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There will never be a part of me that doesn’t think that the biggest disservice that Found did to itself was give away its twists. However, they did. And so we know that “Sir” is in the basement and while we know that there will be other twists, that and making other things so apparent is our biggest gripe with the show.
While those are big issues that have, one that we will never have is that FOUND shines a spotlight on the missing – the missing that can or have been forgotten and the missing that people have stopped looking for.
The overall premise of the show is definitely something that is needed – finding the forgotten. Fighting stigmas around situations, people, and stereotypes is something that this show excels at. It doesn’t give up on people and it challenges your way of thinking.
This episode of FOUND centered around a missing sex worker and addressed the situation around her disappearance, as well as the way that her disappearance was overlooked by so many. Jenny was forgotten by many, but she had two friends that wouldn’t give up on her.
Gabi and her team could tell you all the ways that Jenny was exceptional, but they shouldn’t have to. She’s a human, she was missing, and she needed them. So they jumped into action.
When Gabi goes to “sir” with the case, he won’t help. He deems Jinny less than worthy of his time, because she is a sex worker. This shifted the episode to the viewer learning more about the relationship between Gabi and Sir. What it left me wondering was what are we missing.
While Jinny eventually is found, she wasn’t taken. She was trying to disappear because she was being stalked. Yes, the team catches her stalker. They are able to help her go back to her life.
And that’s a win.
This episode wasn’t so much about the case though. It was about Gabi’s case. It was about the struggle of trying to find power over others. It was about the viewer seeing all of these characters start to blend together in a way.
And also seeing how they all need each other.
While we know that “Sir” kidnapped Gabi and then she kidnapped him, one has to wonder what their obsession with each other is. Where did Gabi snap that she wouldn’t want her own justice and her kidnapper put in jail? Also the fact that she is keeping it from Lacey. Wouldn’t she want justice for her also?
Gabi has had “sir” for seven months in her basement. As we all watch the complexities of their relationship unfold in the past and present, the thing that we quickly learn is that they are codependent. They don’t know how to do this without each other.
They both thrive over trying to remain some sort of control over the other, but in some sick way, they like that. I think that as time goes on we may be looking at the fact that Gabi may never have gotten the help that she needed and she thinks this will help her. When we all know that it will harm her and if as every second passes.
We see their relationship in flashbacks and how desperately “Sir” wanted to be good to her. We learn his twisted thinking and telling Gabi that the reason he kidnapped someone else, is because she said that she was lonely. Their whole dynamic is 100% giving me the creeps.
We know another relationship that is struggling with a different dynamic in their relationship is Dhan and Zeke. Dhan and Zeke don’t seem to want to get to know each other, and both are judging each other off things that they don’t understand about each other. I love that Gabi has figured out that they need each other and has placed them together to show each other that they do.
All of the characters in this show – their past is playing shape in their future. For Gabi, it’s been twenty years since she broke free from “sir” and does an interview about it. That leads to her finding out that there is a renewed interest in “Sir” and that there is a new tip line opened.
“Sir” and Gabi – this is going to explode and whereas I don’t think any of us are sure how that is going to be right now, we all know and understand that when it does come to a head, this could be explosive.
It will be.
Found airs Tuesday nights on NBC.