Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Review - White Collar Season 1 Episode 11 Home Invasion

We learned more about Neal's previous life last night, and it brought up more questions. In his search for the music box, he solicits the help of Alex, a well-connected thief who may or not have had something with Neal in the past. She doesn't talk about Kate, but you have to wonder where everyone fits into the puzzle.

Jones and Lauren had much more to do in the episode, and got to help Peter while Neal was off being kidnapped by Pierce (another female thief with an androgynous name). There was no Moz or Elizabeth in the episode, so the episode felt much more centered on the case than before.

Peter investigates Alex which causes more tension between he and Neal. They aren't best buddies yet, and Neal still has a long way to go before he can be trusted. He still does things under Peter's back, and associating with criminals isn't the best way to get Peter's complete cooperation.

The biggest question of the episode was why the Japanese had a a right to the jade elephants. Whoever wrote the dialogue wasn't being very careful, especially since the words could easily be construed to mean something else. Peter states that the Chinese emperor gave each ambassador a treasure, but he doesn't say anything else beyond that. Right after that, the Japanese come in, and everyone assumes the Japanese own the jade elephants. The stupid thing is that the writers specifically mention the name of the Chinese emperor, the Chinese Forbidden City, and then make a passing remark about the treasures given to ambassadors without any mention of Japan. My interpretation--it was never made clear--is that the entire set of jade elephants were given to the Japanese ambassador, and were stolen.

Score: 8.9/10


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