White Collar – Recap & Review – Bottlenecked

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White Collar

Original Air Date: Feb 23, 2010

Brittany Frederick – Staff Writer

Neal’s getting random postcards from people without return addresses. Only Neal Caffrey would think this was something exciting. He brings up someone named Keller, whom he apparently has a past with and who has something to do with a burglary at a local museum. I’m pretty sure Neal has a past with a lot of people, many of whom are not that great. Case in point: Neal and Peter see the burglary’s prime suspect hit by a car in front of them, courtesy of his old buddy.

This all has something to do with a counterfeit bottle of wine that’s now being auctioned off for a ton of money. Neal goes and schmoozes with the cute blonde wine broker to see what information he can dig up. All this poking around gets him cryptic statements and a clue from Keller, telling him when and where to meet him. However, things are even worse when Peter discovers Keller is in debt to the Russian mob, hence the sale of the bottle. Always great when the mafia gets involved. Neal goes to meet Keller (played with a weird would-be New York accent by Ross McCall, alias the former Mr. Jennifer Love Hewitt), who just tries to taunt him about Kate and challenges him to come up with a better forgery in the next ten days. Peter is so not impressed, but Neal convinces him creating two fakes will force testing from the auction house – exposing both as fakes and linking Keller to the murder.

Neal enlists Mozzie to construct the FBI’s fake bottle, but Mozzie needs something that is only found in the wine broker’s vault, so Neal begs Peter to pose as his client so they can get into the vault. This involves an interesting tie and Peter making a bunch of stuff up off the top of his head. It’s good enough to get him into the vault, as he purposefully leaves the door open so Neal can sneak in later. Unfortunately, Keller decides to turn up at the exact same moment. (God, that accent is still distracting me.) Peter is still not impressed.

Peter: Spent five minutes with the guy, I want to punch him in the face.

However, Peter’s boss brings the bad news that the auction house won’t let them submit their bottle – derailing their whole plan. It’s not enough to deter them, though. Unfortunately for them, Keller’s bottle passes all the tests – which can only mean he had the real bottle all along. He set all this up to drive up the price of the bottle, and leave them empty-handed. Guessing that Keller’s plan is to pay off the Russians ASAP, Neal deduces that the Russians have somebody in town. And when Peter goes in search of Keller, he’s nowhere to be found.

Neal’s best idea is to win the bid and take possession of the bottle, as the FBI tracks a fleeing Keller. When Neal finally confronts him, he has no idea that Neal has his bottle – and therefore, he’s not getting anything. Neal says he can confess to all his crimes or spend awhile running from the Russians. Guess which option Keller picks? He goes with the feds, and Neal is left to reflect on where he is and where he’s headed.

All in all, it’s not the show’s best episode – I blame a severely overplayed bad guy for that – but it’s still worth the watch. Clearly filler for the end of the season. What did you think?

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5 Responses to White Collar – Recap & Review – Bottlenecked

  1. K says:

    I still thought it was okay, love in the beginning when Peter walk into the office, pause, and then walk back because he sees something abnormal (you’re here early).

    I love Mozzie, he steal every scene he’s in, and i love the interation between him and neal. It’s the only time Neal’s not on the top of game, because Moz throws in some comment that make neal want to roll his eyes.

  2. Brittany says:

    I love the interplay between all of the cast members. Everyone pops, and everyone has their own unique dynamic. The cast chemistry is amazing. I just want to know who told Ross McCall that accent was a good idea…I couldn’t take him seriously whatsoever.

  3. K says:

    I know! The speaker on my compuer wasn’t very good, so it screwed up his voice even more. his taunting was weird too. honestly, he dragged kate into every conversation. although i do have to say if i want neal caffrey to do something for me, i would mention kate a couple times too.

    I’m a little ocncerned how neal is pissing off all his old ‘buddies’, first alex, now kelley. I have a feeling they’re all gonna come back, or one of these days when neal’s undercover, the bad guy of the week recongize him from somewhere (“hey, you’re that con-turned-fbi guy alex/kelley warned me about!”)

    We got two more episode left, right? I’m really excited, can’t wait to see what they cooked up for us for the season finale. (this fangirl is keeping her fingers crossed for a close up of Matt’s gorgeous blue eyes)

    • Brittany says:

      That’s right, two more episodes. And me, too. That’s the one thing I worry about. Obviously, Neal knows some pretty Bad Guys — and I wouldn’t want the show to become “here’s someone ELSE from Neal’s past coming back AGAIN” or something either. But I trust the writers.

  4. K says:

    It looks as if the next episode is someone from Neal’s past. the season is so short i think they’re trying to make a point/ introduce some really bad guys who could come back.

    And i honestly don’t think they’re actually going to shoot neal, because that is so anti-neal, he’s suppose to be smooth and slither out of every tough situation.

    i also really want to see a flash back scene, not neal’s enemies, but true friends, back in the peter chase neal days, or peter first arrest neal scene (cuz we’ve seen 2-4)

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