WHITE COLLAR “Countdown” Advance Review

White Collar (USA) Countdown

WHITE COLLAR “Countdown” Season 3 Episode 10 – It’s that time again, folks. The summer season of White Collar is over and now I have the gargantuan task of trying to convey how I felt about this episode without giving away any spoilers.

Okay, here goes….

First things first I must say a few words about the amazing Beau Bridges and his role as Peter’s mentor, Agent Kramer. It’s no spoiler to say that Peter admits he learned everything he knows from the man and after watching Kramer interact with Neal for less than 30 seconds, you will have no doubt that’s true. He was spectacular in every scene he was in and complimented the interaction between Peter and Neal perfectly.

Next up I just have to give a little nod to the music and some of the more fun sequences that were shot in this one. It really gave it a cool vibe, like something out of a 1960’s spy flick and I liked it a lot.

Okay so now onto the meat of this story and of course the part that I can say very little about. Since we already know that Mozzie sold the painting, I can say that that one action opens up a can of worms the likes of which I’m sure Neal hasn’t seen in a while. Once the FBI finds out about it.yikes, talk about a rock and a hard place. It also forces Neal to do some re-evaluating and realize that he needs to make up his mind about a few things.

As for Peter, he’s still doing everything he was before but I will say that having Kramer around seems to turn the heat up on him a bit. Just like with Neal, he is being forced to re-evaluate a few things, too.

Finally, we all know that Keller didn’t die so it’s also no spoiler to say that he has a part to play in this episode as well. As for what it is…oh no, you’re not getting it out of me that easily.

I can also say that the ending of this episode was probably the most jaw-dropping moment for me on this show ever, and that’s saying something seeing as how some of these finales have ended.

My favorite (non-spoilery) bits..

Another great Mozzie code phrase.

Neal admitting that there is someone out there that scares the hell out of him.

Mozzi’s choice of traveling companion.

Finding out Peter’s nickname from when he was a probie.

“This is genetics. That SHIRT is a choice.”

Neal holding two covers at once. Boy is he good.

Neal pulling off the best sleight of hand ever.

Mozzie. Hawaiian shirt. ‘Nuff said.

“We’ve got a problem.”
“We should maybe copyright that phrase.”

Elizabeth once again coming up with some awesome words of wisdom.

“I’m sorry, I assumed you had a *good* plan.”

Absolutely adoring the music used about halfway through the ep. Trust me, you’ll know what I mean when you hear it.

Oh..My..Gawd! All I can say is…..um…best escape EVER.

That ending..wow. I can’t talk about it but trust me……WOW.

The summer finale of White Collar premieres tonight, Tuesday August 9 at 9pm on USA. Be sure to come back here after you’ve seen the episode and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Anonymous

    Neal picking up his hat after his escape!  Has to feature in a ‘best bit’  How cool.

    We are ten minutes from the end and having read your “advance review” I’m absolutely on tenterhooks. 

    Maggie?  is going to blow the whole thing?  Maybe not…..

    Peter totally knows that Neal did the forgery.

    Whoa!  Totally jaw dropping.  You are right.  However, we know that Elle will be OK because of her interview and talking about next winter series.

    Will miss this show.  Can’t wait for the review.

    • Anonymous

      Well if I’d been doing a regular review, the hat would definitely have made it in. Alas, when I do advance reviews I have to be careful what I say. It’s both a blessing (because I LOVE getting to see the eps early) and a curse. LOL. 

      Oh yeah, there’s no doubt that Elle will be fine, but WOW what an ending!

  • Imonmon2007

    Best episode ever!!! I love watching Neal get away with it. It sucks that Elizabeth’s kidnapping is gonna damage Peter and Neal’s already damaged relationship even more.

  • Pat

    OMG… this episode blew me away when I watched it last night. The ending… was astounding. Hate Keller.

    Not sure I agree with Imonmon about it damaging Peter and Neal’s relationship. After all, Keller kidnapped Peter, and has shown himself to be an evil SOB, so my hope is that Neal will be instrumental in getting Elizabeth back and that will help start the healing process.

    The skydiving off the building – all I can say is wow! And, his casual stoop to retrieve his hat – so Neal….

    Somehow I doubt Mozzie will get away clean with the treasure.

    And, let’s not forget that Neal chose to stay, chose his current life, so that should count for something when it comes to reconciling with Peter….

    • Anonymous

      Actually I have to say that I agree with you Pat. The first thing that crossed my mind when Peter turned to Neal and said Elle was gone, was the fact that it looked like Peter was turning to his friend for help and support. I think this could be the exact thing that will bring them back together. 

  • Anonymous

    I love your reviews. I think Beau Bridges did a great job and I hope they have him back. Also this season finale show how much the Sara character is NOT needed. Everything about “Countdown” was great. I did not even miss Sara.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! :o)

      You know, I can’t say that I really feel one way or another about her but I will say that I sure didn’t miss her in this ep. There was way too much awesomeness going on. LOL.