White Collar Review: Heart is A Mess

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On White Collar Season 5 Episode 7, Peter found himself in a unique situation: dealing with an ex, as Jill made some major waves.

For once, Neal wasn't the one trying to deal with his past or his girl problems... or was he?

Peter's Ex

We'll get to Neal in a minute. Peter and El were really the focus of the episode for me, if only because I was a little surprised at how poorly she took Jill re-entering the picture.

Of course no one wants to see an ex - whether theirs or their spouse's - during an anniversary dinner date. Maybe that's where - and why - El anxiety became uncharacteristic. I only say this because, if you can remember all the way back to White Collar Season 4 Episode 7, El practically led the charge in making it look like Sara and Peter were having a legitimate fling for their case.

The El that appeared today took everything much more personal.

Could this be because Peter and Jill had history? I can see why it might feel more urgent to keep an eye on Peter in that situation. Then again, I have always thought of her as the wife who takes everything in stride. This just seemed out of the blue.

For this reason, I thought that portion of the storyline fell a little flat. I didn't buy fully into the idea that Peter and Jill had any significant past at Quantico, which made El's actions really stick out. That made it hard for me to take the fact that this installment hinged on the partnership between Peter and Jill.  I have to be honest, it kind of made me tune out without realizing it.

That said, I would have really liked to see more of Neal and Rebecca. I don't know why, but Rebecca is starting to grow on me a bit. If only Neal and Mozzie weren't lying to and using her to learn more about that codex! What is it with Neal and red-heads?!?

I had higher expectations for this week's installment, but I can't say it was a complete wash; Willie Garson's directing job was superb. Congrats on that!

Next week looks like it will be what it takes to take things to the next level. What do you think, Collars?


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I too thought it was out of character for El. I did think that Jill was a bit fishy, however the end was well executed/choreographed. Now it is so good to see Bridget Regan ! After Legend of the Seeker I didn't see her much and her natural hair color looks fabulous !


Count me into the hate Elizabeth camp. Will she be such a nuisance and be in so many scenes always from now on? Because in that case I'll have to quit the show.


I do not dislike El. If my husbands Ex showed up at our anniversary dinner I would be livid. Like she didn't know he was out with his wife, why not go to his office. That in its self is suspect. That was not a coincidence. She was trying to cause trouble and she did. And Peter, if it was the other way around he would have been beside himself. As to Neal, I'm pretty sure this new girl is a bad guy. We shall see.


The problem is we've hardly much seen Neal last couple episodes. We like to see him do a con, his talks with Peter, know about his inner world. Instead we have Burkes' emotional/communication problems and issues with the ex highlighted. There is nothing remotely interesting about that. And yes Rebecca is growing on me too. More of her and Neal would be great. It's mainly Neal's story so let's stick to that. Michael, it's interesting what you say about Rebecca playing Kate, except I feel this is Neal's second chance and he will redeem himself. He will get a happy end so to speak, or atleast I hope so.


I agree, too much with El already. She is not the reasonI watch WC. More Neal & Peter, more Neal & Rebecca i prefer. El bustng into an FBI op, really? I thought last seasons Neighborhood Watch with Joe Manganiello and Eliiz posing as an FBI agent was enough.


I agree that there's been too much of El in almost every episode. I watch WC for the Neal & Peter connection. It's nice that Peter has a nice marriage but enough already and
El sticking herself into the middle of an FBI op really? I thought they overdid it in the Joe Manganello episode last season when she tries to pose as an agent. Let her stay as Peter's lovely wife with an occasional scene but she is not the reason i watch. More Neal & Rebecca would be more interesting.

Jayne matthews

I'm enjoying the show and this season, the direction its going. Kind of like a test...Neal's getting opportunities to see if he's being reformed or not. Although the temptations are there, will he completely turn back? I don't think he will. I think he's tempted but what con's he gets involved in, will pay off on the "Suits" side in the end. I'm not giving up on the show. I love it. As far as pulling Elizabeth into the mix. Why not. Let us see another side, How can she not end up getting involved, some how. Kudos to Willie Garson on his director debut. I think he did a great job. What can I say that I haven't already said. I love the show, love the connection between all the characters. It's working, in my book. Keep it up! :)


have to admit I've stopped watching and just keep up with these reviews. The show has gone stale.


How is she ruining these season this has been the 2nd time we seen her

@ Michael

Then obviously you missed a few episodes. She's been in every episode and had a huge role in episodes 5, 6, 7. Usually the episode only revolves around her 1 episode a season, and apart form that she's a minor role. I hope we see less of her from now on.


Another El episode?? Did I miss something and this show is suddenly about the wife of an FBI agent???

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White Collar Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Neal: Don’t jump to conclusions.
EL: Too late, already jumped.

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