There is this *classic* song by Meatloaf that contains the line, “I would do anything for love/But I won’t do that!” Unluckily for Peter, Elizabeth, Sarah and Neal, this isn’t the motto from the couple on White Collar this week. The show returned from hiatus with a modern-day Bonnie & Clyde couple on a spree that threatens to derail a Burke getaway and Sarah’s career.
Here’s a rundown of what went down last night ~Spoilers Ahead~
In a surprising-yet-not-too-surprised move, Neal and Sarah are back together, trying the casual thing this time around. Apparently when you are as attractive as these two you just can’t deny the attraction for long, even if the idea of a con artist and an insurance agent together is less than ideal. I like this couple together; they both seem to have grown and are communicating better but how long can the ‘casual’ thing last before one party wants more?
The action starts at an event Sarah is hosting where a bottle of Marie Antoinette’s perfume is on display. Peter & Elizabeth stop by to show their support before their weekend away. A couple ambushes the event and steals the bottle of perfume and kidnaps the Burkes, whose car is necessary for the couple to make their getaway.
The couple, including guest star Jackson Rathbone, has a story that is one part criminal and 2 parts romantic. The dynamic between the two is endearing, Penny fell in love with Oz while he was still in prison and now that he’s out, his goal is to ‘give her the world’ and run away together. Elizabeth and Peter befriend their captors, which works in their favour for the most part.
Meanwhile, Neal, Sarah, Jones & Dianna are racing against the clock to find the bottle before Sarah’s big event, in hopes of saving her chances at a job promotion in London. The quartet decodes Oz & Penny’s letters and figures out their next target, a Moon rock they plan on stealing from a Queens Museum. The action comes to a head at the museum, and luckily for Oz & Penny they don’t go out the way of Bonnie & Clyde.
This episode was unique in the fact that no one was really villanized. Oz & Penny were humanized through their interaction with Peter & Elizabeth, as lovers under trying circumstances. It was nice to see Jackson Rathbone in a role with more range then a sparkly vampire with self-control issues. Oz has the tough prison-side that is balanced with that of a romantic, which Penny brings out in him.
The end of the episode provides us one more clue to the season’s ongoing story, the search for Ellen’s safety deposit box. We know it is in the Empire State Building but now we have an almost exact location. With only two episodes left in the season the question remains, will Neal be able to find the box to finally clear his father? I am excited to find out!