White Collar Season 5 Review “No Good Deed” – Fool Me Once

White Collar Season 5 Episode 9 No Good Deed (7)

In this episode of White Collar, called “No Good Deed,” Neal’s intricately laid out plans slowly fall apart as Peter gets closer and closer to finding out the truth.

I swear I felt like I needed a map to keep track of everything that happened in this episode. I had nearly forgotten about a lot of the things that transpired this season – all of the plans that Neal had carefully put together to ensure that Peter never found out the truth about how Neal go him out of jail.

All of that hard work was torn apart in this episode, thanks to one little coin that set into motion an entire series of actions that, tried though he did, Neal was never able to stop. In the end, Neal confessed all – okay, almost all – and Peter was left with a choice to make: Arrest Neal and in the process ruin his own life (and his wife’s) or keep the information to himself.

As much as I love Neal, a part of me was just as angry as Peter was for putting Peter into that position. I guess I should’ve realized it would all come to a head at some point, but I had been so engrossed in the cat-and-mouse that I hadn’t thought of the consequences. In that way perhaps I was a bit like Neal.

Now that Peter has made his decision, he and Neal are basically in as much danger from the truth coming out. But there were much more serious results to that choice. Peter feels betrayed by Neal and they both agree that “things are going to change” between them. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I’m certain it won’t be pretty.

My favorite bits:

Hot-tracking-anklet sex.

Neal making the joke about audio being recorded on his anklet. Naughty, naughty.

Rebecca referring to Neal as “marginally easy on the eyes.” Haha!

Neal actually telling Rebecca the truth about why he needed the Codex. Not with all the details, but still. Wow.

“I can’t believe I thought you worked for the FBI.”
“Apology accepted.”

Peter assuring Neal that he wasn’t going to stop until he caught the thief who stole the gold. Oh boy, here we go.

“A lunch?”
“If I interrupt it for FBI business, squealing on a fence will be right below joining Facebook on his to-do list.”

Peter sneaking up on Mozzie.

Mozzie drowning all of his phones as soon as he saw that Peter had the number.

Mozzie reminding Peter that, as a citizen, he paid his salary, and Peter countering that Mozzie didn’t pay taxes. Touche, Peter.

Suddenly getting a very bad feeling about Rebecca when she started asking for details about the job and offering to help. What is wrong with me? Am I too cynical?

Mozzie trying to pull off “You go, girl!”

Peter showing up literally seconds after Neal, Mozzie and Rebecca pulled off the job.

Neal’s explanation for why he was near the church: “When a croissant and a donut share a very special hug.”

Peter detailing all the reasons why he thought Neal took the coins.

Peter getting Neal to admit he stole the coins and the resulting fall-out. So. Intense.

Neal admitting why did it all. My poor heart.

“Neal, do you realize what you’ve done?”
“Yeah, I made sure justice was served.”
“No. That’s what I do.”

Peter asking Neal to put his hands out. I can’t even.

“I did the right thing.”
“None of this is right.”

Peter telling Elle everything.

Neal and Mozzie figuring out that the window was a decoder. Interesting.

“I know why you did what you did.”
“To help my friend.”
“And because you’re a criminal and you couldn’t help yourself. Shame on me for expecting anything else.”

Peter telling Neal that things were going to change for them and Neal agreeing. OUCH.

What did you think of this episode of White Collar? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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