When the episode open, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and Rebecca (Bridget Regan) were in his bed, entwined after a vigorous night of ... ahem. She pressed him on the window and the Mosconi Codex, he said she was better off not knowing, since the other person involved was a Bad Person. She then left, clearly still smitten despite a brief awkward conversation with Mozzie (Willie Garson). Bomer and Regan clearly have chemistry and this doesn't seem forced, like Sarah (Hilarie Burton) was.
Meanwhile, at the office, Agent Clinton Jones (Sharif Atkins) showed Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) a Welsh coin found at a pawn shop - one of the coins that had been stolen before.
Caffrey and Mozzie then went to the church where the stained glass window was to determine how to steal it. Mozzie shot a pane out with some kind of pellet, which would necessitate a repair. Clever. Caffrey then went to work at the FBI office, where Burke showed Caffrey the coin. He said that he wasn't going to stop until he found out who stole it. Caffrey tried to look unaffected, but he looked more constipated than anything.
The coin had been swiped by a nun ... yes, a nun. They decide to find a fence who dealt in these things. Caffrey said he'd got on the streets, and Burke wanted to go with him. Caffrey got him off the trail by saying that if the fence was new, he'd run if the FBI was seen sniffing nearby. Burke asked if Mozzie knew anyone and Caffrey replied that he was at a lunch and it would be bad to interrupt him. Burke called his wife, Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen), saying that he knew she had a lunch, but needed to stop by her office.
Caffrey met Andrew Dawson, the prosecutor who had taken the bribe to let Burke go free before. He presented a Mutually Assured Destruction scenario and got the fence's name.
Mozzie was waiting for Elizabeth, having a nice picnic set up. His phone bleeped, it was a text from her phone, which Burke had taken. Before the FBI agent could sit down, Mozzie dropped about five or more cell phones in a pitcher of water. Burke asked him about possible fences and Mozzie reluctantly told him (after Burke threatened to have an old case of his re-opened) about a fence named Karl Dekker in a flower shop. Mozzie happened to be persona non grata with Dekker, though. He told Burke to look for a sign with a tulip on it.
Caffrey went to the area of the fence's place and found Burke wandering the same area. It turned out Mozzie had left a fact out - the color of the tulip. There were three signs with tulips of different colors. While Caffrey and Burke were dithering about the color, Mozzie slipped in and warned Dekker, who thought it better to escape than to extract any revenge on Mozzie. Seconds later Burke and Caffrey found guns, since Mozzie had interrupted an arms deal. Mozzie switched shoes with someone to escape, much to Burke's consternation.
Mozzie and Caffrey reconvened later and Rebecca joined them. She implored Caffrey to let her in on the plan ... which he reluctantly agreed to.
The plan was for Caffrey and Mozzie to slip in at 9am, since the glass repair people took a coffee break then. Rebecca kept the workers occupied by 'accidentally' dropping an earring in a sewer grate (as a native New Yorker, I hope she later boiled that earring several times). There was a third worker inside, but Mozzie steered him away with a secret handshake. Caffrey climbed up and stole the window. The three of them slipped away, but the worker immediately discovered the theft and was standing outside, puzzled, when Burke was in the area.
Caffrey revisited the scene of the crime moments later, saying he had been buying a croissant. Skeptical, Burke told Jones, who said he was going to stake out Dekker's shop to see if he returned, to call him later regardless of the situation. He then went to Caffrey's and fielded the call. Jones told him that he hadn't found Dekker, but Burke was responding as if Jones had collared the fence. He then made as if he was going to go to the office to interrogate him and told Caffrey to come alone. This painted Caffrey into a corner - he confessed that he had taken the money. Burke was furious and ready to arrest him, but Caffrey told him why he had done it (leaving out the part that Curtis Hagen played in it). Caffrey laid it out - if Burke did arrest him, Burke's case would be re-opened and he would likely lose his job, which would devastate his family life. The FBI agent left him at home.
The next scene was an intense conversation between Burke and Elizabeth.She felt that Caffrey had done the right thing. Burke, who always viewed things in the prism of right or wrong with no gray areas for justice, felt that he had been wrongly freed on false evidence and that he couldn't live with himself if he let that go. An angry Elizabeth said that he had better be absolutely sure that he was ready to do this act of professional suicide.
Burke was at the office the next morning, watching a clearly uncomfortable Caffrey sit at his desk. In walked Jones with Dekker - he had come back and fallen into Jones' stakeout. Caffrey immediately realized he had been played. Upstairs in the interrogation room, Jones and Burke decided to hold the coins as leverage. Caffrey told him he realized that Burke had misdirected him and pointedly said that the ends justified the means there. Burke realized he needed to confront the dirty federal prosecutor. Caffrey offered to go, but Burke went alone. He presented his own Mutally Assured Destruction scenario - return the coins and resign or Burke would arrest him there, which would effectively end his own career.
Caffrey was still sweating the situation but pressing ahead with Mozzie. They dissembled the stained glass window and Rebecca joined them. What they found was that if they looked at one piece of glass that was one color, it could reveal a message on another. This could also be used on the manuscript, but only the original. Which was in Hagen's possession. This did give them some leverage, though and Caffrey was mulling over how it could get him out from under Hagen's thumb for good.
Dawson folded. He returned the money and resigned. Burke called Caffrey into his office and told him that news, but then said that it was a compromise ... one that he would never do again. He also realized that Caffrey did do what he did to help him.. but he also did it because he was a criminal. The trust was shattered now. Really. Yeah, right. Over the course of five seasons, the trust between the two has apparently been shattered more times than a herd of bulls running through the finest china shop.
The next episode is in three weeks, with Hagen apparently taking Rebecca hostage. I'll see you all in the New Year for more recaps.
A decade-long gap between sequels could leave a franchise stale but in the case of Men in Black 3 it's the launch pad for an unexpectedly great blockbuster. The kooky antics of Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) don't stray far from their 1997 and 2002 adventures but without a bombardment of follow-ups to keep the series in mind the wonderfully weird sensibilities of Men in Black feel fresh Smith's natural charisma once again on full display. Barry Sonnenfeld returns for the threequel another space alien romp with a time travel twist — which turns out to be Pandora's Box for the director's deranged imagination.
As time passed in the real world so did it for the timeline in the world of Men in Black. Picking up ten years after MIB 2 J and K are continuing to protect the Earth from alien threats and enforce the law on those who live incognito. While dealing with their own personal issues — K is at his all-time crabbiest for seemingly no reason — the suited duo encounter an old enemy Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) a prickly assassin seeking revenge on K who blew his arm off back in the '60s. Their street fight is more of a warning; Boris' real plan is to head back in time to save his arm and kill off K. He's successful prompting J to take his own leap through the time-space continuum — and team up with a younger K (Josh Brolin) to put an end to Boris plans for world domination.
Men in Black 3 is the Will Smith show. Splitting his time between the brick personalities of Jones and Brolin's K Smith struts his stuff with all the fast-talking comedic style that made him a star in yesteryears. In present day he's still the laid back normal guy in a world of oddities — J raises an eyebrow as new head honcho O (Emma Thompson) delivers a eulogy in a screeching alien tongue but coming up with real world explanations for flying saucer crashes comes a little easier. But back in 1969 he's an even bigger fish out water. Surprisingly director Barry Sonnenfeld and writer Etan Cohen dabble in the inherent issues that would spring up if a black gentlemen decked out in a slick suit paraded around New York in the late '60s. A star of Smith's caliber may stray away from that type of racy humor but the hook of Men in Black 3 is the actor's readiness for anything. He turns J's jokey anachronisms into genuine laughs and doesn't mind letting the special effect artists stretch him into an unrecognizable Twizzler for the movie's epic time jump sequence.
Unlike other summer blockbusters Men in Black 3 is light on the action Sonnenfeld utilizing his effects budget and dazzling creature work (by the legendary Rick Baker) to push the comedy forward. J's fight with an oversized extraterrestrial fish won't keep you on the edge of your seat but his slapstick escape and the marine animal's eventual demise are genuinely amusing. Sonnenfeld carries over the twisted sensibilities he displayed in small screen work like Pushing Daisies favoring bizarre banter and elaborating on the kookiness of the alien underworld than battle scenes. MIB3's chase scene is passable but the movie in its prime when Smith is sparring with Brolin and newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg who steals the show as a being capable of seeing the future. His twitchy character keeps Smith and the audience on their toes.
Men in Black 3 digs up nostalgia I wasn't aware I had. Smith's the golden boy of summer and even with modern ingenuity keeping it fresh — Sonnenfeld uses the mandatory 3D to full and fun effect — there's an element to the film that feels plucked from another era. The movie is economical and slight with plenty of lapses in logic that will provoke head scratching on the walk out of the theater but it's also perfectly executed. After ten years of cinematic neutralizing the folks behind Men in Black haven't forgotten what made the first movie work so well. After al these years Smith continues to make the goofy plot wild spectacle and crazed alien antics look good.
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has canceled her Aug. 6 concert at the Turtle Creek Casino in Williamsburg, Mich., after undergoing a surgical procedure, The Associated Press reports. The William Morris Agency, which represents Crow, said that she had "an unavoidable medical condition that required surgery." Crow is currently resting at home and is expected to recover within two weeks.
Judging Amy costar Tyne Daly's, who plays Maxine Gray on the show, could return to the set Friday after she injured her back falling in Paris. In her absence, USA Today reports, CBS shot two episodes without referencing her character. The network has apparently offered to negotiate with Daly, if she returns to work.
Richard Pryor will be honored by a multiple sclerosis group with a comedy festival and a luncheon in his hometown of Peroia, Ill. Promoter Marc Porch told AP that even though the actor would probably not attend, he would be there "in voice and in video." Besides recognizing Pryor, the event also will inform people about the disease. Pryor announced he had multiple sclerosis in 1991 and now spends most of his time at his home in California. The luncheon is set for Sept. 14 at the Bradley University Student Center.
Could actor John Cusack could be the next president of the United States? A group of young Democrats launched an Internet presidential campaign for the actor on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The political Web site, www.junction-city.com, promotes the activities of a number of progressive organizations ranging from women's rights groups to opposing drilling the oil in the Arctic. Cusack did not comment on the campaign because he is on vacation and is not reachable, his publicist said.
A mural drawn by a Baptist youth group depicting Elvis Presley--surrounded by a cross, a menorah and the Star of David--has been painted over because the religious symbols raised questions as to whether the painting was appropriate for public property, AP reports. The artwork was located above the stage of the city's amphitheater where Presley first performed. Scott Banbury, spokesman for the Save Our Shell civic group, which maintains the amphitheater, said the mural was painted over Monday after city leaders complained about it.
Tiffani Thiessen will star in three episodes of the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me. Thiessen will play a new sex columnist for the series' fictional Blush magazine, Reuters reports. Thiessen, known for her Saturday morning show Saved by the Bell and for playing Valerie on Beverly Hills, 90210, has focused on comic roles in recent years.
Cable network TNT is planning to produce a four-hour miniseries based on the Stephen King's vampire novel Salem's Lot. The book was previously adapted into a TV movie in 1979 starring David Soul and James Mason. Producer Mark Wolper wants the remake to "terrify today's audience" as much as the TV movie frightened him, he told AP. Screenwriter Peter Filardi, who wrote The Craft, has been hired to write the new script. No word yet when the movie will air.
John Mellencamp is tired of playing amphitheaters. According to Launch.com, the singer said during his last tour that he would no longer play at venues owned and/or operated by SFX, the musical-industry conglomerate he has been critical of in recent years. "A lot of the stuff that I believed in the '80s and early '90s just didn't seem to matter to anybody," he said. "I'm not gonna sit there and do what Pearl Jam tried to do. It's stupid, cause--you know, OK, noble cause, guys--at the end of the day, it ruined their career." Mellencamp has finished working on his new album, Cuttin' Heads, due out this fall.
Former President Bill Clinton is teaming up with Grammy-winning record producer and singer Babyface to fight AIDS in Africa through a new fund-raising and educational initiative. Peter Paris, a spokesman for the International AIDS in African communities, told AP that Babyface hoped to raise money to fight the disease by staging concerts and producing a CD.
According to a study conducted by the Parents Television Council in Washington, D.C., television has become more violent over the past two years, with more swearing and violence during the family hour. The number of swear words rose by 78 percent and violence was shown on average 2.8 times per hour, a 70 percent increase, Reuters reports. Among the networks, UPN was the biggest offender, with 18.1 incidents of offense per hour, followed by NBC at 9.1 and Fox with 7.8. As far as violence goes, UPN had three times as much as the WB. NBC got the highest average for sexual material with 5.7 per hour, followed by ABC with an average of 4.8 per hour.