White Collar “Gloves Off” Review – This Fight is Far From Over

White Collar Gloves Off Season 4 Episode 9

In this episode of White Collar, called “Gloves Off,” Peter and Neal get physical, finding a unique way to take out all the frustrations they’ve had building up with each other for a long time.

I have to say, when this episode started out, I was definitely Team Peter. I know that his motivation to track down Sam came from his need to protect Neal and after I saw that Neal immediately went back on their pact, I didn’t see how Peter had any other choice.

But then Neal pointed out that he deserved to have a private life and that Ellen was dead and Sam was gone because of Peter. Dangit, that put me right back in the middle of them again. Because now I can see what he means by that.

I still think I’m leaning towards Team Peter though, and here’s why: Neal should have told Peter that he was planning to talk to Sam. If he’d told Peter that, Peter would not have felt the need to track Sam down. It was because Neal did it behind his back that Peter did what he did.

I know Neal thinks that Peter is butting in on his private life but I honestly don’t see it that way. Peter sees Neal as family and when you think about it, he really is all that Neal has now. Neal has lost his parents and Ellen and I think maybe he was hoping that somehow Sam would be someone to fill that void, but that was never going to happen.

Neal is mad at Peter because every time he gets involved, someone dies or goes missing. What Neal doesn’t seem to realize is the fact that if he keeps on snooping, someone’s going to come after him, too, When that happens, having an armed federal agent/best friend/older brother-type is exactly what he’s going to need on his side.

Overall I have to say that I loved this episode. As frustrated as I am that these two won’t work together and trust each other completely, I’m starting to see these battles as the growing pains of their relationship. I think they will get to the point where they do trust one another; it just may take us a little while longer to get there.

My favorite bits..

Peter, Neal and Mozzie all sitting down to watch that tape together.

Mozzie telling Elizabeth that Neal and Peter were making a bargain either of them could keep.

Starting to have fantasies of Neal and Harvey from Suits in a boxing match.

“Charm has its purposes; it’s a great way to gather information.”

Peter informing Neal that Jones had already called ‘shotgun,’ fair and square.

Sam telling Neal that story about his dad and the day at the precinct.

Elizabeth’s car parking itself. Okay, yeah I know it was basically a commercial, but that was kind of cool.

Elizabeth doing some good spying on Neal.

“It’s Sam.”
“What does that mean?”
“That means I should’ve made a blood pact.”

“Anything else you’d like to share?”
“My socks itch.”

Peter nearly having an aneurism in the truck when Neal casually told Dunham that his source was in the FBI.

The look Peter shot Neal when he said: “People can’t keep secrets from me.”

Peter challenging Neal to a boxing match. Oh boy.

“I’ll be the ring girl if that’s what it takes to see you two duke it out.” – I am SOOO with her.

The entire agency voting that Peter should win the boxing match. Haha!

Peter showing up at Sam’s door. Whoa.

The whole entire fight rehearsal sequence. Especially when all four of them were going at it and laughing. That was awesome.

Knowing for a fact that as much as they are rehearsing, something is going to happen to make those two beat on each other for real.

Oh crap, and there it is. Neal is so gonna kill Peter for making Sam run away.

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“This fight is far from over.”

Mozzie pointing out to Neal that the solution wasn’t assaulting a federal officer who also happened to be his second-best friend, while Jones was telling Peter to kick Neal’s ass. Nice dichotomy there.

Peter trying to convince Neal that he did what he did to protect him.

“Well that’s the heart of our problem, isn’t it? You don’t trust me.”

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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