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Tear Jerker / White Collar

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  • Neal's drugged confession to Peter in "Vital Signs".
    Neal: Out of all the people in my life — Mozzie, even Kate — you're the only one.
    Peter: "The only one" what?
    Neal: The only person in my life I trust.
    • The moment right after where Peter steals the tape of Neal that would have landed him back in prison makes me tear up, too.
  • "The Book of Hours" has a few, mostly related to the homeless vet. He's pushed into stealing the titular book because his dog (implied to also be his service animal) is severely ill and probably dying and he just wants to help her. Then, at the end, it turns out that Mozzie took the book, at Neal's request, to the vet. When Barelli gets there and finds it, he takes it from the vet, who is visibly upset about his dog, and offers to take the dog and the guy to a veterinarian that Barelli knows over in Yonkers. The homeless vet is near tears at the offer.

  • "Withdrawal" is set only two months after Kate's death. Naturally there are few moments:
    • While Neal is drawing the Architect's logo, his hand shakes and his face is the epitome of PTSD. He looks positively petrified, even with barely any tears, Peter understands what is happening.
    • At the apartment with Mozzie, Neal discusses his theory that the music box is about to be taken out of evidence by the man who killed Kate. He gets up, runs his hands through his face, visibly fighting every impulse to cry, not entirely successfully...He even hides his face from Mozzie at first.

  • In "Unfinished Business",' Neal and Mozzie visit the hangar where the remnants of Kate's plane are kept. From the moment they step inside, Neal can barely keep it together.
  • Neal rescuing Peter in "Company Man", particularly this exchange:
    Peter: Kent...
    Neal: No! No, Peter, we don't have time!
    Peter: You can't leave him behind.
    Neal: You are dying, Peter!
    Peter: Neal! ... Neal, we don't leave anybody behind.
    [Neal gives Peter a desperate look and then runs off to save Kent.]
  • The end of "Under the Radar" has Peter really push Neal's buttons (and self-esteem).
    Peter: You did this. The fire... all of it.
    Neal: Peter, those were masterpieces. I would never burn them.
    Peter: No, but you'd steal them.

    • Then later, that same conversation:
    Neal: I'm not lying to you, I didn't steal the art!
    Neal: [hurt] Then prove it.

  • "Judgment Day": There was nary a dry eye to be found.... well, there was, but to quite a bit of the White Collar fandom, the end of this episode made them tear up.
  • The end of "Parting Shots". Jeff Eastin's tendency to use titles with double meanings has never been more cruel.
  • Mozzie's shadow-puppet show in "Identity Crisis", in which he tells the story he made up when he was a kid to try to rationalize why his parents abandoned him.
    Neal: It's a really great story.
    Mozzie: That's all it is, Neal. Just a story an eight-year-old tells himself to hide the fact his parents didn't want him.
    • This scene is the only time we ever see Mozzie cry.
    • But it also doubles as a Heartwarming Moment, as it shows how good a friend Neal is to him. He insists that Mozzie show him the shadow puppet show, sits attentively through the whole thing, and then comforts him when Mozzie breaks down.
    • This episode we learn that Mozzie kept all of his schemes connected to his real name. Why? So his parents would be able to find him if they ever came looking.
  • When Neal says goodbye to his father at the end of "Family Business".
    • The flashback to a three-year-old Neal happily telling his dad goodbye as James is leaving for work makes it even more heartwrenching.
      • It's worse the second time, in "In the Wind". Both times involve James leaving and not coming back; except this time, Neal knows it.
  • The end of "In The Wind":
    • The look on Neal's face while he confronts his father about him actually having murdered his supervising officer. He stresses the phrase supervising officer in anger. Then there's this line after Neal hangs up the phone call w/Diana:
      Neal: What'd you do, Dad?
      • The pierced stare and parental tone, not to mention bitterly casual way of asking the question, shows the attitude of a man who's come to terms with who his father is; a murderer. And no man should need the emotional maturity to do that. That's a major shift from S1, when he couldn't even be in the same room with a dead body.
    • Seeing Neal in tears as he begs his father to stay and testify after Peter is falsely accused of killing Senator Pratt is absolutely heartbreaking. The utter desperation in his voice as he pleads with James.....
    Neal: You show me you're better than this! You show me you're a decent man!
    • My gosh, Matt Bomer deserves an Emmy for that performance!

  • The death of David Siegel, Neal's new handler.
  • Peter saying that the reason Neal took the gold was that he was a criminal and that's what he did, when Neal was trying to explain that he only did it to help Peter. The look on Neal's face was both shocked and heartbroken.
  • Peter telling Jones not to volunteer to be Neal's next handler, telling him he'll regret it all while Neal is listening in via bug.
    • Not to mention the utterly betrayed look on Neal's face, like all the trust he's tried to build with Peter was for nothing.
  • The second half of the series finale is basically nothing but tearjerkers, with Mozzie and Peter sharing their grief.
    • The worst part is the look Peter has on his face looking at Neal's "body". He knows it isn't him, that's not why he's crying. He's crying because of the fact Neal felt so utterly unable to live in New York working with the FBI, that he felt so trapped that he had to disappear. It felt like all the trust, love and understanding he gave Neal had been for nothing. That even though he knows Neal cares about him, he didn't feel free enough with him. Maybe he even feels guilty for not making Neal feel freer while wearing the anklet.


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