I agree and disagree. It's true that learning about his father changed Neal's life but I don't think he hit rock bottom. He said it himself, he never hit rock bottom and he has said more once he hasn't lied to Peter.
I think that little clue we got in the episode that I don't recall the name is that Neal wants to find his father. Mozzie said maybe Peter could help and I think it implied to finding his father. Mozzie also called the Neal/Peter relationship how many of us see it. Neal seems to see Peter as that father figure and vice versa.
In ways, maybe finding his father would be cathartic and allow Neal to settle down.
I do agree that Neal and Peter will be much closer in S4 and that Peter will help Neal through whatever this does to him.
I also kind of think Neal may equate having to run after S3 as hitting rock bottom. He left behind a lot.
I don't really know how to explain this, but I believe he has hit it when he found out about his dad. When he told Peter that, I think he meant it in the sense that he hasn't hit it for him to go from a criminal to a person who stands on the right side of the law. In other words, he hasn't changed into a man to stays on the straight and narrow completely, so he hasn't hit it in that sense. However, he has changed from a person who wanted to be a cop and hero to the criminal he is today. Finding out about his dad caused him to run away and made him believe he was a bad person. That sounds like he hit rock bottom at that time, at least to me anyways. I thought he told Peter that because he still has yet to hit the rock bottom that will change him back into, well, not being a criminal I guess, and based on the context of the conversation, I think that's what he really meant, so he didn't lie by saying that.
According to Jeff, this next season will be about Neal finding his family or something, so I just kind of assumed he would want to find him... which I shouldn't have since I'm not even sure myself. I'm just speculating.
He could hit rock bottom from running. I could see that happening.
Edited by WhiteRose, 15 March 2012 - 08:52 PM.