It’s nice that Neal and Peter are finally here. At a point in their relationship where Neal’s doing everything to repay Peter for all that he’s done for him, for giving him a life he surely doesn’t deserve as yet. For bearing the brunt of the consequences of his latest escape which Neal comes back from with barely a slap on his wrist.
But since Neal works for free and has negative influence within the Bureau, the only thing he can do to help is to catch a criminal Peter’s been after for almost 20 years. The thief works on the fringes of the statue of limitations, leaves behind no evidence except for traces of Turkish tobbaco. Unable to actively work the case, as he has been relegated to the evidence dungeon, Peter works on the fringe with Neal, even going undercover to draw out Cook. In the process even learns the power of suggestion from Neal and utilizes it well undercover.
And although Peter does catch Cook, he slips out before he can be credited for the arrest. For now Peter is ok not ruffling the Bureau’s feathers by going against their directives, by quietly towing the line and paying his dues. He has the internal satisfaction of successfully closing the case, french lunches with Neal in the yard, a wife and a team that stands by him.
Neal’s no longer keeping secrets from him, telling him about growing up in Witness Protection with his mother and his father’s partner and taking on his mother’s name.
Neal feels he is his father’s son, a criminal doomed by his genes. He needs to know exactly what his father’s crime was. Turns out he murdered another cop, but the pieces don’t exactly fit, there’s a scent of cover up that Peter and he will probably be looking into.
- That whole Mozzie bit reminded me of the fairy tale about the shoe cobbler and his elves.