The Finder Review:The Perfect Man

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The Finder made a convincing comeback this week in "Swing and a Miss." Friends with benefits, celebrities, baseball and gambling were just a few of the entertaining features of the hour.

Finding Some Baseball

Perhaps the first thing that really caught my attention was the fact we actually got to see that Isabel had an existence outside her appearances as an asset in Walter's cases, especially one that included such a good looking boyfriend - and a famous baseball player no less.

Besides that, we finally received an explanation of the relationship she shares with Walter, which is apparently classified as friends with benefits. While I am not normally a proponent of this particular kind of arrangement, I finally got the feeling that there were some compelling interpersonal dynamics that I would be interested in learning more about.

It was great fun to watch Walter be a little jealous, even when he attempted to pretend he wasn't. Isabel trying to make it sound like Frankie broke up with her was even better. I am still wondering who broke up with whom. Anyone watch closely enough to see if body language suggested anything?

That said, I developed a rather intense crush on Walter when he suggested that he and Isabel make their relationship "more monogamous." I would complain that it was too early to have allowed that to occur (a Moonlighting effect is a distinct worry I have for a show I is still attempting to develop its own bearings), but I'm willing to let this one ride out, hopefully to mostly happy ends.

Yet perhaps I am getting ahead of myself. I'm not completely sure that they mutually agreed to those terms, though it did appear there at the end that there were no objections.

In other relationship news, it seemed that Willa exhibited some rather redeeming qualities in replacing the broken jukebox with her underground casino winnings, much to Leo's joy. I still wonder, though, how exactly it came to be that Willa is under Leo's care specificially? That's a story I would like to hear more about. They seem extremely close, but I would like to understand where it developed.

To all those people only watching for a good time, you have to realize that television is more than that, no matter what the writers or creators themselves tell you. There is a purpose behind every scripted show. These programs wouldn't be on the air otherwise. There is a story that someone wants to tell and why and in what way they choose to tell it makes all the difference.

While The Finder may be based on a book series, there was a deeper story behind the authors motivations for writing it. With television, the story changes a little bit to fit the medium, but the basic desire to tell a story to an audience is something that doesn't change. Of course you can just watch, but you can get more out of it if you really watch with this understanding in mind.

So, who broke up with who? Did Frankie break up with Isabel? Or was it the other way around? Or do you even care at this point?


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


This is a great show! It is fun, quirky, entertaining, and full of interesting characters that are complex and growing. And really, isn't that what TV is all about people!!! I hope FOX announces its renewal!!! Please........


did you write that review late at night? The last several paragraphs were incomprehensible.
Anyway, love this show, still think the girl is incorrigible and should be locked up. But Walter, Leo and Isobel are great. The Moonlightening effect isn't in play, they have already had sex. I love the quirky stories, makes me chuckle. Please renew.


Does anyone know where the location is of the sports memorabilia store that was used in "Swing and a Miss"? Thank you for any info you can provide.


Last week had me wondering if I wanted to quit watching, but this week made me glad I stuck in there. I still tape this and watch Person Of Interest (which I LOVE), but I enjoyed this week's episode and am glad I didn't give up on it. Hopefully it will continue to improve.


I enjoyed the episode, though I haven't disliked the previous episodes as much as the reviewer. As far as the moonlighting cruse, that doesn't apply her AT ALL. First, the show has to have at least one season of will they/won't they tension, not a few episodes. Second, we already know they Walter and Isabel had slept together at least once before the episode so there is no will they/won't they question. I think one of the worst these this show did was do a backdoor pilot on Bones. Now you have too many people comparing it to Bones or expecting it to be another Bones. It is a different show and they are trying to make that clear and putting Walter and Isabel together right away does that.


The blond still sucks. Otherwise, the episodes are improving.


looks like they are finding their feet. (oops, couldn't help it)


Loved the episode. Love the Finder.
Was laughing through the whole hour.
I really like the dynamic between the characters, and how they are adding to the storyline.
And if Isabel is looking for the perfect man, she should look no further than Walter... just sayin'. Not that I want them to get together now... there needs to be SOME tension. Overall great ep.


Best episode so far.

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The Finder Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Walter: Ha, winning.
Leo: We have two totally different definitions of that word.

Don't give me cop face. Friends don't give friends cop face.