White Collar Review: My Two Dads

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Neal got into the "Family Business" on the White Collar winter premiere, aiming cozy up to the son of the man responsible for framing his father.

But before we even get to that, let's reflect on just how Neal took the news that his father had been right under his nose the whole time.

Neal and Father

For some reason, I expected a much bigger reaction out of him. Then again, Neal's always been one to keep it cool. The interrogation was almost immediate, and the answers were quick to follow as well.

So now we know the story of how Neal's father became a wanted man. It's amazing how something like a stolen loaf of bread can change so many lives. If Sam - James? - is to be believed, he's 100% innocent man and there's a larger plot to uncover. The path has been laid, and the second half of White Collar Season 4 will no doubt see Neal, Peter, Mozzie and the gang in hot pursuit of Ellen's evidence box and the people responsible for framing his father.

What is it with White Collar and boxes? There's always some big mystery inside them, the most recent being the music box from White Collar Season 2.

While you ponder that, let's get back to the most important pieces of this hour, like how lucky it was that Neal got to take a shot at the offspring of the party responsible for the breakup of his family. The fact it involved expensive whiskey was a plus, though decidedly a step down from their traditional indulgence in fine wines to some degree. I have to admit, I didn't hate it. There's some particularly attractive about watching Neal actively commit a crime with Mozzie in tow and under the watchful supervision of his FBI cohorts.

If only Dennis Flynn Jr. had lived long enough to reveal any information that could have helped Neal and Peter get to Ellen's evidence sooner. At least we can definitely say that he possessed the gun responsible for Ellen's murder. Surely there will be more to come in the future. Or so we hope.

My favorite part of this episode, however, was no doubt the dynamic between Neal, Peter and James. I've always contended that Peter has in many ways acted as a father figure throughout the course of their relationship. I've also speculated in the past that Peter would find that status challenged in with the revelation that Neal's father was, in fact, alive and well. I also wondered what impact that would have on his relationship with Neal.

Unsurprisingly, the only significant change was for the better. Peter encouraged Neal to develop a relationship with James almost against Neal's wishes, and carefully stood behind him every step of the way. That's the beauty of their relationship. There's mutual trust, respect and support, though whether they agree with what level of support they're given or not is always up for debate.

Other highlights from this episode:

  • Neal and Mozzie drunk.
  • Elizabeth, though not surprisingly, delivering a convincing and op-saving performance at the party.
  • Neal telling James that he wants him in his life.

So, do you think we'll see James again soon? Or is he gone for good?


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What an awesome episode! Peter as Neal's 'adoptive' Dad is my favorite thing about this show. The family dinner is one of my favorite scenes.


I finally get to comment on that AWESOME show !!! Started watching it back in November, and I'm hooked ! Love the come back, yes felt a little rushed, but oh hell ! I love all the characters and missed Mozzie the most ! I really thought the dad was gonna get killed at the end... wow, so much emotion in that last scene !
Mozzie and his lines, always good for a laugh ! Looking at them getting drunk for the greater good, just plain hilarious. James and Neal passing the meat to the dog, LOL.
Neal and Peter's relationship : I was glad it didn't change, on the contrary, with James, it's like Neal is complete !
AND June's lines, just funny. Doing some "early Xmas shopping" !
Cannot wait for the next episode ! A senator... No wonder the thing was so rotten !


I loved Neal and Mozzie taking out the goons by throwing a bottle of whiskey into the kiln.


Enjoyed it overall. It did have flaws. Felt a bit rushed. But loved Matt and Treat's performance. Loved that Peter was not jealous and handled James in a mature way. And why not, Neal can have place for both Peter and James in his life....they fulfill different needs. Peter is Neal's conscience/mentor/brother. James is Neal's connection to his childhood/mom/ellen.
The dinner thing seemed a little contrived though. But, I love all the actors so much that it didn't matter.
Mozzie had so many awesome lines:)
Something fishy about the gun. I suspect James planted it. He's still holding something back from Neal.
He seems very similar to Neal, in that, he does wrong things for the right reason?


I really loved this episode! Well-written, beautifully acted. Hate it when I get so caught up in the emotion, it's like being a willing mark in a con game, lol. My only disappointment: no James Rebhorn, g.


Was anyone else expecting a sudden sniper shot taking out Neal's dad at the end of the episode? I was surprised they let him live this long!


I can't imagine a cable show (unless it is a network tent pole like Mad Men) has the money to keep Treat Williams on in a permanent role. It would also throw the show's whole dynamic off. I still think he will be shot and killed sometime during the season...


Was it me or was Peter's speech "off"? It was almost like he was slurring or having trouble enunciating.


finally!! it is back! it has been way too long without Matt Bomer!
i am sure we will be seeing Neal's Daddy later on, but my heart nearly broke at the end when Neal's eyes filled up with tears. i swear to God i can't watch when Neal is hurting, it physically hurts me! the con itself was a bit boring for me but i understand why it had to be done the way they did it. can't wait for the next ep.


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White Collar Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

Mozzie: It's like riding a horse.
Neal: You're allergic to horses.
Mozzie: Even still....

I want you to be part of my life.