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White Collar Summer Finale Review: Choosing Sides

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Let the "Countdown" begin.

The clock ticked on the White Collar summer finale, as Neal and Mozzie scrambled to regain possession of a painting, and, as a result, maintain their quickly unraveling covers. Making matters worse? A visit from Peter's mentor.

Making a Con

The case? Recover a Degas recently sold on the blackmarket, not surprisingly the same one Mozzie fenced to finance the hit on Keller.

It was hard not to be on the edge of your seat for the entire hour. With Peter suspicious, and Neal giving it his all to remain collected - even as he planned an elaborate con to correct Mozzie's rash actions - who was a White Collar fan to root for?

I was proud of Neal for finally verbalizing to Mozzie that he once he "walked out the door" he "couldn't walk back in." That's one of the most obvious, yet easily missed, explanations for Neal's reservations about leaving. Forget that it would be wrong of him to depart in the first place. If Neal ran now, he would be on the run forever, a challenge that Mozzie never has to face.

It surprises me that Mozzie, being the careful and calculated person that he is, wouldn't have considered the weight or consequences of his best friend's decision. Forcing Neal to choose a side was uncalled for.

Granted, we all knew that "Choose a Side" was the tagline for this season, so Neal would eventually have to come to grips with making his best and final score... or remaining an FBI asset, yet I never thought it would be at the cost of his relationship with Mozzie.

Why is it that Mozzie wants to leave so badly? It seems every episode leading up to this midseason finale gave us more and more reasons why Neal and Mozzie should stay. They both have people that care about them. They fit well into the White Collar crime unit both as assets and as individuals (and, in Mozzie's case, this occurs with or without his explicit consent or intention).

I think a real game-changer in this realm was no doubt Elizabeth's kidnapping. Not only did it send the shock factor through the roof for me, but I have a feeling it's just the thing to reel Mozzie back in.

Elizabeth has always been the one person to respect and appreciate him. Affectionately referred to as "Mrs. Suit," she's constantly demonstrated her care for Mozzie. She made him a specialty care package when he was recovering from the gunshot wound, she kept him company when he was in protective custody from the Detroit mob. I find it hard to fathom that Mozzie might not assume some level of responsibility for Keller's actions.

Keller did give Mozzie one last chance to let him in on the treasure. While it's understandable that Mozzie would refuse, the consequences of his refusal were unknown. Question is, when it comes right down to it, would Mozzie be willing to let go of the treasure if it was the one thing that could save Elizabeth's life?

That's the topic we'll have to ponder until the show returns in the winter.

I'd let it go. That treasure has been like poison for everyone involved. Look at all the relationships it's altered or broken for Neal and Mozzie. It's even damaged the relationship they have with one another.

The real treasures aren't holed up in a storage unit waiting to be fenced. They're the relationships Neal and Mozzie have stayed in one place long enough to forge. I think Neal recognized that, and Elizabeth's kidnapping has the potential to teach Mozzie.

But, as always, there were other, perhaps lighter highlights:

  • Beau Bridges making a guest star appearance, one of the few since Stargate: SG1 ended. I missed him.
  • Neal's skydive from the 43rd floor. Epic.
  • Mozzie admiring himself in a Hawaiian shirt.
  • Learning the legend of "The Archaeologist." It certainly sounds like a fitting nickname for Peter.

Why does winter have to be so far away? Thanks for an great first half of season three, White Collar!

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Best episode of this series ever. Best season finale ever except for Sons of Anarchy. I cannot wait till this winter. Keller told Peter that Neal has the treasure. We are going to hit the ground running. You better look out Keller.

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The skydive WAS epic - but really - landing in the big city with a parachute and no one was around to see him? No one? Still - an ingenious way of escaping!

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Why put hilarie burtonas a regular if she isn't in every episode plus now that her and neal brokeuo we don't see sara a lot I liked them together

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Color photography has been around for a while; Kodachrome was available in the 30's. The recently uncovered photos of Hitler celebrating Christmas were all in color. No, the color photo doesn't bother me. The skydive somehow being performed without any eyewitnesses to identify Neal is what bothers me. Oh, and Neal still can't tell Peter about the treasure; at least not the whole truth. It would be the end of the show. That doesn't mean that Neal won't be willing to do anything else within his power to help find El. And yes, this is certainly the motivation needed for Mozzie to return with a vengeance.

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People don't seem to understand that while Neal may not have stolen the treasure himself he's kept it hidden from Peter. Legally he's now just as guilty as Mozzie - for different crimes yes, but still criminal acts. Not only that but by hiding the treasure and lying to Peter he's betrayed Peter. Also Peter said earlier this season that he knows that Neal might be innocent of the theft, itself, but he still probably knows who did it and who has the treasure. So it's more that he's trying to prove Neal HAS it [which is true] not just that he stole it.

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I would also like to say how heartbreaking it was at the end of the show when Peter came home after El was kidnapped. He will be devastated over this and feel guilty because in the last episode he told EL not to worry about Keller, that the FBI and US Marshals were out looking for him. He will blame himself for not protecting her, and I think Neal will have to run things with Mozzie, Diana and Jones to get El back safely to Peter.

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It was a great show, best all season, and Neal was fantastic in keeping one step ahead of Peter and Kramer throughout. It was like "Burke's Seven" again with just Neal and Mozzie. Beau Bridges was perfect as Kramer, Peter's mentor. With all the stares and remarks made by Peter & Kramer to trick/upset Neal, it was amazing how Neal didn't flinch one bit and could look them straight in the eyes every time.(Matt is a great actor).
Like Andrew, I too was upset about how hard Peter was trying to catch Neal. He was really mean to Neal in this episode, maybe because he was trying to impress Kramer and show him that he was not a softee now, but as tough as he was when he first became an FBI Agent. But it still is annoying to me that no matter what Neal says, after all that interrogation, passing the lie detector test, and all the help Neal gives him, Peter still is trying to prove Neal is guilty of stealing the treasure. I like Neal's line that it must be nice to have someone believe in you.
I think what will happen is that Neal will tell Mozzie about El being kidnapped and Mozzie will bring the treasure back. Then they will work with Peter to get El back and try to capture Keller. Probably Mozzie will get immunity, and hopefully Peter will realize that Neal didn't do this crime but was only trying to help Mozzie, his friend, not get caught.

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WOW that all I have to say man you really felt for peter at the end and I agree the Neal's skydive from the 43rd floor was Epic. •Beau Bridges was perfect in his role and I hope we see him again these show keep getting better and better

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Poor Peter, the look on his face and even Neal's face when they realized El was kidnapped. El kept her cool when Peter was kidnapped, but I'm not so sure he'll be able to do the same. El is Peter's rock, the one person he can count on no matter what. I think she always knew he was in danger when he worked a case, but I don't think he was prepared for her to be the one in a life threatening situation.

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I'm just thinking that how does Keller have such funding to find hired goons to kidnap Elizabeth?

White Collar Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

Neal: Must be nice having someone who believes in you.
Peter: Never gave him a reason not to.

Peter: Do you remember what you said to me when I first accused you of stealing the art?
Neal: Prove it.
Peter: Be careful what you wish for.