'The Equalizer' season 2: next episode and everything we know about the Queen Latifah series

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Queen Latifah isn't done tipping the scales back in favor of the little guys, as she returns for The Equalizer season 2 on CBS.

If The Equalizer sounds familiar to you as a title, that’s because it is based on a previous 1980s TV series and more recently had a pair of movie adaptations starring Denzel Washington. This most recent look at the idea comes from the creative team of Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller, who had previously worked together on the ABC crime dramedy Castle.

Here is everything you need to know about The Equalizer before its season 2 premiere.

When is the next 'The Equalizer' episode?

It's been start and stop for a while with The Equalizer season 2, with only two episodes premiering in January before going back on break, but the show returns on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a brand new episode.

Here is the synopsis for the latest episode of The Equalizer, titled "Legacy":

"McCall joins forces with Jessie Cook, a brilliant and unpredictable master thief, to recover a valuable painting stolen from a Black family during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre."

Can’t watch The Equalizer live, CBS’ website has the latest episodes available on its website, debuting after they air on TV. It will also be available on Paramount Plus the day after it airs.

What is the plot of ‘The Equalizer’?

Like its TV predecessor and the Denzel Washington movies, the basic premise of The Equalizer is that a mysterious do-gooder uses their special skills to help the people who have no one else to turn to. What makes this most recent edition of The Equalizer different is that what has always been a character played by a man has been changed up so as to star Queen Latifah, who in addition to being a bad-ass crime fighter is also a single-mom, though she keeps her job a secret from her daughter.

During the first season, Latifah’s Robyn McCall was doing her job trying to tip the scales of justice back in favor of her clients, but her vigilante actions were garnering the attention of the police, including Det. Marcus Dante. Robyn’s daughter Delilah also was curious as to what her mother really did for a living.

SPOILERS if you’re not caught up with The Equalizer.

In the season finale, Delilah gets caught up in a shooting that killed one of her friends and is eager to work with the police and testify. As Robyn manages to track down and stop those responsible (an Eastern European gang), Delilah begins to piece together who her mom truly is.

Det. Dante ends the season saying that he won’t continue to pursue Robyn as a case, but can’t promise that others at the police won’t. However, she has more immediate problems, as in the final moments Delilah confronts her mom and asks her “Who are you?”

Here is the official plot synopsis for the season premiere of The Equalizer, titled “Aftermath”:

“Just as McCall considers ending her work as The Equalizer, she’s pulled back in when she takes on Detective Marcus Dante as a new client who needs her to find an untraceable group of bank robbers.”

Who is in ‘The Equalizer’ cast?

We’ve mentioned her already, but Queen Latifah headlines The Equalizer as the justice-seeker Robyn McCall. The Grammy and Emmy-winning artist has been the star of multiple TV shows and movies, including Chicago, Hairspray, Bessie and Star. She’s also not a stranger to the action or crime genres, having starred in the action-comedy Taxi and previously played a detective in the Quibi series When the Street Lights Go On.

The main cast around Latifah in The Equalizer includes Tory Kittles as Det. Marcus Dante; Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian; Lorraine Toussaint as Viola “Vi” Marsette; Chris North as William Bishop; Liza Lapira as Melody “Mel” Bayani; and Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah.

How to watch ‘The Equalizer’

The Equalizer is a CBS drama, which means that it is available to watch on the network for anyone with access to their local CBS station. Thankfully, that is pretty easy to get. Anyone with a traditional cable/satellite pay-TV subscription has CBS included; those using TV antennas can pick up their local stations’ signals; and live TV streaming services Fubo TVHulu with Live TV and YouTube TV all carry CBS as part of their basic package of channels. 

However, cord cutters don’t have to feel left out, as The Equalizer can also be watched live or on-demand with the Paramount Plus streaming service. Subscribers to the $9.99 plan for Paramount Plus have live access to their local CBS station. You can also watch all of the latest episodes of The Equalizer the next-day on the platform.

Similarly, The Equalizer will have its latest episodes available on the CBS website the day after it airs, though you will need to be able to verify that you have either a traditional pay-TV or live TV streaming service subscription to watch. 

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).