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White Collar Season Finale: The Blue in My Eyes

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James Bennett tonight? He was "In the Wind."

Indeed, White Collar specializes in leaving its fans breathless at the end of its season finales. But this one almost had me in tears.

Peter & His Father

I think all of us, deep down were skeptical as to what Bennett was up to. But, good grief, I didn't think that when his true intentions and deepest character was revealed that it would leave Peter arrested by his own people.

This is the exact situation that James pretended to be in to win Neal's sympathies in the first place - and he did it to PETER! OF ALL PEOPLE!

Luckily, Neal knew what the real deal was before James got a chance to cover up what he'd done.

It was probably only a matter of time until Peter would take a bullet for Neal, no pun intended. But I almost can't handle the fact it went down like this. I felt worse when I saw poor El getting ready for her date with Peter. I bet she wished she had never told Peter the truth. That probably wouldn't have stopped Peter from pursuing it anyway, but perhaps maybe something else would have happened?

I can only imagine how Neal feels. What an epic slap in the face. And if Neal was hoping to find out who he was by getting to know his father, this episode will only add to his identity crisis. If you ask me, though, Neal is an infinitely more forthright and forthcoming person, for what it's worth. I hope he doesn't forget that.

Do you suppose we'll start seeing Peter in an orange jump suit? I don't think this is a matter that get resolved in a single episode, as so many of our favorite cliffhangers have often been wrapped up like that. I wonder the impact the whole thing will have on Peter. How will he feel about Neal?

If it's even possible to change the subject when I'm so clearly shaken by this game changer, I really want to take a moment to appreciate the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building and all the sentimental and romantic things that took place there this evening.

I really adored that speech Neal gave to Sara when he proposed. Loved that he revealed he had another speech planned but meant the one he actually gave. I don't understand why they keep teasing us with the Neal and Sara possibilities and then rip them away. Please don't have them name their hypothetical children and then tell me it's over. It's just really cruel.

But another darn near miraculous thing happened, which was the epic blimp that transferred the all important contents of that box directly to Neal's porch. That was genius - and I want one.

I don't know how I'm going to survive not knowing how Neal and company will exonerate Peter! How will you Collars be spending the time?

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so irritated that his father did this. neal will find a way. its a very good twist tho. very surprised on how good the show is working on keeping the story engaging :)

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And absolutely awesome episode. Apart from the Sara bits, but luckily, she'll be gone next season. Which is why I'm really looking forward to season 5. Apart from her, the episode rocked, though. James who turned out evil- Neal will have a hard time coping, and hopefully Peter will be there for him.

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The sweet "proposal" just broke my heart! Sara and Neal fit well together, and her character has been such a great addition to this show. I hope this London move isn't permanent! She's fun to watch on cons/schemes with Neal and Mozzie. Overall, this episode was just fantastic. This season has been fantastic! I cannot stand the thought of having to wait several more months until we can get Peter freed! I was wondering the whole time what the cliffhanger could possibly be, and I never saw Peter being arrested for "murder" coming. With James gone, where will they go from here to clear Peter?! I'm excited to see. I'll be on the edge of my seat until White Collar returns!

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yes sara gone is definitely a win-win for everyone. The whole fake proposal was the worst thing about this episode. which was a shame because the rest wasn't bad. i am a bit concerned that neal might get a new handler and we won't come back to the status quo. such a long time till we will find out in fall.

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Continued And their conversation while they were waiting to put the last piece of the plan in place was great. Another time, another place, we might have seen Connie and Conrad growing up. Well played by Matt and Hilarie, who have insane chemistry together. (The good part about sending Sara to London, at least for a while, is that maybe we ALL get a break from the constant whining of the Sara bashers.) There have been so many hints throughout the season that something was going to hit Peter, but murder? That was a hard one to take. And then to have Neal find out what his father had done... Watching Matt Bomer play that scene was brilliantly painful to watch. It's going to be a long time until Fall and new episodes to see how they get out of this mess!

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I don't understand all the comments about Peter getting in trouble for Neal again. Did you miss the scene in the Burkes' living room where Peter states, quite clearly, that this wasn't just about Neal and his dad - it was about justice. Once there was an indication of corruption inside the system that Peter believes in and serves, there was no way that The Archaeologist was going to let it go. That's also why Elizabeth making Neal lie to Peter a few episodes back rang so hollow - there was a foul odor in the system, and Peter wouldn't stop until he found it. The whole plan to get the evidence out of the Empire State Building, past the whole FBI search team, was genius. I loved that Mozzie retained his paranoia and switched the evidence out on James - very true to character. And Neal's part of the con... beautiful! The scenes with Sara up in the sky were so touching. The fake (real) proposal was heart breaking in its sincerity. And their conversation while they were waiting to put the last piece of the plan in place was great. Another time, another place, we might have seen Connie and Conrad growing up. Well played by Matt and Hilarie, who have insane chemistry together. (The good part about sending Sara to London, at least for a while, is that maybe we ALL get a break from the constant whining of the Sara bashers.) There have been so many hints throughout the season that something was going to hit Peter, but murder? That was a hard one to take. And then to have Neal find out what his father had done... Watching Matt Bomer play that scene was brilliantly painful to watch. It's going to be a long time until Fall and new episodes to see how they get out of this mess!

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I trust Jeff Eastin to get Neal and Peter back to status quo, but at the end of it all Mozzie has to exact revenge on James for what he did to Neal and Peter. Loved Neal and Sara!!!

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I was shocked, trapped in a WTF moment ! Peter, seriously ??? That James made want to choke him ! I hope this gets resolved quickly, coz El is gonna FREAK OUT !!!!! It was sad seeing her get ready while her husband was being arrested ! Mozzie, you got me going ! Good thing he switched the contents, and he was right ! James conned Neal, AGAIN !
BTW I was sooooo glad to see Calleigh Duchannes (LOL) again !!! too bad she was one of the bad guys ! And I liked Sarah, and her going to London is not cool, but oh well, life goes on !
Cannot wait for next season !!!!

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I really hope they don't bring Sara back. All the "having characters go away"-"bringing them back" is a very boring TV trope that is done to death. If you write someone out, write them out! And leave them out! This episode could have been very good if not for all the romance stuff that was way too unimportant (Neal should have participated in the con instead!!!)
I'm with all the people here who said they don't want Sara back. I'd be okay with Alex or any new love interest for Neal or no love interest at all. I'd be okay with pretty much anything as long as they don't bring Sara back!

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Wow... I looooooooove the scenes with Hilary Burton!!! The proposal and the 103rd floor moment. And can I say she was stunning in her dress and her hair style????!!! She needs to be back as a series regular again; Her and Tiffani needs to be in more episodes. I love to see Neal with her (never liked Kate or Alex!),; the fact that they are so different make me fall in love with their romance more. Please, don't let her go to London; please, please, please Jeff Eastin!!! I do love Peter and Neal's bromance, but Tiffani, Hilarie and Marsha are AWESOME!!! I don't really like Alex though...