Sunday, March 6, 2011

What I’m Watching: White Collar

White Collar: Season 2, Episode 15 “Power Play” (B+)

This show continues to find new ways of putting its main characters into hilarious situations that work just as well dramatically as they do comically. Having Neal decide to improvise and pretend to be Peter in order to calm a prospective witness is a brilliant move, and I loved seeing how both men tried to pose as each other for maximum humorous effectiveness. Neal calling in the unnecessary agent and Peter talking about how he caught Neal twice were among the most entertaining moments, and the reactions from Diana and Jones were particularly amusing. I enjoyed seeing Mozzie train Peter in the arts of thievery and subtlety, and June coming in to help train him in the arts of planting and pickpocketing was a very nice treat. I liked seeing Mozzie and Sara work together, sarcastically describing their dynamic as “Tracy-Hepburn.” Neal and Sara walking in the same direction at the beginning of the episode after trying to part ways was funny, and I really like the way the two of them interact. They make a good team, and their on-and-off romance, seen rather graphically by Mozzie at the end of the episode, seems to help rather than hurt them. I was glad to see Richard Schiff, onetime Emmy winner for “The West Wing,” follow up on his best-in-show role on NBC’s horrendous “The Cape” with a decently meaty villainous role here. With only one episode left to go this season, I’m looking forward to seeing this storyline wrapped up and excited to see where the show goes next.

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