|Alex brings excitement and trouble|
into Neal's life.
It was a particularly fine episode for Mozzie, who redeemed himself after leading Neal so far astray last season. When Neal received an old Betamax tape bequeathed by Ellen, he’s determined to watch it with Sam and only Sam. Mozzie, who trusts Sam even less than he trusts the FBI, chose an “unholy union” with the Suit rather than see Neal duped by someone who might mean him harm.
This ‘betrayal’ soon came to light—in hilarious fashion, as Mozzie and Peter were trapped in Alex’s hotel room—and Peter ended up apologizing to Neal for investigating Sam behind his back. Neal, in turn—after being duped by Alex—decided that he was better off watching the tape with Peter and Moz then the unknown Sam. (Presumably we’ll find out what’s on that tape next week.)
Meanwhile, tonight’s plot was tight and smart—and we all like smart, right? But this plot was so smart that one key element sailed over my head. When Alex and Neal pulled their big heist, I had no idea who Neal was impersonating, or what piece Exit Through the Gift Shop referred to. Fortunately, Elrhiarhodan, my good friend and co-writer here at White Collar Fixation explained it: Neal was posing as a crazy talented graffiti artist named Banksy, who prefers to keep his face hidden. (That explains the hoodie, the sunglasses, and the spray paint.)
So no complaints from me about tonight’s episode, but it did leave me pondering a few things. I’d love to hear your opinion on these questions, Collars:
1. Peter revealed some of Neal’s background to Diana. Was he justified in doing so?
2. Should Peter have involved Neal in an investigation surrounding Alex, when he knew how rough that would be?
3. Wasn’t Alex feeling awfully entitled to a stolen treasure that never rightfully belonged to her or anyone in her family?
4. Should Neal have turned Alex in at the end?
5. I’ve always liked Alex as a character, but I’m not a Neal/Alex shipper. I think this episode confirmed that for me; it seems she’ll always be wearing a mask to disguise her true motives and encouraging Neal to do the same. How do you feel about them as a pair?
Feel free to answer any or all of these, or just to tell us what you thought of the episode. And now excuse me as I buckle up early for next week. Judging from the preview, it will be a rough one for the bromance . . .