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Found Season 1 Episode 6 Review – Missing While Addicted

FOUND -- "Missing While Addicted" Episode 106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Karan Oberoi as Dahn Rana, Shanola Hampton as Gabi Mosely, Brett Dalton as Detective Mark Trent -- (Photo by: Matt Miller/NBC)

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Found Season 1 Episode 7 offered yet another riveting missing person’s case, and one that most people didn’t think deserved the time of day.

Rachel and her nephew Lucas arrived at M&A to report that her son, David, was missing as she was desperately looking to find him and reunite with him before she succumbed to her cancer diagnosis. 

However, Rachel left a key piece of information out—David was an addict, a tidbit that made Dhan a little hesitant to take on the case. He didn’t necessarily disclose why he felt so passionately about not looking for an addict at first, but it was clear that he had some experience dealing with those who don’t want to be found while they are out seeking their next high. 

The case also proved to be very personal to Gabi, which is why she was so determined to find David and give him one final moment with his mother. Audiences later found out that Gabi’s father spiraled into alcoholism after she was kidnapped, and it wasn’t easy to shake once she was found. The addiction strained their relationship, and unfortunately, she didn’t get to the hospital in time to see him before his death. 

Ergo, Gabi wanted to right the wrongs and give this family the chance she never got, though it meant that she broke a handful of rules and pushed away the people that she should’ve been leaning on. 

Gabi was pretty insufferable throughout the episode, though her tough exterior and powerful approach make it easy to forget that she was once a victim as well who has her own fair share of trauma to work through. It’s far easier to judge her for ostracizing her loved ones and putting up walls than it is to try to understand where she’s coming from. Of course, that doesn’t excuse her behavior either. 

Her “found” family deserves the truth—they are all in this together, and they’ve all gone through battles of their own so they’re much more understanding than she gives them credit for. They’ve built their whole business on the desire to help people, but transparency is the key to trust. They’d follow her anywhere and do just about anything to protect her, but she needs to keep earning that devotion and trust by being honest with them about what she’s going through. 

Getting everyone on the same page proved to be much more useful than keeping them all in the dark.They are better together. Once they understood Gabi’s motives for going above and beyond to find David, they also began to realize that there was something much more sinister going on in this situation—David wasn’t just an addict, he was someone who was being held hostage by his cousin. Gabi had a hunch that this might be the case, and like I say, you always have to follow that gut feeling. 

The signs were all there, however, so it was a little frustrating that no one picked up on them as quickly as they should’ve. Jessie, the owner of the sober living home was giving off such shady vibes and was way too eager to submit “Mike’s” stay to his insurance. When it turned out that he was running an insurance scam by taking advantage of those who were turning to him for help, it was the least bit surprising. 

And then there was Lucas, who was determined to get them off of the case by any means possible, going as far as firing them and getting protective orders against them. Gabi wasn’t scared off by his attempts, however, and it’s a good thing because they were never actually his clients. They were employed by Rachel, so Gabi had every right to continue with her investigation. 

The biggest clue that they missed was when David testified after his sister’s death, and Lucas was pretending to be supportive when he was, in fact, controlling the narrative. The little brush on the shoulder didn’t look innocent at all, and I’m surprised Margaret didn’t pick up on the behavior as he was a walking red flag, but she has been preoccupied so I’ll forgive her. 

Thankfully, all the clues that they gathered by going around the red tape proved to be helpful as their theory that Lucas killed Alisa and was attempting to silence David was correct. 

Found Season 1 Episode 6 Review Missing While Addicted

FOUND — “Missing While Addicted” Episode 106 — Pictured: (l-r) Jean St James as Rachel Hall, Shane Coffey as Lucas — (Photo by: Steve Swisher/NBC)

David wanted to come clean to his mother about the secret that was driving him to numb the pain with drugs, and when Lucas found out that he’d be outed, he drugged his cousin and locked him up in the guest house, hoping to wait out Rachel’s death so that no one would ever know. 

They managed to get David to Rachel’s bedside in the nick of time, and after he confessed to knowing how Alisa really died, a weight was lifted off of both of them. With the guilt of her death no longer plaguing them, Rachel was able to pass peacefully, with her dying wish of holding her baby boy’s hand fulfilled thanks to Gabi’s dedication. 

It was an extremely moving moment, not just for audiences but for Gabi as well, who knew that while she couldn’t change her own outcome with her father, she could help others get the closure they needed. 

Of course, everything comes at a price, and Gabi’s actions proved that she was willing to hurt the ones she loved in order to get what she wanted. 

In the final moments of the episode, Trent, who celebrated the win with M&A, arrives at her doorstep to inform her that by stealing the name of the CI, he was suspended and would likely be fired pending an investigation. 

Gabi is solely responsible for possibly destroying Trent’s career, and though he’d have a spot alongside her team, it’s useful to have someone in law enforcement on their side. She should’ve never taken advantage of not only the kindness he showed her and his willingness to help out and do the right thing but also his feelings for her, as it’s very obvious that she can sway him to do just about anything as he feels deeply for her. 

And I guess the fact that Trent helped put two people behind bars—Jessie and Lucas—who they didn’t have on their radar prior to Gabi’s case, didn’t actually matter. 

The episode underscored that Gabi uses people in the name of doing the right thing, which, in turn, makes her kind of a monster, as Sir suggested. 

And yes, I was wondering if Gabi was stressed out that Sir would start screaming and thrashing while Trent was in the house. I would assume she’d soundproof the basement, but if Sir can hear what’s happening upstairs, surely, Trent would be able to hear any noise coming from downstairs also?

Does this prove that Sir doesn’t actually want Gabi to free him? Does he like being held captive because then he can be with her?

Their dynamic is interesting, to say the least, and while we don’t know much about what led to her kidnapping, I have this feeling that it wasn’t random at all. 

I’m inclined to believe that they knew each other somehow—maybe he was her father’s co-worker? He seems to know an awful lot about Gabi’s relationship with her father, including that he wasn’t there for her after her mother died, forcing her into a caretaker role instead. It’s possible he simply stalked Gabi for months prior to taking her, but according to the stats, a kidnapping by family members or someone you know accounts for 49% or so, which makes me think this was not random at all. He even knew exactly where to find Gabi’s father to take picture proof that he wasn’t out looking for her, but he underestimated Gabi’s love as all she saw was that her father was wearing gloves and taking care of himself, which in turn gave her hope. 

I’m as eager as everyone watching to learn more about the backstory that led them to this moment, in addition to how Sir ended up in Gabi’s custody. How did she manage to track him down and lock him up? Did she have help? Moments from prior episodes have led me to believe that Dhan assisted. 

How long has it been since Sir has been captured?

Lacey mentions that Gabi has been acting differently since her father’s death, which, according to the timeline, was only a few months ago. It’s fair to assume that it’s around the same time she locked up Sir, which would explain all the lying.

And truly, it’s the lying that’s going to be the end of her as everyone is picking up on her behavior, particularly Lacey. She realizes something changed and knows that Gabi is hiding something, so it’s only a matter of time before she figures it out. 

Gabi has so many people in her corner, supporting her, championing her, and praising the good work that she’s doing, but all of that would be completely destroyed if they found out that she’s keeping someone locked up in her basement. It seems to be a reality she’s increasingly struggling with herself as she’s realizing her actions are hurting a lot of people.

She can’t play the trauma card forever, especially not in this case to justify her actions. It’s a twisted and dangerous game, one that’s better left to the law to handle. 

Plus, there’s no denying the fact that Sir definitely still has power over her—their dynamic is give and take, but when he told her to stop because he wanted to help with the case, she immediately came to a halt. 

She seeks out Sir’s help on her cases—sometimes on cases she herself could totally figure out alone—almost as if she’s seeking out his approval.

Either way, it’s not going to end well for Gabi as suspicions are already growing, and she can’t keep pushing people away forever. 

Other great moments included Zeke reaching out to Dhan after he opened up about his late friend Mike, who died from his amphetamine addiction, and Margaret mustering up the courage to put Jamie’s missing poster up on the wall at M&A, making him an official client. Also, who else is happy to see them address what they are taking shots of each week during their successful toast?

What did you think of the episode? Did you enjoy the case of the week? What are your thoughts on Gabi and Sir’s dynamic? 

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Found Season 1 Finale Review – Missing While Forgotten

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Found Season 1 wrapped up one intoxicating season. There may have been bumps along the road, but Found has never failed to entertain or keep audiences on their toes.

The developments with Sir were taken to a whole new level when Gabi realized that Sir somehow managed to escape. While one might think that Sir’s motive was simply to get away, Dhan understood that the kind of determination to break out of the basement could only come from a place of true fear—Sir was terrified about Gabi’s kidnapping, so he broke free to save her. 

But after he got a taste of sweet, sweet freedom, Dhan—through some inside intel—determined that he was on his merry way with a new identity in hand… but that’s what I call wishful thinking.

At every turn, Sir was underestimated, not only by Gabi but by her team. They didn’t think that the big breakthrough Dashika’s case was Sir’s doing, even though a “sighting” happened at the same time he broke free.

They naively thought he was going to leave Gabi alone and skip town, even though at every turn he made it clear that this relationship was the only one that mattered to him.

He even warned her by explaining that if he ever got the chance, he’d come for Lacey, the person he blamed for stealing Gabi from him. Why wouldn’t she take him more seriously on that threat, especially when Lacey’s dog got sick? The signs were all there, and Gabi ignored them, shrugging them off as mere coincidences when they were just too eerie. 

Once Gabi pieced it all together, it was too late and the damage had been done. For all the people that Gabi has been helping and healing, she’s also caused an immense amount of pain and hurt to her loved ones, not to mention she’s thrust them all in the line of danger. She allowed a monster together unleashed into the world once again by taking her oath to serve justice too far. (It’s important to note that I think Sir is cunning and determined enough to have broken out of prison, so I don’t know if the outcome would’ve been different had she turned him in!)

When Sir was locked up in a basement, they were all safe because there was no way he could get to them, but the moment he was out, they were all such easy targets considering the public nature of Gabi’s life and work. She basically fed Lacey to Sir on a platter.

And the worst part is that by the time she tried to warn her friend, Lacey was so angry with her that she ignored her call. Now, that also seemed like a terrible decision on her part considering that Gabi just confessed to her team to kidnapping Sir. While we never heard what she said in that room, seeing all of their disgusted and heartbroken reactions was enough for us to infer that she broke it all down for them. Since Dhan convinced Gabi that Sir left town, it’s possibly she gave them all a sense of false security, but if I were Lacey, I wouldn’t just take anyone’s word for it, especially not after learning someone purposefully poisoned my dog. It reeks of Sir’s doing.

Throwbacks to Gabi and Sir’s first meeting on the first day of school also gave us insight into the dynamic, revealing that he set his sights on her early on after being impressed by her smarts and potential. When one of the boys bullied her—and she had it handled—Sir discreetly took it into his own hands by poisoning said student. It’s how Gabi eventually put two and two together, along with finding the missing poison taken by Sir in her cupboard.

The moment Lacey locked all her doors, I knew that Sir was going to be hiding in there somewhere, and still, I couldn’t shake the visual of him creepily staring at her from the closet while she walked around in her apartment feeling safe and secure. It sent shivers down my spine since I know what he’s capable of—and how capable he is of going undetected.

Point blank—Gabi made a mess and she failed her own people.

The only person who wasn’t clued into her doings with Sir was Trent, as she and Dhan both agreed that they’ve compromised him enough. And I agree that it’s best for now that Trent doesn’t know the extent of the damage as he’d lawfully have to report it or risk going to jail for trying to protect the woman he loves. And yes, I did catch that near kiss between them only to get absolutely nothing on their romantic front. And yes, I’m mad about it. However, I acknowledge that this isn’t the right time to introduce that romance as it’s not fair to Trent considering all of Gabi’s lies.

FOUND — “Missing While Forgotten” Episode 113 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabrielle Elise Walsh as Lacey Quinn, Kelli Williams as Margaret Reed, Karan Oberoi as Dahn Rana, Shanola Hampton as Gabi Mosely — (Photo by: Matt Miller/NBC)

It’s unfortunate that Sir’s case hung over Dashika’s like a dark cloud, though, I guess there wouldn’t even be much to go on if it weren’t for the photo he left at Lacey’s in the first place.

He knew that case was personal to Gabi, so he offered his services the way he has so many times while also sending a message (also did they really think a grandmother would be capable of erasing camera footage at a train station?).  What’s even more upsetting is it kind of proves those voices in Gabi’s head—the ones Sir put there—that say M&A can’t save people without his input. Sir had a hand in every single one of their successes, effectively tainting the good work they’ve been doing. I’m not surprised everyone was so upset that they couldn’t bear to look at her let alone be around her. I think, much like Dhan, they’ll come around eventually, but the fact that Gabi’s actions directly put Lacey in the line of danger will also make it a lot harder for her to regain any trust, support, and sympathy from those she values most.

Now, back to Dashika’s case, it wasn’t your standard missing person’s case because Dashika was never in any real danger, though it did hone in on the fact that most of the time—though not always—the kidnapper is someone you know. As Zeke detailed, in his case, it was his uncle, whom both he and his parents trusted at one point. 

Dashika’s kidnapper turned out to be her grandmother, who thought she was doing it from a place of love and care after she found signs of abuse that were ignored even when she reported them to CPS, and her late daughter’s husband and Dashika’s father threatened to cut contact if she ever brought it up again. 

The grandmother thought that Dashika was being abused and that she’d never see her granddaughter again—so she did what she thought was right. But with her husband’s Alzheimer’s getting worse, she no longer could take care of her and keep up the rouse. 

It was incredibly heartbreaking when they finally located Dashika and arrested the grandmother as the question of the grandfather’s care came into question. His wife was all he had, but Dashika proved to be an angel by making a plea to her father to help her grandparents out. 

The fact that it was someone she knew also explained why Dashika didn’t run or turn them in; though it was revealed that her father’s wife and stepmom was the one who left the burn marks on her arm in an attempt to discipline the “disrespectful” girl.  

Of course, the success of finding Dashika–and her comment about Gabi wearing a cape–were all overshadowed by the pain inflicted by Sir, and Gabi, moments later.

As a series finale, what did you think? How will this all play out? How will M&A move on knowing what they know? Will they get to Lacey in time? And what did you think of Found Season 1?

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Found Season 1 Episode 12 Review – Missing While Eccentric

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Found Review Season 1 Episode 12 Missing While Eccentric

Just when you thought Gabi didn’t have it in her, she went ahead and blew it all up. Found Season 1 Episode 12, the penultimate episode of the season, found a way to keep us on our toes by having Gabi expose her deep, dark secret about Sir to her trusted confidant Dhan. 

And Dhan was not picking up what she was putting down, which was actually refreshing. So many shows have the supporting characters blindly following the heroine or main character without ever holding her accountable (yes, he does eventually see her side of things but not without putting up a fight), but that wasn’t the case when Dhan saw what Gabi was hiding in her basement.

Were you shocked that it was Dhan she called? I wasn’t as up until this point, I always suspected he had a hand in helping Gabi trap Sir, and I was partially correct as he did help her track Sir down, though he didn’t know what she did with him when she finally came face-to-face with him. I do, however, find it odd that Dhan never asked any further questions about how Gabi handled Sir, going on to assume that she “took care of him,” which was somehow more palatable in his mind. I guess considering his history of being held captive in a dark basement, it makes sense that he’d be more shocked that Gabi stooped down to the level of the monsters that they slash daily as it knocked her off “white hat.”

Dhan’s reaction is the same one that anyone would have initially, without taking a beat or moment to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes. But the case at hand—of a woman named Aisha, who escaped her captor, a “lizard man,” and made her way to Zeke’s apartment for safety—forced Dhan to do just that. 

Dhan’s anger toward Gabi put her in the line of danger, leaving her alone at a party where the suspect was targeting solo Black women, (though she definitely didn’t help the case by walking away so she could get better reception), which is when she was taken. 

The fear at that moment—the thought of actually losing Gabi—allowed Dhan to reframe his outlook. In his moment of desperation to find her, he turned to Sir, against his better judgment, for help picking apart the case and getting answers, just as Gabi had done many times before. And Sir proved to be rather helpful as he pinpointed that there was a duo of kidnappers—a man and woman—running the show. 

Dhan now understood why Gabi did what she did, and furthermore, understood why she allowed Sir to tap into the cases—in this situation, most of the time, the good outweighed the bad. When a life is at stake, you’ll do anything to save them, even if it means tapping your worst enemy or biggest foe. But what Dhan said about Gabi giving him purpose and a second chance was also true, giving Sir unfiltered access to her personal life so now he feels he’s invaluable and more connected to Gabi than ever before. 

Amid Dhan’s anger, Gabi never failed to grasp how bad the situation was as she knew she blurred the lines and did the unthinkable. By telling Dhan, she simply wanted someone else to understand why she did it other than Sir, and I can’t blame her for that. With a third person in the mix, the dynamic changes and Sir no longer has as much control over her life… hopefully.

Gabi then made it clear that she plans to come clean to everyone who has been hurt by her actions before righting things and accepting the consequences as it’s the only way she’ll ever be free and ever be able to heal. And it’s also the only way her team will ever be able to heal as she’s tainted all of their good work by throwing Sir and her own problems into the mix. 

This time, after gaining some perspective, Dhan promised to stay by her side, his loyalty never wavering again, but it’s unclear if he’ll actually let her go through with this and blow up everything they’ve worked for. If she publicly comes out as a kidnapper/torturer (even of the man who stole a good chunk of her life from her), M&A will never recover in the eyes of the public (and they are already on shaky ground). Their credibility will be shot, which means they won’t be able to help those who are forgotten about. What happens to all the people that need her? That need M&A?

Is it now selfish to destroy all that they’ve worked so hard to build?

And when everyone else at M&A finds out, will they let her go public? Or will they keep her secret? Will they all realize that they need Sir to keep saving lives?

M&A are the only people who believed Aisha’s story, even when it sounded completely made up and they could’ve chalked it up to a bad drug bender based on her history. But they didn’t. Their motto—innocent until proven guilty and telling the truth until proven otherwise—is what separates them from the cops.

They believed everything Aisha said, eventually finding proof of the Lizard Man’s existence, along with the two women he was holding captive, Nova and Estrella. If not for M&A, the Lizard Man and his accomplice, Nova, who turned out to be his wife and Aisha’s trusted anger management counselor (it’s always someone you know!), would’ve kept claiming victim after victim. 

The work they do is important—and nothing should take away from that, not even Sir. Honestly, especially not Sir. He’s already taken so much from Gabi and she needs this; they all need this. 

With the season 1 finale just around the corner, the stakes are at an all-time high, but Gabi seems pretty determined to finally put Sir behind her and have him stop controlling her life, in whatever way that comes to be. Maybe once he’s no longer her secret, she won’t feel like it’s controlling her life, alienating those who love her, and driving a wedge between them. Though, I’m not confident Lacey will be too understanding at first when she does find out. 

Flashbacks give fans more insight into the dynamic between a young Gabi and Sir, her favorite teacher at the time before her kidnapping and one who was proud of all of her accomplishments. We even see the moment that Gabi goes back to school on the final day of the year and takes Sir up on the offer to check out first-year editions of her favorite books with him, never knowing that her whole life was going to change that day and she’d never be able to shake the trauma. 

As for why Gabi kidnapped Sir in the first place, she was operating from a place of grief following her father’s death, a relationship that was dead a long time ago because of what Sir did. He even admitted to seeing her father, who came to his classroom to find closure after Gabi went missing, and scoffed in the face of his pain. It was low, even for Sir.

And finally, what does this mean for Gabi and Trent? He’s on a rollercoaster of emotions with her, most recently texting that he needs to see her because the thought of losing her mere hours before is not something he can just sit with. But when he finds out the truth, will his feelings change? He’s a good cop who has done Gabi a ton of favors, but can he look the other way? Will his integrity be compromised by love?

How do you think it will pan out for Gabi and Sir? If she turns him in—and in turn, herself—there’s not much material to build on for season 2, but if everyone is pulled into the web of lies, well, things can only get more interesting. M&A deals with a lot, including working through many of their own issues, so I’m not entirely sure that looking the other way when it comes to Sir will be beneficial for them. The song lyric “If we go down we go down together” seems fitting right about now. 

And on a final note, it broke my heart to see Zeke try so hard to leave his apartment to find Gabi only to hit a wall.   His skills are invaluable, and he doesn’t need to be out in the field to be useful, but the fact that he wanted to break through his blockade was a huge first step. It will come with time, and hopefully, some tender care and support from Lacey, who has been his rock these past few weeks. I’m glad they have each other, 

What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying M&A’s cases thus far? How do you think it will conclude?

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Found Season 1 Episode 11 Review – Missing While Interracial

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Found Season 1 Fall Finale Episode 11 Missing While Interracial Annie Reveal

The fall finale of Found (Season 1 Episode 11) finally gave us some much-anticipated insight into a few storylines that have been top-of-mind throughout the season, including what happened to Annie (Sir’s previous victim) and how Gabi was taken in the first place. 

In the corporate world, this would be called “moving the needle,” and while I understand the sentiment behind holding these crucial pieces of information until later in the season (you have to build anticipation and intrigue somehow), it provided so much necessary context for audiences to better understand Gabi’s overall situation, approach, and mindset.  

And that doesn’t even begin to touch on the fact that Gabi slipped up in a moment of weakness and said something that not only made Trent pause but likely gave him incentive to start digging into the Sir case unlike ever before. Some might call this a big breakthrough for him—and if he’s the one to crack it wide open, it would elevate his police work, though it would come at the expense of his friendship, and maybe more, with Gabi. While Trent is one of the good cops, he cares deeply about Gabi, so I’m not convinced that he’d totally turn his back on her if he were to find out about her big basement secret. 

Gabi also makes a big decision about the future, but we’ll get to that in a moment. First up, the case of the week, which focused on a missing Black man named Brandon and a white woman named Alison, who he was accused of stalking and possibly kidnapping.

Despite all of their collective trauma—along with the lack of faith from the public after they lost and regained their license—M&A pushed through and took home yet another win, which may not be something audiences want to see. Rumblings on the internet indicate that people want to see them lose more cases for a series more rooted in reality, however, there’s something to be said for Gabi’s impeccable track record. It’s why we’re so invested in the show in the first place, isn’t it? We’re rooting for them to keep doing the work to find the people that the police don’t think are worth their time, even if we have to suspend disbelief about how she skirts the red tape. The show is meant to inspire change—to serve up storylines that are often forgotten about or dismissed.

Gabi is a modern heroine—similar to Scandal’s Olivia Pope, who was equally as frustrating at times. She has the right idea and goes above and beyond to help others, but she’s also deeply flawed, which simply adds layers to her character—ones we get to unpeel with each passing episode. Audiences are allowed to decide whether the good outweighs the bad in this case: is she worth redeeming or is she slowly sinking into a black hole of her own making?

Gabi acts first and thinks later, and while following her gut works most of the time (and it’s one of the things she prides herself on) there are times when it isn’t always effective. During “Missing While Interracial,” it backfired when she went on live television to defend her client, Brandon, without having all of the facts first. While her gut instinct about Brandon was right—and she was one of the few people who didn’t cross him off because of video footage that made him look bad—the perception that the video of him buying rope and a knife was enough to sway the public to side with Alison’s side.

What was even more infuriating about Gabi’s misstep is that she sought to blame her team for not digging up the intel faster than the opposing side, instead of accepting that she took to live television without covering her bases. Time is of the essence in these cases, but it was a rookie move, especially for her, and one she couldn’t even take ownership of. She so badly wants to do the right thing and bring these people home that she sometimes gets ahead of herself. 

Gabi and team then had to work even harder to clear Brandon’s name in the court of public opinion, as Alison’s mother and Harwell Justice placed a huge target on his back, all while seemingly discrediting Gabi. Things got messy, but Gabi knew that the truth was in there somewhere, even if the connection between Brandon, a Black man and nurse reservist in the navy, and a white woman, who was in a long-term relationship with some hedge fund manager, remained somewhat hazy. All eyes immediately shifted to the shady boyfriend, Robert Franklin, who seemed all too calm about his girlfriend’s disappearance, and while he didn’t end up being the suspect, he was involved in sending the “leave me alone” text to Brandon from Alison’s phone, which initially made it seem like Brandon was a stalker who had it out for Alison. 

In a somewhat surprising twist, Alison and Brandon were actually in love! 

One of the criticisms that I’ve seen about the series is that there’s too much of a focus on race, but the reality here is that race plays a role in every single narrative in our world. And similarly to how it played out on Found, the media will defend a white woman over a Black man without many, or any, facts. Look how quickly Brandon became the villain while Alison became the only person that everyone was concerned about. Both mothers were dealing with the same situation, and yet one was, by default, prepared to deal with all the media headlines harassing her son because of his skin color, despite knowing that he only wanted to help others. The mother’s speech to Margaret about why she wanted her son to find a Black woman was also very powerful. 

In that regard, Gabi’s no-bias approach, giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and treating them all innocent until proven guilty, is why she’s so successful and why people seek out her help. She promised to look for Alison with the same fervor as she vowed to look for Brandon. And when she realized that the two of them were in a relationship, one that they kept hidden from the world because of all the negative opinions, she brought their parents together in one room and forced them to work together. 

Eventually, a search mission kicked off for the couple, who told a friend they were going on a romantic getaway somewhere special but then failed to return after several days, indicating something went terribly wrong. Once they found Brandon and Alison, it was as bad as they feared as she fell and sustained a bloody injury, while Brandon remained by her side and created an IV that served as an improvised blood bank to keep her alive, simultaneously draining himself of life.

In the media, Brandon was painted as Alison’s kidnapper when in reality, he was risking his life to save hers. See how easy it is to change the narrative? Obviously, it goes both ways as we’ve seen in our everyday lives, but in this case, the storyline was a promising one, which was nice to see in a world where so much boils down to race. Though, admittedly, this could have been the case where one of the died, giving the audiences the dose of “reality” they’re craving. 

Aside from the compelling case of the week, Gabi made strides in finding out the truth about Annie, which turns out, was far from what she thought happened. Sir isn’t to be trusted, however, he was telling the truth when he said he never killed Annie, though, he did render her mentally unstable and cause her to lose credibility with her parents, which is kind of just as bad and explains why she never came back to help Gabi escape. Gabi scolds him for turning people into the monster that he is, once again skirting responsibility for her actions and blaming someone else. Sir is a bad man, yes, but he never told Gabi to kidnap him—she could’ve easily turned him over to the cops and put an end to all of this. 

When it came to Annie, she didn’t return because no one would have believed her story as Hugh/Sir basically turned everyone against her. And Gabi’s mission to avenge Annie’s death fell apart because, well, Annie only died a few years ago following a drunk driving accident. 

When Trent informed Gabi about Annie’s death, she fell into such a daze that she uttered, “Sir has been telling me the truth,” which obviously shook the cop to his core. When he pressed on asking if she’d had any contact with Sir, she tried to backtrack, explaining that Sir “once” told her the truth, but Trent’s radar was already going off. He knows Gabi better than anyone, so I don’t think he’s going to let this go as easily as she’s hoping. 

Despite all the wins M&A continues to have, Gabi has been off her game lately ever since Sir has taken up a much larger piece of real estate in her mind. She was bound to slip up sooner or later, not to mention that people have been taking notice of her behavior. And when it gets to be too much for her to handle alone, who will Gabi turn to?

Then again, once Gabi learned the truth about Annie, she informed Sir that she was done with this little cat-and-mouse game of lies and manipulations as it’s cost her everything and prevented her from moving on, and then, as Sir begged her not to, she made a call to someone to tell them about Sir. 

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FOUND — “Missing While Interracial” Episode 111 — Pictured: (l-r) Shanola Hampton as Gabi Mosely, Karan Oberoi as Dahn Rana, Gabrielle Elise Walsh as Lacey Quinn, Kelli Williams as Margaret Reed — (Photo by: Steve Swisher/NBC)

It’s unclear who is on the other end of the line, but my guess is either Trent or Lacey, with my gut saying that it’s Lacey. It’s the one person that Gabi feels especially guilty about lying to, plus the only other person who was involved in Sir’s kidnapping plot. If anyone deserves to know the truth, and decide what to do with it, it’s Lacey. 

However, it’s also not entirely clear if Gabi will go through with telling someone the truth and implicating herself in the process. Would her team stand by her if they found out what she did? Would Trent defend her or risk his career to protect her? It’s possible she placed a call to Trent and once he arrives, she’s going to chicken out. 

We also got plenty of insight into the moment that Gabi was “taken,” and it turns out, she actually wasn’t taken in the same way Lacey was—she willingly went with her English teacher thinking that she was going to check out some cool books. 

It’s an interesting setup because it underscores that most of the time, the kidnapper is someone you know. And while it would be easy to place the blame on Gabi—”Why did she go with him?” or “Why did she lie to her dad about her whereabouts”?—it’s not Gabi’s fault at all; she was an impressionable young woman who trusted her teacher, and that trust was betrayed and taken advantage of. Hugh Evans, an adult, knew exactly what he was doing, and once Gabi started to pick up on it, it was too late. 

This wasn’t a random kidnapping—Hugh didn’t want anything romantic with Gabi, but he did want a family, someone that he felt was “likeminded” and could understand him. He was grooming Gabi and figured that eventually, she’d give up and fall in line with the life he envisioned for them, and in a way, he got his wish. He may not be in control, but he still has a strong hold over her even as a prisoner, and when it comes to her personal life, he has the biggest piece of her heart—regardless if it’s in a good or bad way.  Their storylines are so intertwined that I don’t think Gabi even knows who she is without Sir around, which isn’t ideal for healing any of the trauma or moving forward. 

The person making the most strides? Margaret! And man, I just really want to give her the biggest hug.

She continued her therapy, trying to break through the guilt that she felt for Jamie’s disappearance, and the scene where she tried to let go of him at the bus station was so deeply heartbreaking. I do hope that there will be a breakthrough in the case—even if it isn’t what she’s hoping for—so that she can get some closure, and I’m naively holding out hope that they will find Jamie alive and well in the future. 

Margaret’s storyline has been front and center for a few episodes, so I’m also eager to get a little more insight into the rest of the team, including Lacey and Zeke’s romantic connection. 

What did you think about the Found fall season finale? There will be two more episodes airing in 2024 to finish out the season. What do you hope they accomplish? Is there something you’d like to see more of?

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