White Collar Review: Go For Broke

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Neal found himself "Taking Account" for a lot this episode. It involved his actions with Peter, Sara and Mozzie.

The installment hit a variety of high notes, not the least of which was an extravagant shopping spree. I loved the pop-up breakdown of how much they were spending. It was break from the status quo. But it was even more fun to watch Sara and Neal blow the cash together.

Mozzie and Neal Scene

Which leads me to my first evaluation: Sara and Neal's relationship is at a tipping point. With Sara discovering the password to the video feed guarding the treasure, she now knows much more than she bargained for.

Sara has constantly harped on the importance of honesty. Yet Neal continues to lie to her. Neal's decision to do so causes serious issues and leads to a debate about whether or not Neal wants to get caught so he can justify staying to Mozzie.

Then again, the fact that Neal was so careless as to even type in the password for Sara to replicate in the first place suggests some kind of subconscious tell on his part.

Unfortunately, that doesn't equal an explanation for Sara, who may very well decide to put their relationship aside, perhaps even permanently.

On another note, Mozzie had some major game. Getting a look into another side of this character is always welcome. I have to say, though, with his extravagant tastes in wine, I was surprised we didn't get more shots during the spending-spree montage of Mozzie getting his drink on.

As for Neal's increasingly strained relationship with Peter, it was interesting to discover that the crucial time in Neal's life - when he had everything he could have ever wanted - wasn't as much a daydream, as he was led to believe. Yes, Neal was once truly fulfilled and he could have maintained it if he hadn't have ran.

Neal is at that same junction now, but because of all the foundations he's built for himself, he's struggling with how to leave. Before he had no such dilemma. As it comes to light just who is in possession of the U-boat treasure, will Neal watch those foundations irrevocably erode? And will he then depart?

This episode set up some exceptionally complex and compelling inter/intra-personal conflicts. Can you believe we're at episode seven already? Not much longer until the show goes on hiatus. Best not to dwell, though.

What did you think? What would you have liked to see Sara and Neal splurge on?


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How did Sarah know the password was Draupnir????????????

@ Trey

She saw it in the reflection of the gitar when Neil typed it in when he was going to show her the treasure (which he didn't do).


I loved the show last night - fun, excitement and everyone working together to get the hacker. El gets better every week. I don't think Neal really wants to go, but he doesn't want to hurt Mozzie and feels he owes Mozzie. I think he asked Sara to go with him so he wouldn't feel so alone leaving his current life. I like the way Neal has a good heart, and cares about people and offers to help them immediately without thinking of the consequences to himself. Like he said in "Vital Signs", it's not about the money, it's the people.
I wonder if it was Alex he was with at Ravello, Italy. Peter's bluff must have caused Neal to be arrested the first time by him when Neal left the place he loved. I wish there were more than 10 episodes this half season!!


I liked the episode (as always) but I have to agree with Kee, this is not the White Collar we were introduced to some seasons ago. Peter has vanished and it is not good! The most important thing I believe is this relationship and how it affects both of them!


Great episode. Neal's facing a crossroads/identity conflict figuratively and actually. People would get bored if Peter and Neal got along all the time.


@kep I completely disagree. With everything. First of all the bromance, which is great- i agree with that- was still there. The way how they both mentioned being on the same page with each other was awesome. It showed how well they know each other. Secondly I think Sara has brought once again a new angle for Neal. How she made it clear that she wouldn't cross any lines, I think that's what made Neal tell Mozzie that he really doesn't wanna leave and let's admit- we don't want Neal to leave! Besides would you rather go back to Neal moping constantly?! Kate this, Kate that... To be honest with you I think Kate was first season's biggest mistake. Also we haven't seen Neal taking care of anyone so far. The way he looked Sara from that conference room and took her in to his place. It was good i think. I agree that there were a lot of stuff new to the show but i believe that it made the show only better.


I don't know what show that was last night but it sure wasn't *my* White Collar. It was the worst ep ever. I changed the channel over to America's Got Talent about half way through. I just couldn't take anymore of the nealmozsara show. I won't be surprised when they kill off Peter and let the others just take over the show. WC used to be a great show - it has sooooo jumped the shark this 3rd season. How sad. How disappointing. I keep hoping the show will get back to its original concept - Peter and Neal working together to solve white collar crimes - but it just keeps getting farther away instead of getting better.


@Terrie Lynn McDonald Coleman, there was a poll, and i guess people preferred the original intro, i know i did.


No password is shown in full like in the episode. *sigh* But then, it's just television.


I think Sarah's "love?" for Neal is going to turn her to the other side. I think the bad boy attraction is too much for her to resist. She's really seemed to enjoy her undercover missions! I'm really happy with the show now that we're done hearing about Kate. THAT was tiring.


The password was Draupnir, a self-duplicating gold ring worn by one of the norse gods.

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White Collar Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

I will never unhear that.

Diana[ about Mozzie]

Neal, what did you do?