Where There’s A Will
Original Air Date: June 14, 2011
Anne – Associate Editor
Things are back to normal on this episode of White Collar, mostly. Peter and Neal are back to working cases and Mozzie is plotting and scheming behind the scenes to start selling off some of the Nazi loot. Jeff Eastin, the Executive Producer was live-tweeting this episode and I’ll include some of those fun facts in my review. The episode also includes, according to Jeff, the first time that Chris Masterson (Malcolm In the Middle) and Danny Masterson (That 70s Show) are actually playing brothers onscreen. I’m tickled by this because I love the brother’s Masterson. They do a great job playing estranged siblings.
Sarah Ellis does not appear in this episode at all. She’s been really scarce lately, so you have to wonder how serious her and Neal’s relationship really is. I am just not that fond of the Sarah Ellis character yet. They need to include her more so that her character can grow (on me). Let’s jump right into the action.
Peter and Neal are looking into a possible case of forgery on a will. The clients are two brothers named Josh and James Roland. They each have a copy of the will and Josh (Chris Masterson) thinks that James’ (Danny Masterson) copy is a forgery. He doesn’t trust his brother. The only reason they still communicate is because James has a daughter named Savannah, who was named after Jeff Eastin’s niece. She is so darling and has a cute little scene with Peter. Neal looks over the wills and realizes that they are both forgeries. Well, isn’t that interesting? I smell a mystery. Upon further examination, Peter and Neal learn that the witness signatures are also forgeries and are anagrams for Tycho Brahe, a Danish astronomer. They also realize that the two wills, when put together up to the light, are a treasure map.
Back at the loft, Mozzie shows Neal that he has set up a “treasure cam” so that they can check on their loot whenever they want. Mozzie intends to sell one of the Degas paintings and pushes Neal to come up with a new alias. Neal is balking because this next one will probably be his last. I don’t see the great escape actually happening, but it does build a little bit of tension for them to plan it. There is a new title sequence and I love the pictures, but I preferred the old music. It was more upbeat and I guess I’m just used to it. Neal arrives at the FBI offices to find Peter meeting with a DC Art Crimes agent and starts to get suspicious and a bit paranoid. He watches from below as Peter and Agent Matthews (Anna Chlumsky, from My Girl) discuss the U-Boat art and the manifest. On her way out, Neal manages to get her name and make contact. This should be interesting. He and Peter go to see the brothers about the treasure map, but neither of them is very interested at all. They just want to move on with their lives. Neal talks Peter into letting him pursue it further. Mozzie and Elizabeth both help them figure out that the next clue is the initials BSH.
Peter gets a call that Savannah has been kidnapped! They head to the Roland mansion, where Neal poses on the phone with the kidnapper, Brett Gellis, as the Roland’s in-house lawyer. Brett Gellis was the worker who installed the security system in the mansion. The ransom being demanded is the exact amount that they brothers were awarded on the forged will. The brothers agree to solve the treasure map to get the money to pay the ransom. Josh reveals that BSH stands for “Big Sky Hunting” and it leads them to the planetarium. I’m not going to go into all the details, or we’ll be here for quite a while. But the whole book thing is hilarious. I love that they pulled a con with Satchmo’s help. He’s such a cute dog, whose real name is Jackson, by the way. My nephew’s name is Jackson, so I loved that little tidbit. When the book disintegrates and Mozzie tries to blame it on the dog, I laughed out loud. They learned that they next clue is on Savannah’s anklet.
When Neal talked to Brett on the phone, he asked him for the anklet. Little did they know, he showed up at the mansion with the jewelry. Now, how did he do that? I doubt he could just walk right in. Was there no FBI outside? He sticks around while Neal and the brothers search for the next clues. Meanwhile, Peter locates and saves Savannah. The FBI pounces on Brett, who is shocked to see that they have found the little girl. They take him away and the brothers decide to go ahead and find the authentic will. It was in a lockbox hidden in the wall along with the real Brahe book and collection, which was left for the planetarium. All’s well that ends well for the case of the week.
Mozzie and Neal find Agent Matthews and while Moz goes off to sell the Degas, Neal has a drink with Agent Matthews, whose first name is Melissa. He poses as Chris Gates, and Interpol agent in the Art Crimes department, of course. While they are talking, he gets out of her that Peter has one page of the ship’s manifest and will be looking out for anything that is sold from the collection. Neal excuses himself and heads out to call Mozzie and warn him not to sell the Degas. I hope Mozzie gets that call in time! We all know that the proverbial stuff is going to hit the fan eventually, but I want more tension to be built up before Neal and Mozzie misstep and get caught.
I thought this was a pretty good episode. The case pulled me in and kept my interest and I was happy to see Anna Chlumsky, who seems to be an all around USA guest star, having been on an episode of Covert Affairs last summer. I expect to see her more on the show and I’m hoping she’ll also cause a little extra trouble between Neal and Sarah. If we ever see Sarah again, that is. Overall, I give the episode a strong B+. What did you think? Do you think it’s weird that we haven’t seen much of Sarah? Do you care? What do you think is going to happen with the whole Nazi treasure plot? Please leave your TwoCents below and let us know what you’re thinking. Thank you so much for reading! I’ll see you next week and in the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter @TTCAnne.
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