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'White Collar' recap: The score of all scores

Season 6 | Episode 5 | “Whack-a-Mole” | Aired Dec 11, 2014

White Collar is getting tense. The Pink Panthers are about to steal half a billion dollars, Woodford is in search of a mole, and Neal will lose his freedom and Peter will lose his job if they can’t take down the Panthers. With only one episode left before White Collar says farewell, how will everything play out?

The Panthers stayed out of touch last week, but this week, Woodford comes looking for Neal, trying to find a mole. Woodford doesn’t think Neal is the mole, as he found a listening device before Neal joined them. No, Woodford asks for Neal’s help; he wants him to track down the mole himself. Knowing full well the mole in question is Keller, Neal artfully dodges this request. Neal refuses to uncover a mole because “the only thing worse than a mole is a rat.” Thankfully, this actually causes Woodford to trust Neal even more.

The score of scores


Once Neal has gained Woodford’s trust, Woodford lets Neal in on the details of the heist. The score? Half a billion dollars. The location? An airport. The means? Weapons, lots of weapons. The Panthers don’t usually bring weapons into their plans, which means something about the heist is different than all the rest.

Because Mozzie is so brilliant, he builds a randomizer that mimics the algorithm. By studying it, he determines all the coded information is airport codes and flight details. As Neal is thinking about the score, he realizes what the Panthers are after. In the criminal world, it’s known as “The Exchange.” It’s the “score of scores.” The Panthers are going after the elusive Federal Reserve money.

Once they figure out what the Panthers are after, Neal and Mozzie determine they can reroute the money to New York, which will help Woodford put a better plan in place and keep him from using the weapons. Neal convinces Woodford they can funnel the money out through old post office tubes, which will be safe and nonviolent. As the Panthers put the money in the tubes, the FBI can take them down without any violence in the airport. It’s a perfect plan—Neal’s perfect plan.

Never trust a rat

While all of this is going on, Keller has his own plan to enact. At first he and Interpol agree to pull out of the Panther job, to protect Neal from being discovered as the mole. But Keller never really agrees to do anything. He gets his handler Luke and another Panther killed by Woodford. Keller even digs his tracker out of his own arm and plants it on another Panther. Keller is ruthless and is not to be trusted. He hasn’t outed Neal yet, but who’s to say Neal is still safe?

Neal’s last play of the episode is to replace the dead Panther with Peter. Even though Mozzie wants to be a part of the Panther crew, Neal doesn’t let him join. I think it’s because he wants to keep Mozzie safe, but Mozzie thinks it means Neal is hiding something from him, and doesn’t trust him. The last shot of the episode is Woodford holding Peter up at gunpoint.

Closing thoughts

There were some great emotional moments throughout this episode. Elizabeth’s fears of Peter being married to his work come true when he misses out on their baby’s first sonogram. Elizabeth yells at Peter, declaring that she will not be a single married mother. In the midst of this argument, El reveals she and Peter are having a boy. But can he truly be there when his wife needs him?

Mozzie and Neal have to deal with some tension themselves when Mozzie suspects his partner is hiding something from him. We know from Luke’s photographs that Neal met with someone about large containers. Could those containers be used to store the $50 million score he is about to land with the Panthers? We will have to find out next week!

The White Collar series finale airs Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9/10C on USA.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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