Oh, White Collar, how you torment your fans.

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WHITE COLLAR — Episode 410 — Pictured: (l-r) Tim DeKay as Peter Burke, Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey — (Photo by Eric Liebowitz/USA Network)

Tonight’s episode, “Vested Interest”, was written by creator Jeff Eastin, and beautifully directed by Russell Lee Fine. The FBI part of the plot has Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) attending an FBI conference where someone is trying to steal high valued defense technology. However, they soon discover the thief has a brazen plan to take something much more valuable away from the conference.

We left the boys last week with a furious, hurt Neal blaming Peter for Ellen’s death, and for Sam having to run, telling Peter they were done, that Neal’s private life was his own, and Peter had no business poking his nose into it. Ouch. Dare one hope that Peter learned his lesson this time, and that he finally realizes his way isn’t always the right way?  After all, he was the one who started investigating Ellen, which inadvertently brought about her death. And then he did the same thing with Sam after jumping to the conclusion that Neal had broken a promise to Peter (he didn’t).

Don’t worry, you fans who like Peter and Neal best when they’re at odds.  There isn’t immediate forgiveness coming from Neal in this episode, although Peter sure does his best to act like normal. Well, sort of.  And it doesn’t look like he learned his lesson, either.

What do you have to look forward to in this episode?  Let’s see…

  • Peter fixes the office coffee machine and Neal cuts back on his caffeine intake.
  • There’s a very long wait till January and season 4.5.
  • Mozzie’s in it!  And he’s his usual paranoid, adorable self.
  • Mid-January is four months away.
  • We get to see Friday, even though it’s not. Friday.  It’s Tuesday.
  • How long till January?
  • Jones isn’t fond of rats.  Mozzie is.
  • It’s going to be a very slow winter.
  • There’s a shoot-out and someone gets shot.
  • Neal is brilliant. Peter is… not having a good day.

White Collar has been exceptionally fantastic so far this season, which is a great relief from the unhappiness Season 3 generated among many fans. Watching “Vested Interest” is excellent proof that the rest of Season 4 is going to be as awesome as the first half.

All lips are sealed for the ending.  Suffice to say the last thirty seconds—or is it sixty—will force all fans to hunt down Jeff Eastin and …honestly? I can’t think of anything to match what his cliffhanger will do to fans.

Photo: USA Network. White Collar “Vested Interest” Review.

Written by Dana Jeanne Norris. You can find her on Twitter @Dana_Jeanne.  She also helps run the always updated Official website for Michael Shanks.

Dana Jeanne Norris is a former travel agent, now a returning college student, and writer living on the central coast of California.  She’s an active advocate for LGBT civil rights, same-sex marriage, and anything that keeps our children safe.