The Dentist of Detroit
Original Air Date: Jun 28, 2011
Jules – TwoCents Reviewer
This week we get Mozzie’s back story. As a fan of his character since the beginning, I was really excited about this episode and it did not disappoint. We learned Mozzie is as much a sentimentalist as he is a very good con artist.
Plus, we get to see Neal and Peter go undercover trying to save our favorite sidekick from trouble, with some great humorous moments and the cutest young Mozzie you could imagine.
We open with Mozzie trying to sell his spy gadgetry (I quite enjoyed the banana knife that Neal bought) to help Mr. Jeffries, his old mentor at a group home back in Detriot. Aww, Mozzie, so sweet! He’s already sent some money, but knows it won’t be enough.
Elsewhere, Peter and team are getting their week’s assignments that aren’t too interesting, but one does catch Neal’s interest. Frank DeLuca from the Detriot mob is in town and looking for someone. And is he ever. He shows up at Mozzie’s sale looking for “the dentist of Detroit.” DeLuca leaves a picture with a knife in the back saying that if the dentist doesn’t show to his appointment, his friend will die. The picture? It’s of Mr. Jeffries! Mozzie says he’s the dentist! Intrigue!
Peter figures Neal knows something and he shows up at Mozzie’s sale place while Moz is making plans to meet DeLuca. Neal reveals what has happened and Mozzie insists he can take on DeLuca, but Peter puts him in protective custody. Neal also tells Peter that Mozzie is the dentist of Detroit, who is linked to a bunch of crimes spanning decades, some of them violent. Mozzie doesn’t fess up to the crimes Peter discusses and Neal insists Mozzie tell his story to Peter to help himself from staying out of prison.
So we go back to 1969, when baby Mozzie was orphaned and found by Isaac Jeffries. Baby Mozzie already had his signature glasses and a cute stuffed bear named Mozart. This scene is too adorable for words. Apparently, glasses did him no good and made childhood difficult for our little Moz. The kids even threw his bear in the dirt! Jeffries fixes the bear and teaches Mozzie to keep ahead of everyone. So Mozzie does a lot of reading and uses the knowledge to fight his own wars.
So Jeffries became Mozzie’s mentor and saved his life. Their relationship continues to be so close that Mozzie can read into Jeffries’ clues, who is currently missing from his home in Detroit. At his home were stuffed animals, including a bear holding an apple. Mozzie=bear; apple=NYC. Peter isn’t completely convinced, but I think it’s awesome. A later clue with the stuff on his car dashboard are even better.
Anyway, Neal is all about protecting his friend, so he goes in as the dentist’s assistant to make the appointment. DeLuca doesn’t want to talk to him and says no deal, but Neal’s quick thinking saves things. Apparently answering a question about the dentist’s favorite ice cream (bubble gum) does the trick.
DeLuca says the dentist pulled a big con (worth $500,000) on his dad and now he wants to pull the same con to the head of the Irish mob, Patrick O’Leary, thus starting a potential mob war. If the FBI can set it up, they can get DeLuca on extortion and Mozzie and Jeffries are home free.
But first, they have to know how Mozzie pulled the con. We also find out that he was only twelve when he did it! Mozzie tells us how he had to run away after being pinned for a crime he didn’t commit. Young Mozzie finds a job making bets for a numbers guy, where he learned the job better than who he was working for. But since adults aren’t going to listen to a kid, Mozzie gets himself a patsy who became the face of the dentist and he was the brains. So why the dentist name asks Peter? Because Moz was twelve and that was the scariest thing to him at the time. Ha!
All is well until DeLuca senior comes along not liking that the dentist was cutting into his profits. Mozzie wanted payback and eventually got DeLuca on a wire con that netted him the $500,000, went to NYC and retired the dentist moniker once Mozzie’s partner ratted him out. So everything that has been attributed to the dentist since? Something DeLuca made up since he didn’t want it getting out he was conned by a pre-teen.
So Peter and Neal go on to run the con while Mozzie gets sent to a safe house. Neal is able to get O’Leary with money in hand to this race horse betting location. Unfortunately, O’Leary isn’t making the high bets that Neal and Peter want, even after Neal tells him that their feed is delayed three minutes. Peter makes a change in plans to fire Neal in public. They really get into it, and it works (after some convincing from Neal) and O’Leary makes the big bet and he’s caught. One mobster down. One more to go.
All the while this is happening, Mozzie is at the safe house scheming to get out. He does so by pulling a “Ferris Bueller,” and escaping through the bathroom window. June even plays a role in it as well. The FBI keeping watch figures it out and Mozzie leaves a note saying he’s going to meet DeLuca.
Mozzie meets up with DeLuca with O’Leary’s money in a briefcase and reveals to DeLuca he himself has been set up. For the FBI to get DeLuca though, he has to take the briefcase. He does and pulls a gun on Moz, but Peter and team are fast and second mobster down.
Mozzie thanks Peter for saving him because he knew he would. Mozzie is soon reunited with Jeffries, who reveals how Mozzie’s name came about. That bear named Mozart, when Mozzie was a kid, he could never pronounce its name and kept calling is Mozzie. Awww…
I loved everything about this episode, but maybe it’s because I love Mozzie. Also loving the insight into the secondary characters this season. What did you think? Like Mozzie’s story explained? And will Neal be able to let go like Mozzie did? Happy there was no Sara this week? Let me hear your TwoCents!
Next week: Veiled Threat