Bones Review: "The Finder"

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This week's episode of Bones treated us to a new cast of quirky characters, serving as a pilot for a spinoff show aptly titled, "The Finder."

While I was expecting nothing less than a B&B minimized episode, Walter, Leo and Ike stepped up to the challenge of integrating into a mix of already established characters without stepping on any toes.

Geoff Stults on Bones

While Booth's vehemence towards Walter isn't resolved until the end of the episode, their initial sparring was rather disconcerting. I do give them credit, however, for giving Walter an interesting introduction, as we first find this new character contemplating the philosophical distinction between ninjas and samurais.

I appreciate Leo's textbook-like reference to the law on multiple occasions throughout the episode, as well as his reference to a religion which apparently values gifts like those Walter possesses. Of Ike, I have to say that her accent was slightly distracting and often hard for me to understand, and her particular place within the group remained largely unresolved for me, except that she's a pilot doubling as a bartender.

Which brings me to my next point: do they really work/hang out at a bar with no customers? How do they financially support their business, or do they rely solely on FBI consultant fees? Technical concerns, but certainly ones that could be resolved if "The Finder" does, in fact, find a home of its own in primetime.

I also wondered about Walter's sudden enchantment with Brittany Stevenson. He goes to investigate her, ends up kissing her, and then ends up on a hunt for her killer as if they had been star-crossed lovers. I didn't particularly agree with how that storyline was delved into without any pretext, yet I suppose for a pilot truncated plots are par for the course.

If there was one thing I was hoping they would have gone left out of this episode was Walter's stripping down to investigate the dead man's apartment. I recognize that this is perhaps some kind of insight into his "process," but I certainly could have done without the emphasis on the time he spent on the commode. It was sufficiently awkward and when he flushed on the phone with Brennan I about died.

I also don't understand how any of the things he did in the house demonstrated his ability to find things. He surmised depression, torture and a terminal illness by parading around in boxers. I don't think I get the connection.

What I'm still having trouble grasping is what the point of this episode actually was. With all the introductions and personality quirks I can't even remember what the real importance of the original set of remains really was. Body, treasure map, latitude and longitude and Leo and Ike dropping off the murderous curator in a crate; that's all I remember related to the case.

Now That's Teamwork

What I do distinctly remember is Walter's recovery of Brennan's Seventh Grade Science Fair medal, and the newspaper clipping featuring a picture of her and her mother. It was a nice moment for Brennan, and it was obvious that Walter was sweet on Brennan a little bit. Go figure he would be attracted to someone Booth was also attracted to! Also, it was the first time in a long time we've seen Brennan genuinely emotive for quite a while. It was brief, yet refreshing.

Same goes for Booth, whose story about skipping off base to be at Parker's birth was a nice insight not only into his relationship with Walter, but also with his son. Booth has always been a family man, but it's always nice to discover another story. It reminds us that even while we're meeting new characters, there's still so much to learn about the ones we've grown to love over the course of six seasons.

Also, who enjoyed the print of Hart Hanson on Walter's oxygen tank just before the dive? If you missed it, go back and watch again. If you're on Twitter and follow Hanson, you'll know it when you see it.

All in all, I might take a chance on "The Finder," but I certainly missed the Jeffersonian team.

So, was the spinoff-pilot a success, or were you upset that B&B and the Jeffersonian team took a little break this week? Would you watch "The Finder" if he had his own show?

Sound off on last night's Bones below!


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I found that they integrated the regular Bones cast well enough, they allowed "The Finder" to take the stage on Bones so it could get some publicity, this is something a lot of shows do and it's cool, there will be a regular episode of Bones next week, so it's nothing to freak out about... I thought Walter Sherman as the finder was adorable, I thought Ike's CLEARLY AUSTRALIAN accent was endearing and that Leo was really funny. I would definitely watch it if it became it's own show!


I think the episode was great,I love the way Hart found enough balance to introduce these new Characters and still over shadow the Bones characters. I find Walter interesting and would love to see this picked up.


I didn't like the finder at all. I was expecting more 'Bones" to be in there and missed seeing one of my favorite shows. I didn't like Ike's accent and saw no reason for the guy to be in his underware. It seems like they are going to do a lot of weird stuff and blame it all on his brain injury. I don't think the finder is going to be on my must watch list next season.


Apart from the fact that this was not an episode of Bones in anything but name, I didn't mind the Finder episode and might watch it if it wasn't for Ike's truly terrible accent! What is it meant to be anyway? I've a nasty feeling it's meant to be British and I've got to tell you NOBODY speaks like that here in Britain. It made the whole thing unwatchable for me.


I was utterly disappointed by this episode. I, like others, was expecting an episode of Bones and not this backdoor pilot. I stopped watching about halfway through when my disappointment reached its zenith. First off, the tone of the pilot was entirely different from that of Bones. I actually spent that little while wondering to myself, there was hardly any flow and I had absolutely no attachment to any of the characters. All of a sudden they start talking backstory, Danny Trejo as a bishop... What is this? Easily the worst episode of Bones I've ever watched, and I've had disappointments in the past.


I was thoroughly bored by this episode. I guess it was more to do with what we've come to expect when we switch on "Bones". We expect to see forensic science-based crime solving. This episode provided almost none of that. And I agree, the part of Walter stripping down to his boxers was really unnecessary (also it was so predictable that his boxers would be of a quirky colour like red!). I seriously doubt I'd watch "The Finder" for more than an episode or two, just to get the feel of the show. Overall, the episode was a big yawn.


haha walter falling 4 brenann


Didn't care for The Finder. I thought he was
creepy. When I tune in to watch Bones, I
want to see Booth, Brennan and the gang
at the Jeffersonian.


A horrible eposide.... If The Locator is picked up
by FOX.... I will not even bother to watch. A waste of time. Bad acting and writing!!!!!!!!!!


I'm a long time "BONES" watcher and,while they sometimes get a little silly, I still enjoy the show. Last night's episode was awful. I thought I was going to see a new story. Instead I got a lousy spin-off that wasn't worth the time. The "Finder" premise has been done to death as far as the characters go. There are already shows with the quirky leader, the giant genius, and the offbeat female. And why do they always have to be from England or Australia, or somewhere exotic? And Where was the story? I'll watch Burn Notice/A-Team/Dirty Dozen/some other Stuff re-runs first.

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Bones Season 6 Episode 19 Quotes

I am the finder, you are the catchers.


...Except mine is real, not some magical finder power.