White Collar Review: Robin Hoodie vs. James Bonds

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Poor Neal.

He may have managed to convince a con to turn himself in and stop running on "Scott Free," but he learned even the best laid plans are frought with difficulty and disaster, not the least of which was Sara's uncovering his Victor Moreau passport in the hollowed out wall behind a portrait.

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The deeper we delve into this season, the more contradictions in Neal's rationality we uncover. He does well in convincing others that it's not worth it to run. Simultaneously, though, we watch as his and Mozzie's plans to escape become more sophisticated and deceitful.

Sara has already begun to put the pieces together, and Peter and the Feds are already on high alert for movement of the U-Boat treasure.

I have to say that Scott deciding to turn himself in was a little too Leave it to Beaver for me. Neal admitted that he would never do it, so why would the writers have this even an option? Neal managed to convince this kid that hitting rock bottom was only a g-man away, but he divulged that he had never been that low himself. Did Neal's hubris get in the way, or was Neal masking some actual wounds?

Meanwhile, I loved the the "Robin Hoodie" monacre they attached to Scott. It just forces me to ask, which is better: "Robin Hoodie" or "James Bonds"?

The former is more youthful and modern with it's reference to hoodies, which Neal would never be caught dead donning on a con. It also screams young, which is not to be confused with inexperienced or ignorant. He has some seriously unrivaled tech skills that some would kill to have.

But "James Bonds" is synonymous with style, sophistication, creativity and class. It immediately calls on the coolness we've all come to be in awe of. A tough choice, indeed.

Receiving His Assignment

Unfortunately, while funny, "Robin Hoodie" never stood a chance.

Maybe that's why Neal's the best conman out there. James Bond has never shied away from repeat performances (how many 007 movies are out there? 22 and counting?). No wonder Neal continues to plan and execute con after con.

What will Sara do now that she's seen his passport. Will she shrug it off? Confront him? Or maybe even take the info to Peter? Could she break it off with Neal as a result?

My money's on Sara sitting on the info and inching her way into the subject with Neal. Or maybe even just gathering clues until she figures the whole thing out in her own. Either way, it doesn't look good for this couple.

I was a little disappointed at the underuse of Twin Peaks star Dana Ashbrook. Seeing him as a bad guy getting taken advantage of in the last 10 minutes was a gross misuse of iconic talent.

In light of this misstep, here are some highlights from the episode that readily redeems this talented crew:

  • Peter and Elizabeth's fist bump. Can't get enough of the glimpses into their marriage and partnership.
  • Sara getting in on a con. It's been a long time coming.
  • The build up to what will no doubt be Neal's rock bottom. We're getting there, readers. Just how hard will he fall?

One thing's for sure, like an FBI ankle monitor, I'll be here to track Neal's progress. What did you think of this week's episode? Did Scott get off too easy? Were you hoping to see him again?


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I get so tired of all the Sara bashing in this fandom. Come on, it's USA - characters welcome! The character of Sara is providing a good transitional step for Neal. He needs to really move on past Kate, and Sara provides a way for him to do that. Neal is helping Sara transition as well - she's way less up tight than when we first met her. Are they "forever" material like the Burkes? No, they're not. I don't see it in either character. Sara's too driven to settle down like that, and so far, at least, we're not seeing Neal make the silly, sappy mistakes he made when it came to Kate - so Sara isn't the (next) "one." But in the meantime, Matt and Hilarie most definitely DO have some chemistry - and the scenes between the two have provided some fantastic excuses to get Matt's shirt off, or at least open. Nothing wrong with that :-)


I don't like Sarah, too. and I don't see any future for them as a stable/married couple. but she adds spice to the series. another character such as Kate or El would appear rather flat and quite predictable. while Sarah has an air about her that suggests intelligence and diffidence. that's probably the reason her character isn't likeble and untrustworthy.


I speak on behalf of Sara. I'm not a fan of One Tree Hill, but i love her on White Collar. I completely disagree, in my opinion the chemistry is great and they work together as a couple just fine. Also I think she's much better mach than Kate. She's stronger, more independent and a workaholic, which brings in character. She doesn't look a perfect barbie like helpless Kate did. Also i think people like Kate because they got used to her being the one for Neal. I think it's more interesting this way, Neal loosing the love of his life and trying to move on. Trying to find somebody else to love, to commit. And Sara is way hotter!


I agree with Alex. Neal is too smart and careful to accept a fake passport in Kate's last name if he really wanted to leave with Mozzie. Neal knows that Peter is well aware of the Moreau name and would check for it if Neal fled. I think that subconsciously Neal wants to be stopped from leaving by Peter. That way Neal doesn't have to tell Mozzie himself that he doesn't really want to go. It isn't like the passport man didn't have other passports he could have switched with Neal. I love "cheese" and I love the Burkes and their relationship. I know many happily married couples and I'm sure Tim DeKay and Tiffany would not hesitate to say how happy they are with their spouses. Matt, himself, always talks about his wonderful parents. I also love USA Network for bringing intelligent, well written and acted shows to TV. I don't need the murders, sadism, violence and filthy language on other networks!!


Why are so many people annoyed with the Burkes. They have good relationship. You can tell that they are best friends hence the fist bump. Just because you don't know people like that doesn't mean they don't exist. I don't mind Sarah. I'm just not attached to her, I guess she might grow on me eventually. Looking forward to the rest of this season though :)


I hope they re-use the fact that his new alias's surname is Moreau. If he does flee and Peter is trading him this would definetly be a red flag. I figured this has to be a plot device because wouldn't Neal refuse the ID otherwise to be careful.


In defense of Sara, she is great in her part and is the perfect interlude for Neal now that Kate is dead. They enjoy and respect each other, but theirs is not a permanent relationship. Alex and Neal have terrific chemistry together, but they are too much alike and thrive on the con game and could never truly trust each other long term. They have betrayed each other in the past. Neal was crazy about Kate, the love of his life, but he conned her also and went to Copenhagen with Alex to try to find the music box. Even when she was kept by Fowler and wanted Neal to turn over everything to set her free, Neal refused. Neal may long for everything that Peter and El have, but in the long run Neal's life is the con; as he said he gets a rush and he's addicted. He may fall for someone new eventually, but I doubt it will last if there is another Treasure to be found.


Hardly bitter lol!? Just a realist but to be honest, I've never like USA shows as I find them unrealistic and patronising to the viewers. Put it this way, I am not someone who swallows everything they are told-like we are taught at College, I look at several different sources that are conflicting and then make up my mind. So it'd be going with my naturally perceptive mind that the Burkes are such a load of...cheese and rubbish. My parents marriage was not like that, my friends aren't, people I know etc Whatever. You don't watch USA for realism and objective social anthropological assess on modern life. WC is a fun and good show but it'd be even better if it was on another channel that would let the actors really expand, the writers be more creative and the direction even more visual as it is such an interesting concept.


Loved the fist bump!


I love this show. I just don't like Sarah. I have liked everyone in the show, but never will like Sarah. The way the actress plays her is not likeable in the role. Lots of people feel this way. Read IMDB and white collar facebook. I do not find a reason for her. Only her fans from one tree hill like her. Neal needs some one new. Someone like June/El. Not someone in the "white collar" world. Why can't he find a normal nice girl like El. They are trying way too hard to make Sara likable? It is not working. I did love the guest stars this week. I hope they bring back Scott. The actor was really great. Other than Sarah this show is perfect!

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White Collar Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

Neal: You need to hit rock bottom before you can change
Peter: When did you hit rock bottom
Neal: Never said I did...

I think we're looking at the next Neal Caffrey...