I have mixed feelings about this episode. The plotting was stronger than other episodes. I could quibble they had more than circumstantial evidence to hold Pierce, but the rest of the 'Con of the Week' held up well. And I liked how they addressed what a con woman may have to subject herself to that a con man would not. There was bitterness and anger in Pierce's exchange with Neal and it was a rare instance of desiring to find out more about the bad guy/gal's backstory.
Today on Twitter, Jeff Eastin asked the fans for their favorite lines in the series. I had to chime in with "I was forced Fed" as soon as I heard it. And "Ambassador of Awesome" MUST be iconed. There were nifty bits of dialogue and exchanges throughout the episode.
Dan and his fanboying of Neal was, as Peter put it, "adorable". And, Neal, it was YOU Dan was admiring.
Having been underwhelmed and disappointed when we finally met Kate, I have to admit I was concerned when I read we would be introduced to another woman from Neal's past, Alex. But I like her! I like her quite a bit actually. The fact she appears closer to Neal's age and the actress stronger helps. I also find Alex's independence and self-reliance appealing. Thus far, it seems as if Kate has relied on others for whatever she has rather than doing much, if anything, on her own. I also want to know what exactly Alex's backstory is with Neal. It doesn't seem like they were ever a couple. Did Kate (and Neal's feelings for her) stand in the way?
Alex also provided us with yet another example of Neal's reluctance to trust anyone in his world. Not only was he not forthcoming about why he was interested in locating the music box (and why would telling Alex he needs to find it because of Kate be an issue?), he lied about his relationship with the FBI.
What I didn't like in the episode was Peter. Turnabout is fair play and for all the times Neal has crashed into the Burke home uninvited, a little payback was in order. But where I really started to sour on Peter was on the couch. The furniture in Neal's room is not Neal's. As Peter himself pointed out, it's June's home. So sitting on the couch covered in sweat was rude and inconsiderate and really, really annoyed me.
Then there was the sting operation gone wrong. I don't wish to be Neal Caffrey's great defender. He's done his fair share of stupid things and acted in his own best interest rather than in the best interest of the FBI several times. But it was Peter running Alex's prints that caused her to bust in on the conversation and potentially ruin the case. And Neal was about to get his ass kicked by three (much larger) men when Pierce got away. And Peter was well aware that Neal was looking for the music box (which may also benefit Peter if it helps take down Fowler once and for all) and, gee, maybe talking to a fence would be helpful in that search? Apparently, Neal trusts Peter at all times under all circumstances; Peter trusts Neal when he's standing in front of him.
At the end, Peter looked a bit hurt that Neal was kicking him out and I thought, "Good". Neal could have dealt with the little annoyances (Peter sitting in his seat, filling the fridge with beer, blasting the TV), but after everything they've been through, to discover Peter still would think the worst of him *and* potentially go after his friends was too much.
Things we learned this week:
It seems Neal has issues with being around dead bodies, though it didn't seem to affect him in 'Threads'
Elizabeth has a sister in upstate New York
Jones went to law school
There's a five minute response time once Neal's anklet has been cut. (I don't think they mentioned that before, but I could be wrong.)
Peter took Mozzie's advice about the wiring and had it redone ;)
The criminal justice system is unfair in it's sentencing
And since the series is going to the dogs next week or, more precisely, White Collar is being pre-emoted for a dog show, I'll try and find other things to discuss. ;)