Monday, January 24, 2011


Despite being shot at nearly point-blank range by a professional hit man, Mozzie survived into the season premiere of 'White Collar' and he's well on the way to recovery. No big surprise for fans of the show, I'm sure. (Even so, I chose Mozzie's shooting as the 2010 Toobits Award winner for Best Cliffhanger. Hey, you never know - Willie Garson may have had a movie opportunity come up.)

Once he was out of the hospital (as seen in "Burke's Seven"), Mozzie spent the rest of the episode in a motorized wheelchair, prompting FBI Agent Peter Burke at one point to address him as "Ironside". And Mozzie nodded in acknowledgement. "Ironside", considering there was a wheelchair involved, had to be a reference to former San Francisco Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside, who was confined to a wheelchair due to a sniper's bullet.

Chief Ironside was seen in the eponymous crime drama that ran on NBC from 1967 to 1975. But that doesn't make his reference a Zonk. A dedicated law enforcement agent like Peter Burke would have known about a legendary cop like Ironside.
As for Mozzie, perhaps in his younger days he was "working" out of San Francisco. And paranoid that he is, I'm sure it would have paid for him to know his possible opponents on the police force there.


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