The Equalizer season 1, episode 8 recap – “Lifeline”

May 11, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Lifeline” seems to forget about the last couple of episodes and delivers a somewhat underwhelming episode with a focus on international espionage that doesn’t work as well as the more local, personal stories Robyn usually gets involved in.

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Summary

“Lifeline” seems to forget about the last couple of episodes and delivers a somewhat underwhelming episode with a focus on international espionage that doesn’t work as well as the more local, personal stories Robyn usually gets involved in.

This recap of The Equalizer season 1, episode 8, “Lifeline”, contains spoilers.


There’s only so long you can keep being a vigilante a secret from your family, and after eight episodes, Robyn has finally reached the point in “Lifeline” where she needs to fess up. To Aunt Vi, anyway, who was putting the pieces together herself, though one imagines Delilah can’t be far behind. Maybe Vi will help Robyn keep her secrets a little longer.

It’s hard, too, when everyone seems to need your help all of the time. In The Equalizer episode 8, Robyn gets a call from Carla Henson (Alexandra Socha), the daughter of her CIA mentor David Henson (Jordan Lage) who had recently been killed in a terrorist bombing. Carla, a conflict journalist, which presumably gives one no shortage of enemies, was on the run in Les Moureaux, France, so a little bit further away than Robyn’s clients usually are, which gave the whole thing some long-distance novelty, justifying the expertise of Harry and Melody, if not necessarily the involvement of Bill or Detective Dante – didn’t last week’s episode make it clear that Dante wasn’t exactly keen on Robyn’s methods?

Disappointing as it is for Dante to not quite be the antagonist he was suggested to be, Robyn needs him to speak with Cillian Bruckner, an associate of Mossad agent – and one of Carla’s pursuers – Yossi Avraham (Faruk Amireh). Dante’s able to dig up the info – not even reluctantly! – that enables Robyn to figure out who’s really pursuing Carla: an old adversary named Mason Quinn who needs Carla to crack an encrypted drive containing the identities of active CIA agents. Quinn’s involvement once again proves that Bishop can’t necessarily be trusted, but haven’t we had this conversation already?

The Equalizer season 1, episode 8 suffers a little for being about international espionage, which as we’ve noted before doesn’t work as well as more local, personal stories. It does manage to wring some pathos out of Carla witnessing her father be killed after only just learning that he has really been alive all along, but a lot of it seems to actively ignore some character development in previous episodes, to the extent that I can’t help but wonder if it was once scheduled to air earlier in the season. The family developments are welcome, and should hopefully complicate the show going forwards, but Vi’s complicity might well just allow this aspect to tread water. We’ll have to wait and see.

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