White Collar Season 6 Review “Uncontrolled Variables” – Mutually Assured Destruction

White Collar - Season 6

In this episode of White Collar, called “Uncontrolled Variables,” Neal has to team up again with Keller on a job, but it’s another variable that causes him the most issues.

I know this is going to sound cruel, but I was almost happy by what happened with Amy. I love Neal and I think he’s charming and amazing, but I still felt that Amy did the right thing by turning down his offer.

I’m not just talking about a romantic offer to date, I’m talking about her refusal to get ahead at her job by basically blackmailing her boss. I think the show made quite a statement with that. How many other times have we seen Neal’s charm win a woman over to do something maybe she wouldn’t normally do? I full expected Amy to follow Neal’s instructions and save her job by doing what he told her to do. I think she could have done it without the slap, but she had a great point and I applaud her for keeping her integrity.

Someone who should really take some lessons from Amy is Luc. So he’s got no problem with losing innocent lives just so he can put away some criminals? I’m sorry, but isn’t that sort of defeating the purpose? I thought once Peter, Neal, Luc and Keller formed their little alliance, that would make things simpler. But it looks like Peter and Neal’s job just got harder. Not only do they have to catch the Pink Panthers, they have to watch both Luc and Keller to make sure those guys aren’t hurting people in the process.

I was glad that Elle took a moment to talk to Peter about his job and the importance of being a father. I wasn’t at all surprised by his answer, but I think she needed to hear it from him in that moment. It’s true that his job is important, but I know that Peter will drop everything in order to be a good dad. I mean just look what he’s done for Neal.

I can’t believe there are only a few episodes left of this series. I’m looking forward to seeing how they wrap it all up, but I’m already anticipating the tears that I know are coming when I have to say goodbye.

My favorite bits:

Mozzie pointing out that “mutually assured destruction” still had the word “destruction” in it.

Neal: “If I poke its leg with a pen, does Peter feel it?”

Mozzie announcing that he was going to be Elle’s doula.

Neal: “She’s a good person.”
Keller: “That makes her an easy mark.”
Neal: “It means you don’t have a shot.”

Neal playing just a regular guy at a farmer’s market. He’s even hotter when he goes casual.

Keller a scummy guy. He too pulled his role off very well.

Keller: “All that time we worked together, I can’t believe we never pulled that con.”
Neal: “I can, because watching your side of it is physically painful.”

Waiting for Peter to punch Keller when he asked “How’s your wife?”

Luc: “You underestimate me.”
Peter: “No, you underestimate me.”

Aw, it’s great to see Diana’s baby again.

Diana reassuring Elle that Peter would dedicate his life to being a father just like he did to his job. I wholeheartedly believe that.

Mozzie: “Commode cleansing always builds up my appetite.”

I think my experiences in dating have made me too cynical. If I saw a guy I just met show up at my desk at work, I might think it was weird.

Mozzie finding himself face to face with the oldest computer in the world.

Mozzie: “Looks like I brought a light saber to a knife fight.”

Mozzie referring to everyone in the van as, appropriately enough, “van-dwellers.”

Laughing at the idea that Neal was going to try and be boring on a date.

Mozzie referring to Luc as “Le Suit.” Brilliant.

Mozzie creating love between Dot and Dos. Good for him!

Amy finding out the hard way that Neal was in on the con. Oops.

Complete shock when Amy smacked Neal.

Amy thanking Neal for proving to her that she didn’t belong in that city. Wow.

Peter threatening Luc. I kind of loved the way that he clicked his handcuffs together.

Elle announcing she and Peter only had 6 months to be spontaneous.

Elle: “I know you do important work, but being a father is important too.” Peter: “I spent years dreaming of being a dad and I don’t want to miss one second of it.”

Peter and Elle promising each other that they wouldn’t lose what they had, and then deciding to be really, really spontaneous.

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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