The Equalizer viewers have come to know Mel as a no-nonsense, butt-kicking aide to Robyn. But during the CBS show’s winter premiere, which aired Sunday, she’s the one in need of support.
The situation is a little awkward, given that Robyn is still angry that Mel trained Delilah behind her back. But there’s no time for tough conversations; Mel’s brother, Edison, is missing. Read on for a recap of “He Ain’t Heavy.”
We learn of the predicament as the episode opens: It’s nighttime, and Mel is pointing a gun at a man in an alley, demanding to know Edison’s whereabouts. Just moments before, she’d had received a call from her sister, Ruby, who witnessed Edison get carjacked outside of a coffee shop; a man took off in the car with Edison inside. Luckily, Mel tracks down the other man involved. But her luck runs out when he slips away, gets hit by a car and dies.Distraught, Mel runs to her bar to drink, but Harry persuades her to enlist Robyn’s help. Robyn also is thinking about Mel, but for a different reason: We see her confiding in Dante about her friend’s betrayal the next morning.
Meanwhile, Delilah is feeling down about the situation, but forces herself to focus on helping Aunt Vi, who has entered an art contest at a local gallery. Vi’s girlfriend, Trish, is also there to provide support.
Robyn meets up with Mel and Ruby to help find Edison, who is a hedge fund manager. Tensions between the two sisters are hard to ignore; Ruby, a mother who takes care of their parents, disapproves of Mel’s decision to own a bar among other life choices. However, she doesn’t know about Mel and Harry’s secret duties as two-thirds of Robyn’s vigilante operation.
Later, Harry finds footage of the carjacking and discovers that the thief is a career criminal who has been targeting Edison, likely due to his job managing high-stakes financial transactions.
Mel has a tough time of her own after visiting Edison’s apartment, which has been ransacked. But no one needs to keep Robyn calm as she visits Edison’s job, where she learns that some employees are jealous of Edison’s recent promotion. She secretly downloads files from a computer and sends them to Harry. He discovers that $20 million was transferred from one of Edison’s corporate investors’ accounts to an anonymous account in the Cayman Islands. Upon hearing the information, Mel is defensive at first, but gradually admits that it looks as if her brother is laundering money for the Colombian mob, whose boss has ties to the corporate investor.
The always-resourceful Dante finds Edison’s car at the bottom of the river; Mel is relieved when they do not find a body inside. Meanwhile, Harry spots Edison in traffic-camera footage.