Friday, September 21, 2012

What I’m Watching: White Collar (Mid-Season Finale)

White Collar: Season 4, Episode 10 “Vested Interest” (B+)

I did enjoy the episode throughout, but that final obvious revelation killed it a bit only because it was so clear, almost from the very start, that Sam was Neal’s father. Even with that being true, he’s acting awfully suspiciously and stirring up unnecessary trouble by making a big stink about Peter and then going to Mozzie’s safehouse alone. I liked that Mozzie’s pet rat had a part to play in enabling Neal’s plan to set the trap, and that Jones was the one most freaked out about the rodent’s presence. Sam and Mozzie have a fun dynamic, but I suspect that will change dramatically now that Sam’s true identity has been revealed. After last week’s memorable ending, Neal’s anger towards Peter faded quite easily and uneventfully, though it did look for a moment there like Neal had caught a bullet. It’s no surprise that he couldn’t resist putting on the immensely bulletproof vest, and he and Peter proved to be an excellent team in action. Their camaraderie in the second interview, while much improved from the first, was perhaps too friendly for the other agents, but it didn’t seem to be a problem. I liked the identifying quality of FBI agents, that they immediately pat their pockets when asked about their badges, and how that helped the team to root out the impostor in their midst. This season has come a long way from Neal on the run and Peter working a terrible job, and it’s been a fun year full of great guest stars like Laura Vandervoort, Michael Weston, Rebecca Mader, and Mircea Monroe. The season will likely continue in November, and I’ll be back to tune in for more then.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Matthew Bomer

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