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Episode 13: Diamond Exchange

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by Lucy
Aug 10, 2016 11:54AM EDT
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After season 4’s how-the-hell-is-Peter-going-to-get-out-of-this finale, it was good to see the repercussions of this following both Peter and Neal throughout the season, with many of the season’s angst moments coming from Neal’s decision to steal welsh gold coins for Hagan and the Hagan’s blackmailing. It was so great to see Mark Sheppard back in White Collar again, after being briefly in the pilot many seasons ago! He truly utilized his inner Crowley (SPN crossover potentials are inevitable really) and his deviousness combined with intelligence really made him a good villain for the majority of the series. With Diana giving birth to a child in episode 2, Sigel was the replacement agent for the white collar unit… for all of two episodes until his BRUTAL MURDER :O Possibly one of the biggest plot twists in the show’s history, introducing a new ‘main’ character, getting us to like him/his back story and then killing him an episode later. It certainly made for a gripping premise for the series though! Another new character introduced this season was Rebecca, and at first I was concerned she’d be a stand in for Sarah (I loved Sarah and Neal together). But it was made clear early on that 'Rebecca’ had her own agenda: researching Mosconi and his art/treasure. White Collar is at it’s best when off on a treasure hunt, so it was pleasing to see yet another hunt across New York for artefacts. However with so many lost art relics being found in the same city is getting a little bit predictable. I know Neal has restrictions with his anklet but it would be nice for the show to visit somewhere else! It was good to see Jones getting more screen time this season and the relationships between Peter, Elizabeth, Neal and Mozzie were all as strong as ever. Peter and Neal’s bromance is really fully developed now and the trust issues they negotiate with each other have been built up and knocked down with the events of precious seasons - it’s great to see where they’ve come to in their relationship and exactly how they’ve come to be the great duo that they are. The finale was a fitting end and tied up a lot of loose ends from 'Rebecca’ to the Mosconi treasure, Hagan’s death and Peter’s new job offer in DC. I have a feeling the series was planning on ending there, but SURPRISE CLIFFHANGER ALERT. Neal being kidnapped isn’t something that happens often as his skills are needed to get people out of those situations! I am indeed curious as to how/why he’s been taken. So series 5 was still pretty solid considering the show’s formula is stretching a bit thin at times - I am definitely going to watch series 6 to find out how Neal and Peter’s story ends (please nobody die, please).
After season 4’s how-the-hell-is-Peter-going-to-get-out-of-this finale, it was good to see the repercussions of this following both Peter and Neal throughout the season, with many of the season’s angst moments coming from Neal’s decision to steal welsh gold coins for Hagan and the Hagan’s blackmailing. It was so great to see Mark Sheppard back in White Collar again, after being briefly in the pilot many seasons ago! He truly utilized his inner Crowley (SPN crossover potentials are inevitable really) and his deviousness combined with intelligence really made him a good villain for the majority of the series. With Diana giving birth to a child in episode 2, Sigel was the replacement agent for the white collar unit… for all of two episodes until his BRUTAL MURDER :O Possibly one of the biggest plot twists in the show’s history, introducing a new ‘main’ character, getting us to like him/his back story and then killing him an episode later. It certainly made for a gripping premise for the series though! Another new character introduced this season was Rebecca, and at first I was concerned she’d be a stand in for Sarah (I loved Sarah and Neal together). But it was made clear early on that 'Rebecca’ had her own agenda: researching Mosconi and his art/treasure. White Collar is at it’s best when off on a treasure hunt, so it was pleasing to see yet another hunt across New York for artefacts. However with so many lost art relics being found in the same city is getting a little bit predictable. I know Neal has restrictions with his anklet but it would be nice for the show to visit somewhere else! It was good to see Jones getting more screen time this season and the relationships between Peter, Elizabeth, Neal and Mozzie were all as strong as ever. Peter and Neal’s bromance is really fully developed now and the trust issues they negotiate with each other have been built up and knocked down with the events of precious seasons - it’s great to see where they’ve come to in their relationship and exactly how they’ve come to be the great duo that they are. The finale was a fitting end and tied up a lot of loose ends from 'Rebecca’ to the Mosconi treasure, Hagan’s death and Peter’s new job offer in DC. I have a feeling the series was planning on ending there, but SURPRISE CLIFFHANGER ALERT. Neal being kidnapped isn’t something that happens often as his skills are needed to get people out of those situations! I am indeed curious as to how/why he’s been taken. So series 5 was still pretty solid considering the show’s formula is stretching a bit thin at times - I am definitely going to watch series 6 to find out how Neal and Peter’s story ends (please nobody die, please).
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