The Finder Review: Fatal Attractions

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On The Finder this week, Ira enlisted Walter's help to find the Cinderella who captured his heart when they met at a bar. Elsewhere, Leo and Willa ran into the man responsible for the death of his wife and daughter. When curiosity got the best of Willa, it caused a riff in her relationship with Leo that she was desperate to reconcile.

In both cases, fatal attractions almost cost both Ira and Willa, the former to his illusive Cinderella and Willa to her wandering mind.

One thing is for sure: "A Cinderella Story" certainly felt like a fairytale, which made it a little difficult to take the installment seriously.

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Even as the show enters its third week on the air, The Finder is struggling to find its stride. Consequently, this also means that The Finder is struggling to capture my attention with a riveting plot that engages me such that my brain is completely incapable of distraction. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is occurring.

Each week it feels like someone different is at the helm of the storytelling, and you can never quite be sure just what it is that's going to come out.

The last thing I expected was a serial killer femme fatale on this one. The way the previews made it sound, NASA seemed to be the central theme that I expected to play more of a role than it did.

In fact, it seemed counterfeit footwear became the star, given the connection to Cinderella. This plot was so ridiculous I would prefer not even to discuss it. The tazing was absurd and quite frankly dangerous in real life and need not be promoted in any way in prime time television. The rest was far too outlandish and totally creepy. Not only that, but it was accompanied by a cheesy dream about Walter placing a shoe on Isabel's foot.

That said, one moment I liked very much was seeing Isabel giddy in the shoe store. I can understand her excitement. We women love our shoes. We own more pairs of shoes than we probably have outfits. At least, this has been my experience, and it shows no signs of stopping. By extension, I was also sucked into the moment a little bit when Walter told Isabel that the "kind of pretty she was" had nothing to do with her shoes. Very sweet, Walter.

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form promoting a hookup or eventual shipper name. I simply appreciated that Walter took a moment to compliment her.

Here's one piece of evidence to support that claim: She deserves someone who isn't crazy, and won't act that way in public. What was up with that tirade about how high heels somehow contribute to the objectification of women? Whether it's true or not is beyond the scope of this review, but how unnatural is it to bring something like that up so obnoxiously in the middle of a shoe store, counterfeit or not?!

The one thing that even remotely saved this episode from ranking a full on zero for this week was the storyline that centered around Willa and Leo encountering Michael Stein. We knew something terrible had happened to Leo's family. But is there anything less dramatic and more pitiful than attributing their deaths to E Coli poisoning?

I understand that it was Michael Stein's decision to allow the poisoned meat to be distributed for consumption, but I thought we had at least come up with some ways to manage and treat this kind of poisoning? I am not a scientist, so please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

The real problem here is that the writers not only chose to divulge this information early on in the series in the least dramatic or cleverly crafted way possible, but then they made Willa act like a jerk, made it about her somehow and then allowed her the chance to make it up, which she did by essentially beating Michael Stein to death. Something feels very wrong with this picture...

None of these elements boded well for the show this week in presentation or even execution, and the most troubling part is it feels like the real culprits are the writers. They need to think of something to save this sinking ship because it is sinking... quickly.


Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


@brendan G
I know the show isn't bad, as evidenced by my last two rather glowing reviews of the show. I'm just saying that the reasons I like this show are fast fading, and I don't think it would hurt for the writers to take the show in another direction. Yes, they did a lot of tweaking between when it initially aired last spring and now, but I also think their work isn't quite finished yet.


I really like this show! It has some levity to it and I like the relationships that are developing. It may be unbelieveable, but its television! The e coli story line is out of the book the series is based on-The Locator. An attorney loses his family in an e coli outbreak that was traced back to a specific company where they did a cost analysis of the possibility of an outbreak and still chose not to pull the tainted meat. The atty starts killing the CEOs and the like and they hire Walter to find him. Good book. In any event, I hope they keep this show because I really like it and want to know what happens if Walter can't find what he's looking for!


another show they NEED to find another reviewer for so they don't spend the entire review trashing the show. seriously if you don't like the show then don't review it. seriously the show isn't bad. it gives a bit of a comedic view to the crime drama instead of just having people getting blown up or dying.


I too enjoy this program. Walter is funny quirky serious and has understanding of people. I also love the Leo character, he is the the sanity rock. My objection is Willa's story lines; two weeks in a row she commits some type of heinous crime which she should have her locked up. Not sure how the writers want us to like her. She constantly betrays her friends trust and their belief in her. I dont want anyone to like me that much that, they will kill for me I'm with her probation officer and want her off the streets. Love everything about Isabel, shoes-making you look 4in taller, oh yeah.


I enjoy this show. I found if refreshing that we didnt know who was the killer at the start of the show, like some other shows out there that make it easy to guess. If you dont like the show, dont watch it and tell those of us who like it what a horrible show it is. I find the banter and his manner of "finding" people refreshing.

Sue ann

I never had much intention of watching this show anyway, but this week I forgot that it was on at all, until after it was over. So I did not see it, and cannot comment on how bad this one may have been. I did not like the one last week, though, and have made no effort to remember it exists. Regarding the lethal properties of e coli, a few years back, there was an e coli outbreak here in the Northwest; some children died. It is lethal to the young, the old and those with compromised immune systems, and it is not at all conquered from what I understand. I am not going to look it up; that is what they said at the time.


I would disagree with two things one is that the finder isnt a sinking ship it has very interesting stories whether they are hard to follow or not. Secondly is actually refreshing to have a show where the death isnt so dramatic. Usually they died in; a car crash, a fire, an explosion or they were murdered. All of which lead into no-where storylines that have been repeated over and over again in various programmes. The Finder has made a case for a normal yet underused death. I for one find it a nice change from the constant drama surrounded behind deaths such as; keith getting shot in one tree hill, becketts mother being murdered in castle, scott bakula being shot on chuck, brennans mother being killed in bones......the list goes on. The different route is interesting not boring and predictable.

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The Finder Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Walter: What happens if I trip and fall on it?
Leo: This is America, we sue.

The kind of beautiful you are has nothing to do with those shoes.

Walter [to Isabel]