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Jul. 24th, 2011

Okay, after watching the latest White Collar episode, I have to ask. Does Neal desperately want to get caught or what?

I mean, this is a professional conman who eluded the FBI/interpol and probably a dozen insurance investigators like Sara for at least a few years. Yet in the last two episodes, he not only let Sara find the passport with the top-secret-one-in-a-million-untraceable-identity out of pure sloppiness, he also pretty much gave her a written invitation to finding the treasure cam. And I won't even discuss the stupidity of having a treasure cam on your laptop like this in the first place.

If the character truly were THAT sloppy, he'd never have outlasted the FBI a single day.

It's either that or my dearly hated "characters turns dumber than a bunch of rocks for plot requirements". And on most shows there is a margin for error there but not actually on this one. No matter which side he is on or where his loyalties truly lie but if Neal is not at least competent IMO the whole show falls apart.

Therefore I have to go with the assumption that he subconsciously sabotages himself. In a big way. I mean not even Joe Schmoe from the streets would have such outlandish slip-ups.

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embroiderama
Jul. 23rd, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I believe that he wants very much to be caught, that he doesn't want to go anywhere but he can't really say that to himself or Mozzie yet.
dotfic
Jul. 23rd, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'd like to think it's a character thing -- deep down he wants to get caught.

It's also perfectly possible White Collar doesn't give a hang all that much about plot. I'm okay with that, although I can understand the annoyance. No, really, I think he wants to get caught, it's a reading that works, no matter what the actual writer intentions.
mangokulfi
Jul. 24th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm voting for subconscious self-sabotage.
mareen
Jul. 24th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure he's unconsciously sabotaging the whole thing. He looks and behaves pretty much beside himself for the whole season so far and whenever Mozzie mentiones them running away together he has this total "Wah wah wah do not want!" look on his face.
leelust
Jul. 24th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
I think it's what you said - he doesn't want to live a conman life again, he's fond of Peter and their friendship. On one hand he wants to live like he used to - to have a lot of money etc, otoh he learned to like the crew he works for and Peter and his family. I think it'll be the focus of the season - Peter catching him and Neal has to decide if he's done conning or not.
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