White Collar Review: Fresh Air

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The "Master Plan" of White Collar Season 5 Episode 5 had to be flipping the script on Neal's continuing struggle with his inner conman and completely ignoring Siegel's death.

After spending the first few episodes of White Collar Season 5 solidly focused on Neal's newest and potentially most explosive lies, this installment left those questions in the pantry.

The Butler

While I loved seeing Neal as a butler, his demeanor didn't strike me as someone who was internally plotting a potential future escape, or any of the other impulses he seemed plagued with at the end of White Collar Season 5 Episode 4.

By no means do I expect the content of this season to harp on Siegel's death or Neal's internal struggles, but with something as out of the ordinary as a death in the white collar division, you would expect the investigation to constantly permeate the storyline. 

But since we didn't have that; it was replaced with some interesting insights into El's past and her friendship with the wealthy heir whose new tastes tipped her off that he was an imposter. It was great to see El taking an active role in the case, whether as an instigator or facilitating the investigation. 

I was also intrigued by our rare look into the innards of the Burke household. If I remember correctly, we had a chance to see their bedroom a few seasons ago. Boy, have times changed!

El and Peter's playful moments aren't few and far between, but they did seem a little displaced, if only because they took place somewhere other than their living room or kitchen.

Peter's illness was the same for me. I didn't quite understand the purpose of having him out of the picture this episode or why the element was included. Sick Peter was quite entertaining, and Jones listing everything that could possibly be in Peter's medicine cabinet showed us another side of him.

While I think this episode was a breath of fresh air in its return to the good 'ol days of solving the case of the week, it did seem to break up the momentum that until now had Neal on a crash course with the truth.

What do you think, Collars?


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I'm confused. I thought Elizabeth had her own catering company and was an event planner. When did she start working for a gallery, and become an art expert on par with Neal? That's not consistent with what we've seen in the past. She's never given input on art before that I can recall. Neal's ex, the insurance lady, gave her input on art many times and Elizabeth never chimed in nor was asked her opinion. I did enjoy enjoy the show's take on THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY though. Sometimes it's good to have stand-alone episode, and I enjoyed this one.


Yea. Worst episode yet.


It appears a number of viewers were not too excited about this episode. I thought it was a nice reprieve from the seriousness of the preceding installments. A small nod or acknowledgement should have been given to Neal's now dead boss.
I didn't really care for Richard Thomas in this role. And, I didn't like that he fired Elizabeth for trying to protect him for whatever his reason was. Overall, I enjoyed it for being what it was - easy viewing.


I liked this episode because Neal and Peter were working together. The previous episodes showing a split and too much doubt about each other changed the rhythm of the show and I didn't like it.


So boring. I hope next week's will be better. Although it'd have to be MUCH better than this week's to be any good.


Congrats to White Collar for having one of the worst lead in Music Themes. I have to scramble to hit the mute button. Maybe it's me, but I like the way shows such as: Covert Affairs changed from their cheesy music to just showing the title or how Revenge or OUAT does their lead in - quick and painless and to the point. But this is what makes the world go around. I'm sure that someone really likes that opening music. Other than that, I like the storyline of the show and this episode was pretty good!


It was okay. I missed the red herrings and twists that we usually get with plots that appear cut and dried. Seems like a bad idea to have filler eps in a short season, tho I understand the desire to have TAT featured in at least one episode.


Booooring episode. Neal looked out of this world in that butler suit. It make my heart break for Matt Bomer seeing him amongst such mediocrity. No matter how lousy the script Matt Bomer gives it his all. He so needs to move on.


the storyline was fine just didn't felit out of place


boring episode this season not to great. neal did look good as butler that was the only good thing

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White Collar Season 5 Episode 5 Quotes

I know you’ve got something in your closet that screams enraged Balkan.


Neal Caffrey, at your service.