The Equalizer (1985–1989): Season 1, Episode 20 - No Conscience - full transcript

A womanizer is grabbed by some people who demand that he give them something that one of the women he's been with gave him. He has no idea what they're talking about so he turns to McCall for help. After going through all the women he knows they hit a wall. That is until he remembers one other woman whom he met briefly.

Hey! Hey, what do you
think you're doing?

Hey! Hey, let
go of me, man!


It's as simple as this.
We're giving you 24 hours.

They said she
gave it to you.

So, who could that be?

I don't know.

Now, we can do this easy,
or we can do it rough.

No, no, I don't know
exactly where it is,
but I can find it,

I swear to God
I can find it,
just give me some time.

You never told me
about this stuff.

In the near future,

you may wake up dead
if you don't do
as I tell you.

What do these guys
want from me, huh?

That I intend
to find out.




SlGNORWLLl: Give them
an inch, they pinch you
coming, going, sideways.

Think cops give
a rusty bucket?

Get a license,
carry a piece.

What does it look as if
I got? A death wish?

Call a cop. Yeah,
3:00 in the morning

there's one on every
corner. Right.

Cop gonna ride
around with you?

Is a cop gonna guarantee
your money back?

Not in my lifetime.

I've been driving my
own hack for 15 years.

They think I'm just gonna
roll over and fold,

they got another
thing coming.

MAN: That's him.


You are shaking down
independent taxi drivers.

Perhaps you'd like to
answer a few questions.

For instance,
how many drivers
and how many cabs

have you hit during
the past month?

What is your gross income
from those hits?

What are the names
of your employers?

Would you care to
answer one or two
of those questions?

No response?
No response at all?

What's the matter?
Won't you answer
the questions?

Let me tell you something,
you're under investigation.

And if you so much as
harass that man once more,


this tape will be given
to the district attorney's

Do you understand me?


I presume you
do understand me,
gentlemen. Thank you.


All right, Jimmy.
Cut it.

It worked!
Of course it worked.

I would've never
believed it.

Here, let me give you
something for your time.

No, no, don't bother.

No, please, I insist.

Well, if you


All right, well,
if you...

If you want to
give me something,
give me your card.

Sure. What for?

You never know, I might
want a lift someday.

A man like you might
come in very useful,
Mr. Signorelli.

Thank you.
Let's go home.




No, no, you don't
understand. I got it.

But I can't go through
with it. I'm sorry.

You all right?

You sure?

Take care of yourself.

Wait, wait, wait.
No, don't go.

Do you wanna tell
me about it?

Just let her go.

Losing your touch?

Don't tell me,
we've met before?

I hope so.

Yes, you look very
familiar to me.

I am very familiar.

Something is telling
me that you have
a phone number.

Yes, I have...

Have you seen
Theresa around?

My friend.

Dark hair.
A little older than me.

You saw me talking to her.

Yeah, she was just here.
I don't know.

Can I help you
with something?

I don't think so.

Here's my number.
Some other time, okay?

Call me.

Don't lose it. And
don't forget to call.

Mmm-hmm. Definitely.

Pen ran out of ink.

That's too bad.


DANA: Hey, Mitchell,
come here.

Good morning.

Good morning.

(CLWARS THROAT) Listen, um...

I gotta go, so...


You can't take it.

No, it's just that l...

You're afraid?

(CHUCKLlNG) No, I have
an early appointment.

No, I don't
want to go.

No... You wouldn't
want me to be rude

to these nice people,
would you?

Donna, Donna, Donna,
I'll call you, okay?


Right, right.

I'll call you.



My number is on my
handy-dandy matchbook.


I'll see you later.


Oh, hi. Yeah,
I'll call you.

Hey! Hey, what do you
think you're doing?

Hey! Hey, let
go of me, man!



WOMAN: Single playing
card from a deck.

Look at this.


MAN: King of Hearts.
How appropriate.

You said it.

Wonder where this guy
lives. Nice watch.

Put that on the side.
We'll use it later.

All right.

Oh, God, look at
these numbers.


Look, here's his license.


Have a look at this.

Don't you see,
I can't help you.


What's going on?
What do you guys
want from me?

Be quiet and listen.

Now, we can do this easy,
or we can do it rough.

Do what?

Obviously, you don't
have it with you,

so you must've
put it somewhere.

"lt"? What is this "it"?
Look, I think you guys
got the wrong guy, here.


It's as simple as this.

She told us she
gave it to you.

We have every reason
to believe her,
and we want it back.

So there's really no reason
to argue, is there?

No. I'll tell you
the truth, okay?

I... I put it somewhere.
I mean, l...

I gave it to somebody
who put it somewhere,
I think.

But the truth is that

I didn't understand
the significance,
you know.

Look, I am just a guy, okay?
I just wait on tables.

I don't know
about this stuff.


So the truth is that
I don't know where it is.

No, no, I don't know
exactly where it is,
but I can find it,

I swear to God
I can find it,
just give me some time.

I don't have to
listen to this.

No, no, please, I swear
to God, just give me 48
hours, okay, 48 hours,

and I'll find it, I'll get it,
I'll bring it back to you,
no questions asked.

It's just, you know,

Maybe you can give me
something for my time,
you know.

Like I'm missing
the dinner shift tonight,
this is my bread and butter

and they're gonna
dock my pay, and
I might get fired,

you never...
MAN: Shut him up.

No, no...
Wait a minute.


We're giving you 24 hours,

and, understand
what I'm saying,
we don't have to do that.

If you go to the police,
you'll be killed.

If you don't give it to us,
you'll be killed.

We'll know where you're
going, and we'll know
what you're doing.

In exactly 24 hours,
you'll be picked up
where you were dropped off.

You'll give us
what we want.

We'll be happy,
you'll be happy.

Life will go on.

It's a deal. Deal.
It's just that...

24 hours, I don't know.

Like, this person
doesn't come home
sometimes for days, so...

Maybe we could
make it 48?

Thirty-six hours,
you got it?

Yeah, yeah, all right.

Why didn't you go
to the police?

I can't! I can't
go to the police.

These guys said
they'd kill me,
and I believe them.

I think these guys'd
love to kill me.

Oh, we can't have that,
can we?

Look, I didn't
do anything.

I didn't hurt anybody,
nobody gave me anything.

How am I supposed
to know what it is?

I don't understand.

You said that they said,

"She gave it to you."

So, who could that be?

I don't know.

Well, think.

What woman have
you seen recently?

These are the ones that
gave me their numbers.

You... You know
all these women?

Well, I don't know,
I've met them.

McCALL: Better gather
this lot together.

We're gonna have
to make a list.

A very long list.


You need them

No, by height will do.


Oh, yeah, I get it.

One child, Sally Ann,
18 months...

Peggy's got a kid?

Where do you
get this stuff?

I have my contacts.
Yeah, I bet you do.

Credit ratings,
employment records,

prior addresses,
police records?

Oh, I don't think
Judy would...

Dope? Prostitution?
That's crazy.

I almost went out
with her.

Oh, I wouldn't doubt you
for a moment.

Young man, I really
do think I should
point out to you

that you've already had
12 of your 36 hours.

Oh, great, thanks.
What do you want
me to do?

People around here
are horizontally mobile,
this could take weeks.


She's just not here.

Perhaps she's ill.

No, she's always here.
She never misses a class.

I knew there was
something wrong
with her.

She didn't ask me
for my phone number
until two days ago.



Come on, come on.
Let's try and find her.

All right.

Hey! Hey, that's her!
Hey, hey, Mary? Mary?

Hold on for a second.

Mary, my friend, Mr. McCall,
wants to talk to you.

I can't, I just...

Oh, come on, honey.
Just cool off
for a second, please?

I'm sorry,
maybe later, hmm?

I'd like to talk to you
for just a minute, please.

You don't understand.
I'm late, I'm fighting

my glutes,
they're disintegrating.

I'm sure your glutes
are perfect.

Whatever they are.

Mary, come on.

Now, please.

Thank you.

I want to know what
you gave to this man

and why you gave it to him.

I'm disappointed
in you, Mitch.

I didn't realize
you were a gossip.

Wxcuse me.

Forget it. Forget it.
Obviously, it wasn't her.

Just cross her off.
Forget it.

I'll call you.

It's an interesting
little store.

I'd take you in
to browse around,

but the boss is a witch,
so I'll bring her out,

Don't worry, I'll find
some way to amuse myself.

Mr. McCall?

I guess I was wrong.

Shelly wasn't even in
the country last week.

SHELLY: I wish I could help,
but I didn't give
Mitchell anything.

No matter. Obviously,
we made a mistake.

You can go back
to work now.

All right, thank you.
You're welcome.


I'll call you.


Rockefeller Plaza,
in about 15 minutes.

Good place, a lot of office
girls on a late lunch,


Oh, yeah? Yeah, and you cast
your net daily, huh?

Well, yeah. Like I said,
I'm a pretty
disciplined guy.

Oh, yes, quite. Quite.


53rd and Madison,
about 5:00.

Don't tell me,
that's when all those
lovely secretaries

are pouring out
of their offices?

Yeah, you got it.

And then, around about 6:00,
it'll be Grand Central

in that beautiful
rush hour.

MITCHELL: Very good,
you're catching on.

A little work,
you could do it, you know.
You could be an operator.

I bet there are a lot
of women that would fall
for a guy like you.

Thank you, Mitchell.
Thank you.

That is about the best
backhanded compliment
I've ever had.

What's the matter?
My watch ain't working.


We're being followed?


These people
are very serious.

And very clever.



Well, how goes it, hmm?

I gather Dana was
not the girl we're
looking for, either.

No? No.

Well, let's cross
Dana off, huh?

Oh, don't look so depressed.
I mean, after all, it isn't
really a disaster, is it?

And we've gone right
through this list,

and we have ruled out
every single girl on it,
haven't we?

Which leads me
to the conclusion

that the girl
we are looking for

is not on this list, hmm?

So, think. Who else?

I don't know.

But I get this feeling
like this thing is
slipping away from us.

And I get this feeling
like these guys are
gonna kill me.

And there's nothing
that I can do.

WOMAN: Buy you
a drink, Mitch?

That's very kind
of you to offer,

but as you see, Mitch
is deep in contemplation.

Perhaps some other time.
I'm his uncle.

All the way from Akron.


All right,
come on, Mitchell.
Pull yourself together.

There is another she
you have seen in
the past few days

who is not on this list.
Who is it?

I don't know.


Sorry, I thought you
were somebody else.

Wise guy.

Great, it ate my quarter.

What the hell was
that all about?

Well, she was on the phone,
well, not her, another girl.

She was on the phone,
at the bar, and she
was upset.

I wasn't even coming on to
her, you know, I was just
trying to be a nice guy.

Some people just
don't get it.

Oh, yeah.
And then she left.

Well, go on, go on.
She's not it.

I didn't talk to her.
Two words, max.

Okay, okay.
So out of the blue,
she comes back,

and she gives me
her phone number.

You know, one second
it's, "Get lost,"

the next second it's,
"Give me a call."
Flake. Total flake.

Wait a minute, wait a minute.
You said this girl
gave you her number?


Where is the number?

I don't know, it's with
that other pile of
numbers, you know...

Mitchell, it is not
with the other numbers.

We've looked through all
the other numbers, it's
not there. Where is it?

I don't know.
Maybe I threw it out!
What do I know?

It was on a matchbook.

I gave it to Dana.

You gave it to Dana?

Before I left her apartment.

I wrote my number on it.



Go and get it from Dana.




Hi, I'm Mitch,

from the other night.

This guy over here
says that he gave
you his number.

Yeah, he gave me
his phone number.
So what?

We'd like it back,


That's the number.

Whose number?

Well, your friend,
with the slicked-back
hair, from the other night.


She came back here
that night?

That's weird, 'cause
she was really upset
when she left.

Why, was she
in some trouble?

She got fired, but she
was in a panic about it.

Could you...
Could you show us
where she lives?

What do you
want with her?

Well, we just want
to talk with her.

You see, I think
she might be in
some trouble.

She'll be most grateful.
I promise you.

THWRWSA: Why would
her door be open?

McCALL: Wait.
Let me go first.


Oh, God! Oh, God!

Keep yourself
under control.

Whoever did that
could still be
in the area,

which means they
could've seen us
come into this building,

which means that you
are both in danger.

Now, I'm going to take
you somewhere safe.

First of all,
I have to call this in.

No cops, no cops!

At the moment,
the police should be
the least of your worries.

What do these guys
want from me, huh?

That I intend
to find out.


I never saw anybody
dead before.

My whole life.

I understand.

You do?

Yeah, I guess you do.

How well did you know her?

Not very well.

We went out a few times,
but she was

a hard person
to get to know.

And you, what do you do,
what's your job?

I'm a temporary secretary.

Fill in different places.
That's how I met Vickie.

The last two weeks,
we worked together.

How could somebody
do something

Iike that to her?


And how was the salad?

That was excellent.
Very good.

Next course,
spaghetti carbonara.

Fresh egg, bacon,
pepper, Parmesan.

We got this chef
at the restaurant.

She is from Palermo,
it's her recipe, and
it is my favorite dish.


almost my favorite.

Nice try.


Mitchell, above
and beyond the call.

Well, we're both
professionals, right?

I gotta keep my end up.
It's the least I can do.

If it keeps me busy,
believe me, I prefer it.

After what happened,

I can't help it. I'm hungry.


That's the great thing
about appetite.

Whatever you go through,
it always returns, right?

Oh, you said it.



That smells very good.

Oh, here. Great.
Have some.

There's plenty left.
Right there.

Well, if you're sure
there's plenty left.

There's plenty. Plenty.

Thank you, Jimmy.

Oh, Jimmy, Theresa.
Theresa, Jimmy.


I got what you want,

but please don't ever ask me
to deal with those guys

at the lab again,
especially Harrison.

Wspecially at night.

I don't know, maybe
it's his ulcer, but he's
getting really impossible.

Well, thank you, Jimmy.
Set it up, will you?

Set what up?

The thing those people
have been looking for,

the thing that has
brought us all here
together this evening.

You see, we've been
desperately searching.

And when you have eliminated
all possibilities,

that which remains

has got to be the answer.

Go ahead, take
a look at the dot on
the "i" in "Jiffy's."

This is very good,
by the way.


Why don't you look on the
monitor, Jimmy, will you?






Well, now, what is it?

JlMMY: I don't know,
some kind of schematics.

Harrison blew it up.

He's working off a copy
to see if he can
build the thing.

So that's what she
stashed on me, huh?

A matchbook
with a microdot.

Is it worth anything?

Could be worth
a fortune.

Now we got to
find out what it is
and who owns it.


you'd better put more
pressure on Harrison.

Aw, McCall...
All right, all right,
I'll do it.

What's a microdot?

Wxcuse me.

Spaghetti's really good.


Mr. Harrison,
it's Robert McCall.

I thought I'd ask you
how you're getting on.

Yes, yes, Mr. Harrison.

I do appreciate you
working overtime,

but I wanna know what
the hell we're dealing
with as soon as possible.

I realize how late it is,

but believe me,
your efforts are
greatly appreciated.

Well, Jimmy's on his way now.

Thank you. Bye.

Ah, here you are.

Oh, yeah.
Put that away safely.

So, I guess I'll
get ready for bed.

Well, you know where
everything is.

How's it look?


You look fine.

I just wanted to
thank you again
for everything.

Oh, come on.
No need of thanking.

After all, it was me
who got you into this
situation in the first place.

Will it be safe for me
to go home tomorrow?

Yes, I don't see why not.

Once we get young
Mitchell sorted out.

You give them the...
Whatever it is.

Yes, that's right.

What will they do with it?

Oh, use it, throw it away,
sell it, I don't know.

I can't

get it out of my mind,
her lying there.

She seemed like
such a sweet...


Poor Vickie.

She was hanging on to it.
She had such

bad breaks.

But things started looking up.
This man, her boss,

he... He was married,
but he was good to her.

And it looked
like a good thing,

and then he...
He dumped her!

He fired her.

Can I ask you something?

Why do you go to
bars like that?

Because I'm lonely.

Wverybody's lonely.
Wverybody wants somebody.

How can you go on
if you don't have
that hope?

Wven if you make mistakes,
even if it's not forever,


I could be gone
in a second,
like Vickie.

You have to watch out
for yourself.

Nobody else is
gonna do that.

Why do people
hurt each other?

I wish I knew.

I don't want to hurt anybody.

But sometimes

you hurt people
when you don't need to.



MlTCHWLL: Well, hello.


Good night, Theresa.

That's it,
no more Harrison.

I am through.
Wspecially at night.

Good morning.
Good morning.

Hey, honey,
how'd you sleep?

You want some breakfast?
I'm taking orders.

JlMMY: Don't mind if I do.

A couple of eggs
over easy, bacon.

Got you.
Did you get it, Jimmy?

It's not done yet, McCall,
but if it's what Harrison
thinks it is, it's wild.

MlTCHWLL: Want toast, Jimmy?

Jimmy will not be
having any breakfast.

Jimmy is going
straight back to the lab.

At first, I'm thinking
this thing is some kind
of a joke, right?

I'm a little tired,
then it hits me,

you throw in ancillary
markets, foreign rights,

franchising worldwide,

you're looking at
50 million, easy.

The bacon a little
underdone, please.

I don't have to be back there
for at least an hour.

I better get going.
The agency might
wanna send me out...

Whoa, whoa, whoa!
How about
a rain check, huh?

I'll see you down.

Wxcuse me.
I'll get you a cab.

Right, let's go.



Shall l...

Shall I see you again?

You'd really like to?


Thank you.

Call me?
You can count on it.

Bye, Robert.

Mr. McCall?

This is Nick Signorelli.

I just dropped her off
at 552 Bleeker Street.

Bleeker Street?
You're sure it was
Bleeker Street?


Thank you, Nick.

WOMAN'S VOICE: We're sorry,
your call cannot be
completed as dialed.

Please check the number
and dial again.

Oh, Theresa.

MlTCHWLL: Okay, look.
Here's the plan.

We messenger it to
them with a nice note.
You help me write it.

Something like,
"Here's the dot.

"Glad to get it
back to you.

"I've been called
away on business,
forget the money..."

Something more elegant,
though, you know.

Mitchell, your 36 hours
is now up.

In one hour's time,
you are going back
to that park,

where you'll
be picked up.
No way!

You will be picked up
and taken away
to a meeting.

And let me tell
you something else.
I will be with you.

You never told me
about this stuff.

You know, you may well
walk away from this clean,
just walk away.

On the other hand,
in the near future,

you may wake up dead
if you don't do
as I tell you.

Now, come on.



Always tricky.

options, you see.

You just have
to take them
as they come.

Are you gonna
fill me in or what?

No. Not yet.

It's suppose to
be one guy.


One young guy.


One young guy, him.

One old guy, me.


He's clean.

Both of youse,
into the van.

Let's go.


All this could
have been avoided.

If only Vickie had
played her part.

She took our money
to steal the thing,

and then decided she
couldn't bring herself
to turn it over.

Shouldn't have
brought your friend.
I warned you.

But assuming you've kept
up your end of the deal,

perhaps I can
overlook it.

Where is it?

It's here.

Bring it.


How do we know this
is the real thing?

Well, if it isn't,
how did we build that?

It is over.

Drop your weapons
and raise your hands.

It is over.
Drop your weapons...

Don't do it!



Cover him, Mitchell.

You point the gun at him,
put your finger on
the trigger, and cover him.

I got it.


You don't hang about,
do you?

I haven't got
the money.

What do you mean?

Vickie's boss.

Occasionally your boss.

You found out that
he owned the microdot.

You told him
he could have it back.

How much is it going
to cost him, Theresa?

How'd you know?

Oh, a lifetime
of experience.

And, in your haste
to exchange matchbooks,

you wrote down the
wrong phone numbers.

Robert, about
the other night...

The other night
is your business.

Why don't you stop now
before you harm
other people?

I should give it back.

Well, my mother,
God rest her soul,

always used to say,

"The first step
in learning not
to hurt others

"is to stop
hurting yourself."


Mitch? Oh, he's fine.

He's quite safe.

Robert, about
the other night...

Yes, I know, I know.

You were just trying
to get more information
out of him.

I was with him, but
I was thinking about us.

That's funny.

So was l.


Mitch! You promised
to call me.

Oh, I still promise.

I don't know where
you get your energy.

This isn't a bad
place, really.

I might become
a regular.

You know,
I don't get it.

Killing somebody over
a silly robot? Come on.

One robot might be silly.

But over a couple
of hundred thousand sold
at Christmastime?

Oh, no, there's a lot
of money involved there.

How did Vickie know
what it was worth?

Her boss invented it.

Vickie was heavily
involved with her boss.

And a little pillow talk
late at night can work
wonders, you know.


apparently the affair
soured on him,

she decided to
get even with him,

stole the microdot,

and thought she would
sell it to a competitor.

The couple that
kidnapped me.


Then she obviously
had second thoughts.

She realized what
she was getting into.

Realized that they would
stop at nothing to get
what they wanted.

So she panicked.

And she decided to put
the microdot onto
a book of matches

and get rid of it.

So she passed it on to
the first available fool.

Right place at
the wrong time, huh?

So what did you do?
You passed it on to Dana,

Dana passed it on
to somebody else,

and before you knew
what was happening,
it became a case of

"Matchbook, matchbook,
find the bloody matchbook."


You know, none of this
would've happened

if I'd just paid
a little more attention
now and then.

I guess I just don't
listen sometimes.

You don't listen at all.

Well, I don't listen a lot,

but it's tough out there.
I mean,

you go round and round,
life goes whizzing by,
and everything gets...

Horizontally mobile?

Yeah. Yeah.

You know something?
I'm gonna tell you

Sometimes I feel like
just giving it all up.

You don't!
Yeah. Yeah.

Settling down,
you know what I mean?

What about all those
secretaries, salesgirls,

I mean, imagine
their disappointment.


WOMAN: Hi, Mitch.

Who's your friend?

I'm Chris.
I'm Diane.

Mind if we join you?

Oh, sure.

I believe this seat
is available right
here, to my right.

CHRlS: Great.
I haven't seen you
around lately, Mitch.

So, let's have
some drinks.

I've got to go.

I'm sorry, yes.
I have another

Are you sure?
Oh, I'm absolutely
positive, yes.

Well, uh...

Sometimes I feel like
giving it up.

And sometimes you don't.

There we are.



Don't worry, Mitchell.

You're quite safe now.

Well, I think
you might be.


DlANW: Charming guy.


CHRlS: I'm disappointed.

DlANW: I read somewhere
that middle-aged guys
are coming back.