Peter and Elizabeth planned to "Shoot the Moon" this week, but their plans got interrupted when Bonnie and Clyde swooped in to steal their vehicle and kidnapped them instead.
Indeed, White Collar played more like a love story than a procedural - and that's why I absolutely loved it.
I really didn't expect to see the episode open with Neal and Sara having an adorable no-strings-attached makeout session in front of that gorgeous fountain, but I have to admit that ever since she got downgraded from series regular I was dying to get her back on the show, preferably in Neal's arms.
That said, I was a little disappointed at the half-attempt to write Sara off in light of her potential relocation to Sterling/Bosch London. Even so, I was pleased that we could at least have one last good look at her before never seeing her again. I do love how it forced Neal to consider whether or not he wanted to enter into a serious relationship with Sara again; too little, too late, sir. It's probably for the best, I don't think Mozzie is ready to give up the bromance just yet.
The tie-in of the perfume bottle and the kidnapping was quite nice and certainly not forced. I very much appreciated the effortless transition from couple to couple.
In that same vein, this was definitely a good week for couples on this show (depending on what twosome you were part of). Peter and El had it the worst, seeing as how they were kidnapped for merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time and parking where they didn't happen to be blocked in. It did open the opportunity, however, for them to remind us why they work so well as couple and why we love to watch them do it.
From the first minute of their kidnapping, El was already leaving a gingerbread trail to help them get found. They only upped their game in the presence of their captors, from Elizabeth offering to cook to Peter devising a plan to get his gun within arms reach; they certainly knew how to connect on some level, particularly from the romance angle.
I love how El tried to connect with Penny as a woman in love. But let's be honest: who would let their captor wear their best dress and shoes? I am SO not that generous! She really tried to be the voice of reason for Penny, whose hard-head just wasn't hearing it until things got real and they potentially faced a firing squad.
Her boo was really no better, he was ready to go all out guns blazing. Too bad he couldn't cool his jets before this all got so out of hand, they really might have been able to do something about that record despite the fact he had already served time. Just goes to show that if you're a criminal and you have a really good case for getting your charges re-evaluated in some manner and you happen to find yourself kidnapping someone as honorable as Peter... you might be better off letting them go and seeing if they can't help you in return.
Then again, that would have really sucked the hopeless romantic aspect of his reckless abandon out of the picture, wouldn't it have?
Either way, I absolutely adored the change of pace this episode provided, with just a dash of plot advancement at the end on the exonerating evidence front, which only got us a little bit further along; so little, in fact, that I am hard pressed to remember exactly what it was. What I do know, in fact, is that it may help them narrow down just exactly where in the building their treasure is to be found.
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