Conflict rules the third – and possibly best yet, season of the always engaging cat-and-mouse game that is White Collar.
White Collar Season Three (2011) TV Show Review
Things are strained between conman-turned-FBI-consultant Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and his handler, Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). In the aftermath of a headline case, Peter becomes suspicious. Assigned to take down a notorious art thief, everything goes wrong during the case. Before the evidence can be removed from the warehouse, everything blows up… and Peter knows it’s Neal. He’s determined to prove that Neal stole the art somehow. Before he can prove how, he must weigh the pros and cons, especially since his job and Neal’s freedom is on the line.
Neal has been gifted a key with a location following the botched case. After hours of interrogation, Neal finally returns home to learn it’s Mozzie (Willie Garson) who pulled off the heist, and now the two plan to escape to paradise with their haul. Unfortunately, a case comes up that requires Neal to slip back into an old alias, and with it, Neal’s one chance of escape may disappear. As if all that weren’t enough, Neal also has to deal with the presence of – and the feelings he has for, the pretty insurance investigator Sara (Hilarie Burton).
It’s always a challenge to shake up the comfortable pattern that a television show perfects. In this scenario, both the writers and viewers enjoyed the easy-going relationship Neal and Peter had. Beneath his Boy Scout routine, Peter is forever suspicious of Neal even though it seems there could be no feasible way he could pull off a heist. Blame it on his work at the FBI – or the fact that he collars one too many criminals like Neal. Either way, he has to remember that it may pay to extend some trust. It is that which makes this season such a conflicting one – to trust or not to.
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Fortunately, nothing changes in regards these characters. Sure Neal and Peter have some roes and are on the outs, but the fabulous dynamics remain intact. As always the adorable El (Tiffani Thiessen) – Peter’s wife plays an important role both to the success of her husband and the friendship between he and Neal. The fact that writer’s like to parade women through Neal’s life is fun. It’s always nice to see what Alex is up too or get to know the determined Sara, but I do think they need to choose one to be his romantic interest. Whether she’s more of an on-again, off-again character could be a later decision, but for heaven’s sake pick one! Their oversight is not doing any favors to Neal’s character since it makes it seem like he is more of a player than he is (you’ll discover the exact opposite is true of him).
What is most amazing is to see the “middle” portion of the show lead to fabulous intensity like never before, and emotions that rise to the surface. The wrap-up to this story leads to a wonderful moment that helps to show Neal’s change. Lighter additions include meeting El’s parents, and an adorable new opening gone all too soon. “Neighborhood Watch” is phenomenal as was the finale and “As you Were” (seriously who could resist seeing Neal in dress whites!?). Though this show is clever, its best assets are the cast and its flair for the dramatics. No one can quite wear a hat like con-man extraordinaire Neal Caffrey. That is indisputable.
So… speculation and comments on season four (or three!) are most welcome, fans. How do you think this will play out? Is season four off to a good start? Share below!
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CONTENT: there’s a few scenes of foreplay between lovers. Mild innuendo is here and there – Diana is a homosexual and we see a same-sex kiss. Cases include two kidnappings and occasionally, there is violence. Language keeps to a minimum but there is some profanity. White Collar rates TV14.