White Collar – Compromising Positions

by Alan Rapp on August 30, 2012

in Television Reviews 

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Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) try to match wits with a political fixer (Perrey Reeves) who has been hired to sink the case of a criminal Peter is trying to put behind bars. To help take down the woman, who is behind the blackmail of the Assistant District Attorney (Michael Torpey) trying the case, Neal and Peter call on the help of an old friend, Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton), to help set-up a sting that doesn’t go quite as planned.

Neal is approached by Sam (Treat Williams), the deep cover police officer who Ellen (Judith Ivey) trusted and who knows more about Neal’s father and the conspiracy of corrupt cops that took him down than anyone else alive. Although Sam is willing to share what he knows with Neal that partnership doesn’t include working with Peter, or the FBI.

Neal is forced to abandon the sting or risk Peter finding out about Mozzie’s (Willie Garson) breaking quite a few laws in helping Neal track down Sam, however he does come up with a convoluted plot to solve things – by having Peter and Sara fabricate photos of an affair… in front of Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) and Neal. Their plan gets the fixer to drop the defendant (Nicholas Turturro) as a client, but it will take another off the wall plan by Mozzie to get Peter the proof necessary to put him behind bars.

“Compromising Positions” is a fun episode that sees Neal testify in court for the FBI for the first time as well as Mozzie get in all kinds of trouble involving bursting pipes and a fake baby. It’s good to see Burton return as Sara, and I’m always happy to see The Last Starfighter‘s Catherine Mary Stewart (who has a supporting role as the judge), but I’m even more intrigued by next week’s return of Gloria Votsis as Neal’s former partner in crime Alex Hunter.

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