"I'm like a whole new experience. Once I start looking for you, I will find you."
The Finder was an American crime series broadcast on Fox during the spring 2012. It starred Geoff Stults as Walter Sherman, an eccentric private investigator, and Michael Clarke Duncan as Leo Knox, his assistant and lawyer. The show's creator is Hart Hanson, better known for the successful crime show he created, Bones, an episode of which served as a Poorly Disguised Pilot for this. After a weak showing in two different timeslots, the show was cancelled at the end of its first season. The death of Michael Clarke Duncan promptly forestalled any attempts by fans to save the show.
Anal Probing: Invoked by Jack Hodgins in 'Little Green Men' after Walter turns up after being missing for three days after being knocked out by a strange guy Hodgins is sure is an alien.
Hodgins: Was there anal probing?
Walter: Only metaphorically.
Anti-Climax: In-universe. The show is about finding things so as far as anything not related to the actual find, it's unimportant even if the client or villain is particularly notable or some sort of crime has been committed. Often times, any relevant plot threads related to the find are closed in 30 seconds via quick cuts. Lampshaded by Lance Sweets who, after Walter spends the episode finding a bullet, notes that the murder and cover up behind the bullet and the fact that the bullet frees a man from prison after being wrongfully accused are far less interesting than the job of finding the bullet itself.
Action Girl: Willa, when she needs to be one. Isabel more often.
All of Them: Walter asks Willa to sort through a large amount of security footage. Willa says that she's "awfully tired" in order to get Walter to pay her. Walter responds by giving her sugar and caffeine, saying it will help her stay awake. (She then directly asks for the money and gets it). Cut to the next morning, where Willa is talking quickly and apparently hasn't slept at all:
Could Say It But: A variation in "Eye of the Storm": Walter needs to see photos from the social networking page of the school the missing girl attended, but he needs Willa's help since he doesn't know how to navigate social networking pages. Since she's not allowed internet access, Walter sits at the computer and she proceeds to tell him everything she would get in big trouble for doing.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Walter's goofy and does his best to avoid open conflict... but never forget he was military police, because he can kill you and your gun-toting buddies in under a minute.
Cursed with Awesome: Leo's point of view. The brain damage may kill Walter, but his finding things is a "gift". It's almost always brought up that Walter will kill himself trying to find something. This is the reason Leo tries very hard to filter out jobs since trying to find something that doesn't exist would be... bad. On the flip side, Walter's sheer determination and single minded focus allows his mind to constantly think about the job even when asleep and in one episode, he's able to hijack a hypnosis session - he's still hypnotized but he's able to re-direct the hypnosis for his compulsion.
Deadpan Snarker: Willa never lets go at an opportunity to snark. Leo's pretty good at it too.
Determinator: Once Walter starts looking for something he won't stop until he finds it. Period. He's also a partial deconstruction of this trope: Although it hasn't happened yet, it's implied that if he ever sought something that didn't exist, he would keep looking until he either died or lost his mind. "Little Green Men" also brings up the potential ramifications of him looking for things that very powerful people don't want found.
Downer Ending: Walter is arrested, Isabel loses her badge and Willa runs away to avoid an arranged marriage. Also Leo who has kept has survived his dark time of the soul due to his makeshift family finds himself alone once again.
Eureka Moment: Walter will suddenly realize a missed truth about either what he's looking for, or who hired him. Something he missed earlier, but is very obvious in retrospect. Anytime he has a Dream Sequence this follows when he wakes up. But he has others, usually caused by something someone says off hand and Walter takes a different meaning from it. Sometimes drifts into Bat Deduction, but given Walter's a little bit crazy, it can be ignored.
The Exotic Detective: Walter and his compulsion to find. It's suggested that he's always had the compulsion but the death of his squad in Afganistan to an IED (along with the myriad of problems of being caught in an IED has on a person) turned it Up to Eleven due to survivor's guilt and a sense of atonement for his failure.
Expy: Of Psych. The general premise is extremely similar (even more so than The Mentalist, a common target for Psych fans), and the two lead characters are Those Two Guys, one white and one black.
Fanservice: Isabel coming out after a gunshot in her underwear
Willa sunning herself in one episode in a bikini top and short shorts
Hero Insurance: In the second episode, Walter shot a Dirty Cop so that, when the medics found the bullet, they'd also find the bullet that'd expose the Dirty Cop as a murderer. He explained that, if he went through bureaucractic ways to force the Dirty Cop to reveal the bullet, it wouldn't be found on time to clear the name of an innocent man framed with one of the murders before execution. That justification cleared him for shooting the Dirty Cop and stealing the gun from another nearby cop.
Hypocritical Humor: In "Little Green Men", Hodgins (from Bones) and Walter have an argument about their conspiracy theories. Walter thinks the UFO is an experimental drone covered up by the corporations, and Hodgins thinks it was an alien spacecraft, and aliens control the people Walter thinks are controlling everyone. They both call each other "paranoid".
Noodle Incident: Many of Walters old cases. For example whatever he found for Barrack Obama.
Out of Order: It's not very noticeable during the first few episodes, but some key events being shuffled around make for Continuity issues. Generally this has to do with Walter and Isabel's relationship, Willa's relationships with everyone else, and Leo's concerns about Willa. The biggest problems is Timo and Leo 'first meet' in "The Conversation" (aired as ep 10, really ep 6) and while Ms. Ferrel lightens up on Willa in "Eye of the Storm" (Aired 7th, really 10th), she's sudddenly harsh on Willa in "The Last Meal" (Aired 9th, really 2nd) and the computer privileges Willa was given back are gone again in Life After Death (aired Aired 8th, really... 8th but before "Eye of the Storm").
Pocket Protector: Played with in "The Voodoo Undo." Walter is shot in the chest and survives for two reasons: one, the bullet was a dud, and two, most of the impact was taken by the medallion he was wearing - the one he bought from La Bruja in exchange for information about the maker of the voodoo doll he's searching for. The protection is only temporary as he gets a subdural hematoma and winds up in the hospital again, but still.
Roma: Willa, her cousin Timo and the rest of their family. Although Willa is only half.
Reality Is Unrealistic: The whole idea of 'pay what you want' has actually been attempted by a number of companies, big and small. Prominent ones are various indie game bundles but Panera Bread has set up a non-profit retail store under the premise (and much of the workforce is volunteer). Surprisingly? It works, at least as far as being able to stay in operation.
Someone calling the bar "The End Of The World", only for Willa to correct them that it's "The Ends Of The Earth"
Also Leo explaining to Walter what laws he's about to break, followed by Walter saying "I'mma risk it" and doing whatever illegal act he was about to do anyways. Lampshaded in "The Last Meal", when Walter asks Leo for the "standard legal disclaimer" before breaking into a building and then drops the Catch Phrase in response.
In "The Conversation", Leo says that Willa "looks like a vampire" when hyped up on caffeine and sugar. Willa responds that "vampires are hot", which seems to weird Leo out. Walter tells him "Get with it. Vampires sparkle now."
In "Voodoo Undo" there's a brief scene where a mob goon is describing a show that sounds an awful lot like ''Awake''
Actually Fringe, to fit with the "Finder/Fringe" bloc. (See Similar Squad, below, for more details.)
Some of the establishing shots in that episode strongly resemble those of Burn Notice.
In "The Boy with the Bucket" Walter asks Leo 'what did we learn tonight, Craig?' referencing MCD's many appearances on Late Late show with Craig Ferguson
Undying Loyalty: Leo to Walter. After Leo's family was killed, Leo went off the deep end and hunted down the man who killed his family. Leo was very close to killing the man when Walter found him and stopped him. For that, Leo is eternally grateful.