So, I don’t think I’ve told you guys yet about Billy’s theory that Neil Caffrey is essentially Zack Morris, but it’s a really good theory. Basically, Neil pulls shenanigans that would never fly in real life but they work out for him. He’s got his own Screech (Mozzie), Mr. Belding (Peter), Lisa (the rich black woman who is housing him–I think the biggest stretch of the theory), and Kelly (Kate), who he is madly in love with and they are all soulmates and whatnot, but he still flirts and charms the other ladies when she’s not around. Good theory, right? Plus, they both have cell phones! No way!
Anyway, I enjoyed this episode, mostly because I liked seeing Neil actually doing some art counterfeiting. Although again, he was very charmingly Robin Hood-ish about the whole thing, and not really “bad”. We do keep having this conversation in the comments, but basically, I’m okay with him not being a dangerous criminal–whatever. But there IS something morally deviant from the norm if you’re willing to lie, cheat, and steal for a living. And that does include people who have “legitimate” jobs also. But it just seems like something that might need to be addressed.
I did like the granddaughter of the girl in the painting. Her punching the guy in the face twice was awesome. And I liked that there was sort of a nice twist on how she ended up with the painting, and not just that her grandmother had stolen it (or that her uncle had re-stolen it).
I was a little iffy on the part with Neil and Peter in the hotel with the French chicks … I feel like it was supposed to be played for laughs or even for drama with Peter and his wife, but something (okay, everything) about it just felt contrived to me. I would’ve rather kept watching them arguing about ham salad and the radio, but it’s possible that that’s just me.
As Seels brought up last week, they are going to have to start addressing some of the more illegal stuff that Neil is doing because it’s starting to wear on the credibility of the show a little bit. I mean, would the FBI have not investigated the painting thoroughly before Neil gave it to the museum curator? Or at LEAST looked at the front and back of it? I mean, I’ll excuse a lot, but that pushed it even for me.
Alright, last thing to discuss–Kate. I think I might be officially Not That Into Her. Here’s the thing–it’s just hard to really feel any attachment to her or to that story because we don’t know much about her or her relationship with Neil. Okay, he broke out of jail for her, which is pretty intense. Okay, apparently she read a little too much DaVinci code before leaving her trail of clues. And okay, she supposedly got kidnapped. Does anyone else sort of hope she turns out to be a bad guy? That would both free Neil up AND make her a much more interesting character.
Also, could they have possibly cast someone MORE like the poor man’s Tiffani Thiessen? Honest to God, if they wanted to have TT in that role, they could’ve just given it to her. We truly do not need two people who look that much alike in one show, because it’s like this–Billy doesn’t like to order two different things, i.e. if we go out to say, Buffalo Wild Wings, he would prefer to order all Caribbean Jerk wings, and not half Jerk, half Asian Zing, because (and granted, Billy is a pessimist) one of them will always be better than the other, making one a disappointment. And yes, it’s dark, but it’s also a little true. Does this make sense?
ANYWAY, I feel like this post doesn’t totally convey how I felt about the episode because it is nice, light, fun weekend fare and I enjoy watching it. What did you guys think of the episode? How did it compare to the previous ones for you? Favorite part? Thoughts on Kate? Lay it on me in the comments!
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