|Willie Garson and Mircea Monroe|
And while the case wasn’t exactly the most riveting, that was not really the point – the interactions between Neal and Moz shed some light on their relationship, and Peter was the epitome of exasperated-Dad energy. Also: Morning Randolph!
On with the squee!
June! Hurray! Seeing June and Moz working the crowd at the storage locker auction was hella fun, and the fact the mini-cons were all her idea takes me to my happy place.
Don’t THINK I won’t turn this car around, young man! Peter’s exasperated reaction to Moz’s conspiracy theories and the usual hijinks this crew apparently get up to when he’s not around was priceless. Neal's patient explanations of Moz’s more eccentric tendencies was utterly subtle and underplayed perfectly by Matt Bomer. But Peter’s eventual giddy excitement as the Culper Spy ring’s story was fleshed out? One of many joyous moments in an ep that, admittedly, was short on plot and long on character development. Loved. Every. Moment.
|Neal shines in his cardi, Peter gives Disapproving Dads everywhere a run for their money.|
The cardigan! You gotta love Neal's Saturday outfit – tie and a cardi. If I haven’t already seen what he sleeps in, I’d swear he’s got a pair of Barney Stinson’s “Suitjamas” in his closet.
Mircea Monroe! I loooooove her! If you haven’t caught her as Morning Randolph on the Showtime series Episodes, I recommend you do so immediately – it is truly a wonderful show.
Culper Spy Ring? They got it right! Mostly! I’ll tell you, my bullshit meter was ringing about some of the details, but most of what was presented is true. Yes, they used invisible ink, yes, they recruited both men and women into their ranks. The most delicious fact is that no one, not even George Washington, knew who all the spies were, and the ring’s existence fell into obscurity until 1930! Give the Wikipedia entry a read, boys and girls, it’s interesting stuff. Indeed, George Washington’s code number was 711, and Agent 355 was a woman who, it is rumored, was hanged as a spy by the British ):
|Gratuitous shot for Neal/Jones 'shippers everywhere...|
Willie Garson broke my heart. I’m even tearing up as I write this – Willie Garson’s performance as he’s putting on his shadow puppet show for Neal broke me. The fact that he delivered his lines with a smile on his face was such a bold choice, I must say, turning what might have been a maudlin scene into true tragedy. And Matt Bomer’s reactions were so true and realistic – I wonder how these guys got through the scene without bawling their eyes out, I really do.
|Willie Garson killed it - again.|
But aside from that, Moz and Neal bonding over their tragic childhoods – saying all the things neither of them have ever revealed before – is an important moment. They’re opening up to each other in ways they have not done before, they’re trusting each other with things they haven’t shared before. Whatever others may say or think about Moz’s Machiavellian motivations vis a vis Neal, this is the scene that discounts that. These guys clearly love each other like brothers, and there’s no way Moz would do anything that he didn’t feel was in Neal's best interests, as misguided as the treasure heist might have been.
Non-Squee of the Week: This professor guy
WTF? He pulls a Very Big Gun on an innocent citizen, in public, with clear intent to cause harm, and Peter can’t charge him? Can just anyone get a carry permit in New York?
Seriously, this Stringer guy is the worst baddie since Collins, and the actor, Damian Young, is better than this, so I can only assume the director instructed him to camp it up, the way he’s hefting that huge gun around like he's Benny Hill playing James Bond or something.
Quote of the Week
“His faith, however limited, is what separates a man with a conscience from a man without one.”
I could write an entire meta on this quote from Neal; in fact, it was so profound and resonant in my mind that I went scurrying to the Interwebs looking for a source, thinking surely such sentiments were originally Benjamin Franklin’s or Thomas Jefferson’s. They are original as far as I can tell, and at this point in the season, I wonder if they will continue to sum up our favorite conman as perfectly as they seem to once episode 16 has been played out. We shall see.
So what were your thoughts on the episode, Collars? Head to the comments.