I believe Kramer is out to get Neal. Neal committed a lot of crimes, and I'm sure Kramer probably feels embarrassed about the fact that he was never able to catch him. I think Kramer is kind of scary. What makes him formidable IMO is the fact that he seems to have a lot of influence over the two main characters.
First I'll talk about his influence over Peter. It's obvious that Peter looks up to him and follows his advice. This whole season, Peter was nervous about getting other agents involved because he didn't want Neal to go back to prison. As soon as Kramer stepped in, he buried his concern for Neal and did everything he could to catch him. The one thing that really got to me was the scene with the Degas. When he thought Kramer was confirming it wasn't a forgery, he looked very excited. I know he was happy that he was right, but at the same time it meant his friend would be going to prison. To me, it was like he forgot about how much he cared about Neal. I felt bad for Neal when he told him, "I'm sorry Peter. I know how much you wanted this." In the viewer's eyes, it seems Peter was disappointed with the fact that he was wrong. But is that the way Neal saw it? IMO, his statement to Peter could have translated to, "I'm sorry Peter. I know how much you wanted to connect me to the treasure and throw me back in prison." From the expression on Peter's face, I think what Neal said got to him. It's a very good thing Peter called him and showed how much he cared about him 2 episodes before. If he didn't, Neal would have probably felt Peter no longer cared about him and left.
Now I'll talk about his influence over Neal. If Neal only spent one day with him and concluded that Kramer scares the hell out of him, then that shows us how scary Kramer is really supposed to be. I was surprised that Neal admitted this to Mozzie because he's not the type who would say something like that. Even though Neal is very good at hiding his emotions, it's very obvious that being in Kramer's presence makes him nervous. The scene with Peter and Kramer asking about who Neal would fence the painting to was filled with a lot of tension. What really hit home with Neal's nervousness was the scene in the van. Everything that Kramer said to him was to make him feel unsure of himself, and he succeeded. The fact that Neal angrily confronted Peter about how Kramer was the devil on his shoulder shows us how much Kramer got to him. If Kramer could do that just by saying two sentences to him, it makes me wonder how much damage Kramer to do to Neal if he was able to talk to him one on one with no disturbances. If Kramer is truly out to get Neal for something (which I would assume would be a crime he committed in the past), I would imagine he would somewhat succeed. While it'sobvious that he wouldn't be able to send him back to prison (or then there'd be no show), I believe that Kramer is somehow going to break Neal the next time we see him. If he does, how would Peter react to this
For anyone reading this, sorry the text of the last paragraph is small. After typing this, I copied and pasted it to Microsoft word just in case this post wouldn't go through and deleted. Good thing I did, because that's exactly what happened. I tried to make the last paragraph bigger, but unfortunetly I can't highlight it. Sorry about that
Edited by WhiteRose, 19 August 2011 - 01:04 AM.