White Collar Review: Welcome to Paradise?

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The FBI's most "Wanted" man and his eccentric and lovable right-hand man have returned for what promises to be an exciting fourth season of White Collar.

Neal and Mozzie may have escaped to paradise in Cape Verde, but it didn't take long until their safe haven became a hunting ground.

Neal and Mozzie on the Run

When we left Neal at White Collar Season 3, his commutation hearing appeared to be going extremely well, with the exception of Agent Kramer's relentless attempts to prove that Neal was still a criminal, leaving no stone unturned.

Unfortunately, Kramer found that damning stone, and Peter gave Neal the signal to run, leaving fans everywhere wondering just what would happen next.

And now we have the answer: Neal and Mozzie took refuge on the non-extraditing island of Cape Verde, living a lavish lifestyle in a seaside villa. Of course, we expected nothing less, but what a sad, sad thing it was for us to see him have to flee it... or at least attempt to do so.

It looks like they had made friends, one being Hector, the little guy with a fruit stand that Neal and Mozzie both seemed affectionate toward; and the beautiful Mya, who apparently stole Neal's heart. They'd even found a man whom they could pay to assure their anonymity and isolation from the outside world, as long... as that world didn't include the United States government we found out later.

White Collar Season 4 Premiere Photo

Things were as exciting on their end as it was on Peter's. Set on finding Neal, Peter had his own investigation going into where Neal and Mozzie had escaped to.

But his search became even more urgent when Agent Collins from the Office of International Affairs entered the fold. Peter seemed to think that Kramer was likely behind Collins appearing at the New York bureau, and it wouldn't't surprise me one bit if it's true.

Collins, much like Kramer, is a askin to a bull running through a china shop, and neither will stop until they've taken out every plate, or every conman, in the room. The only reason Kramer isn't pursuing it himself is likely because it's out of his jurisdiction.

Jurisdiction, stateside or otherwise, certainly wasn't a problem for Collins in Cape Verde, as he willingly and loudly placed a bounty on Neal's head upon arrival. If Peter ever had a reservation about the lengths to which Collins was willing to go to get the collar on Neal, he no longer has any doubts. Mekhi Pfifer is a perfect fit for this role and fits naturally into the cast.

Mekhi Pfeifer on White Collar

One good thing that came of this whole encounter?  Peter finally getting to connect with Ellen Parker, who we got our first glimpse of in "Judgment Day." Thanks to Elizabeth, Ellen realized that Peter really was looking out for Neal's best interests, giving him the critical link to uncovering his whereabouts. I have no doubt she will continue to make appearances this season, perhaps revealing more about the years before he turned 18.

Other highlights from this episode:

  • Neal's sand-rendering of the view from his New York apartment, complete with lighting.
  • Mozzie's alias, Barry Satoro.
  • Neal's use of Hector as a means of gaining Mya's affections.
  • Peter being placed on leave, giving him the ability to track Neal down.
  • Mrs. Suit offering to emulate Neal's unruly behavior during a stakeout to make Peter feel better.
  • Diana and Jones working with Peter off the grid to help Peter find Neal.

What did you think of the season four premiere, Collars? How will Neal get out of his latest predicament?


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


very poor episode imo. If Collins really wanted Neal that bad, why did he go to the island alone and even b4 that i find it hard to believe that
1. peter would circle the location on the map
2. peter found out his location by church bells and thunderstorms
3. collins had probable cause to search Peter's home And I don't see how the writers can explain
1. isn't Hughes sitting in Peter's office?
2. how Neal will avoid jail


i loove this show! i cant wait for the next episode. im nervous! lol! and we just got a puppy and named him mozzie!!! wooo


Sara will be in 3 or 4 episodes this season. However, she is now listed as a recurring character and not a permanent character in the show.


Im just wondering if Sarah Ellis is going to be in this season? She was the perfect woman for Neal!! I want Sarah and Neal back!!!


i'm disappointed that the producers didn't do their research
i'm from cape verde and we speak portuguese and criolo and not spanish,this is very insulting
i hope next time they'll do their homework first


Hey you people this is fiction. Noticing the island was different. Come on now. If you constantly complain or bring out the reality vs fiction, change the station.
To shave or not to shave. It's part of the show. roll with it and enjoy the 1 hour of great entertainment. If not, there are a lot of other programs you can watch.


To "Trying Hard to Believe" - go with the flow and enjoy the show! Peter is an FBI Agent and wants to go back to the US with Neal, not be arrested and fired for your wanting him to assault Collins. If you were really interested in the show, you would have done some research - interviews, articles, video clips - and you would know that Neal and Peter are working together again in NY in Episode 3. This show is entertainment, fictionalized and not a reality show (thank God!) so please everybody stop nitpicking and enjoy the wonderful cast and WC stories! It's a great show!


1) So Peter led to the downfall of Neil by figuring out where he was and circling it for Collins...
2) and of course, it was exactly 4 am when Peter called...
3) Why can't the three of them just take down Collins? He's by himself on an island with no extradition...just rough him up a little.
4)Its hard for me to see this show making sense after a few episodes, unless the writers come up with something brilliant, either:
a)they have to make neil keep running, but i mean he has to find a spot sooner or later thats safe
b) they find a judge or someone that will listen to them and they try to come back to NY legally-but this is too much of a stretch


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This was one of the best white collar episodes for me it was funny suspenseful and heartwarming especially the scene when Peter and Neal reunite( still kinda wish the search for Neal lasted longer) in this episode we see how much Peter cares for Neal I just love their bromance throughout the series. And the cliffhanger was cool too. Looks like we are in for a great season

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White Collar Season 4 Episode 1 Quotes

Protect our boy.

Ellen [to Peter]

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.