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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Why are Cape Verdeans speaking Spanish when their official language is Portuguese? Other than that it was a good episode. And Ginger, it's a work of fiction grounded in reality. Hence some things are expected of the show.


Terrible episode and the writers should be fired on the spot. The whole thing was one big contrived mess trying to find a way to get Neil back to NY. The writers should just realize that the old storyline of the show is dead and the story has moved to a new direction. Yes, the story did use to be the "Sting" but due to the way the writers have written it, it is "the fugitive". It had the potential to be a great new basis for a show but the writers only seem to understand a single cookie cutter script to which they are trying to mold the show. Does anyone seriously believe that from the background sounds in a single *cell phone* call one can determine the location on the planet?? What is the basis for the search warrant on Peter's house? Why would a criminal boss side with a rogue FBI agent when Neil is offering him a guaranteed income. At worst he would have just shook Neil down for more. The whole thing stinks like nothing else... Don't think I can continue to watch this mess....


cape verde - language - PORTUGUESE, not SPANISH...


Peter's true friendship for Niel was confirmed when he admitted that he gave the signal for Niel to run and be free. Every inch of Peter is to "do it by the book". As much as his friendship means to him, it would be more in character if Peter found a legal way to help Niel, that did not also incriminate himself and his team. It was reckless of Peter to leave the map available, when he himself repeated how ruthless Collins was. He should have been more careful. It's ironic how much Peter thought he was helping Niel, when Niel was fine and Peter's actions lead Collins straight to Niel. Peter should have trusted that the better way to help Niel would be to leave it alone. Probably helping slow down the process on his end would have been more helpful.


BTW, my favorite moment was when the little boy lead Peter to see Neal in that tower, and Peter couldn't contain his glee at seeing his best friend, so he hugged him! AWWWWWW! See, Peter couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Neal, because they've been crime solving partners and friends for too long for Neal to not be like part of Peter's family. I just hope that Peter gets the drop on that nasty crazy agent before he pops Neal with a gun. And I hope that they all get back to NY, because I think that is where Neal and Mozzies hearts are, and where they can interact with Mrs Suit and Diana and Jones. I LOVED the sandcastle version of NY that Neal made, BTW...so gorgeous.


Good episode. Obviously, Neal won't be a fugitive for half the season so some storylines will be contrived.


Reviewer, I think you mean Collins was "akin" to a bull running through a china shop...you might want to catch that typo because it makes the sentence hard to parse.
Watchestoomuch, I think you are wrong about Peter, he loves Neal, much in the way that House loved Wilson, and he is willing to go to great lengths to see that his best friend isn't killed by Kramer the rogue agent with an agenda. I think the fact that Peter will bend the rules to help the people he loves only makes him a better FBI agent. I also think Neal has loosened Peter up and made him better able to bend the rules to see justice done. I loved this episode and I love this show. I am so glad to see everyone back in action, especially Mrs Suit, and Mozzie. I adore Mozzie, and hope he comes back to NYC soon, too.


Just focus on Peter for a moment. Peter has been a rigidly adhered to the law throughout the show. It is completely out of character for Peter to commit a felony and involve his staff in felonious behavior by aiding a federal fugitive, even if the fugitive is a friend. A Peter who is willing to break the law when it suits his personal purposes is a new character. Right or wrong?


The entire premise of this show is fiction so why are so many commentators hung up on the veracity of the plot. Neal and Mozzie had to escape New York but the show revolves around the working relationship of Burke and Neal so obviously the writers must find a way to bring Neal back to New York. This is a "Sting" series not "The Fugitive" so I can't imagine they will spend the entire season moving Neal around the globe. I think we should just sit back and enjoy the vacation.


@klimville: Two words: internal consistency.

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White Collar Season 4 Episode 1 Quotes

Protect our boy.

Ellen [to Peter]

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.