White Collar "Where There's a Will" Nitpicks

Season 3, Episode 2 Air Date: June 14, 2011

When you watch a program over and over, you start to notice minor continuity issues, plot oversights and other goofs. This page is not intended to be a criticism aimed toward the show or anyone who works on White Collar. They produce a great show and should be proud of their work. That's why I titled it "Nitpicks" because to nitpick means "to be overly critical or criticize minor details." If it bothers you, please don't read them. This page is intended to be for people who love watching something and going "I never noticed that..."

Forensic Follies: How do you tell that he signed it with his left hand? Peter said that Roland signed the witness signatures himself with his left hand. Are forensic handwriting experts that good? (I stand corrected. I was e-mailed and told left-handed readers smear the ink, but that they wouldn't be able to tell who signed it.)

Seeing the Light: Given that it has been established on the series that Neal, not Peter, is the only one good at doing math in their head (see Pilot) can we really believe that Peter could figure out where the sun is in the sky without a chart or paper? I looked up how to do it, and it's really quite complicated. Griffith Observatory has a great page that describes how to do it.

Where There's a Will model

Are We Missing Something? Mozzie has a very elaborate model of the book and case in front of him as he and Neal figure out how to break in. While it is a GREAT prop, did they really have the time to create it? It doesn't seem they used it very much to plan the heist. The only thing I can figure is that Mozzie was already planning on stealing the book and had it on hand.

The Wrong Tree: Neal says that Tycho Brahe ran his own paper mill primarily from tulip-tree stock. The term tulip tree refers to two trees. One, Liriodendron tulipifera, is native to eastern North America. Although it was one of the first trees introduced to Europe from North America, it wasn't introduced until the mid-1600s by John Tradescant. The other, Liriodendron chinense, is native to China and Vietnam and first described in 1901.

Just saying: Why didn't Peter show Melissa a picture of Neal and warn her about him? Peter is usually one step ahead of Neal. He seems to be slipping this season. (I know, if he had we wouldn't have gotten the charming bar scene.)

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