White Collar Season Premiere Review: "Withdrawal"

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Last night marked the second season premiere of White Collar. And boy! Were we ever excited to see what transpired after the mind blowing (and plane blowing) first season finale!

"Withdrawal" showed us that after the plane blew up both Peter and Neal had to face the repercussions. Peter was in the hot seat at work, while Neal was back in jail.

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I am happy to see that it worked out for Neal - that the conditions were the same as it was in the first season. But, I was a bit confused by just how easy it was to get him back on the force. From what the FBI knows Neal was running away. What happened to the saying, "Fool me once"? I wouldn't think the judge - or the FBI - would want him back on the team just two months after it all transpired. Don't get me wrong, I know how important Neal's knowledge it to cracking cases, plus, what show would we have with our main character behind bars?

Anyway, it was refreshing to see the all knowing (and resident hottie) Neal be stumped - even tricked by The Architect. Too bad the writers couldn't drag this storyline on for another episode - I thought The Architect was a perfect villain for Neal.

So now let's get to the meat of the episode. Kate - the bomb - the music box.

For whatever reason - my gut is telling me Kate is not dead. Somehow she got off the plane and my guess would be Fowler helped her. But, why pretend to be dead? What do you think Kate is running from?

It was great that we found out Neal's true intentions. He didn't want to live the life of a robber any longer and was just tired of running. If he didn't have that second thought, he would be dead. But, why would anyone want him dead? That person really did go to extreme measures to kill him.

The music box made a cameo at the end and was it ever shocking to see who is safekeeping it! Since Diana's role last season was minimal, we really don't know too much about her. How in the world do you think she is tied into all of this?

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Without Mozzie, I don't think this week's episode would have been at all humorous. The scene where he is meeting up with Peter to give/get the scoop on Neal was brilliant. Mozzie lights up the room with a lovable, yet extremely bizzarre character that always puts a smile on my face.

Elizabeth was almost forgettable. It makes me sad because I do believe the writers can do a lot with her character. Hopefully, as the season progresses, we will get a deeper look into the woman behind the man.

Until next week, follow the jump to read a few of our favorite White Collar quotes and don't forget to leave your thoughts below!

Peter: I'm doing the newspaper thing - I'm not doing the stupid bird thing. | permalink
Neal: What do you say? Want to break into a bank? | permalink
Neal: You're right Peter - I have a life here. | permalink
Mozzie: Neal Caffrey on paper - not so good. | permalink
Peter: This is New York we'll catch him.
Neal: Is that your half time speech? | permalink
Peter: Talk some sense into him.
Mozzie: We'll take that under advisement, Suit. | permalink
Elizabeth: What do you think he was going to say?
Peter: I don't know.
Elizabeth: Do you think he was going to leave Kate?
Peter: I don't know. Doesn't matter.
Elizabeth: I think it matters.
Peter: Why, it's kind of a mute point now.
Elizabeth: It matters to you. | permalink


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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (30 Votes)

I love this hat on him. Seems as if a female or a male could wear it. I love the show. I never miss it!!!! I know that this sesaon is even going to be better than the last. Good Luck to all of the cast and crew!!! Can't wait til tonight!!! I will have the popcorn ready and waiting for a great new sesaon!!!1


I loved it when Alex was angry with Neal for working for the FBI and he replied: "I was forced Fed." Great! Hard Sell was terrific, have watched it a dozen times. Neal's eyes told it all---"It's YOU! You have the ring! You're crooked!" Funny!!! Yeah!
Loved it when Peter said: "You look like a cartoon."
Neal: Hey, this is classic Rat Pack!" Yeah! Question: Why does everyone get so heated up about a TV show? Folks, its a show! It's fun! It's not real! It's a story! Cool down! It's not going to affect your life---you're probably not a pro or a con! Jeff and crew are working hard to develop a clever, humorous show. Go with it! Thanks for reading. Adele Kaye
Green Bay (Titletown, WI)


I so have to agree that my gut is telling me Kate's not dead. And I must say reading @Nicole's comment has given me hope for the fandom. It seems like everywhere I go, people bad mouth Kate. It's so frustrating. How can anyone be 100 percent convinced of anything about her when we barely got to know her? This is why I'm holding out that the writers still have something up their sleeve when it comes to her character.


I think its pretty obvious that Diana is holding the box on Peter's orders. This show likes to make people think that they are misleading their viewers about their characters intentions when it is really easy to figure out what it going to happen.


I found it- this is the critique that bothered me so much.


This is a much better review then the last one I read. Some critic was butchering this show and his understanding of it was so flawed. In answer to your question of course Diane is dirty and connected to Fowler. I wish Kate wasnt dead.. I mean hope she isnt dead.. I wanted to see her in Caffrey's life and see them face to face even if on a subconscious level I wasnt ready for them to reunite. I found her so fascinating.. And the way Caffrey was so loyal to her in his heart.. Man. The idea that only one person is right for you.. The last critic/reviewer said that the withdrawal episode was messed up because Caffrey's grief was avoided at all costs and that made watching the show embarrassing in some way. I'm putting this into my own words or language.. but anyway, I can sort of relate to that but I think that the person who had that idea doesnt understand Caffrey's character. Like he would show grief normally. hello!! Neil Caffrey.. Reminds me of the Neil beatnik


Maybe I loved the 1st season reruns too much, but I was disappointed. The whole episode seemed rushed and without the Rat Pack ease and style. Elizabeth, sadly, is just the Lady that Lunches. AND there didn't seem to be much concern with Neal's feelings for "dead" Kate until too far into the story. Wouldn't it have been fun/funny if Peter had to go to jail to solve his crimes while continually interrupted by Mozzie-the-lawyer? You are right, this should have been at least a two-episode plot, how could such a brilliant robber (in other cities) be so easily foiled? But who wants to string along viewers who have been waiting eagerly for the new season to start?? I think Tim Matheson, besides being FABULOUS as The Architect, did the best he could as the director with such a compressed script. Maybe we'll see him masterminding robberies from jail and Neal having to be incarcerated (again) to discover the schemes!?!?!


No humor without Mozzie?
I thought the rooftop golf scene was hilarious - a great update of the Animal House golf scene

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White Collar Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

Peter: Talk some sense into him.
Mozzie: We'll take that under advisement, Suit.

Diana: Where are you going?
Peter: To see an old friend.