Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Robyn is back and as she deals with the fallout of Delilah learning the truth, she questions how much longer she should be The Equalizer.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 10 [Season Finale] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)When a case gets too personal, Robyn slips up and leaves herself open for exposure.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 9 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Robyn continues to try to work with the system, Dante shows where his loyalty lies.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 8 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The time has come for Robyn to nearly have her secret revealed, as she watches what can happen if she maintains the path she is on.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 7 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)With the DA catching wind of what Robyn is doing, it seems there will be a pattern in who Robyn's greatest threats will be.
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The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 5 "The Milk Run" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The Equalizer returns, and after an extended absence, it returns with an excellent case of the week and a much-needed, multi-episode, adversary for Robyn.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 4 "It Takes a Village" – Recap (with Spoilers)Robyn finds herself avenging a community leader against an oppressive real estate developer.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 3 "Judgement Day" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A new week, a new case, more mother/daughter adjustments, and Detective Dante continuing to be an uneasy ally to Robyn.
The Equalizer: Season 1/ Episode 2 "Glory" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A new week, a new case, but the struggles of being a former CIA operative trying to only take on cases for good and manage a teenaged daughter? That's forever.
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Appreciating Who Robyn Is Helping Yet Also Not Being That Invested In That Part Of Her Life - 75%
Delilah and Robyn's Relationship - 84%


While the action remains lackluster, The Equalizer's heart continues to beat strong and could save the show.

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  1. Avatar of Tammy J

    Does it bother anybody else that when Delilah is doing her eyebrows that there is one wax strip when she’s talking but then when she turns back to the mirror there are two wax strips?

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