White Collar

Season 4 Episode 8

Ancient History

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 04, 2012 on USA
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    This week Neal rekindled an old flame and impersonated Banksy along the way!

  • Episode Summary


    Some burglaries are going around involving rare pieces in museums.

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    • 4x08 Ancient History

      I actually didn't care all that much for this one. Alex whining about how she didn't get the treasure and justifying it as a reason she then went after other treasure to decorate her villa had me rolling my eyes and hoping she'd get her ass kicked into jail some more.
    • Ancient History

      In my mind, it's official: the Alex and Neal shipping should be "Ancient History."

      If White Collar knows anything about making it clear that two people should NOT be together, Alex's blatant manipulation of both the situation and Neal were all the proof I needed to declare that she be cut loose. Like Neal isn't confused enough - between the loss of Ellen, the growing mystery surround Neal's father and the tension it has caused in his relationship with Peter - the last thing he needed was to be manipulated by someone he thought he could trust.

      I have to say, though, that Alex clearly came to play ball with a game plan. To put Neal in the middle of it not once, but twice, was a pretty brazen move. While I appreciate that she thought she was entitled to some part of the U-boat treasure, the fact she was so fixated on having something to rightfully replace it felt kind of childish. I really don't think she should be so eager. Neal was right, it was more trouble than it was worth... on so many levels!

      In the meantime, her manipulation is only making Neal more paranoid about who he can trust. I don't even think that he knows anymore who he trusts. Normally it would have been a given from the very beginning that Neal would have watched that tape Ellen left with Peter and Mozzie.

      I think, in some respects, that Mozzie picked up on that, which is why he went to Peter on his own. That was a pretty bold move, but even Mozzie knew that a desperate time were going to call for desperate measures.

      Luckily Neal came to his senses and decided to watch with Mozzie and Neal. It's terrible they moved in that direction when there was clearly no time for us as the audience to get anything from it. I am excited, however, that we are going to possibly start out next episode getting to see what's on the video!

    Matthew Bomer

    Matthew Bomer

    Neal Caffrey

    Tim DeKay

    Tim DeKay

    FBI Agent Peter Burke

    Marsha Thomason

    Marsha Thomason

    FBI Agent Diana Barrigan

    Sharif Atkins

    Sharif Atkins

    FBI Agent Clinton Jones

    Willie Garson

    Willie Garson


    Tiffani Thiessen

    Tiffani Thiessen

    Elizabeth Burke

    Wayne Duvall

    Wayne Duvall

    Assistant Chief Myrick

    Guest Star

    Jill Paice

    Jill Paice

    Curator Parker Graham

    Guest Star

    James Georgiades

    James Georgiades

    Rasmus Spiteri

    Guest Star

    Gloria Votsis

    Gloria Votsis

    Alex Hunter

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Burke asks Neal if he is an Aries and Neal confirms by stating that he was born March 21. However, in season 2 episode 16 when Diana pulls up the tracking data for Neal's anklet, it states that his birthday is October 11.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Myrick: But without your help, my officers nabbed four pro thieves carting off a truckful of antiques.
        Peter: Three professional thieves. Neal Caffrey is a Bureau asset.
        Neal: Um, while we're correcting semantic gaffes, antiques are what you get when you pull up a highway in Michigan. Those are priceless, pre-Christian antiquities. (referring to the load he was caught with)
        Peter: (with a sour expression on his face) Neal, not helping.

      • Diana: (about Alex Hunter) We're looking at Greek antiquities theft, she checked into the Atheneum. I'm sure she's clean.

      • Neal: After lunch today, I'll finagle an invite back to her place.
        Peter: Great. Find out what's in that envelope. And, whatever your finagling methods, remember we'll be watching.

      • Neal: What?
        Peter: No, it just used to mean something to say that you caught Neal Caffrey, but now that the police are doing it all the time...
        Neal: Oh, once again, this does not count.
        Peter: Says the man who spent four hours in a cell with two drunken disorderlies and a shopping cart thief.

      • Mozzie: I'm trespassing. Exigent circumstances.
        Peter: I love how you two think that law was designed as a loophole.

      • Mozzie: (waving a bra in front of Peter) Sam is Samantha. He is a she!
        Peter: He is definitely not a she.
        : Well, he's curious.
        : This is not Sam's suite.
        Mozzie: That file listed this as his address.
        Peter: The file I explicitly told you wasn't Sam's file?
        Mozzie: So I've made a tremendous mistake.
        Peter: That was Alex Hunter's file.
        Mozzie: Oh! That explains the brassiere.

      • Peter: (about Neal and Alex staying alone) Yeah, I don't like it. I get the impression that Neal and Alex are still on unsettled terms.
        Jones: "Unsettled" meaning what? She wants to bed him or kill him?
        Peter: Fine line.

      • Alex: (referring to her origami flower) You know, a different girl might take offense that you marked this "return to sender."
        Neal: A different guy might take offense that you got him arrested. I'd say we're even.
        Alex: Oh, please. Not even close.

      • Mozzie: (referring to Alex Hunter) Things were so much simpler when she just vanished. Now I have to hide for the remainder of my natural life.
        Neal: Your natural life is constituted primarily of hiding.
        Mozzie: Exactly. I don't need any supplemental hiding.

      • Peter: Two weeks ago, we put Neal under with three thieves set to hit the Greco museum.
        Neal: Yeah, everything went to plan until the New York's Finest showed up.
        Diana: (laughing) I can't believe I missed that. You really got caught by a patrol officer?
        Neal: That does not count. I thought they were my backup.
        Jones: But you did get cuffed.
        Peter: They didn't bring him in, doesn't count.
        Neal: Thank you!

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