There were so many good individual elements in this episode—but that doesn’t excuse the jaw-dropping plot hole in the middle of it.
We all know this show likes to drive a wedge between Peter and Neal periodically. I think it’s high time for the show to grow out of that; Peter and Neal have been through too much together. But this episode almost—almost—came up with a legitimate reason for the wedge.
After someone tampers with the brakes in Peter’s car and lands him in the hospital, Elizabeth is terrified for her husband's life. She figures out that this attack is connected to the corrupt senator Peter and Neal are investigating and the key to Ellen’s evidence box. (Both investigations are tied to Ellen’s murder and the framing of Neal’s father for cop-killing.) There’s nothing Elizabeth can do to stop Peter from charging ahead with the investigation into the senator, but she orders Neal to keep Peter away from the key and whatever evidence it unlocks.
Neal protests that he can’t lie to Peter—it’s good to see him come back to that ideal, even if he’s never quite lived up to it—but El doesn’t care. She tells him to lie to Peter’s face if he has to.
Ok. Wow. That’s a fascinating side of El. And I can see her point.
But here’s the problem: Mozzie and Neal plot to keep any real information about the key away from Jones, who has been investigating the key with Moz. But Jones figures out their plot and tells Peter. So when Neal follows El’s orders and lies to Peter’s face, Peter turns to El right afterward and lets her know what happened—he lets her know that Neal lied. It’s obvious that Peter is devastated.
Now it’s time for El to say, “Honey, I wanted to keep you from investigating the key. It’s too dangerous. I told Neal to lie.” The whole lie-to-Peter’s-face thing, after all, only works if Peter isn’t aware of the lie. But she doesn’t! She keeps silent.
This makes no sense. Once Peter knows that Neal is lying, the lie doesn’t protect him. Peter is going to keep investigating the key—and he and Jones have all the same information that Neal and Moz have.
It isn’t clear how much Peter tells Elizabeth about continuing this investigation. But that doesn’t matter. Elizabeth is smart—Peter likes smart—and she knows her husband. She knows he won’t let this go. And if he has enough information to know that Neal’s lying, he has enough info to keep on digging.
So now the lie isn’t protecting Peter. In fact, it serves no purpose—except, of course, the show’s mantra that ‘we must drive a wedge between Peter and Neal at all costs. Even when it makes no sense.’
And the really painful thing? This would have all made sense, if only Peter had stayed in the dark; if only he had accepted Neal’s lie. (Jones was just too awesome for this episode’s own good—see below.)
On top of that, this episode deserves another mini-rant. We needed to see Neal and Peter have a ‘moment’ at the hospital, however briefly. It never happened. We were robbed.
Ok, the rants are off my chest. Here’s some of the good stuff:
1. Hughes was back! Unfortunately, I’m not sure when we’ll see him again. His departure presumably makes way for Emily Procter’s character. (I guess we'll find out next week.)
2. Jones was seriously awesome in this ep. The fact that he outsmarted Moz caused a major plot hole (see above)—but he was still brilliant.
3. We saw Moz use a conspiracy theory on the fly to help foil the evil senator (even though said senator remained unfoiled at the end of the ep.)
4. There are some clever pop culture and biblical references (even though Moses does not mean son in ancient Hebrew. Per Wikipedia, there is a theory that it might mean something like ‘child’ or ‘born’ in ancient Egyptian, however. )
All right, Collars, those are my thoughts. How about you? Are you ranting about this ep, raving about it, or something in between?