Thursday, June 16, 2011

What I’m Watching: White Collar

White Collar: Season 3, Episode 2 “Where There’s a Will” (B+)

After last week’s less-than-stellar start, this episode returns the show to form, demonstrating that it’s able to properly handle the subplot of Peter and the art being investiged without distracting or detracting too much from the episodic plotlines. The new opening credits caught me completely off guard, incorporating different music, much more stylized and intriguing, with the painting being taken away from the all at the end to reveal the creator’s name. I was thrilled to see Anna Chlumsky, always good at playing the overcompetent, highly flirtatious assistant, as the agent looking into the missing art, and her scene with Neal at the end of the episode was superb. He did, as always, an excellent job of impersonating an Interpol agent and tricking her into telling him about the status of the investigation. It’s a rare thing to see Neal panicked like he is, and we have to hope that Mozzie hasn’t yet sold any of the art. In terms of other guest stars, I was so focused on trying to figure out how the first brother was that I didn’t even realize I recognized the second one too. It turns out that they were played by real-life brothers, Chris and Danny Masterson. The former was Francis on “Malcolm on the Middle,” and the latter was Hyde on “That 70s Show.” The methodology used to read the treasure map was quite a bit hokey, but I liked Mozzie and Elizabeth being there. Mozzie spouting off different con codenames is always entertaining, and seeing the text disintegrate a la Alias was also a decent thrill, even if it was supposed to be more dramatic.

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