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White Collar Review: A Price Too High

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After a mini hiatus, White Collar returned and begged the question tonight: Is there any "Honor Among Thieves?"

Neal faced a serious decision regarding the trust he's struggled with constantly as of late. How would he balance it with the desperate need to uncover more information about Ellen?

In the end, we were all wondering whether or not Neal may have been playing all of us the whole time!

Neal's Art Heist

The episode began with Ellen's funeral. I don't know about you, but I'd like to think the show would have put a little more time into whether or not Ellen died at the scene or in between lying on a stretcher and ending up in a casket. It seemed cut a little short, skipping over the most important part: her actual death.

But if the ominous tweet from series creator Jeff Eastin is true, it seemed there were more reasons that Ellen Parker made her exit so early on in Neal's search for who he is.

Either way, her death did open some new doors for Neal, forcing him to choose between trust and treason with his colleagues at the White Collar division versus getting information that could lead Neal to the mysterious Sam.

As much as it seemed that Neal may have actually turned a corner and accepted that he can't have it all - and that sometimes in order to gain, you have to lose - we can't help but wonder if Neal really way playing Peter and company the whole time?

My first instinct, especially given his initial apprehension to follow through with Abigail and her plan, is that he's legitimately a changed man in that respect; even with stakes as high as uncovering more about Ellen, her history, WITSEC and more, he turned her down.

Did he and Mozzie launch a grand plan to get Abigail caught and the flash drive placed into FBI evidence? That's the question we'll likely continue to ask ourselves until next week, but it's worth inventorying everything that could lead us to a less unsavory conclusion.

Neal has found himself in similar situations where all was not as it appeared. Remember the U-boat treasure debacle? Neal looked too good for the theft, only to have it revealed that Mozzie was the genius behind its last minute survival. Maybe we all need to give Neal the benefit of the doubt on this one. I truly think he's making great strides towards not having to be on the run and come clean.

We are left to wonder, though, whether or not the damage has already been done. Neal and Diana seemed to have made some serious strides in their relationship, We have never had a moment quite like when Diana visited Neal to talk about her failed relationship. It was a pretty important moment, and Neal genuinely poured his heart out regarding loss and moving forward.

Unfortunately for Neal, that truth was compromised with the revelation of his participation in the heist, whether as a result of blackmail or personal gain. Then again, when it became clear that Neal was not as shady as to have participated in criminal activity to be back in the game, tensions were eased slightly. At least between Diana and Neal.

Now we've got Peter back on the defensive. It seems these two can never quite be on the same page with one another. It's a real shame, but I don't think their connection to one another would be the same without it. I mean, Peter did catch Neal twice as a cop taking out a criminal. Suspicion is at the core of thei relationship. I just hope it doesn't become the norm. We've played that out in previous seasons already.

Highlights from this episode:

  • Lost alum Rebecca Mader stopping by to guest star as a provocative female art thief.
  • Diana confiding in Neal in a legit way.
  • Mozzie's camera blind apparatus - very innovative.
  • Neal admitting that Peter's trust was the most important thing to him. About time Neal acknowledged that.
  • Abigail hitting on Diana? Didn't quite see that coming.

So, Collars, do you think Neal was running a long con, or are the suspicions surrounding Neal's actions unwarranted?

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Let's see...Neal VOLUNTEERED what file he wanted to Abilgal. He NEVER does anything by accident. So, he expected her to get it for him. But, he genuinely changed his mind because he told her he didn't want to do it BEFORE she told him she had ALREADY stolen it. So, he DID change his mind about doing it. From then, since he was HOOKED, he knew how it would all end-that she would be arrested and he would get what he wanted. Yes, he HAD to let the FBI find it on her to clear himself and prove he was blackmailed.
So, I hope Peter realizes that he really did intend to NOT do it. He admitten to Peter that he was indeed tempted - and that was the truth. But, don't forget...he TRULY didn't know she had ALREADY stolen the document when he said he didn't want to go through with it.
Hadn't thought about Ellen still being alive. But, that is a good scenario. However, it won't matter to the story, since Sam will tell him what he needs to know. So, it's just for sentiment's sake if she is still alive.

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Let's see...Neal VOLUNTEERED what file he wanted to Abilgal. He NEVER does anything by accident. So, he expected her to get it for him. But, he genuinely changed his mind because he told her he didn't want to do it BEFORE she told him she had ALREADY stolen it. So, he DID change his mind about doing it. From then, since he was HOOKED, he knew how it would all end-that she would be arrested and he would get what he wanted. Yes, he HAD to let the FBI find it on her to clear himself and prove he was blackmailed.
So, I hope Peter realizes that he really did intend to NOT do it. He admitten to Peter that he was indeed tempted - and that was the truth.
Hadn't thought about Ellen still being alive. But, that is a good scenario. However, it won't matter to the story, since Sam will tell him what he needs to know. So, it's just for sentiment's sake if she is still alive.

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I loved the show, especially the ending. I don't think it was a long con. Neal genuinely cares for Peter and wants his trust, and Neal doesn't want to be running anymore. But I'm sure Neal would eventually realize that he can get the flashdrive out of Evidence, with or without Peter's help. Mozzie is still a bad influence on Neal, but he does care for Neal. I also don't think Ellen is dead. I think she is back into WITSEC and Neal was not told so that his sorrow would be genuine and the killer would think Ellen is really dead and not keep looking for her. Perhaps when "Sam" enters the picture, we will find out what really happened to Ellen. It was a great tasteful segment with Diana & Neal, and I am glad they are still friends.

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It isn't a long con if Neal hoped for the best outcome possible. We can all hope. There were too many variables that could go the other way for Neal to be sure of Peter's actions. The U.S. Marshals could have pressed charges against Neal. Peter could have handed over the flash drive without copying it first. And, it all could have ended w/Peter never catching on to Neal's involvement & Abigail getting away. So...no, no long con IMO.

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Excellent episode IMHO. Yet, I do admit I don't get Peter at the end. Does it really matter whether or not Neal thought he could still lay his hands on the flash drive after Abigail was arrested and the file locked in evidence? The important thing was that Neal turned Abigail down when she proposed the offer. I firmly believe Neal was telling the truth when he told Peter how much his trust meant to him. Why should Peter doubt Neal's words? The possibility of Neal hoping to still get what he was after, does in my opinion in no way diminish the sincerity of his reasons.

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I hope Neal was running the long con, a lot more interesting than him turning good and boring.

Deann

I agree with Terrie, I have a feeling Ellen is still alive, too, and I also loved Mozzie's clever hat invention. I also agree with Lisa Smith that this isn't a long con of Neals, this is just him seeing how things might play out, but they also might not. I would hope that Neal and Peter have more trust in each other than that after all this time working together. I believe that they really do love one another as friends, and I don't think Neal would intentionally do anything to harm Peter or his family or Mozzie for that matter. Neal made it clear that he loves New York and his adopted family of co workers and friends. I think he made that clear in his concern for Diana. (loved that they confided in one another, BTW).

Fortyseven

Very good episode.

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I think there will always be this suspicion/tension between Peter and Neal because no matter how much they learn to trust and work together core parts of their personalities do not blend well together. Peter will always be a follower of the rules and Neal will always be someone who works around the rules and in some cases bends them in order to get his way. He's gotten better because he didn't automatically break the rule rather than just bend it but I for one love that he's always pushing and listening to the little mozzie devil on his shoulder. The day he stops doing that is the day he should apply for a full-time job at the FBI rather than criminal consultant. Loved this episode.

Terrie

Ok, who thinks Ellen may still be alive? She was indeed hesitant about telling Neal info about his past. She was in witness protection after all. Could it be she's still alive? Maybe I'm just in to conspiracy theories too much. This episode was great. Loved the camera thing Mozzie came up with. That was too neat! As to whether this was Neal's plan to get the info he wanted, time will tell. But I don't think it was. He surely didn't plan on being set up by Abigail. I want to believe Neal is trying to stay clean. I, too, would think after 3 seasons Neal and Peter would have better trust between them but it appears they are still working on that. As the reviewer stated, Peter is now back on the defensive and who knows what's going to happen next.

White Collar Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

I said the price was too high and I meant it. Your trust is too important to me.

Neal

If there is one guy who can find out everything he wants, it's Neal.

Peter