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


I agree with the comment about Neal & Sara having no chemistry. I just don't see it. Besides, I can't see Sara being "The One". Neal can't possibly love her as much as he loved Kate. It's also unbelievable that he would give up a billion dollars worth of treasure because of someone whose work included pursuing to throw his a*s in jail. My guess is Sara finds out (part) of Neal & Mozzie's plan & breaks it off with Neal. (Don't worry, she's on contract as a regular...she'll still be around! Hopefully in some other capacity aside from just being a love interest.) I can't see the Neal/Sara pairing lasting long. I'd rather have Neal play the field for a while than rush into another relationship. Also, maybe. I'm being too cynical, but I don't think that a marriage such as Peter & El Burke exist nowadays. Sure, it's nice to watch and feels good to see them like that, but it doesn't have the realistic feel to it. Still, I love the two of them.

Uncle jackass

If I had to guess, it is Sarah is who the one that makes the comparison life-style choice to Burke and his wife (a lot of hints where given to the choices that Neal has to make for the future). Being the con-man he has to choose which life suits him better: the cat/mouse game with Alex or stay at home with Sarah. Of course, I delighted that Peyton Sawyer got so much screen time. Being part of the main cast, you would have expected a lot of plot given to Matt and Peyton for character development. Hence, this episode wasn't a disappointment.


for those complaning about Peter and Elizabeth's would you much rather it be like everyother show when they break up and one of them dies

Terrie lynn mcdonald coleman

@rosie bitter much?????????


I don't see the Burke marriage as cheesy. Lord what a nasty statement. I'm beginning to believe Neal doesn't want to run, but is playing along with Mozie. His feelings for Sara are going to get in the way of his running. In the end, his words to Scott will be echoed in his own actions ... It wouldn't be WC w/out Neal ... he won't run.


Urgh, divisive show!


WC is such a decisive show. It really is split in the Alex and Sara camp. I loved this episode and was so thankful we didn't have to induce the unrealistic cheesy relationship that the Burkes have. Urgh, I really can't stand all that smug stepford housewife and husband. This is what I like about WC. Intrigue, action, realism all cloaked up in the unreal world the USA love to portray about the world of agents in the US. I see Sarah's place and like her there but her and Neal have no chemistry. He an Alex were fireworks in simply a scene together. Re Ashbrook, you only appreciate him if you were a fan of Twin Peaks. I was majorly although I was a kid but I have to say he was my worst character on the show. Truly though,I get what you are saying but from my understanding and this may seem cold, the more you appear on a show as a guest star, the more your pay check is no? For me, their is a bigger travesty not using Ernie 'frigging Ghostbusters'Hudson for more then one line as Mozzies mentor, then Ashbrook getting a whole 10 mins.

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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...