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White Collar Review: Built to Fail?

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In my mind, it's official: the Alex and Neal shipping should be "Ancient History."

If White Collar knows anything about making it clear that two people should NOT be together, Alex's blatant manipulation of both the situation and Neal were all the proof I needed to declare that she be cut loose.

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Like Neal isn't confused enough - between the loss of Ellen, the growing mystery surround Neal's father and the tension it has caused in his relationship with Peter - the last thing he needed was to be manipulated by someone he thought he could trust.

I have to say, though, that Alex clearly came to play ball with a game plan. To put Neal in the middle of it not once, but twice, was a pretty brazen move. While I appreciate that she thought she was entitled to some part of the U-boat treasure, the fact she was so fixated on having something to rightfully replace it felt kind of childish. I really don't think she should be so eager. Neal was right, it was more trouble than it was worth... on so many levels!

In the meantime, her manipulation is only making Neal more paranoid about who he can trust. I don't even think that he knows anymore who he trusts. Normally it would have been a given from the very beginning that Neal would have watched that tape Ellen left with Peter and Mozzie.

I think, in some respects, that Mozzie picked up on that, which is why he went to Peter on his own. That was a pretty bold move, but even Mozzie knew that a desperate time were going to call for desperate measures.

Luckily Neal came to his senses and decided to watch with Mozzie and Neal. It's terrible they moved in that direction when there was clearly no time for us as the audience to get anything from it. I am excited, however, that we are going to possibly start out next episode getting to see what's on the video!

Highlights from the episode:

  • Learning that Neal is an Aries.
  • Learning that his birthday is March 21st. I know I'll be throwing a party from now on!
  • Mozzie and Peter working together. Those will become classic White Collar moments!
  • Diana's blatant distrust for Alex and the sarcastic White Collar quotes that accompanied it.
  • Alex coming back, even if she did turn out to be the baddie in one way or another.
  • Neal ending up in the back of an NYPD squad car - TWICE.
  • The tension between Alex and Mozzie.

What do you think is on that video tape? Will it be Helen or possibly Neal's father?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (564 Votes)

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Fortyseven

Boring and horrible ending. Peter/Mozzie FTW.

Jameila

i dont think anything has changed with the neal, alex dynamic its the same its always been they are both guilty of leaving the other hanging at one time or the other and this time it was alex's turn, for me you can never really tell neal's feelings for alex as in if they will ever turn out to be something more which keeps me interested so the shipping continues not neccessarily for them to end up together but there is alot of chemistry there more so i think than sara ellis.

Terrie

This wasn't one of the better episodes. The one 2 weeks ago was better. I feel we will end this season with a rift between Neal and Peter as Neal continues to try and find out about his father and who killed Ellen.

Cha11

I am surprised at my reaction to last night's episode: I was totally bored with it. And that is very, very odd because I love this show.

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I did not suspect Alex to be doing it I though it was going to be that cop that dislike peter I thought he knew neal father so I was complete blown away when it was Alex.

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Writers manipulation!!!they knew people loved alex-neal.so now they are trying to make fans dislike them so they can bring back sara full time..what people don't get is that this is the way neal-alex operate and its fun,,I so missed Gloria,hope she comes back this season.

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Aries and Mar. 21st? That's awesome. Mine as well.

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(continued) He's betrayed her in the past as well, including when he abandoned her injured in Copenhagen. And despite all of that, they never completely cut ties with each other. I don't ship them because I expect rainbows and unicorns. I ship them because they're great characters individually and there is something painfully beautiful and honest about the story of their relationship.
I don't imagine that this makes any difference to you in the least and that's fine. But I felt obliged to respond to what I felt was a a truly unfair critique of Alex and her relationship with Neal.

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Normally, I don't comment on reviews. I take them for what they are - one person's perception or opinion of an episode or a show in general. So even when I disagree, I tend to let it go and move on but I can't let your comments about Alex tonight go unanswered. You don't have to like her or ship her with Neal but don't make her out to be the villain of the piece because she is not.
Shipping them, at least in my case, doesn't mean that I expect to see them in a committed relationship; they don't want the same things and it's clear that their lives don't fit together. But that doesn't take away from the fact that they care deeply about each other or from the fact that Alex, with Mozzie, is one of the few people who has never NEEDED Neal to change who he is.
You complain about Alex having a plan and playing Neal but like she explained at the end, that's a part of who "Alex and Neal" are and Neal knows that. Besides which, Neal is not the victim you're making him out to be. He's betrayed her in the past as well, including when he abandoned her injured in Copenhagen. And despite all of that, they never completely cut ties with each other. I don't ship them because I expect rainbows and unicorns. I ship them because they're great characters individually and there is something painfully beautiful and honest about the story of their relationship.
I don't imagine that this makes any difference to you in the least and that's fine. But I felt obliged to respond to what I felt was a a truly unfair critique of Alex and her relationship with Neal.