White Collar Season 6 Premiere Review “Borrowed Time” – What Does Neal Want?

White Collar Season 6 Episode 1 Borrowed Time (9)

In the White Collar Season 6 Premiere, called “Borrowed Time,” Mozzie and Peter team up to find Neal, while Elle has an important message for Peter.

I’m going to say this right here and now: If we don’t get to see a baby by the end of this season, I will be very disappointed.

I want to throw that out there because I know that this final season is going to only be six episodes and that doesn’t always represent a lot of time on TV. But I really hope we see Peter and Elle welcome their baby into the world at the end of the season. I think it would be the perfect way to end the story.

That was a surprise I didn’t anticipate. Peter and Elle have always maintained that they were happy just the way they were and not looking to have a baby other than Satchmo. I admired them for being honest about their relationship and not doing something just because society told them they had to. Well, all of that changed the moment Elle announced that she was pregnant. There was real joy and excitement there and I am giddy at the idea of them being parents. It just goes to show that maybe sometimes you don’t know what you want until you get it.

As for the rest of the episode, I loved seeing Peter and Mozzie working together again. Before this situation, those two have worked together, but usually only when Neal is around to act as a buffer. This time there was no buffer, but they got along quite nicely. It was almost as if, without Neal, Mozzie stepped into Neal’s role and Peter liked having him there. Maybe they both needed to be that for the other to help them get through it. After all, losing Neal – even for a short time – was traumatic for both of them.

Speaking of Neal, he once again proved why he is the master of the con. Even I believed him for a second there when he told Boothe he wanted to get away. I should’ve known his plan was already in place and he was leaving clues for Peter to find. It was great to see how Peter and Mozzie were able to give Neal the back-up he needed to pull off his caper. Even though they couldn’t communicate with Neal, they all did their jobs as if he was working on any normal gig for the FBI.

In the end, Neal got away and caught the bad guy. Not only that, but he also got himself a foothold into the Pink Panthers. He then used that as a way to negotiate for his freedom and he made sure to stipulate that the bureau couldn’t weasel their way out of it this time. It all made perfect sense until the very end when Neal revealed that that wasn’t his entire plan.

What more does Neal want? Does it have anything to do with Rebecca’s tragic decision to take her own life? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out.

My favorite bits:

Mozzie wandering in with a full-sized Neal doll.

“I can explain, Suit. I’m so very lonely.” – Laughed. Out. Loud.

I have to admit, after last night’s American Horror Story: Freak Story, I’m feeling very protective of Neal (aka Matt Bomer) right now. That guy better not hurt him.

Neal spotting that the kidnapper was on the clock and not as in control as he was playing.

“How are you holding up, boss?”
“I’m torn, between being afraid Mozzie’s right and hoping he is.”

Diana pointing out that Mozzie still being there said a lot.

Peter ordering Mozzie not to use their own listening devices on them.

Mozzie instantly appointing himself head-interrogator. You know, I actually would’ve liked to have seen that.

Peter and Mozzie working together to find the clues that Neal left them. Loved that.

Mozzie being Neal and telling the team how to break into the building, while Neal was doing the same thing with Boothe. That was all kinds of brilliant.

Peter demanding that Mozzie give him Fat Charlie’s name so he could keep Neal alive.

“Maybe I’ll put an anklet on you next.”
“I would gnaw my leg off.”

Peter as Fat Charlie. Oh. My. God! – I LOVE that you could see in Neal’s eyes that he wasn’t really that surprised to find Peter there.

Mozzie and Clinton’s little side bet.

All the messages flying between Peter and Neal with Boothe none the wiser. I almost wish this would happen every episode, it’s just too much fun to watch.

Knowing that every time Neal protested about something to Boothe, it meant that was really his plan after all.

“Don’t shoot! I’m armed only with comfort food.”

Elle sending Mozzie to Peter with real food and Peter asking him to join him. Aw.

Neal doing another Superman act and Peter shaking his head below like a disapproving dad.

The way the rope went up in a flash. Nice.

Peter walking into the van to find Mozzie handcuffed because, “He kept touching things.”

“Don’t make any deals with him. No matter how innocent they sound.” – Wait. Mozzie is Rumpelstiltskin now?

Mozzie playing bike messenger.

Neal negotiating his freedom for the Pink Panthers and Peter reassuring him he deserved it. Yes!

“Well, you’re not the man I was expecting.”
“No, I’m not. I’m the man about to take his spot in the Pink Panthers.”

Neal admitting that he was anything but okay after talking to Rebecca.

Neal realizing too late that Rebecca was saying goodbye. Oh, no!

Peter holding the officer back to let Neal have a moment with Rebecca.

Gasp! Elle is pregnant! I knew it even before she said it! I actually got goose bumps, I was so happy for them. I’m not even lying.

“They’ve promised you freedom before. What makes you think this time they’ll deliver?”
“Who says that’s all I’m after.”

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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