@Orian---very short, sweet and precise...and also very likely, and thanks for putting the timeline into perspective for us!
@Lannie---glad this was a favorite, it definitely ranked in my top five and I found myself evolving my assessment of Kate from actually getting to see her. I'm not sure who I ship more, but all three ladies would be fun to see, no matter which they chose or whether they brought someone back from limbo :p
@Porter---also very to the point, and I hope they capitalize on the opportunity the show has created as well
@Suzanne---I think the favor will be more involved than that, perhaps for her to work a case with them or something? Also, just because Kate becomes part of the show doesn't necessarily mean the show has to end. While the premise of the show started with Neal and Kate, I am sure the writers are clever enough to write some amazing stories about the evolving relationships between characters with Kate involved as well.
@Gaby---thanks for your strong and entertaining opinion...I had forgotten Kate visited Neal so frequently...it does seem strange, then, to think that she was betraying him in some way...I kind of have a hard time believing it
@ilovewhitecollar---I am so glad that you brought up his hair, I really wanted to mention it in the review because it was so gorgeous....I wanted to run my fingers through it!
@Cass---you seem to dictate some of my suppressed misgivings about Kate perfectly. I really want to like her and want to give her credit and I'm not sure I completely understand or know Kate like I might want to, but that's all the more reason to bring her back so we can finally settle the conflict within ourselves about whether or not Neal is wasting his time with these feelings he has
@TeamKate---it's an ongoing battle that I don't think anyone is going to win until the writers settle it for themselves, but you have some very valid points!
@Rayla---I think part of her hiding from him was not as much a matter of hiding as a matter of being kidnapped. Because she was part of the conning and so important to Neal, Adler took advantage of that fact, blackmailed some lower level folks like Adler, and made Kate a pawn to get to Neal. Then again, that's just what I think, so I could be completely wrong....
@Mary Beth---I, too, wonder what the big surprise will be, and we'll just have to wait and see what happens...apparently Jeff Eastin tweeted this review, so hopefully he saw you're comment and will resolve our need to know what happens as soon as possible
@Mary---I'm not sure I'm willing to write Kate off as Adler's girl just yet. As I put in the quote section, Adler made a comment to the effect of, "The things we try to hide are most obvious to those around us," so obviously he could see right through Neal. But let's be honest, Kate seemed pretty upset when they found out that Adler had gone to ground, I don't think she's as deceitful as we might be willing to pin her...then again, who knows with this show...they have a knack for misleading us....or, rather, letting us mislead ourselves
Peter was wrong. He didn't/doesn't know Kate, and he doesn't know their relationship. Kate spent four years of her life waiting for Neal, why would she do that just for a laugh? NO, she loved him. She let Folwer take her to protect Neal.
She forgave him for lying all about his identity, she broke up with her long term boyfriend to be with him, she became a con for him. What else does this chick have to do?
I probably side with her partly because of how mysterious she is plus she is mega gorgeous her eyes are amazingly blue. I like the fact you don't know the whole story and Neal doesn't have all the power in the relationship, it's very in the air.
I loved this episode, and it was great to get Neal and Kate's origins. It was obvious that Neal was very much in love with her, but I am still not convinced that Kate cared for him like he cared for her. I wanted to be after this episode, but I think Peter's observation that there wasn't concern in her eyes was really alluding to something. Maybe I'm wrong. But I wouldn't be surprised if she was working for Adler the entire time. And no discredit to the actress, but I just could not see what Neal loved about her character. And until the writers reveal who she really was, I'm still going to be suspicious of her.
I love Neal&Kate, Bomer's hair in the episode was hot, I love his hair the 'flashback' way.
Bring back Kate, this episode made me Neal&Kate crazy :D
I always knew even in S1 Kate wasn't betraying Neal. People can be stupid. She waited 4 YEARS, just to turn around and betray him...come on. She was the victim, that stupid guy refusing to let her go back to Neal and then Burke (as much as I heart him) saying she dumped you, she's against you...bla bla bla it was like shut up, you don't know their relationship. She visited him EVERY WEEK for FOUR YEARS.
Fingers crossed Kate is alive.
I'm wondering now if the favor that Neal owes Sarah will be to give her the Raphael that he admitted to Kate he stole?
Also wonder if Kate is not dead that she could come back at the end of season three in order to have a lovely ending to this story. But then that would mean that Bomer had moved on to movies and no longer a White Collar show. He deserves that but I hope it is not true.
Love Neal and Kate. She needs to come back otherwise it's a waste of an truly great storyline. The flashback proved how great they were together.
Kate better be alive.
My favorite episode so far!!!!! Season 1 they made Kate look like the villian so I wasn't sure I liked her, but I LOVE HER NOW! She is awesome. I don't want her to be dead. Neal and Kate's reunion would be so freakin awesome. I was super glad Neal and Kate had so many scenes, I totally ship them 100%. Alex and Sara don't compare to them. Boo! Now I am mad they killed her. Hopefully the writers will be smart and bring her back.
Someone else might like to clarify the timeline, but I'm pretty sure Neal was arrested much later than 3 months after he started working for Adler. We know Peter chased Neal for 3 years, and I'm assuming that started from the time Neal cashed the fake bonds to buy his way into Adler's party and ended with Peter and Jones arresting Neal at Kate's storage facility. Neal worked for Adler for at least 5 months, then when Adler went to ground, Neal, Kate and Moz ran cons together (like the cop car scene) for a bit until Neal went to Copenhagen with Alex for the music box. He came back to NY, found Kate gone and began running bigger fancier cons to win her back and got Peter and the FBI really after him too. Last night's ep didn't go into any detail on what those bigger cons were but they've left the door open for more flashbacks! eg. Antioch manuscripts, Vinland map etc ;) so it wasn't a particularly long career as a con artist but if Neal's only 30-ish when he started working for Peter and just spent 4 years in prison, he would've only been in his early 20s when he made the forged bonds and gave Peter the sucker outside the bank!
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