Thursday, June 30, 2011

What I’m Watching: White Collar

White Collar: Season 3, Episode 4 “Dentist of Detroit” (B)

It’s interesting to see just what this show has become. When supporting characters like Diana and especially Mozzie get entire episodes essentially devoted to their backgrounds, it’s clear that this series has moved far past the initial cat-and-mouse relationship between Peter and Neal. That said, this episode is mostly pure entertainment, with not all that much logic and sense mixed in. The mustachioed-Peter flashback was one thing, and this is something else altogether, presuming, hilariously enough, that Mozzie was a con man as a kid. The Dentist of Detroit is a fun moniker, and it was actually clever to see how that morphed into a go-to patsy for any unsolved crime. Mozzie’s elaborate ruse to escape his “safe house” confinement was amusing, and it’s nice to see him take an active interest in a case, even if he nearly gets himself killed in the process. I like the fact that this show has developed to the point where Elizabeth deigns to go visit Mozzie and play gin with him, and I’d argue that their dynamic is one of the best things about this show. The amount of bad guys Peter poses as is also nothing to scoff at, and I enjoy seeing him try to be bad. It was also meaningful – and funny – to have the double meanings of everything he and Neal said to each other in the midst of their fake fight. This might have been one of the show’s sillier installments, but it was still a blast.

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