The Finder Review: Beautiful Assistants

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Even Harry Houdini couldn't have seen this one coming.

Walter and Leo tracked down a beautiful assistant to a magician involved in a sophisticated counterfeit ring this week, and Willa dropped a bomb that left my jaw on the floor. And, in an unexpected turn of events, The Finder delivered another solid installment.

Yeah, I'd call that "The Great Escape."

The Great Escape Scene

What exactly did The Finder escape? My utter disappointment.

I know in the grand scheme of things that my being disappointed is immaterial, but when a show really catches me by surprise, I am more than willing to admit it.

So let's start with the counterfeiting ring cleverly concealed behind an elaborate magician's trick that ended in a wall of flames. That is the longest long-shot I have ever had the pleasure to have connected for me. It was a fun story told in an entertaining way, and I appreciated that.

I also appreciated that we got more substantive moments in which Willa was involved... and Isabel tried to give her strong, womanly advice.

Unfortunately, it is at this time that I thought Willa was telling one of the biggest lies of her entire life. There was no way they were going to get me to believe that Timo and Willa were engaged for even a second. Furthermore, there was not a cat in heck's chance that I would have taken Willa at her word that her engagement could be ended with a $10,000 donation to Uncle Shad.

Still not sure I completely believe it, but Isabel sure did. And if Isabel did, then it was beyond obvious that Walter was going to. No way he was going to let Isabel give the little bit of money up that she was saving for that convertible. What a sweetheart he is.

And I guess somewhere deep inside, Willa is too. Assuming the story is true, she was willing to aid Timo in getting that money so he could go be with the woman he allegedly loves so much. Not to mention that picture of Walter and the President that she dug up from the safe she tried to rob. I think she's secretly a Walter and Isabel shipper.

Other highlights from the episode:

  • Judy vs. Isabel. Classic play on interdepartment prejudices.
  • Leo consulting parenting books on how to deal with Willa.
  • Isabel admitting to Walter that she was the woman and Willa was the girl.
  • Walter and Leo shoving Angelica into a small piece of luggage?

In two weeks, another Jeffersonian Alum makes his way to The Ends of the Earth, as The King of the Lab enlists Walter to help him find aliens! So excited to have Hodgins on board.

Do you believe Willa's story, or are we all getting played?


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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Ah cynicism! Just enjoy the canonical nature of the tale. Kinda sad that every minor in everyone's mind is having sex. Perhaps Willa's tough kid is more sham than not. Anyway, amusing show. I hope they keep Willa in the show. Pretty sure my three Daughters would agree. Pax.


I am pretty sure none of the commentors above are actual gypsies and i must admit neither am i, but unfortunately they have no knowledge that many ethnic groups have preserved their culture since they have come to america and gypsies are included . Here is some more information before you make your decision on Willa:


Loved the episode... and how Walter kept refering to Isabel and Leo as his 'beatutiful assistants'. No way Willa is a virgin, and I don't think they are really engaged. Like BN said, This is 2012. Sheesh.
Did love how the secret service agent was flirting with Walter, and Isabel was obviously jealous. And I am all for Walter and Isabel being together. Awesome that Willa gave Isabel the pic of Walter in the White House :)
Keeps getting better and better!!


one of my favorite scenes from this episode was when isabel woke up walter while he was sleeping to discuss the "i'm the woman and willa's the girl" problem she was having and then she curled back into his side to go back to bed. my heart sighed


OK, I like that show now ! They have a different vibe from other shows. Good work!


glad to see that you are at least giving the Finder a fair review. Who could not love Leo or stuffing a girl in a suitcase. Walter is kooky and I love him What a funny preposterous scene. No way is Willa a virgin, is that some kind of ploy to get is to like her? Walter at least has doubts about her although he fell into the 10,000 con. Gosh, where do they live, I could use 10,000 for my poor sickly aging cat hoarding grandmother.


Only things I dislike about the show are the sometimes hamhanded exposition, but I can deal with that. The gypsy stuff annoys me the most though. It just feels so trite and out of place.


The stories are holding my interest but not a favorite. I like some of the characters especially Leo. Maybe the show could get a "Burn Notice" type of feel with Walter, Leo, and the female cop. However, the "Willa" character remains contrived...really, no teen is going to be made a ward of two men owning a bar. It is an unfortunate choice. Then "gypsy girl" needs money to buy off her arranged engagement in 2012 America? Please...


This show just keeps getting better and better......Sure hope it lasts.

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The Finder Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Willa told me my love life was crazy stupid.


Walter: Just do what I did: Find someone you can trust. It will change your life.