Finder – S01E03 – “A Cinderella Story”
A figurative ‘Prince Charming’ asks Walter to look into the disappearance of the woman of his dreams who rushed out of a night club leaving nothing but one shoe and a smudged clue behind. Nothing is as it seems in this episode and Walter gets in a bit over his head as all the evidence points to a serial killer on the loose. Meanwhile, Willa upsets Leo and her idea of making it up to him, well, it’s not strictly speaking legal. Another solid episode leaving The Finder’s track record 3-0.
Score: 3 ½ of 5
Even NASA scientists need a little… recreation. Ira Messing (Ian Reed Kessler) meets Lisa (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) in a bar and the two hit it off. A disturbing phone call later and she’s running from the night club, one shoe left behind with a garbled message. Ira goes to Walter and asks for his help in finding her because he just knows something bad has happened. Well, he isn’t exactly wrong there.
The Walter storyline, while it’s the A-Plot, is overshadowed by the B-Plot which is the story of Leo’s family and Willa. We discover that Leo’s wife and child weren’t murdered in the traditional sense but ate tainted meat which the company owner knew was bad but sold it anyway. I guess he got off scott-free because he was walking around as a wealthy man. What Leo needs is the Leverage team…
Anyway, Willa discovers this by sneaking into Leo’s computer, though it’s not exactly hacking when he says his password out loud as he types it. (It’s Asamandious, at least I think that’s the spelling, I can’t find the word anywhere) So, Leo is all manner of upset with Willa and considers firing her. Willa asks Walter what to do and he says “make it up to him”. He says this to a Romani, he really should have seen this coming.
Willa manipulates her cousin into helping her roll a guy, the guy being the CEO. Several whacks with a baseball bat later and the man is in the hospital. As Walter points out “I meant bake him a cake”.
Leo doesn’t approve but he does understand the sentiment behind it. A little rocky this relationship but it’s definitely better than the other routes they could have gone with Willa. If they can continue to give her meaty stuff like this rather than typical teen crap then I’ll retract my earlier statements of her being a completely useless character.
As for the A-plot, turns out there is a serial killer on the loose abducting women. No, not really, the missing ‘Cinderella’ is abducting her ‘Prince Charmings’. I’m kinda disappointed in Walter in this episode, his ‘deduction’ was pretty simple because, duh, all the shoes belong to the same person. It would take a crime lab like twenty minutes to figure that out. Oh well, him being tasered is quite funny.
Shows usually try to put their strongest episodes first in order to catch the audience so I hope this isn’t the cream of the crop as right now they’ve been pretty steady and consistent. Episodes Four and Five will be telling.