white collar season 4 summer finale 2 'White Collar' Season 4 summer finale: Neal's father is ...“White Collar” usually hands viewers quite the cliffhangers when a season or summer run comes to an end and Tuesday night’s (Sept. 18) was no exception.

However — we all saw this one coming a mile away, right? That Sam is actually Neal’s dad? This mysterious “Sam” fellow has been pinging our radar since Ellen first mentioned him as being Neal’s father, so it wasn’t actually that shocking. It would’ve been more shocking if the show had gone another way, actually.

How do we feel about this, fans? It will obviously give Matt Bomer excellent material to work with, as Neal deals with this revelation — not to mention Tim DeKay, who is definitely Neal’s surrogate father. But was the reveal a bit of a letdown?

Speaking of Neal and Peter’s relationship, this episode was a great showcase for that. The tension coupled with their having to work together, plus present at the FBI convention was really nicely done, we thought. The fact that they take one step forward just to take two (or five) steps back always gives the actors a lot to play with.

Plus, Neal took a bullet for Peter! Awww. Granted, bulletproof vest. But still. Big awww.

What did you think of the summer finale? Do you hope Treat Williams is back in the latter half of the season for quite a few episodes? Or would you prefer him not to muddy the waters?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."