WHITE COLLAR “Point Blank” Advance Review

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When I sat down to watch my advance copy of the summer finale of WHITE COLLAR, called “Point Blank”, I had no idea what kind of a journey I was about to start on and where it would eventually lead. From the promo last week, I knew that Neal would get a chance to confront Fowler, but the way he got there and what happens after that, I did not expect at all.

At the end of last week’s episode we saw Neal and Peter about to open the music box to try and find out its secrets. The two of them also enlist some friends to help, Neal going so far as to get Alex involved by doing the mother of all cons – and one I don’t think he’s ever tried before. As they delve farther into the box, one name comes up – Fowler (no surprise there since we saw him in the preview). After that, Neal wants nothing more than to get in a room alone with Fowler, willing to risk anything to do it. Once Peter sees how far Neal is willing to go to get the other man, he has no choice but to bench him, which we all know doesn’t work.

One of the things I wondered last week when I saw the preview was how Neal got hold of a gun, especially when he’s always done everything he could to stay away from them. The way he got the weapon was clever (this is Neal after all), but as soon as he had it, things got serious as he went to find Fowler and confront him. Neal does eventually get answers to some of the questions he’s had ever since the plane exploded, but they may not be the ones he expected, or wanted, to hear.

The final 20 minutes or so of this White Collar episode were bar none, some of the most exciting I’ve ever seen on White Collar. I had an idea of how it might end by the preview last week, but let me just say that there is so much more to it than the little clip we saw. The show just kept going from one character being in peril to another. Every time I thought someone was safe, someone else would be in danger. My poor heart was going crazy up until the very end and in the last few seconds I was gasping, and yes I do mean that literally, gasping for air. It went so far away from where I thought it would and left me completely shocked.

Overall I think this episode was so good that I’m willing to say that it’s now on my short list for favorite episodes of White Collar of all time. In addition to everything I talked about above, I also liked how trust kept coming up throughout. Neal and Peter promised each other that they’d have no more secrets, trouble was only one of them was keeping up his end of the deal. There was also lots of classic White Collar stuff, including a nice sequence of Mozzie and Neal working together on a con, some sweet moments with Elle and Peter, funny stuff from two canine co-stars, as well as some amazing music (especially in the last half of the episode). All I can really say now is that I can’t wait for it come back so we can find out what happens next.

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