When White Collar ended its fourth season in March, we last saw Peter being arrested for a murder that Neal’s father committed while Neal tried to convince James to tell the truth and clear Peter’s name. He chose to run instead, leaving Neal with no means of proving Peter’s innocence.
The season five premiere, “At What Price,” opens with Peter in jail, getting visits from his friends and family. He tells Neal that the irony of him being the one in the jumpsuit is not lost on him.
Despite Peter trying to put a positive spin on things for those closest to him, Neal knows that if Peter is indicted, even if his case never goes to trial, he will no longer be allowed to be an FBI agent.
Naturally, Neal is determined not to let that happen, but just how far is the mostly reformed conman willing to go to save Peter? We can’t give you all the answers, but since we’ve seen the season premiere, we will offer a few hints as to what to expect from the episode.
1. It’s been spoiled that the Dutchman returns and he might be the ticket to getting Peter out of jail. That’s true, but it’s not the whole story. His role in the matter is much, much more complicated.
2. Mozzie has found a way to disconnect Neal’s tracker without the FBI knowing about it. Of course there’s a small catch, but it’s still good news for Neal, who takes advantage of his newfound freedom.
3. Once Peter is released (come on, was there any doubt he would be?); the FBI is interested in making some changes in the department. Peter suspects the worst, but is this a case where change is good?
4. The main con that Neal and Mozzie run in the episode involves Neal dressing as a firefighter. We know that’s not necessarily new information, but we feel that Neal being dressed as a firefighter is worth repeating. And he has an ax…
5. We’re still thinking about the final scene in the episode and what it did to our emotions. All we can tell you is that it features Neal and Peter.
White Collar returns Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c on USA Network.