For the long-time, die-hard WHITE COLLAR fans, you will notice in the season 4 finale that there are a lot of reminders of the past, which is apropos given the season’s primary story arc has been about Neal’s (Matt Bomer) exploration of his family history. This is explored even further as Neal and his father, James (Treat Williams), share a great bonding moment on a park bench, discussing their likenesses (“You are the blue in my eyes” is my new “You complete me”). James comes to the realization that Neal’s eagerness to find the evidence box that could prove his innocence is partly due to his belief that it will explain who he is.
With the unexpected ousting of Reese Hughes (James Rebhorn) as the head of the FBI’s white collar crime division in Manhattan, Amanda Callaway (Emily Procter) comes out of the blue as his replacement. Neal and Peter (Tim DeKay) are suspicious of Callaway’s allegiance given her meteoric rise and ambition. We last saw her make a phone call to Senator Pratt (Titus Welliver) – but is she in his pocket or will she convince Peter that she is on his side?
Meanwhile, Hughes proves his longevity with the Bureau prior to his forced retirement comes in handy as he provides Peter with some intel that means they no longer have the luxury to take their time to plan their retrieval of the evidence box which they know is on the 50th floor of the Empire State Building. The FBI has 48 hours to find the box, meaning Neal and his merry band of scavenger hunters that includes James, Mozzie (Willie Garson), and a London-bound Sara (Hilarie Burton), have even less time than that to beat them.
As has become the custom of every WHITE COLLAR finale, there is a cliff-hanger that will leave you yelling (or at least wanting to yell) at your television set, at Peter, James, Neal and most of all, at series creator, Jeff Eastin (who makes a Hitchcockian cameo that you may miss if you, like me, are too busy being shocked by what goes down in the final moments). There is no jumping between Roosevelt Island trams or swinging on banners across museum balconies in this season finale, but there is a magnificent MacGyveresque moment that makes me really, really want a personal prop master like Duke Scoppa.
There is a lot of action going on inside and atop the iconic Empire State Building – what better tribute to the great city than to show us somewhere not usually open to the public. To avoid giving away too much, I want to tease you with a few of my favorite quotes (minus the final act) but you will have to tune in to find out who utters these lines:
- “Sometimes you have to re-draw the lines to stay within them.”
- “Don’t worry, we specialize in crazy.”
- “Family is not someone who shows up at your door after thirty years. They’re the ones who are there when you need them.”
- It’s no eighteenth century music box, but then again, what is?”
And if I’m not mistaken, the music accompanying the closing scene is the same as that used in “Under the Radar”. And then we have to wait till next summer for more.
WHITE COLLAR season 4 finale airs Tuesday March 5th on the USA Network at 10/9c.
“In the Wind” written by Jeff Eastin
Guest starring: Treat Williams, Titus Welliver, Emily Procter, James Rebhorn, Hilarie Burton, Diahann Carroll, Sprague Grayden, Gregg Prosser