White Collar What Happens in Burma S02E12 (USA)

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The pilot episode of White Collar was most definitely slick and smart, as well as charming, as Matt Bormer will charm the pants off anyone he meets as his suave alter ego Neal Caffrey.

This show most definitely fits in the USA Network’s slew of shows, which include Burn Notice and Royal Pains. It has good pacing and interesting chemistry between Matt Bormer and Tim DeKay, something that isn’t easy to fake. They work well on the screen, there is no denying this.

Basically, Dekay’s Burke is a white collar specialist who put Bormer’s Caffrey away a few years ago. In order to reduce his sentence a bit further, after having escaped a super max jail, Caffrey offers to help Burke to catch the illusive Dutchman, a criminal that Burke has also been chasing for a few years. This setup kind of reminds me of Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can as well as The Sting with Redford and Newman.

What’s also interesting, is that the guys don’t just keep this professional. They also involve their personal lives. Burke needs help to make his hot wife Elizabeth, played by Tiffani Thiessen, happy while Caffrey is searching for his wife that just vanished. All in all, a great show with good actors. I recommend it.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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Christian Harlow is accused of stealing and smuggling a 237-carat ruby in Burma. The State Department has heard chatter that the ruby is in Manhattan. Neal and Peter have to find it in a week before Burma passes sentencing on Harlow.

It turns out that Harlow is the son of an American diplomat. That’s why he came to Peter. He already confessed and Diana managed to get a DVD of his confession.

They go see Randy, a jewel fence. They find a ruby that was recently cut and quite large. They trace it but they need a large gem to draw him out. Neal has to smelter a synthetic ruby. Then Neal cuts it. They showcase it at Randy’s trunk show. Neal approaches the supplier. They arrest him when he admits to stealing the Mandalay Ruby from Burma.

Later, the Ambassador of Burma convinces Collins to say that Harlow was an accomplice of his. Since Collins is now on Burmese soil in the embassy, there’s nothing they can do. Burma gave Collins political asylum, so he’s free to go.

Neal told Peter that his father was a cop. He died a long time ago. It’s totally bogus. Diana spots something in the Harlow video. He used Rocker, his girlfriend’s nickname. The Burmese just stole one of her hard drives. He was making a documentary on democracy in Burma. One of the Burmese towncars was spotted near Rocker’s place. They can’t search the diplomatic pouch, which might contain the hard drive.

Wilson asks to meet Neal. He wants Neal to steal the pouch to save his son. Peter figures this out. Wilson chose to work with the White Collar division for a reason.

Neal wants to return the fake ruby as the Mandalay Ruby. He does so to the hot assistant. Peter knows what’s going on. He wants to help out. The smoking box finally worked and they recover the drive. The ambassador makes a stink, but he’s recalled. The Burmese can’t really protest officially.

A new ambassador arrives and Christopher is released. Neal says that his father was a dirty cop.

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