White Collar – Recap & Review – Taking Account

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White Collar
Taking Account

Original Air Date: Jul 19, 2011

Jules – Sr. Reviewer

This season has focused on Neal and Mozzie’s escape and whether or not they will actually go through with it. This week we get to see into how both really think about the whole thing. In the midst of this, we have a computer hacker to get after and learn that Jones and Mozzie are pretty computer savvy. Also, there is more movement in the Neal and Sara department and Mozzie manages to get some action as well.

It all starts when Sara tries to get money at an ATM, but it says she has none in her account. We find out a hacker has gotten into thousands of bank accounts stealing $126 million dollars. The FBI has a lead to a Swiss account under the name Dupont, where the same amount of money was recently deposited, but they can’t be sure yet.

Since Sara has no money and can’t pay for the hotel she’s living in while her apartment is being renovated, Neal asks her to stay with him. She accepts and moves in the same day. Mozzie is almost caught talking about the treasure with Sara in the room and he’s worried with her around while they work on their getaway. Sara becomes a bit suspicious, but it seems she hasn’t said anything about that passport she found last week…yet.

So what to do? What Mozzie and Neal do best! Try to catch the bad guy before the Feds do and before the money is gone and can’t be recovered. They come up with a plan assume the hacker’s alias and to lure him out of hiding.

Before this, Sara finally brings up the passport she found. Neal manages to dodge this one by pulling out a line about it being FBI work and needing a good alias, just like Mr. Dupont.

Sara, Mozzie and Neal go to the local branch of the bank to do their thing, all behind Peter’s back. Basically, Mozzie causes a scene while Sara gets into the local computer system to change some personal questions so Neal can prove to the bank he’s Dupont to get a new debit card. I love the three of them working together. All the while, Jones does some fancy computer thing and finds a signature associated with the hacking to one called “The Vulture.”

Now that Neal has the card, it’s time for the spending! I liked that their first purchase was the helicopters and I liked the breakdown on screen of how much money they were spending. It was different, but fun to see Neal and Sara rack up all those costs.

At the FBI, Diana says the bank hasn’t allowed them to freeze the account, but did report something unexpected with Dupont getting a new debit card on the account and everything that he’s purchased. Peter sees right the extravagant purchases and soon shows up at Neal’s to rip him a new one for robbing a bank, dragging Sara into the whole thing, and not telling him about it (again).

Peter whisks Neal away from the expensive things to discuss next steps. Neal mentions that stealing is not the Vulture’s M.O. and Peter wonders how best to catch him, but Neal defers to Mozzie as the computer nerd. Elizabeth says she’ll give him a call. Yes, she has his number, because they chat. Cute.

Mozzie does his computer thing and manages to put a message out there about how the FBI can offer full immunity and the Vulture bites for a meet up. Team is there, with Peter, Neal and Moz in a car scoping out the place. Mozzie is the one to correctly identify the real Vulture texter and it’s not a guy, it’s a girl! She texts Peter’s phone saying she wants the cute one to come out. Neal automatically is set to leave, but her next text reveals that she wants Mozzie to come! Before he can make it to her though, gunshot rings out. Diana manages to get Vulture and she gives them who the shooter was,a guy named Brower. She knows because she helped him build the virus to infiltrate the bank.

Vulture, really Sally, says the hacking wasn’t supposed to be a theft, it was supposed to expose the corruption happening in the city. So she really isn’t all that bad. Peter figures that Neal’s stealing isn’t lost on the case and leaks images and a PO Box for a drop off to lure out Brower, while Mozzie goes to Sally’s to help protect her, but really, the two are just smitten with each other.

Later, Neal and Sara have a moment discussing the past and asks her if she’d like to continue living like they did, just spending. Sara, being more good than bad, holds onto a moral ground saying she doesn’t cross a line she can’t get back from. At the same time, Neal logs into his computer to see the treasure and Sara is able to read his password on the reverse on the guitar he’s holding. This can’t be good.

Brower didn’t show up to the PO Box, but did leave a flash drive. Peter immediately sticks it in to read it, but it’s a virus meant to infiltrate the FBI network. Yes, they had someone look it over already, but it was outside of their knowledge, but no worries, everyone unplugs their computers and Jones gets into the bank account to see Brower has changed the information back to his own. Now what?

Neal figures Brower has to go back to the bank to get the money, but the bank isn’t on the FBI’s side and without Brower’s photo, how to catch him? Oh, but looky here, they now have someone on their side to hack into the bank account. Sally! And there’s Mozzie! Shirtless! I love that Mozzie has found a new gal in Sally and that they communicate via text. It’s pretty cute.

They get his picture and trace him to a busy transportation terminal. It’s a lot of people to track, but Peter has an idea and calls Mozzie and Sally. They are super cute and geeky working together, hacking into the terminal system to put an alert out with Brower’s picture, thus allowing all the people at the station to track him. In a pretty anticlimactic end, the team easily catch him and case closed.

At Neal’s, Sara logs into Neal’s computer to reveal the treasure he’s been looking at. She’s quite in shock; “Neal, what did you do?” While Neal’s away, he and Mozzie talk about staying now they are both attached. Mozzie adamantly defends their leaving and cutting all ties saying they can’t be closet billionaires.

Now that Sara knows about the treasure, what do you think she’ll do? After her reaction to what she saw, I feel Sara isn’t going to stay quiet for long, but who knows, maybe she really likes Neal? There are only a few episodes left before the season hiatus, so hopefully we’ll figure out soon. Share your thoughts and ideas below!

Next week: As You Were

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