This week on White Collar, the writers faked us out by arresting Neal (Matt Bomer). Turns out it was really an undercover FBI mission looking into forged passports. What’s clear is that Peter (Tim DeKay) is suspicious of Neal. He knows Neal is up to something but he can’t figure out what it is.
The forgery investigation leads them to Little Odessa, where they encounter Katya (Annet Mahendru), a very talented ice skater. In order to protect themselves, Neal tells her boyfriend that they are figure skating coaches and are interested in training with Katya. The charade works and they are able to get themselves close to the operation.
Back at the office, Rebecca (Bridget Regan) , from the museum heist visits the FBI office hoping to get a letter from Peter stating her innocence. Apparently, she is having trouble getting a job and blames Neal. He diverts her from Peter and says he will meet with her at their other office with the real agent in charge.
In order to be a believable coach, Peter looks to Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) for her help in getting him up to speed. Apparently, she is a closet ice skating fan, but has never skated before. Peter was supposed to teach her but never did. Elizabeth wears a teal blouse. I found this Spense Trimmed Woven Collar Top ($14.49) to recreate the look:
Neal and Mozzie (Willie Garson) are up to something. They are creating a fake FBI office to meet with Rebecca in. The trick is that Neal will have to sneak out during the mission with Peter. He ends up convinces him to remove the anklet and sets up a drunk guy that Neal has to get out of the way. This allows him to sneak out while Peter is stuck on the mission for a while.
Neal and Mozzie meet with Rebecca and Mozzie posing as FBI agents. They recruit her into helping them decipher Chapter 13 of the Moscone Codex. Peter knows that Neal took off because he had Jones (Sharif Atkins) watching him. He tells Jones to look into what Neal was up to.
The next day, Elizabeth expresses her concern that Peter hasn’t gotten out of the field like he promised when he took the promotion. She is still pretty shook up about Agent Siegel’s murder. She wears a tan shift dress with a gold embellishment. I found a similar Tahari Studded Sheath Dress ($76.80) that gives you that same hint of gold embellishment:
Meanwhile the original forgery suspect was murdered, so Peter and Neal come up with an idea to bring all of the Russians together. They encourage Katya to accept Sergei’s proposal so they have a reason to celebrate. Things get tense when Sergei puts a knife to Katya’s throat to try to escape.
Peter ends up finding an FBI pen at the office building Neal and Mozzie used to meet Rebecca. He doesn’t know what is happening yet, but he knows it isn’t good. And in other news, Neal seems to really like Rebecca which could be a liability for both him and Mozzie.
At the end of the episode Peter finally takes Elizabeth ice skating. She wears a wine colored sweater. I found a White + Warren Cashmere Sweater ($164.98):
This was a really sweet moment between the two of them.
What did you think about this week’s episode? Do you think Peter will catch Neal in the act?
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