Showing posts with label Copycat Caffrey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Copycat Caffrey. Show all posts

Monday, March 28, 2011

Back to Work Mondays: No Offense Taken

"Was that 'I wear a badge; he wears a tracking anklet' line really necessary, Peter?"

"No offense, Neal--I just wanted those kids to understand the result of poor life choices."

"Right, sure. No offense taken."
"Good. Let me just--hey!"

"Missing your wallet again, Peter? You should be more careful."

"You know, Neal, if you ever want that anklet off . . ."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Poll: What's your favorite White Collar episode of Season Two?

Neal, Peter and Moz in By the Book
This is tough for me! Each episode has a Peter-Neal moment I love, and that's the criterea I use for picking a favorite. But I'll decide on just one. Here are our choices:

Withdrawal ~ An elusive master thief has targeted a handful of New York's most prestigious banks, and it's up to Peter and Neal to thwart his next heist.

Need to Know ~ Neal goes undercover as a "political fixer" in order to bring down a corrupt politician.

Copycat Caffrey ~ A talented criminal has copycatted a Neal Caffrey crime, and evidence points to a suspect on a college campus.

By the Book ~ Mozzie fears that the object of his affection has been kidnapped, and turns to Neal and Peter for help.

Unfinished Business ~ A routine bond theft esculates into an attempted murder when Neal is unknowingly hired to kill insurance investigator Sara Ellis.

In the Red ~ The arrest of a jewel thief leads Peter and Neal toward a much more heinous extortion case against adoptive parents.

Cast your vote on the sidebar--thanks in advance for participating!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Forgiveness Times Five

Neal handling Peter's lecture in Vital Signs
I love the no-drama forgiveness that Peter and Neal show each other. These two don't waste their time on angst. They may indulge in lectures, cons, spurts of anger and even wild accusations--but at the end of the day, they know how to take each other in stride.

Here are five examples:

1. In The Portrait, Neal steals a painting and only confesses to Peter because an innocent's life is in danger. Peter is angry enough to order him out of his house, but he doesn't put Neal back in prison and he helps him correct the situation.

2. Neal cons Peter in All In for the sake of getting more information on Kate. But Neal ends up sitting on Peter's couch, knowing he's in the wrong and looking like a teenager who has just wrecked his Dad's car. Peter lectures him, but he also calls Neal his partner for the first time.

3. In Free Fall, Peter arrests Neal for a crime he didn't commit. Neal doesn't hold that against him--he just insists that he didn't let Peter down and takes proactive steps to prove his innocence. Then, in Hard Sell, Neal wrongly accuses Peter of being the criminal mastermind who has kidnapped Kate. Both men end up laughing off the accusation.

4. In Vital Signs, Peter rushes to Neal's rescue after the kid breaks into a place he has no business being. Neal's trust in Peter compels the agent to cut the lecture short and to protect Neal from the consequences of his caper.

5. In Need to Know, Peter lies straight to Neal's face in an attempt to protect him. Neal discovers the lie--but when Peter refuses to confess, Neal guesses his reasons and lets it go. He may be annoyed with Peter, and he may not believe that he needs protecting, but he still trusts Peter's intentions.

How about a bonus example? In Copycat Caffrey, Neal makes disparaging comments about the FBI and Peter makes a snarky remark about how he wears a badge and Neal wears a tracking anklet. Yet despite some eyeball rolling, their friendship remains unaffected by the jibes.

And that's one reason White Collar is such a welcome respite from angst-driven shows. Yeah, heavy dramas have their place, but the characters on Mad Men could use a lesson from Peter and Neal! There's a lot to be said for forgiving each other and moving on . . .

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Bump and Drop

Simon Lovell is a consultant for White Collar. His website, Simon Lovell: Sleight of Hand Expert, has a video called White Collar: The Making of a Con Man. (Just look toward the bottom of the page.) Simon explains the bump and drop theft that Jones pretended to be a victim of in Copycat Caffrey.

Also, according to the WC Writers, the bar tricks from this episode are from Lovell's book How to Cheat at Everything.

Alex is growing on me . . .

I was ambivalent toward Alex last season. Just look at her career choice. Could she possibly be any better for Neal than Kate was?

Worse, I felt like I didn't know her. Yeah, I knew she was smart; I knew she was a competent con artist and fence;  I knew she was FBI-phobic; and I knew she had a complicated history with Neal that seemed to include a romance. (I wonder how Kate felt about that.) Yet Alex still seemed a stranger last season--at least until the finale.

Nonetheless, I liked her appearance on this season's Copycat Caffrey. Giving her a scene with Peter went a long way toward helping me accept her. I don't think Peter's going to trust her any time soon, and I think he was happy to give her a plane ticket that would keep her far away from Neal. But her genuine gratitude toward the agent was touching--and Peter looked so damned pleased when he found out that Neal had called him 'the best!'

Ok, if she can bring that kind of smile to Peter's face, I can warm up to her. At least a little . . .

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Picture of the Day

Neal ridiculously pleased with himself in Copycat Caffrey

Badges and Tracking Anklets

If you haven't seen last night's episode, now would be a good time to close your eyes.

"I wear a badge; he wears a tracking anklet."

Oh my.

The point of Peter's line, I take it, was to teach the criminology students that however glamorous Neal may seem, it's better to end up with the badge than the anklet. But I have to agree with a fan discussion on LJ: it comes across as Peter declaring his ownership of Neal yet again. It also implies that if you become an FBI agent, you get your own sexy convict-consultant. (One of the perks, I presume!)

(Here's a hilarious LJ post with some discussion on that line. Don't click on it if adult language, frank talk of Peter/Neal slash, or excessive but justified flailing offends you.)

On a more serious note, as HB (the LJ poster above) points out in her comments, Peter's line could potentially have humiliated Neal. Fortunately Neal didn't seem to take it that way. And, in fairness to Peter, the agent was more amused than humiliated by Neal's earlier remarks about the FBI.

I wonder, though, if this line would have been more powerful if Neal had said it. The lesson may have had a greater impact on the students coming from the glamorous con artist: "He wears a badge. I wear a tracking anklet." (But maybe Neal's not ready for such a statement yet.)

More on this in an upcoming post . . .

Sidenote: I loved the hints Copycat Caffrey gave about the first time Neal got caught--and I love Peter's face when he finds out that Neal implied the FBI had little to do with it! Ok, the flashback episode wherein Peter first catches Neal can't come soon enough.

(I'm sure what Peter said was true: the full weight of the FBI was bearing down on him. But did Neal really, in any sense, turn himself in?)

The sexy con that apparently comes with being an FBI agent.

Jeff Eastin auctioning more pics!

From Jeff Eastin's twitter:

http://tinyurl.com/33x5y8o  I'm auctioning signed pics of Bomer & Tim. $ goes to children of WhiteCollar grip John Bolz who died this year.

(Last night's episode--Copycat Caffrey--was dedicated to John Bolz.)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Episode Tonight at 9 PM EST!

Here's USA's blurb on Copycat Caffrey:  A talented criminal has copycatted a Neal Caffrey crime, and evidence points to a suspect on a college campus. (I hope we learn more about Neal's lack of a formal education.)

Remember to click here, at LJ's White Collar TV community, for previews!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Three Preview Scenes from Copycat Caffrey

The White Collar TV community at LJ has three scenes from tomorrow's episode posted. If you don't mind spoilers, they're all worth a look!

Sneak Peek at Copycat Caffrey

Oooh--Jeff Eastin posted a page from the script of this week's episode: Copycat Caffrey.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sneak Preview of Copycat Caffrey

Take a look here for a scene from next Tuesday's episode. And here's the episode blurb: "A talented criminal has copycatted a Neal Caffrey crime."