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White Collar: Company Man

Why is it every frakking vacation I'm rushing around the night before? Actually, my procrastination isn't that bad. I started gathering stuff at around 8:45 and as I start typing this it's 11:45. And it hasn't taken me three hours to pack. I ironed a few things and washed dishes and picked up the bedroom and decided a couple of skirts look hideous on me and must go! Now, I'm charging the electronics and the stuff not packed I can't pack until tomorrow (makeup, etc).

I'm trying to decompress a bit and type up my White Collar thoughts before I forget said thoughts. If you leave comments while I'm gone, they probably won't get a response until next week. Sorry! Until the Marriott enters the 21st Century and provides free wireless, my internet time will either be limited or non-existent while I'm away.

After the awesomeness of last weeks episode, "Prisoner's Dilemma", I have to admit to being disappointed with "Company Man". There were scenes I loved and Tim/Peter was given some good stuff, but the plot was even more incoherent than usual and the guest stars were poorly used.

We saw very little of Kent, who turned out to be the murderer, and spent far too much time on Trent the Ass, who disappeared midway through the episode. Apparently, he was a red herring, another possible suspect, but I pegged Jessica as haaving had an affair with the victim and Kent as the killer right away. Not that White Collar ever keeps us guessing as to who the bag gay/gal is, but it seemed all too obvious this week.

While I thought it was potentially interesting to have Jessica and her loss parallel Neal and his grief over Kate, the execution was heavy-handed. And if we couldn't figure out Jessica = Neal, we had Peter there to spell it out for us with his confronting Neal about his empathy and need for revenge rather than justice.

An interesting idea was having Peter poisoned and Neal rushing to save him, but, unfortunately, this was another plot point poorly executed. Having Peter's life be in danger is tough sell. We know he's not going to die, but there is drama to be mined from the reactions of those close to him, like Neal. However, with the whole poisoning/rescue over in a matter of a couple minutes and Peter's life saved during a commercial break, there was never any tension.

We finally have all the cards or, more precisely, music box on the table, which is good, but it's unbelievable both Mozzie and Neal would be shocked to learn Peter was involved in it's theft. I could buy them not being 100% certain, but we're to believe they weren't even suspicious of him? Neal has expressed to Mozzie - and Peter - that he felt Peter was not being completely honest with him. And during "Company Man" Neal commented several times on the closeness of Peter and Diana so once Mozzie spotted the sheet music, and connected it to the music box, why would they think Peter had no involvement?

The end felt very rushed. After eight episodes of having the music box be an issue between the two, there was a minute(?) spent on what each knew and the opening of it.

Now that I have my bitching and complaining out of the way ;), let me talk about what worked and what I liked.

The scene between Neal and Peter in the teaser was awesome. NEAL WAS HELPING PETER GET DRESSED. The moment that really got to me was Neal assisting Peter with the cufflinks. As one of my Twitter friends said, it was like they were an old married couple. There's an ease to their interactions. The only thing that could have made the scene better was Elizabeth walking in to give them botha kiss goodbye. ;)

Speaking of Elizabeth, she was only in one scene, but her presence was felt throughout the episode. This was the most successful episode in terms of handling Tiffani's limited availability during her pregnancy.

On second viewing, I appreciated the scene even more for how much was packed into it. We had the fan service, but we also learned Peter was recruited by several fortune 500 companies and could have had a very different life. He and Neal may never have met.....or may have under different circumstances. ;) And they finally agree to work together (or have Mozzie and Diana work together) on the music box/Fowler's disappearance/Kate's death. It's also made clear, no matter how far they've come, personally and professionally, there still are trust issues. The issues born of fear the other won't act in a desired way. Peter fears Neal will seek revenge and thus end up back in prison. Neal fears Peter will allow the government to handle it all and Fowler will escape justice.

The tension between the two, when Neal throws Peter's "Do what's right" back at him and when both promise "no more secrets" (which I suspect neither believes), was terrific. As was Peter's talking about the people in his life, their importance to him, and how they make him the man he is. I hope Neal realized, even with all the aggravation he causes him, Peter was including him.

As for the LJ/Twitter/Facebook brouhaha, I'm too tired to really comment. I have no issue with the linking to your own post. However, linking comments does boggle my mind. Not for the security reasons, but what's the point? Out of context, most comments make very little (if any) sense.
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Hee I too am also rushing around. Well, not so much rushing as constantly sidetracked, such as to pay bills. Oops?!

(I watched this week's WC ep! Not that I really had any idea what was going on.)

eta: wrong icon! I meant to have Cara rolling her eyes. Which is pretty much universally relevant. ;)

Edited at 2010-09-02 05:06 am (UTC)
I paid bills yesterday. :)

And have I mentioned I have all of Season 1 of WC with me at all times? ;)
YES Peter meant Neal as a big part of 'people i love'

And great point about how likely neither of them really believed there would be NO more secrets
YES Peter meant Neal as a big part of 'people i love'

I liked how he didn't look at him while he said it though -- lightness of touch FTW!
Yes, had Peter made eye contact it would have been too much. I also think it would have made the scene awkward. Not for the audience, but for the characters.
Not only is Neal one of the people Peter loves, but his life would be so boring without him! ;)
However, with the whole poisoning/rescue over in a matter of a couple minutes and Peter's life saved during a commercial break, there was never any tension.

Yeah, that was really weird. They should at least have made Peter require a blood transfusion from Neal or something. IJS.

I enjoyed the slashiness of this ep, but I really can't disagree with any of your criticisms (and am collecting a list of my own). Plus their idea of luxury and wealth is incredibly unappealing to me, so I don't understand why Peter would be the least bit tempted (nor why he doesn't buy himself better quality coffee *noogies him*).

I've seen people pointing out some nice paralleling with 1.08, though, which also made me think about the parallels between 1.07 and 2.07, and I find that aspect pleasing. :-)
Hi, random post but er...Neal giving his blood for Peter? Fanfic? Could you write that out?! I would love you forever. :D
Yeah, that was really weird. They should at least have made Peter require a blood transfusion from Neal or something. IJS.

Or maybe gone the fairy tale route and required Neal to kiss Peter to revive him. ;-)

In 'Prisoner's Dilemma' it was obvious that Peter would have loved to own one of the sports cars. I get that. I think most of us have at least one thing we long for, but we just can't afford it. But that Peter would be tempted by another lifestyle and life? No, I wasn't buying it. That life isn't any better and Peter knows it. I'd argue that Neal knows it too because Neal has wealth and luxury, but longs for the life Peter has with a home and loving wife.

Also, yeah, he can afford Italian Roast! I can afford Italian Roast. :p
I agree felt rushed at the end with Peters poisoning; but I like when Neal finds out what Jessica did and makes run for it to get up there and when he does his look of grab Peter and leave Kent there to die. Until Peter says to get Kent which Neal doesn't want to do cause he wants to get Peter to safety and Peter says we leave no one behind. You can see the conflict in Neals eyes. And I notice even though Moz figured it out that Peter and Diana had the music box which was a given when OPR didn't get it; I was surprized they didn't figure someone from FBI was holding onto in the first eps. Anyway I liked how no matter the news Neal bolted to save Peter; and I like when he came in after still trying to persuade Peter of the life he could have had with the big office and the little cups of coffee and I like Peters answer to it; not sure Neal realizes that he is a part of Peters life who has made a difference I hope he does; but I like how it comes back to the one woman who Peter would have never met had he not been recruited in the FBI and thats Elizabeth; it always comes back to her and I think with what happend to Kate Peter realizes how precious life is and thats why his wife is a big part of who he is and tries to make that time to be with her even on the job. And I like how calmly Neal handled talking to Peter about the music box; I like how he approached Peter with the news he knew and I think that shows some maturity on Neal and Peters influence I think the neal we knew last year would have been all over Peter about it but this Neal that is maturing the more he hangs out with Peter. Or Peter influencing and I like that Peter spelled it out that as long as he is involved he has to do it the right way or no way. Those are scenes I have been watching over and over again.
Neal is plotting revenge and I think Neal is at the point where he understands (and believes) Peter withholds information from him because he is protecting him from himself. It's why he doesn't get as angry at Peter as he would have in Season 1. Peter isn't trying to hurt Neal or keep him in line, he's trying to help him. And I feel there is a bit more maturity coming from Neal this season.
I liked the Neal and Peter scenes, and... that's about it :/
I was watching the S2 marathon on USA today and largely ignored the ep. :/
It was an uneven ep but the good parts weighted way more than not so good ones, imo. And i kinda liked the way they put together the angst about Peter knowing where the box is and Neal learning that Peter's life is in danger.
I liked a lot of the ideas in the episode, but the execution of them wasn't as good as it could have been. It also felt like quite a bit of editing went on, which was somewhat confirmed on Twitter by the writers.
Oh, they admitted it? I will never get how to use twitter but it's nice they're in touch with fans and not afraid to admit when they suck :) Brave people.
I disagree about the plot. It was interesting and I like how it unfolded about why Hayes was killed. It wasn't quite what I was expecting.

I agree that Trent was a total waste...if you're going to have a red-herring they need to be used all the way through, not just dropped half-way through the episode.

The pacing was a bit off this episode (I suspect that this was heavily edited) but over-all I enjoyed this episode. It's probably one of my favorites, if not my favorite.

Have fun on your trip. Maybe? Is it a fun trip? :-D
As I mentioned just above, I thought there were interesting ideas but the execution of them was lacking. Why Hayes was killed was very believable given what I know about the tech industry. ;)

Definitely not a favorite, but not a least favorite either.