White Collar Review: Mind Games

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Is it possible Neal Caffrey is about to lose it?

White Collar Season 5 Episode 4 certainly suggested that might be the case. Even under the influence of a specialty drug, I don't think it would be too much to say that Neal is on the verge of an epic breakdown.

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It kind of surprised me there wasn't more push when it came to Seigel's murder. I expected to see more of the investigation. Then again, turning it over to bring Peter back into the field is probably the way to go. Besides, it gave us a whole other side of Neal to dissect.

I would say that his lose lips was only a matter of being drugged, but it's clear that the lies he's carrying are starting to weigh on him in a way only Neal knows - and we're starting to figure out. One wonders why this isn't something we've seen before. It's not the first time Neal has lied, and his continuous struggle with his dual criminal/supercop sides is old hat.

What is new here is the addition of death. We saw him deal with Ellen's loss in White Collar Season 4, Episode 9, but I think there's something about the death of a young man not unlike yourself that has the true power to get you rethinking your life and your choices.

Dr. Summers had it straight on. Neal may be a confidence man, but he sure does hide his flaws without fail, as if failing to do so places him in an unbearably vulnerable position.

That's why I almost died when he appeared at Peter's house. All he really did was ramble about the past, closely guarding present circumstances and situations. If only Mozzie hadn't arrived when he did! It only means there's more time for the pressure to keep things quiet about his deceit to mount!

This leads me to a rather troubling prediction: that Neal will likely go down for Seigel's murder. He was in the vicinity of the place where Seigel died that night meeting with Hagan, which is a red flag if I've ever seen one, especially from an investigative perspective.

How could Neal recover from that?!?

Part of me thinks he doesn't plan to recover - he doesn't even plan to be around. What was that about having to leave everything behind? Did Dr. Summers really get that deeply into his head? It seems like a 180 flip, but it definitely worries me!

Do you think Neal Caffrey has finally lost his mind or is this just a phase?

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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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