"White Collar" season 4 came to an end Tuesday, March 5, with episode 16, "In the Wind," and while it may not have been the series' best episode, it was quite good and exactly how a season finale should end to leave fans wanting more.
"Family doesn't show up on your doorstep after 30 years. They're the ones who've been there when you need them." –Neal
"White Collar" had been building up to the season 4 finale all year, and thinking about it, it couldn't have ended in any other way. "In the Wind" had everything we love about the show and more as the race to find the box reached its climax. Things got complicated with Pratt moving into the 51st floor and the FBI searching floors 33-61 of the Empire State Building, but Neal, James, and Mozzie had a plan that got them what they wanted—but ended with Peter arrested for Pratt's murder and Neal finding out some truths about his father.
Neal needed to get up to the 103rd floor balcony, and that was where Sara came in as they staged a proposal on the observation deck—a very, very sweet proposal ("The first time we met, you were chasing me. The first time we spoke, you called me a sociopath. …The first time we had dinner, you asked me what I wanted from you. And the first time we kissed, I realized I don't want anything except you. And now I'm asking if you'll go on one more adventure with me. Sara Ellis, will you marry me?")—and were escorted up to floor 103 with a champagne bucket, the same bucket they needed to send the evidence on its way. And while they could both dream of what may be in "another time, another place"—"another us"—they had to say goodbye as she left for London. But the season 4 finale showed that this was in no way a final goodbye.
Meanwhile, James and Pratt had one last confrontation, which ended in James shooting Pratt as the Senator threatened to shoot, but instead of sticking around and letting Peter explain he saw and it was self defense, James ran, leaving Peter to take the blame. And even after Neal found out the truth with the evidence—that James had killed his supervising officer—he still tried to get his father to turn himself in to show he was better, a decent man. James refused and walked out, leaving his son with one last piece of advice: "In this life, somebody always takes the fall. Don't let it be you." And so Neal was left wondering what to do as Peter was arrested and Elizabeth, oblivious, got ready for a dinner with Peter that was not going to happen.
"White Collar" airs on USA Network. What did you think of "In the Wind"?