Review: White Collar - Free Fall
by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2009 11:46AM
(S01E07) "You can check my University of Phoenix online degree. Go Cardinals." - lawyer Moz
The previews for this fall finale promised there would be an ending that we'd never see coming. That's usually a huge help in actually figuring out what the "surprise" ending is to a TV show. If we don't expect it, we know what to not expect and we can often figure out what happens. I didn't see this ending coming at all. I mean, I knew that the guy we thought was the bad guy wasn't really part of the solution. That was just a red herring. But I didn't expect who was at the door and who was in the chair in the final scene.
Thank God this show is coming back next month and not in March like so many other shows seem to be doing.
I'm still not quite sure what to make of that ending. I think we are supposed to think one thing, but this is a fall finale and the show could easily explain what happened in a very logical, "oh, that makes sense" sort of way when it comes back, where we don't see Burke in a different way and everything pretty much stays the same.
Either that or this show isn't what we thought it was and it's going to go in a completely different direction in the second half of the first season (and maybe the second season too). I'm curious to see what readers think of that image at the end. What exactly are we suppose to believe is happening in the hotel room? Is Burke behind things? Or did he simply catch on to something and go to the hotel room to confront her?
I don't know if this is the type of show that plants a clue in a scene, like a look, a line of dialogue, a prop. But I'm going to have to watch that last scene again to see exactly how things transpired. Kate came into that room not like she was being held there, but like she was just coming back to her hotel room and was surprised Burke was sitting there.
And what about the ring? The guy in the photo was wearing it and Burke is wearing it at the end of this episode. That's a neat reveal, though I'm not sure why "mystery Burke" would wear the ring and "FBI Burke" wouldn't (except as a plot device for the show and for viewers). Has he worn the ring before? He's involved somehow, I just haven't figured out how. As a bad guy?
No, no, this is my guess: Burke figured out what was going on (whatever that might be and whoever it might involve) and that's why he's in the hotel room. No way he's a bad guy pulling a long con. There's still somebody behind all of this for some reason. Though I have to admit that Tim DeKay had a great look on his face in that last scene, all serious and evil-ish.
- Kate and Elizabeth look a lot alike. I had to watch the last scene again to see exactly who it was at the door. I wonder if there's any reason why they look so similar?
- Really great to see Murray Barlett again. He played jewel thief Cyrus Foley on Guiding Light the last few years of the show and...well, he played a jewel thief here too. Though I'm not sure why a crook that even Caffrey is impressed with would be so stupid as to not see a security camera when he came out of the vault with the diamond.
- One thing I don't enjoy is doing jigsaw puzzles, and the giant puzzle the woman was doing was all white? Yeah, that looks like "fun." Foreshadowed Caffrey putting together the document in his cell though.
- The show returns January 19 on its new night, Tuesday at 10PM.
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