When Neal is involved in a heist stealing Greek antiques, sent in of course undercover for the FBI, things go slightly astray when he’s arrested, on tonight’s episode of White Collar. Back at home base the team discusses the possibility of Alex being involved since she’s recently been released from prison and is now here in the city. For Neal this explains the clue he found in the back of the police car; an oragami note in the shape of a flower.
It was a particularly fine episode for Mozzie, who redeemed himself after leading Neal so far astray last season. When Neal received an old Betamax tape bequeathed by Ellen, he’s determined to watch it with Sam and only Sam. Mozzie, who trusts Sam even less than he trusts the FBI, chose an “unholy union” with the Suit rather than see Neal duped by someone who might mean him harm.
Speaking of Neal’s past, he gets a package marked “To: Neal Bennett, From: Kathryn Hill (AKA Ellen before she became Ellen).” Ellen wanted Neal to have this tape if she never saw Neal again. The tape is old – a beta max – that Neal wants to watch with Sam. Mozzie’s not happy too about it, to the point that he ends up telling Peter about Sam and the tape.
NYPD keeps interfering with the case, and it is a great source of humor. Hopefully this won’t be the last time Neal and Peter run into NYPD. Another great aspect of this case is Alex. She outsmarts everyone, and ends up with the treasure. It’s always nice to show that Neal, Peter and the FBI are not necessarily the smartest out there. Alex plays them all, and they don’t suspect it until the end. Does anyone else love that Alex won, and did you love the NYPD?
Willie Garson was on fire tonight, turning Peter into a veritable bumbling Clouseau by fouling up his stakeout. Except instead of the Pink Panther, all Peter got was a lacy bra and red-herring manila envelope. (Sort of. Mozz’s maligned sticky enclosure did lead to at least one arrest.) You had to love it, and in retrospect get the prickly undercurrent, when Mozz quipped to Neal, “You’re the only one who gets to live in luxury?” and just plain chuckle at his chicken-shit cowering from Alex and concerns about “supplemental hiding” of his U-boat haul.