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White Collar Review: "Burke's Seven"

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White Collar held nothing back in "Burke's Seven."

After the fall finale, we were left wondering if the quirky and loveable Mozzie would survive the gunshot he sustained, and the writers wasted no time in relieving our fears, letting us know that he was, in fact, alive and in a medically-induced coma. I'm glad this was settled quickly, given how obvious the result seemed.

Burke's Seven Scene

First, I loved the burned alias approach to capturing Larson. It was cool and clever and got the show off and running. Out of this, I liked most that the forging community was willing to aid Neal for Mozzie’s sake. It gave us a look into the other relationships involving Mozzie, something you may not have gotten a glimpse of under other circumstances.

Second, what makes a better opening episode than having one of your main characters accused of a crime he didn’t commit? White Collar did a good job of getting the audience emotionally involved in seeing Peter clear his name, and it did so in a way reminiscent of the Ocean’s trilogy or maybe an episode of Leverage.

I think it was about time they brought in Agent Jones on the music box investigation, and loved that Sara Ellis was featured as Mrs. Wellington. Wish I could have heard the prank call to Peter, though.

I also love whenever Elizabeth Burke gets in on her husband’s activities; that phone booth assist during the sting was priceless, definitely my favorite moment from her so far. I also really enjoyed seeing Peter on horseback, a rogue cowboy moment, which seemed complementary to Peter and his team working to lay down the law with the sting/con.

Another interesting point of this episode were the interactions between Sara and Neal. Is there something going on between those two? I realize that Neal is still reeling after Kate’s rather horrific death, but is there a possibility that Neal might have an option in Sara Ellis?

Horse Rider

I kind of liked the possibility of Neal and Alex getting together if she ever decided to come out of hiding in Europe. But all good things come with time, whether Sara or Alex or somebody else. Moreover, I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out that Kate really isn’t dead. Think about it.

In the meantime, there is a new mystery on our hands: Who is Vincent Adler? There is always a man behind the man, but, really, who made Neal the man he is today? As hard as it is to remember, there was a time when Neal didn’t work with the FBI. I think this path for the second half of the season will prove interesting and insightful.

This show began with the introduction of this great love that Neal had for Kate and the quest to get her back. With that goal shifted to finding her killer, there seems to be a great opportunity to explore Neal’s motivations and personal development. There is still so much that we don’t know about our seemingly hopeless romantic, let’s hope this upcoming half of the season fills in those blanks.

On another high note: loved seeing Neal in a casual t-shirt. Not that there’s anything wrong with his well-fitting suits, but there’s nothing wrong with some casual attire every once in a while, either.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (101 Votes)

C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Ccharles

@Ina---I completely agree...I hope we get more of it soon! @BRB3---No, but I can probably find out if you haven't already @WC1001---I'm glad you agree....and yes, I love when Elizabeth does her thing...she really is his best agent :) I also agree with you about Peter on a horse...very attractive! @Sammy---I was never a big One Tree Hill watcher...but if I was I would most definitely have enjoyed the cameos the cast was making! @Niecy1---I felt the same way when I watched the episode...Mozzie back made me super happy and Sara and Neal are going to be a fun pair to watch...hopefully there is plenty more of them to come!

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Gaah! I loved this episode! Looking forward for more Sara and Neal interaction. They have so much chemistry!

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who was the DOJ guy in Burke's Seven

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I must admit, this was a fun episode, and the quick resolution with Mozzie was welcome. I did like the "Ironside" reference with the wheelchair...good thinking by the writers. Also, I think there was a bit of foreshadowing when Elizabeth was the "best agent" Peter sent to elicit Mozzie to help with con/sting. Using her later with the phone call just seemed a natural fit. All in all a really good episode, and while I will admit Neal Cafferty looked nice in a tee-shirt, it was Peter on the horse in a button down and blue jeans that did it for me.

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I found it so funny that 2 One Tree Hill characters were on this show. First we have Hilarie Burton, who plays the witty Sara Ellis and as many of you fellow One Tree Hill fans would know, she is the fabulous Peyton Sawyer. Then we have Agent Roe, the DOJ Agent, who ironically played Peyton's father on One Tree Hill. Coincidence?

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So GLAD to have Mozzie back

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awesome ep... my heart was racing at the end
I love Sara, she's gorgeous and loves the action.. :/ hmm p.s. said the same thing when I saw Neal in that tshirt... so hot :)

Ccharles

@Michael---you and me both @Elissa---love that you try the strut in your own time....very cool. I did see him at the Golden Globes and nearly died---he's that good looking...and I recently sat in on a conference call with Hilarie Burton, who seemed to confirm the good natured atmosphere of on-set antics. Overall, Matt Bomer/ Neal Caffrey has always had his own brand of classy swagger that seems to compliment his character @tvaddict70---glad you're seeing what I see and that I'm not totally off base, this is just something we'll have to watch and see how it all unfolds...

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I really like these show and I am so glad its back

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"Wish I could have heard the prank call to Peter, though." Me too! It seemed like one of those things that the director cut out in post-editing for time, would love to see the outtake! "loved seeing Neal in a casual t-shirt" As well as Burke, although it was more of a polo shirt! The other thing that I liked that they pointed out was that on the survellience video in the FBI office, Jones said, "That isn't Neal, he doesn't walk like that" or something to that effect. I have always noticed that Neal walks differently, strutting almost. I've actually caught myself walking down the hallway to my room doing the "Neal Cafferty" strut to see if I can even do it (shamelessly!). I have also wondered if he did it in real life and that was confirmed to me on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. Matt Bomer is a Strutter!! I'm sure they pick on him good naturedly!