At FBI headquarters, Neal is bored to tears. Peter asks who he thinks did it. "I'm thinking it was the accountant in the law office." Peter: "With the illegal wire transfer." Neal: "Either that or Colonel Mustard in the library." Peter: "We can pull prints on the candlestick." White Collar Clue sounds incredibly dull. Glad we skipped that case. Peter tells Neal to grab the file, and Neal protests that they have clerks for that. Peter: "I got something better. I got you." Really Neal, it's a file. You're not scrubbing toilets. Neal can't figure out the filing system and meets Lauren, who transferred to Peter's team. Neal's flattered to be in her Quantico thesis. He asks if she found anything interesting and she says, "Truth or rumor." Neal: "Is there a difference?" Maybe not in your world Neal, but for the rest of us, yes. She exposits that while Neal was only convicted of one crime, he's suspected in a whole lot more. Neal thinks Lauren transferred to get to know him and Lauren says, "Yeah, you know I wasn't going to pass up a chance to work with someone I have admired since college." Neal's ego is bigger than the room. "Hey, play your cards right, I'm sure we'll make a case or two." And no, that line delivery isn't quite as smarmy as it sounds, but it's close. Cringe-worthy! Lauren: "Oh honey, I was talking about Agent Burke. He caught you twice, right?" Neal bounces back quickly and asks for help finding the file. "Yeah, we've got clerks for that." I find these two boring together so moving on.
This episode had a nice twist in that you rarely see a procedural tackle a frame-up over a who-did-it. It was a refreshing change of pace. I also love Peter and Mozzie meeting for the first time. However, Lauren always feels like the writers are trying too hard and there is way too much recapping in the episode. I like how they seem to outgrow much of this as the season progresses.
Screencaps by Emma-Jane