White Collar: Season 2, Episode 14 “Payback” (B+)
After seeing Neal running around with a bunch of guns just recently, here we have a case of Peter being put in legitimate danger as he is abducted and held for ransom. It’s easy to see how impressive Neal is, but what about Peter? He was able to keep his cool in captivity, smugly revealing that he had paid attention and knew exactly where he was being held, not to mention picking the lock on the handcuffs and knocking out his captor. It was fun to see Adam Goldberg, most memorable in his multi-episode appearance in the second season of “Friends” as Chandler’s replacement roommate Eddie, in a guest spot practically written for him, playing an artist of some sort a bit off his rocker. I enjoyed how Mozzie bugged the headset and insulted the agents by telling them that it clearly wasn’t Russian military. The best part of the episodes hands down, was Peter telling Neal that he needed to talk him through a jailbreak in order to get out of his cell. On both sides, it was just fantastic, as Peter knew he didn’t have any other option and Neal was only happy to help. I enjoyed how all the agents at the FBI office were more than willing to assist and help Neal recreate the cell in order to best recommend to Peter how to break out. Neal’s angered reaction to Peter’s abduction was rather touching. It’s clear that the two of them really have become close friends.