White Collar "Compromising Positions" Review: Sam He Am

White Collar S04E07: "Compromising Positions"

I am not a professor of law, nor am I a policeman, nor even a celebrated gentleman detective. Don't come to me with your legal questions, is what I'm saying, because I don't know everything about the law! I DO know that things that are against the law aren't legal. You can't just go and do something totally illegal and be like, "I didn't break the law just now," because you'd be wrong. You did. Go to jail. White Collar is ostensibly a show about the FBI attempting to stop high-class criminals from always getting away with everything all the time. Except, for a show about fighting crime it sure does feature our heroes doing A LOT of crime-breaking. We're talking nonstop breaking and entering, theft, document forgeries, you name it. The main loophole White Collar uses to excuse our heroes' behavior is that Neal isn't technically in the FBI, so as long as his methods yield an arrest, everything's cool. But "Compromising Positions" basically presented a funhouse mirror version of this show that, while insanely entertaining, raised some troubling questions about the FBI's ethics. Questions, by the way, that need no answers, because who really cares? Peter and Sara had a FAKE AFFAIR! And Elizabeth choreographed it! Yeah, this episode was awesome.

Mythology-wise one important thing happened in this episode: We met Sam! During one of his jaunty crosstown walks/fashion-shows, Neal suddenly found himself tailed by a mysterious SUV and then quickly jumped aboard at the first opportunity. Sitting behind the wheel was none other than the secret informant whom Ellen had assured Neal he could trust. I don't know about you guys, but I thought we'd get a gender switcheroo and Sam would end up being some hot lady that Neal would shirtless-hug a ton, but nope. It was Treat Williams. He'd received Neal's secret email a few days earlier and took the meeting as an opportunity to boss Neal around all kinds. Apparently he too wanted to find Ellen's killer but did not yet trust Neal to do the job, particularly due to Neal's FBI associations (the creeps responsible for the murder were likely on the inside). They argued about this for a while and then and parted ways. Undercover bro drama.

The episode's primary case involved the trial of a known low-life owner of a high rise. The man's guilt came down to Peter giving expert testimony in response to the expert questioning of the District Attorney. Unfortunately the District Attorney became so rattled by a woman in the courtroom that he borderline LOST THE CASE right then and there. As it turned out, she was a woman he'd had a one-night stand with a week prior and turned out to be the defendant's girlfriend. So when she showed up in the courtroom with her wry smiles and bodacious cleavage, the D.A. had no choice but to blow the whole thing. It happens! That's the legal system for you.

As the FBI came to discover, the entire one-night-stand and ensuing courtroom flirtation were all arranged by an "Executive Consultant" by the name of Ms. Shepherd. She was a Jill-of-all-Trades type woman, a Miss Fix-It, if you will, a Lady MacGyver, a Blackmailin' Madame, a Tricky Vixen, a Crafty Patty, a Ruiner of Lives and Destroyer of Dreams. Basically she was some lady who could accomplish anything she set out to do, usually through extortion, blackmail, and wry put-downs. She was kind of amazing, in other words, and not least because her high-powered roster of clients included our beloved Sara! That's right, Sara's company regularly paid this woman to go break the law a bunch in order to secure their valuables. But since this evil genius was the only thing standing between a conviction of the low-life landlord and his getting off Scot-free (are Scots free?), the team set out to dismantle her working relationship with the guy.

Fortunately, because Sara <3s Neal and Peter SO MUCH, she totally agreed to help ensnare Shephard in her own web of deceit. After Sara "hired" Ms. Shepherd to blackmail Neal into returning some sexy photos of Sara, Ms. Shepherd revealed that she was WAY smarter than anyone thought and instead blackmailed Neal with the knowledge that Mozzie had been snooping around in some illegal places. (Mozzie had actually been helping Neal track down Sam's home address. A rubber baby was involved. Long story.) So Neal called off the sting and Peter got super mad at him. This would be the first of a number of conversations in which Peter objected to someone doing illegal things (in this case Mozzie) only to then explicitly condone illegal things so long as he didn't know the particulars.

So that's when a particularly sexy Plan B kicked into gear. Because the gang knew that Ms. Shepherd would rather quit than have anybody tell her how to do her job (GET IT GURL) they conspired to get her to quit working for the landlord low-life by arranging for her to have to possibly betray Sara, her favorite client. Shephard chose not to, of course, which displeased her other boss, which caused Ms. Shepherd to quit in protest. The plan worked! But I didn't even tell you the best part... The thing she was supposed to blackmail Sara over? Pictures of Sara and PETER getting it on. Because LOL. For real, the scene in which Neal and Peter pitched this idea to Elizabeth and Sara had to have been one of my favorite White Collar scenes in a long time. Obviously the ladies were SKEPTICAL of this idea, but even Elizabeth came to see the logic. And it all lead to the most awkward and tense photo shoot of all time? Elizabeth swilled champagne while Neal took photos of Peter and Sara awkwardly rubbing on each other, but then Elizabeth jumped into the fray and directed them to be more believable. Oh man, so strange. So good.

So anyway, while all these shenanigans were going on, the original trial was just about to finish up and things were NOT looking good for the FBI. In a sort of hail mary move, Peter and Neal decided that Ms. Shepherd was probably still in possession of the smoking-gun bit of evidence needed to put her former boss behind bars. So Peter happily turned a blind eye while Mozzie used tons of illegal tricks (all magical, of course, seeing as he was the product of a paradox and an enigma that shared a special hug 45 years ago) to trap Ms. Shepherd into turning over the contraband. She did, it was lodged as evidence at the very last minute, and a thrilled-to-be-testifying Neal provided the last bit of expert testimony needed to put the criminal away once and for all. Victories all around! (P.S. Speaking of victories, the judge was the same actress who played Bibi from The Apple! A select few of you know what I'm talking about: Amazing, right?)

But it wouldn't be White Collar without Peter having misgivings about Neal, so right at the end Ms. Shepherd even explicitly warned Peter that Neal was up to no good (Sam-related stuff) and that when Neal got caught, Peter would get dragged down with him. Old news, lady! We've been through this before! Anyway, at the very end Neal DID track down Sam once again and Sam reluctantly agreed to help Neal find Ellen's murderers. Because what kind of monster would refuse Neal a second time? Cut to: Peter staking out the meeting and snapping photos and generally looking super butt-hurt that Neal tracked down Sam in secret. Oh, get over it, Peter. FIFTEEN laws were broken to track Sam down, and you're not into law-breaking right? RIGHT? Haha right.

Good episode. No complaints here.


QUESTIONS:

... Do you hope Ms. Shepherd will be a recurring character?

... Were you disappointed that Sam wasn't a foxy lady?

... Was the photo shoot super sexy or very awkward?

... Do you wish you had a power drill/USB drive in the shape of a baby?

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I don't remember Mozzie giving the baby a name, the special tool should have a name :P
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That photo shoot scene was the funniest thing! I was laughing so hard while periodically covering my face out of embarrassment for Peter and Sara. Seriously had to drink a glass of wine just to get through it. Great stuff.

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I predict that Sam is Neal's father, with some kind of conspiracy that if found out, would endanger Neal in some way.
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I found Shepherd quite annoying and cocky and hope she doesn't come back. I know they're different shows, but Zoe (the fixer) from Person of Interest was way smarter, sexier and likable.



Loved the Sara / Peter scene!



Finally, Mozzies baby was quite terrifying...
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Quite a fun episode. Peter and Sarah trying to look hot 'n heavy by rubbing the side of their faces together was hilarious. I know it's awkward to feign sexual passion (especially in front of wife and ex-boyfriend) but how would that ever look hot? Haha.



- I could imagine and be happy with Ms. Shepherd as a recurring character. I like the recurring Zoe from Person of Interest, and the two are very similar characters. Both good looking, both strong-willed, both smart (book and street), etc. She'd have to develop some more depth into the character, though... she's a little stale as is.



- I can understand why Sam wasn't a foxy lady... this episode had plenty of foxy ladies without Sam. On the other hand, I'm never one to ask for less good-looking ladies, so yes, I was mildly disappointed.



- The photo shoot was awkward, but in a sexy way. No, scratch that... sexy, in an awkward way. Well, no, that's not really the case either. It was awkward.



- I don't wish to have a power drill/USB drive in a baby doll. The places I use USB drives... and power drills, I guess... a baby would make me look really weird. The baby only seems useful when running cons on the street.
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My biggest problem with this episode was how the hell Neal got a housekey to fit in a car door lock -- they're nothing alike! Everything else was good, and answered the question of 'why does nobody ever follow Neal after he sloppily gets away with part of a con' by saying 'look, someone did and it cost Neal considerably'.



A better prosecuter might have taken the issue to the judge immediately, but instead this guy tries to cover it up - realistic, but disappointing considering how well-thought-of he was in our heroes' eyes at the beginning.



Really, you're going to call the judge actress out from The Apple but not the girlfriend who made it with a semi-solidified clone in The Last Starfighter?



Sam agreed the second time because Neal changed his tune about bringing Peter into the act.



I really don't want Ms. Shepherd to be a recurring character, she's too all-knowing and -powerful to be believable without showing the legwork, reusing her would be a deus ex machina.



That photoshoot was so awkward it was almost funny. Almost.
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But The Apple was choreographed by one Nigel Lythgoe of American Idol & So You Think You Can Dance fame who I'm sure would like that expunged from his resume.
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I'm really starting to get a bit tired of the old back and forth between Neal and Peter. I mean, really, the writers couldn't give us (and Peter) a break from the same old, same old? I wanted to be shocked, not rolling my eyes and saying, "Of COURSE Neal isn't going to tell Peter. Why am I not surprised?" Gotta say, I'm ultra disappointed that they're taking that route AGAIN.



As for your questions...



1. No. No. No. Sara can do everything Shepherd can, and she doesn't makes me wanna run nails over glass just to drown out how unlikable the character on the screen is.



2. Not really. I hadn't even considered it, to be honest.



3. I loved the photoshoot. It had me laughing so hard. Especially when both Neal and Elizabeth were jumping in with ideas and direction. Haha. And it just solidified my personal love of Neal/Sara. I know I'm alone, but I cannot help it!



4. Haha, oh, Mozzie.
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Price, why there is no MB's stills at the end as usual? Sorry, but it was the best part of WC's recaps))



As for your questions:



1. Not care.

2. I want Neal to be with Alex. I loved them together, they suited each other perfectly. Now I started to like Sara a little, but can't stop to hope that Alex'll be back))

3. It was super awesome, haha!

4. Ugh, no, it's gross.
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Wasn't Shepherd's job profile sorta like what they introduced Sara's character to be - to recover objects - that's why she was on Neal's ass all the time! Anyways the personality seems to be very alike!

Oh and where are my Neal shots?

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Not really; Sara was a recovery specialist. Get stuff back: by hook or by crook.

Shephard is a Mrs Fix-it.: do you need a problem to go away? Sure, she "obtained" stuff too, but that's because sometimes a problem going away requires an item to come back into your hands or to disappear all together. But I imagine most of the time, it's blackmail or bribery.

It's just in this case, Sara used her as a recovery-specialist... which Shephard could explain away as Sara was too close to the issue b/c of her "boyfriend"
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P.S. I totally already miss Laura Vandervoort and wish Sophie from episode 4 would become a recurring role. I totally saw sparks between her and Neal. Much more so than with Sara or the girl from the season premiere!
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A good episode indeed. I lmao'd so hard - yet almost couldn't watch because of how awkward it was - at the photo shoot scene. Just great!



-No, I can't stand people like her. She's a snooty little B in all honesty.

-Not really, he met my expectations.

-So awkward I could barely watch!

-lol Mozzie. He's just too much sometimes.
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Loved this episode! Every bit of it. Everybody had their time to shine, and it worked out so well.

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Ms. Shepherd was quite the enigma. I'd actually like to see her again. Good character to loathe as well as love.



Not at all. There's more than enough women coming in and out of Neal's life.



It was very awkward, but totally hilarious! Elizabeth was my hero during the shoot. The way she kept directing was great and funny at the same time. Peter is one lucky bastard to have her!!!



The baby had me rolling in laughter!! However, don't need a flash drive like that though lol.
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A lot of "cleaners" in NY! First the one in PERSON OF INTEREST, now Ms. Sheperd. I was bored.
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This show is just brilliant, its such good fun. Always a laugh to be had while soaking up the splendour of Matt Bomer's face.



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- Yes, I quite liked her character. She was just full of cutting quips. My kinda gal!



- Nah, however, I was disappointed in how Dr. Brown has aged. Terribly!! Upsetting!



- SOOOOO awkward, but it gave me a massive laugh



- Every day of my life.



Remember Matt Bomer had that sexy cardigan thingy going on last week? You could even just make a gallery of that. That was a good look for him. Nom.
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So agree about the cardigan! Can't get this image out of my head!



Sure, the best part about MB's appearance is his perfect face, but he looks even more beautiful in all this stylish clothes))
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I laughed SOO much with the whole photo shoot plan. I loved everything about it! It's probably my favorite scene ever lol. Ok question answering time: (1) I liked the Ms, Shepherd character I wouldn't mind seeing her again. (2) Not really. (3) Photo shoot = hilariously awkward with a hint of sexy. (4) I HAVE to go to the power drill/USB drive in the shape of a baby store right now.
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Good times. It was good to see Sara again and how uncomfortable the "unbreakable" Neal Caffrey was.
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As much as I love Neal,Peter and Mozzie, Elizabeth Burke is the best thing that has ever happen to the show.

p.s.: "45 years ago, an enigma gave a paradox a very special hug."
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Mozzie's baby deserves its own trilogy of horror movies!
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LOL this
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Loving Ari's wife from Entourage making an appearance on good old USA. So awesome and so HOT!.
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Where is our Bomer slideshow?!?!?!
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This was a great episode. It just had everyone in the pool to just be hilarious. Even Diana and Jones got in on the hilarity. It was just fun.



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Yea, I think she is a decent character. Plus it was nice to see Jones shaking because of her. I thought that was funny.



No. Sam had to be a guy. There are already enough women in Neil's life.



The photo shoot was just hilarious. Hands down one of the best scenes of the show, ever.



Everybody doesn't already have those?
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I laughed through pretty much the whole "Peter and Neal proposing the plan" and photo shoot sequence. Hilarious.
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Photo shoot: funniest scene I've seen on t.v. in a long time!!!
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I know right!
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