White Collar Review: National Treasures

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White Collar continued its winning streak of smart, sophisticated and gripping episodes in its fourth season. No one can ever accuse this show of suffering an "Identity Crisis."

From Mozzie's uncompromisable belief in the idea of his parents being spies to the unfathomable conspiracy that unfolded before his eyes, there was no question that this episode had National Treasure written all over it!

Mozzie On the Hunt

I fancy myself quite the Revolutionary War buff, but White Collar had something to teach me that even I didn't know. Raise you hand if you were privy to the existence - contested or not - of the famed Culper spies? Let alone contemplated their modern-day existence?

The National Treasure theme was a great fit for this show and this cast, and it was executed it brilliantly. They really could give Nicolas Cage and company a run for their money.

I love that it started with Mozzie and June partaking in a storage wars-like bidding environment. Leave it to Mozzie to bet on the place with the most unexpected connections and history, stumbling upon one of the nation's biggest and perhaps best kept secrets in the process.

From numbers and code names to the interesting connection between descendants and the Culper legacy, this was a well-crafted and quite fascinating twist on a treasure hunt.

One particularly striking element of this hour and its unfolding was the insight it provided into Mozzie's past and his closely guarded beliefs about the parents that left him behind.

It seems that both Neal's and Mozzie's pasts are coming, in some respects, to haunt them, and perhaps even launch them into greater understandings of themselves and their relationship to one another. The best part is, if pursued as strongly in Mozzie's case as in Neal's, they will be taking the journey of self-discovery together, strengthening the bond they already clearly share.

Congrats to Channing Powell for a great episode; we look forward to more of your brilliant work in the future. Similar props to Willie Garson for an episode that simultaneously proved how quirky, conspiratorial and sometimes unconventional Mozzie is while also making him more human and relatable.

Other highlights:

  • Neal claiming to be a descendant of George Washington. "I cannot tell a lie?" Oh, how much could be said about that, Neal...
  • Jones claiming to be a descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Well played, sir, well played.
  • Mozzie's family story shadow puppet show. Best talent ever.
  • #355, for lack of a better word, actually being a spy!
  • Mozzie being right that #355 escaped with the flag.
  • The elaborately staged infirmary, painting, peepholes and all.

Next week sees Peter and Sara undercover. What could have possibly brought these two together, and in such interesting circumstances? We'll certainly be tuned in to find out!

What did you think about the hunt for a national treasure? Do the Culpers really exist today?


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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On the bright side, I liked this episode much more than National Treasure, which bored me silly (plus Nicholas Cage as an action hero is just ridiculous). I thought the Mozzie back-story was eye-rolling. The smooth villain was an idiot----we're to believe he is sociopath who thinks nothing of murder, only to let his hostages run away so he can shoot harmlessly at them? White collar is usually better than this, but there have been some real stinkers this season.


What was that? Didn't feel like White Collar at all. Worst episode of all time and I'm not just talking White Collar. I couldn't care less for Mozzie! I was waiting to find out more about Sam or some good Neal and Peter scenes. Instead I got bored out of my mind and couldn't even watch till the end.


....I was hoping there would be some kind of karmic come-uppance that would happen to him for what he did/the way he acted.
Until some form of punishment is doled out to AdultMozzie, no amount of sappy boo-hoo ChildMozzie backstories are going to cause me to forgive or like him again.


I really loved both Nat'l Treasure movies and I would have liked this episode a lot more if it hadn't been for the heavy-handed attempt to make us feel sorry for Mozzie with the weepy backstory.
I still detest Mozzie last season for appointing himself Lord & Master Over Neal Caffrey's Life, and basically spending the bulk of S3 pushing Neal around.
Mozzie, who is the one who perpetrated the theft of both the Nazi plunder, and Neal's paintings that he had stored away, is the root cause of why Peter turned on Neal and accused him, due to the piece of Neal's Chrysler Building painting drifting down from the burning warehouse .
Said theft by Mozzie is also the root cause of Keller's eventual decision to kidnap Elizabeth which resulted in Neal being slammed up against the patio column and yelled at by Peter.
Since the writers decided to make Peter too wishy-washy to sock Mozzie in the face when he saw him, which is the *least* of what he deserved, I was hoping there would be some kind of karmic come-uppance for his actions at some point.
Unless and until some form of punishment is doled out to AdultMozzie, no amount of sappy boo-hoo ChildMozzie backstories are going to cause me to forgive him or like him again.


Here's a fun bit of trivia - Mozzie, or the actor who plays him, guest starred on 3 episodes of Stargate SG-1 - so when he listed the government secret programs and named the Stargate program first, I was ROTFLOL... Loved this episode!


Great episode. 355 is a spy and took the flag!


I really enjoyed this episode - it had all of the elements that I love about this show. Neal and Peter working together and Mozzie being Mozzie. I just wish that Sour Sara wasn't always lurking around - just waiting to show up and ruin the show. Poor Peter, I bet he would rather be back in Evidence than have to work with Sara. I guess the plan is for her to bore us to death every third episode.


More than anything, I enjoyed the break from the tension that built back up last week! Sorry, didn't get warned my last comment was being cut off!


I enjoyed this episode. It was fun, fast-paced, and showed some wonderful character touches. The puppet show, and the interaction between Neal and Mozzie there, was poignant and revealing. Not sure why some people seem to think that the season arc - in this case, the search for Sam and Neal's family - has to play such a large part in every episode. Each season has had an arc, and each season has had stand-alone episodes. And really, progress was made - HUGE progress after last week. Neal not only found a mystery e-mail address, he shared the information with Peter. The trust and bromance are back, at least for now. Loved some of the other little touches here too. Neal as Washington's descendant "cannot tell a lie." Classic! Jones' ancestor is Jefferson - zing! The stakeout in the car with Mozzie's spy equipment and vibrating seats. HAH! Peter getting giddy about a treasure hunt, trying not to show it, but everyone knowing anyway. More than anything, I enjoyed the break from the tension that built up again last week. Plus, June was back! Now we just need to see Satchmo this season :-)


I enjoy how WC weaves character threads through all its stories. So this week's episode didn't have more progress on Ellen's death or who Sam is. So what? That's the way an investigation progresses in real life. You don't get all the answers in one week or one month. Some cases can go on for years. This week was about Mozzie and it wove his past into a real tale of America's first spy ring. Very cool, enjoyable and a decent history lesson IMO.

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White Collar Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

It's just a story an 8 year old tells to avoid that fact that his parents didn't love him.


Might I point out she was the first to open the box. It was gone, and so was she.