Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What I’m Watching: White Collar

White Collar: Season 4, Episode 9 “Gloves Off” (B+)

Neal and Peter have been at odds before, but it’s rarely Peter who is almost entirely the only one in the wrong one. To his credit, it did seem like Neal had shown Sam the video after explicitly promising not to, but Peter did do exactly what Neal had begged him not to, which managed to scare off Sam and rob Neal of his one lead in the search for the truth about his father. There wasn’t a worse time for Neal to find out about Sam’s impending departure, and even Mozzie looked worried as Neal came in swinging for his supposedly staged fight with Peter. Neal’s aggressiveness proved to be his downfall, of course, as Peter still felled him in the bout. The damage to the relationship is much more worrisome, and this seems like it will prove a bigger deal than in any time in the past. That said, the upcoming season finale may produce some surprising turns that could put Neal in harm’s way with only Peter to rescue him. Kudos to Elizabeth for taking some investigative initiative after her gelato delivery to Neal, though the extended shot of her car parking itself wasn’t at all necessary. In the preparation for the fight, it was fun to see Mozzie and Jones coaching their respective assets on how to combat each other. This show has developed a fondness recently for amusing pretenses for pretending, with more than just the obvious players involved in the staging of the superb spectacle.

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