WHITE COLLAR “What Happens in Burma” Review

White Collar (USA) What Happens in Burma

WHITE COLLAR “What Happens in Burma” Season 2 Episode 12 – I have so much love for this episode and how it managed to fit in all kinds of father issues within a case about a kid accused of stealing a priceless ruby. Along the way we got to learn a lot about everyone’s fathers, from Diana’s dad being a diplomat, to Peter’s dad being a bricklayer. But the best part was everything that came up about Neal’s father.

First up, Mozzie referring to Neal’s relationship with Peter as “patriarchal” was classic and oh so true. Leave it to Mozzie to nail it like that. I loved the fact that Peter never let the subject drop, and kept after Neal until he finally got him to admit the truth. The fact that Neal did eventually open up completely just proves how close they are and how much Neal trusts Peter. I doubt that he’s given that info to too many people in his life, other than Mozzie of course. And, as lightly as he did it, I think that Peter made Neal tell him the truth because he knew it would help him to get it off of his chest.

I doubt we’ve heard the end of the story of Neal’s father and this episode was a great way to open that door. I can’t wait to find out more.

My favorite bits…

Peter reminding Neal that he hadn’t so much encouraged him to travel to France as he fled there.

Neal telling Jones that no pigeons were harmed in the mining of the ruby. Whew.

Neal whipping out a Burmese proverb to impress the ambassador. Nice.

Finding out that Neal’s father was a cop. I think my jaw dropped as far as Peter’s did when he heard the news.

The smirk Mozzie gave when Neal told him that everyone was his arch rival.

Neal calling Peter “Mr. Satchmo.” LOL!

Loving this bit:
Neal: “Peter, you just burned a perfectly good alias.”
Peter: “You named me after my dog.”
Neal: “Touche.”

Cracking up at Peter’s use of jazz hands. Now there’s something I never, ever thought I’d see.

Neal calling Mozzie “Flashdance.”

Sweaty Neal in a wifebeater……though I’m also going to put in a small complaint as well, protesting that Peter didn’t even take off his tie. Sigh.

The team pulling their guns on the jewel smuggler, one by one.

Peter’s look when Neal told Wilson that a twelve-year-old doesn’t know what he does and doesn’t need.

Peter getting the truth (?) from Neal about his dad.. why do I feel like there’s more to it than that?

Finding out why Neal is so good with a gun, even though he doesn’t like them.

Mozzie trying to act all casual while his jacket was smoking… him calling it a “smoking jacket” was the absolute best.

Neal telling Peter that if it was Peter’s son, or Neal’s son, he wouldn’t hesitate to do anything necessary to help. I adore how Neal added that little extra bit about Peter being willing to save any child he might have, knowing how much the agent cares for him and how that would also extend to any family he had.

Peter showing up and actually offering to help Neal. So freaking awesome.

Wilson pulling his son into a hug when the kid put out his hand to shake it.

Finding out the real truth about Neal’s father.

Peter pointing out to Neal that he wasn’t his father son and using what he’d just done, reuniting a family, as an example of the good things he does.

Peter asking Neal to tell him about his mother.. and his first question being if she wore hats.

What did you think of this episode of White Collar? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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