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The premiere of The Equalizer opens at The Classic Diner, where Jewel chats on the phone to her mother about an upcoming interview for a scholarship while closing up the restaurant. When Jewel goes outside to throw out the trash, a man comes towards her and tells her to "run." Moments later, two men open fire at the man and he dies.
When the police chat with Jewel, they suggest she leave town for a while to avoid being targeted by the bad guys. Unfortunately, Jewel doesn't have anywhere to go. But upon reviewing the security footage of the shooting, the video makes it look like, somehow, Jewel pulled the trigger.
We meet Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah) when she wakes up from a nightmare of being on the battlefield. Later, McCall reveals she entered the Army after a judge gave her the choice to join the military or go to jail as the consequence for stealing a car at 17.
McCall lives with her Aunt Vi (Lorraine Toussaint) and her 15-year-old daughter Delilah (Laya DeLeon Hayes) and recently inexplicably quit her job running a nonprofit. "Let somebody else run that charity for a while," McCall tells Vi.
While taking her daughter to pick out a dress for her ex-husband's upcoming wedding — and nixing a short, sparkly option — McCall passes William Bishop (Chris Noth), who wordlessly hands her a note reading: "Wonder Wheel 10 p.m."
McCall meets him at the Coney Island attraction and Bishop reveals that the CIA wants her back at any cost. "You can't buy back trust," McCall says, jokingly adding that she'll get a job at Starbucks and join the PTA. "Because you're such a people person, right?" Bishop retorts.
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