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'Bones' Season 6, Episode 19 Recap

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 22nd 2011 9:00AM
Booth, Cam and Bones investigate a body brought in by Walter Sherman in this week's episode of 'Bones.'['Bones' - 'The Finder']

For those of you who follow episode titles, you'll notice the one for this week's 'Bones' was different than normal. Usually, it's something like 'The Blackout in the Blizzard' or 'The Feet on the Beach.' This week, the episode title was 'The Finder.'

Why? Well, instead of primarily focusing on Booth, Bones and the Squints, this particular episode was what Folks in the Industry call a backdoor pilot. Its main focus was Walter Sherman, the main character from 'The Locator' series of novels by Richard Greener, and the episode was meant to introduce us to Walter, his supporting cast and his unique ability to find anyone and anything.

The main question is this: after watching the pilot, would 'The Finder' be a good series? Yes, but with some fine tuning.

Let's begin with Walter himself, played by Geoff Stults of '7th Heaven' and 'October Road' fame. Walter is a likable enough guy: good-looking, smart, amusing, quick to fall in love. The only problem he has is he's paranoid as hell. From determining the validity of Bones' Jeffersonian ID by biting into it, to berating a waitress because he felt the decaffeinated coffee he ordered wasn't truly decaffeinated coffee, the paranoia turns him into someone more annoying than likable.

This is a potential problem for a main character. As many reviewers have said in the past, there should be some redeeming value to the main character in order for viewers to connect with them. While folks like Michael Scott of 'The Office' or Vic Mackey of 'The Shield' were unbearable many times, they had enough sympathetic qualities to make viewers feel they knew and could relate to them.



In this case, too much of Walter's paranoia could be his downfall. While the trait can be displayed, it shouldn't be so heavy as to allow the character to be suspect of everything. Should 'The Finder' end up being a series, producer Hart Hanson and crew may need to find a way to focus on his abilities and his charm and less on the paranoia.

Onto his supporting cast, who may or may not join Geoff should the show be picked up. Saffron Burrows ('Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'Boston Legal') played Ike Latulippe, Walter's bartender/systems analyst/pilot. To put her in perspective, she was probably to Walter what Fiona is to Michael Westen on 'Burn Notice.' She smart (who isn't in the world of 'Bones'), beautiful, willing to get into a fight, and can break down the characteristics of a space by taking the merest glance.

Ike's flaw is her accent. While the London-born Burrows has done cockney before in movies like 'The Bank Job,' this version of it was grating. Perhaps it was due to the character's attitude and brashness, but it was off-putting at the very beginning. As the show progressed it alternated between the continued brashness and a softness almost like her own voice. Determining where her accent needs to fall should be a consideration in any new series.

Finally, there's Michael Clarke Duncan, who played poet/legal adviser/muscle Leo Knox. Mr. Knox was there to keep Walter on the (sort of) straight and narrow during his investigation. Along the way he would spout poetic verse related to Walter or the case and, in one situation, he beat the crap out of a huge tattoo artist who was physically assaulting Walter. Basically, he's a man who makes his point with either a few words or a fist.

And the issue with Leo is he's a man of few words, and those were either poetry or legal information. There needs to be more than this for Duncan, who showed such emotional range in 'The Green Mile.' If he comes along to the spin-off the producers need to consider expanding his vocabulary.

Aside from minor character issues, 'The Finder' was pretty enjoyable. As long as they keep the drama on the lighter side and continue to provide the interesting ways Walter investigates a case (laying on the victim's bed in just his underpants), a show with these characters would fit well into the FOX schedule. Especially since it already features two dramas, 'Bones' and 'House,' starring main characters who have special abilities but also have a number of mental quirks. What it will come down to is the ratings for this week's 'Bones' as well as feedback from you, the fans.

As to Walter's power, it's a combination of observation and intuitiveness. Basically, he's Bones, Angela and Hodgins combined into one, minus all of the scientific knowledge they have. By just listening to what someone has to say, Walter is able to pinpoint a location of an object; just as he did when he listened to his friend, Bishop Eddie, talk about a sect of 17th century Jesuits. It's a subtle yet powerful ability which he tries not to flaunt.

Other items of note:

-- No Squintern this week. Then again, Team Squint received very little screen time. The best moment when they did appear was the little tiff between Walter and Hodgins after Walter pretty much insulted him saying he was a six out of ten while Angela was an eleven.

-- A nice moment for Bones was when Walter presented her with the missing medal she lost in 7th grade, along with a news clipping with a photo of her and her mother. Not many times we see Brennan so distracted with emotion about something.

Next week on 'Bones' -- Everyone gets very honest with each other when they investigate the murder of a man who told the truth about everything.

What did you think of 'The Finder?' Would it work as a new series?

'Bones' airs Thursdays at 9PM, ET on FOX

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Robbie

He said Hodgins was a 7 not a 6.

April 27 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hvan

This episode was awful. My husband and I look forward to BONES every week. This show, however, was not Bones. BOO!!

April 25 2011 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

I don't think I liked that Bones was taken over by a spin-off show but I did like the spin-off show and I certainly would watch The Finder. As with all pilots - there should be little more work but on the whole it was a really good show. Just please leave Bones alone.

April 24 2011 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Em

I agree with a lot of what people said about the characters. There needs to be some more work. Regardless if that should be a show or not which at this point not sure a good idea, I am not into using Bones to just try something out. I think at this point there needs to be a lot of attention paid to Bones because this season is different from the rest due to the plot changes and the girlfriend and now that their relationship is changing I think it might be a mistake to use air time on something else. I watch Bones because I want to watch the show with Angela etc. and this wasn't really about them. They are the heart of the show and it was lacking on any mystery or case solving. Just made them seem silly. I really did like Bone's reaction to getting her metal back. That was the highlight for me. I am not sure why booth disliked him so much. It didn't really make since because there wasn't much more back story than he arrested me for doing his job. It might have benefited from him not being so extreme by saying he hates that guy so much when that was so long ago to not have that lightened a bit.

April 23 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KatM

I totally agree with Phillip on the boring and will add that I felt like it fell FLAT... couldn't get into it at all.

April 23 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PhillipB

The Finder was so boring I almost fell asleep.
If this is the future of TV..... I will be watching movies instead. The actors were horrible and the writing was
weak.
The people that mad Bones need to focus on BONES as this season was a loser. The worst one ever......
I wonder if the actors of Bones are just getting bored after 6 years.

April 23 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sean

Loved "The Finder". BTW, Walter told Hodgins he was a 7 not a 6. Regardless of the obvious slant by the so called 'reviewers' of TV and Movies it was great. Good humour and interesting for the common folk out there. I don't know why once someone takes a class or starts working as a reviewer they get all high and mighty and lose track of what real people actually like.

All in all I liked it a lot. I hope it does make it to a full series.

April 23 2011 at 8:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Alleen Barona

watch the latest and full episode of Bones Season 6, Episode 19:
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April 23 2011 at 2:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kumidian

The reason I sought out this article was because (I'm only half way in on this episode) I felt a serious tug toward a spin-off, but then wondered if this show was already in existence. I think it would be a good show, needs some work, but I'd definitely watch it.

April 22 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
suzyku

Definitely will not work as a series. Agree about Burrows accent being grating, also difficult to understand half of what she said! Found no chemistry between these characters at all! Premise was bad, story was bad, very disappointed. Give me my Bones back, that is back before they screwed up season 6!

April 22 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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