'White Collar' - 'Front Man' Recap
by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2010 10:21AM
(S01E13) "Paranoia is a skill, the secret to longevity." - Moz
Last week we had someone from Neal's past (Keller) coming back to cause problems, and I mentioned that it seems like the show does that a lot, a la 'Burn Notice.' And tonight continued that trend, with Wilkes coming into Neal's life, kidnapping a girl and wanting Neal to do some favors for him in exchange for the girl's life (of course, he has no intention of releasing the girl and would probably kill Neal too if he had to). The funny thing is, even though all these baddies from Neal's past keep making appearances, I bet none of them have anything to do with the Kate and the music box and none of them are the big bad guy in charge of everything.
What, you think it's actually Fowler? Yeah, right!
I disliked Diane Neal's character right away. Not just because she was overly ambitious/dumb to set up Neal, but because there was just something about Neal's performance that rubbed me the wrong way. And this is the point where I'm going to sometimes say Neal to refer to Caffrey and I sometimes say Neal to refer to Diane Neal, and that's going to get confusing, so let me start saying "Caffrey." I don't know, there's something rather unlikable about the way Neal portrayed this FBI agent. Maybe it's from knowing Neal from 'Law and Order: SVU' where she played someone rather hard and business-like, but I wouldn't mind if Neal's character didn't show up again.
Other than that, was this an enjoyable episode? Sure, they're all enjoyable episodes, but this one irritated me more than most. Not only was Wilkes yet another person from Caffrey's past, but we had yet another "brilliant" bad guy who meets with Caffrey in a secluded area, just the two of them, and he's taken in by Caffrey's stalling and charm and lies. And then, just when he's going to shoot Caffrey (which a real life bad guy would have done without all the explanation and talk talk talk), the FBI finds the kidnapped girl and train their guns on Wilkes.
Not to sound ghoulish, but I wish some of these bad guys would get killed. The 'White Collar' prison must be crowded. I keep picturing these people spending time with Martin, Dutch Gundersen, Lana, and Sally Decker.
- So the kidnapper's location was discovered by listening to a foghorn or whatever the hell that sound was on the ransom video. How many times has that been used on television since, say, 1958? I'm sure stuff like that happens with the FBI all the time, but I just wish there was a more clever way it could have been done tonight.
- Can we finally put to rest the notion that Peter can't trust Caffrey 100%? I know he wants the music box and I know he keeps secrets and I know we have to set up the season finale next week, but he always comes back, even tonight when he could have fled.
- Every scene that Willie Garson is in is worth a laugh or two or a witty wisdom or two. I particularly like when he's paired with someone other than Caffrey. Tonight we saw him playing parcheesi with June and drinking coffee with Elizabeth. I love scenes like that.
- Glad to hear Peter mention all of the brunettes. There are a lot of brunettes on this show, and a lot of them look alike.