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White Collar: Withdrawal (More Thoughts)

Things I need to talk about: Inception, various TV shows I'm watching (or decided not to watch), and my new blu-ray player. What am I going to talk about now: White Collar! I have some additional thoughts on 'Withdrawal' after watching it *ahem* a few more times and since we have another episode airing later today I felt I should do my brain dump now.


One thing that didn't hit me on first viewing was Peter's conversation with Neal in jail was only days, maybe a week, after the explosion and Kate's (presumed) death. It seems Peter was making every effort to keep the conversation light, as was Neal, as they joked about ties and coffee. It struck me as a very protective thing to do.

I'm also now able to rationalize the two months Neal was apparently in jail. Peter stated there was a "possibility" he could reinstate the deal. It's totally plausible he had to spend time trying to re-sell the agreement to the FBI. Hughes would likely have had to be brought in to back up Peter. Records would have had to be reviewed. And I think it's possible they had experts brought in to verify Neal did not forge the documents Fowler gave him.

I really love the smile Mozzie has on his face after Neal and June's exchange. I wonder if June visited Neal in jail? I bet she wanted to, but I could see Neal not wanting her to come there.

I remain a bit confused as to why Peter was in quite as much trouble as he supposedly was for bringing in an FBI swat team after Neal's tip. After all, they did find someone had broken in and planted a clock. You'd think the FBI would be pissed someone was screwing with ALL of them.

Neal, I love you, but you made an agreement with the FBI and you really should have brought up the other way to break into the bank. He deserved a lecture on that omission.

Neal also didn't return the bank employee's security badge, which, again, Bad Neal!, but it was also rather sloppy of the FBI and the bank to not account for it.

Did Neal have a death wish? Chasing after the guys with guns seems a bizarre choice otherwise.

Renee's cut of the money contained bundles with dye packs. Did Edward do that on purpose to ruin her share? And it's not like she could go to the cops and implicate him without implicating herself.

kernzelda mentioned in my other post the lack of follow-up after the discovery of the inside woman. Did Edward use employees on his other jobs? It would certainly make his accomplishments far less impressive. And didn't the FBI look at the possibility before that The Architect was using employees?


I have to share a Twitter story because it's an example of why Twitter is so awesome and the White Collar folks in particular. The other night, Jeff Eastin posted some photos of the writers working. Myself and some others commented on a great pair of shoes one of the (female) writers was wearing. I went I step further and asked if we could find out the designer/brand. And he asked her! And shared the information! OK, turns out the shoes are a bit out of my price range, but it's still pretty cool to get that kind of service. :)
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When Neal first enters that scene when he's in prison, he strikes me as for just one fleeting moment of looking absolutely fragile. It's gone very quickly but he is obviously NOT okay.

remain a bit confused as to why Peter was in quite as much trouble as he supposedly was for bringing in an FBI swat team after Neal's tip. After all, they did find someone had broken in and planted a clock. You'd think the FBI would be pissed someone was screwing with ALL of them.

Peter was in trouble because SWAT teams are not inexpensive. The time, the money, the humiliation were bad enough. Top it off with Peter's tenuous employment, and you have a recipe for the Blame Game to begin.

Not to mention I'm sure it's crossed everyone's minds how invested Peter is with Neal. Maybe a little too invested? I could easily see the higher ups wondering if Neal might not have been conning them; they may have even suspected Neal was in on the heist for all we know.

I understand where the bosses are coming from, even if it's unfair.

Neal, I love you, but you made an agreement with the FBI and you really should have brought up the other way to break into the bank. He deserved a lecture on that omission.

Neal also didn't return the bank employee's security badge, which, again, Bad Neal!, but it was also rather sloppy of the FBI and the bank to not account for it.


I'm sure Peter blistered Neal's ears off-screen. ;-) They were a bit busy to have the heart-to-heart needed to explain to Neal why he couldn't just do those things.

But Neal is who he is, and Peter seems willing to bend the rules a little for him.

Did Neal have a death wish? Chasing after the guys with guns seems a bizarre choice otherwise.

I don't think Neal is suicidal, but I'm not sure he'll be as careful as he should. I suspect Peter is going to end up with a lot of gray hair this season. ;-)

Renee's cut of the money contained bundles with dye packs. Did Edward do that on purpose to ruin her share? And it's not like she could go to the cops and implicate him without implicating herself.

I wondered about that too. If she were caught it would almost certainly lead back to him. More than likely he left them in there to save time. She would be able to remove the dye packs before she left the vault.

Did Edward use employees on his other jobs? It would certainly make his accomplishments far less impressive. And didn't the FBI look at the possibility before that The Architect was using employees?

No. He seemed to have changed his methods from bank to bank because Neal commented how he wasn't sure how Boston was hit. I'm sure they looked into it, but if Edward did his homework he probably found a good way to cover his tracks. He either found the right people or had another way to gain access.

Then again, this show has never been about the cases. It's a character driven show so I've given up on the idea that the cases are going to be compelling or done correctly. :/

But I still love this show. Oh hey, I did a write up of the show too. I'd love it if you pop by my journal and see if anything interests you. :D
When Neal first enters that scene when he's in prison, he strikes me as for just one fleeting moment of looking absolutely fragile. It's gone very quickly but he is obviously NOT okay.

There was another fleeting moment where we see a flash of anger from Neal. Those moments coupled with both trying a little too hard withe the banter showed how Neal is still not himself and Peter knows it.

I could easily see the higher ups wondering if Neal might not have been conning them; they may have even suspected Neal was in on the heist for all we know.

Possibly. And Neal certainly didn't do himself any favors when the higher-ups discover he knew of another way to break into the bank and didn't say anything. It's just that the clock being left behind for the SWAT team to find bugged me. Obviously someone broke in so Neal and Peter were on to something.

I'll be sure to check out your write-ups. :) But I think sleep is going to win out tonight. Definitely can't endure sitting through Leno to wait for Matt. ;p
You know, I think Withdrawal may be my favorite ep so far? Of course, to truly make that determination, I'm going to have to sit down and rewatch the whole series to date.

By the way, I got this email from my husband a couple of days ago, and I think you'll appreciate it (feel free to let TPTB on Twitter know about it):

You know I have been watching White Collar.
I want to see more than the few I have.
I am about to give away DVD 2 containing Episodes 3 and 4.
I want to keep one of those, but can't remember which.
Can you grab both of those,
and I can give this DVD away too?
AWESOME! Glad to know the troops are being entertained and the show is gaining new fans. :) I'll definietly pass along the email to TPTB. I know they'll appreciate it.

I still have all of Season 1 on the DVR. I didn't want to delete anything until I was sure he got the DVDs I sent. If he/you need any more copies, let me know. I probably won't clear the DVR for another week.

'Withdrawal' is definitely one of my favorite episodes. But I love the pilot and 'Free Fall' a lot as well. And there is a possibility I could love tonight's ep quite a bit as well. ;)

ETA: Oh, could 'Flip of the Coin', which involves the officer who served in Iraq who is falsely accused of stealing Iraqi gold, be the ep he is referring too? It's either that or 'Book of Hours'. Can you tell I've watched this eps a lot? ;p

And I just tweeted Jeff Eastin, the writers and an exec at USA. :)

Edited at 2010-07-20 07:42 pm (UTC)
I remain a bit confused as to why Peter was in quite as much trouble as he supposedly was for bringing in an FBI swat team after Neal's tip.

Yeah, I didn't get that either. Hmm...
If the SWAT team had rushed in and found nothing unusual, I would have been fine with Peter getting lectured on his screw-up. But they found the clock. Someone had to have broken in and was sending a message!