White Collar Flip of a Coin S01E04 (USA)

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White Collar promotional poster

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

Liz shows up at the office with her friend Dana. She says that the FBI issued a warrant for her husband’s arrest a month after he was discharged. He’s on the run. He was involved with some Iraqi missing gold artifacts. He’s going to be turning himself into Burke. He says that someone working for the State Department asked him to bring over some gold. He refused. His name is Patrick Ames.

Burke questions Ames. He doesn’t say much and Peter sees the telltale burns on the arms that Neal mentioned he would find on the bodyguard. Burke wants to reexamine all of the gold.

All of the prints on the gold are left-handed, which is improbable. Neal deduces that Mitchell was having drinks with whoever lifted his prints. When Burke asks Dana, who’s staying with him, she starts to cry. Liz sends him away. Dana says that they had a fight because of John went out for drinks with him. It was a journalist of some kind. She was embedded with John’s unit. He also lost his cap that night. Burke finds out that she’s Alisha Teagan.

Neal and Peter go to interview Alisha. When the security guard informs Alisha about the FBI, she gets really worried. Neal gets himself into the studio pretty easily. Alisha tries to avoid meeting Burke. Caffrey pretends that he’s the new sports anchor. The coffee and donuts he brought work well. Neal follows Alisha to her desk where she stashes some papers before going out to see Burke. While Burke is questioning her, Caffrey goes to her desk. He photocopies the info. It’s a pawn shop ticket. Burke doesn’t want to know about it. Peter gets Moz on the case.

While looking at the bottle, Neal figures out that X marks the spot on the Bordeau bottle. Moz is coming over with his little treasure. Burke comes over with some beer. Burke looks at the coin that Moz brought over. It’s an old dinar. This means that Alisha is guilty and involved. Caffrey goes to the station and pretends that he’s got a story for her. He shows her the coin.

Alisha goes to Burke. She confesses. She was the mule. She says that it’s all on Ames. She says that she doesn’t know where the gold is.

Burke wants her to smoke out Ames. She tells him that the FBI is getting close and that the case against Mitchell is falling apart. She has a private buyer. Neal poses as one. Things go south because of Alisha. Ames tries to do a runner, but Burke is after him. The gold was always hiding in plain sight. Moz helps out by driving over Ames.

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