White Collar: Wifetime (with BONUS Matt Bomer .GIF!)

Guest-star Joe Manganiello did not have a nude scene on White Collar this week, let's just get that out of the way up front. But it was nice that he took some time away from his between-seasons-of-True Blood regimen of sit-ups to chill with Matt Bomer for a few days! (Related question: Everyone excited about Magic Mike?)

"Neighborhood Watch" began with a nice at-home scene between Peter and Elizabeth (probably one of TV's best marriages) where Peter introduced the most hilarious plot device ever invented. "Here's this industrial strength cell phone scanner, lemme just flip it on and leave it on the coffee table, okay bye." Within seconds Elizabeth was glued to the thing, listening in on her neighbors' phone conversations and also overhearing what certainly sounded like two robbers planning a big heist.

The only thing better than Elizabeth going all Nancy Drew to personally stop the robbers was how Peter (and Neal) immediately believed her and looked into it. Seriously, that was nice! Usually on TV someone's like, "You're crazy, hush." And then even when the heist didn't end up happening, it wasn't long before her suspicions were confirmed and something was definitely about to go down at a local hotel. In the meantime Elizabeth planned a sting operation on her suspicious new neighbors, a weathered stripper lady and her hunky husband Joe Manganiello. We knew he was a BRILLIANT criminal mastermind because he walked around in broad daylight with a gun tucked into his pants and also left his highly illegal lock pick set in plain sight whenever possible. So without telling Peter why, Elizabeth conspired to get them invited to dinner (while Neal and Mozzie waited outside in the car as backup).

After a guaranteed-suspenseful sequence where Elizabeth pretended to go to the bathroom, snooped around upstairs, and got herself locked in the bedroom only to have Neal talk her through picking the lock, the episode's action shifted to Joe Manganiello's character Ben and Joe Manganiello's character Ben's biceps. Neal decided to go undercover as an ex-con, which was both ironic AND hilariously unconvincing in that his tough-guy disguise was a baseball cap. While undercover, Neal made fast friends with Ben and they both went to the world's most brightly lit strip club where Ben's main co-conspirator worked. After some routine sleuthing involving a stripper's borrowed eyeliner, Neal figured out the time and coordinates of when the big heist was going down.

Because this is White Collar, there weren't any fourth-act twists or anything: Ben and his co-conspirator were definitely thieves and they ended up stealing the safe from a luxury hotel. The wrinkle, however, was that they'd returned to the brightly lit strip club to divvy up the spoils and the FBI needed to intercept them BEFORE the money was divided in order to arrest them for having robbed the hotel. Or something? I don't know how the law works, but anyway, that's when Elizabeth realized the FBI would never make it in time (and she'd already tailed Ben's wife to the strip club), so in the show's main highlight she and Mozzie posed as FBI agents and confronted Ben themselves (Mozzie's last-minute decision to co-opt a stripper's sexy trench coat was just a good example of quick thinking). Unfortunately the duo did not make terribly convincing FBI agents (at all) but their shenanigans definitely stalled the villains long enough for Peter and his team to arrive. Next thing we knew Ben was facing his third strike and Peter was about to have some super hot, sexy trench-coat action with his crafty lady.

Oh, I almost forgot. Just look at this .GIF!


Did you enjoy this episode of White Collar, you guys?

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Is that a real scanner or a prop? If it is real what kind is it? Thanks
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Lots of laughs in this episode.
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I was getting worried with all the writing... then I saw the GIF. A+
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Price - your white collar coverage makes me so happy. You continue to rock!
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My god maybe its because I am a woman but everything Neil does is convincing to me or at least I don't notice! Haha I Love the gif, you better keep them up
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I didn't think the episode was that good, but it was kind of fun nonetheless. El was a bit too boring and cheesy to have such a big role in this episode. The lock-pick set always being left out in the open was stupid. Didn't Ben put the set in his bag when he went upstairs? Why would he then take it out again and leave it open on the table? Ugh. The final scene with El and Mozzie was fun, but kind of pointless -- they didn't actually slow the bad guys down, and yet the whole FBI was well positioned outside as the baddies ran out with their guns. For bad guys who Neal seemed to appreciate for their intelligence, they were also conveniently stupid a bit too often. Anyways, decent episode.
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Love this series
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do you just write this article for the matt bomer gif/pictures - because that's the reason i read it :P
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I know I don't know what I will do if they ever stop!
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I wish we soon get a real long arc as great as the box and boat treasure were. Because, even though I like Elizabeth (and her "hands-on-hips" move), I don't find all those "Burke Family" episodes fascinating...
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Price your obsession is great......it keeps the rest of us smiling..



The plot was meh! but the actors.... thanks for the gif!
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Yeah, this was definitely one of the weaker episodes of White Collar, the plotline was fairly weak, and the dialogue was very flat, nowhere near its usual witty self, but Matt Bomer makes up for all that. I would probably watch a show where it was just a montage of him in different suits. Doesn't even need a plotline. Matt Bomer FTW!
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I really like the scenes with Mozzie and Mrs. Suit but having a whole episode follow them turned out to be really disappointing - but having said that, if it had been written by an adult rather than a couple of sixteen year olds it might have worked.



Again I have to ask, when is Hilarie Burton coming back?
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I actually fast forwarded parts of this episode, which answers your question with a: 'not so much...' But where the writers let us down, Matt Bomer NEVER does :) <3
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I'm so totally waiting for the spinoff show. " Mozzie and Mrs. Suit" . Wouldnt that be a great show, those 2 bumbling around solving mysteries a la Hart to Hart or Scarecrow and Mrs King. Look those shows up you young un's in the crowd.
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Yep, the writing left a lot to be desired this week (I keep everything I need for a heist in my duffel bag EXCEPT my highly illegal lock pick kit, which I always keep in the window for snoopy neighbors to see...). But it was great to see more of Elizabeth.
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Thank you for that gif *_*

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ohh the pics wid the hat are jus killing me with sexyiness
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That behind-the-window-bars pic - so sexy! But you forgot the one when El and Mozzie ran out of the strip club and Peter was holding the gun and wearing the random police suspenders. That was hot too.
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The shallow part of me's brain almost combusted from a double whammy of uber hotness with Joe and Matt sharing the screen. (They're real life college buddies...I wonder if my college had hot guys like that...the downside of having my nose buried in a book.)



Now the respectable part of me loved the fact that El got time to shine, and she was working with her bestie, Mozzie. I always love the weird friendship they formed, them as partners in crime (with a few assists from Neal) was too cute for words. It was kind of cliche, not particularly fresh or original, but it was fun to watch nonetheless. I thought it was a great episode for El who is probably my favorite cop wife on television. She's strong, independent, supportive and doesn't do any of that mind-numbing whining over her husband not being home when she wants him to be. I love El. She's a solid background character. I am missing June though.
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The episode was a bit sub-par in my opinion. White Collar is definitely one of the most fun, witty shows on cable these days, but this episode didn't highlight it. Even if you forget about the boring plot line, I think Elizabeth is portrayed too one dimensional; this El-centric episode gave the perfect opportunity to break away from her devoted wife role and give her more depth but the writers didn't take the challenge.



I was also left with this burning question throughout the entire episode (probably because the episode itself didn't entertain me enough to quickly forget about it): Ben had a "highly illegal lock pick set" -- Are there different levels of illegal? And are there legal lock pick sets? If so, where can I pick one up?
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Sweet gif!!! I love this show. Great episode.
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so price...are u done havin a matthew boner?
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Whoa that sounded like his name!
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White collar is easily the most fun show around. I love Mozzie.
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