White Collar Season 10 Review “The Original” – Neal Still Has Daddy Issues

White Collar The Original Season 4 Episode 15

In this episode of White Collar, called “The Original,” Peter and Neal finally get on the same page about searching for the evidence box, while catching an artist trying to sell fake sculptures, and dealing with a new director.

This episode had a lot of great elements that I always like to see in this show. First of all, it gave us a chance to watch Neal creating another masterpiece. That is something I always like to watch, and no, it’s not because he invariably takes off his shirt when he creates art.

Okay so it’s not ONLY because of that.

Anyway, moving on. Another thing that I found interesting about Neal creating art in this episode was the fact that it opened up a nice conversation between him and his father. Up until now, Neal seems to have been taking this my-dad’s-not-really-dead thing really well. But in this episode, we saw a little crack in his façade. First Neal tells James that he’s not going to continue without Peter because the other man has been more of a father to him than James ever was, then he comes right out and tells James that the reason he never creates his own work is due directly to his father. So much for thinking that they were going to go straight into a loving father/son relationship; which, if I can be honest, kind of makes me happy. With all that’s in their past, I don’t want those issues resolved too quickly. This way is so much more fun to watch.

As for the other parts of the story: I’m still very curious what’s going to happen now that they’ve found the box, and though it was a tad predictable that Callaway is in cahoots with Pratt, I am still excited to see how that story will play out as well. Hard to believe the season finale is next week and I’m guessing that not everything will be resolved when those final credits roll. Something tells me we’ll all be on the edge of our seats waiting for the show to come back this summer.

My favorite bits..

“I should arrest you for your prices.”

“That’s bribery.”
“Then pay.” – Haha! Loved the way Mozzie said that.

The looks on Neal and Mozzie’s faces when Peter told them he knew about Elizabeth making Neal lie to Peter.

Wait. Peter knew that Elizabeth was making Neal lie since the accident? Did we know that or did he just mean that he had guessed that was happening?

Kind of disliking Amanda the moment I saw her. I just can’t put a finger on why.

“I don’t like her.” – See? Even Neal agrees with me.

Everyone telling Peter that he should be running the White Collar division. Agreed!

The way Peter chucked when Neal said that he didn’t trust Callaway because she was nice to him.

Peter admitting that, yes, it would’ve been nice to be asked to take over for Reese.

Peter shaking his head when he saw the model posing nude; and the fact that Neal barely raised an eyebrow.

Waiting for Peter to punch Bellmiere when he saw the guy intimidating one of his students.

“Well, I could discourage him, but I need about 500 lbs of marble.”

Yay! I love it when we get to see Neal do a little artwork. Especially when it gets him to take off his shirt.

“If we force him, he’ll just go rogue; which will be even more problematic.”
“I guess that answers the age-old question of nature versus nurture.”

Neal’s smirk when the “expert” named his art as an official Dubois. Ha.

“Yep. Trust the chicken sexers.”

Neal getting a pat on the shoulder from his dad for doing a good job with the sculpture. Aw.

“If you can do this…you’re capable of anything.”

“I know that look. I don’t like that look. What are you thinking?”

Neal promising Peter that he wouldn’t use the scanner…and totally knowing that meant he would.

James helping out with the Neal’s plan by playing a guy with a lost dog. Talk about the apple not falling far from the tree.

Wanting to chew my nails when Callaway asked Peter to track Neal using his access code. Whew!

Neal getting Bellmiere to prove the sculpture was a fake – by getting himself thrown into it.

“He’s been more of a father to me than you ever were.” – WHOA. That was awesome.

Neal telling his father that the reason he didn’t have any original work was because he had had three different names, all because of him.

“To be an artist, you have to know who you are.”

Aha! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I knew Callaway was up to no good.

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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