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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The big revelation in this episode is that the man who is holding Kate prisoner is from the FBI. At least that’s what the Interpol agent told Neal. Well, I didn’t expect to find out who the man from the FBI was, but we do. It’s pretty surprising. I wonder what will happen next. Also, this gives the show a bit of a shelf life. Why? Well if Peter is the bad dude, then he can’t be in the FBI for long now, can he?
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Burke and Neal go to their next case. The manager at a clothing store thinks that a necklace was stolen. This necklace has the world’s biggest pink diamond on it. It’s 42 carats. The store is filled with gorgeous models posing as mannequins. She shows them footage. The diamond was stored in their vault for 10 hours. The surveillance footage shows a masked man going toward the safe and covering the camera. The necklace that they have has a pink synthetic diamond.
Neal and a model have some chemistry. It annoys everyone.
They arrive back at the office and find OPR guys there. The Office of Professional Responsibility is like IA for the cops. Hughes wants to see Burke. Fowler is waiting for him. Fowler says that 6 hours of location data from Caffrey’s ankle bracelet is missing. He suspects Caffrey of being behind the theft.
Caffrey leads Burke to Twolane, a famous cat burglar. They don’t get anything.
Moz checked out the FBI people. He didn’t turn up anything. Fowler’s file from the OPR is sealed. The next day, Burke has to arrest Caffrey. They found Neal’s signature on the fake diamond necklace.
Neal says that he was framed. Moz is Neal’s lawyer. He arrives at the prison. It looks like this was part of Neal’s plan. Moz requests all of the files pertaining to Caffrey. The judge ordered the FBI to comply, as per discovery rules. Neal wants to buy a bakery near the judge’s chambers. Neal finds out that the OPR has been monitoring them by some bugs. While in the chamber to make a statement, Caffrey gets out by jumping out of the window onto the awning of his new bakery. He easily gets away. Neal calls Elizabeth. He calls the phone of one of her work associates. Neal shows up in Peter’s kitchen. Neal wants 1 minute to explain. He shows Peter the logs. There was a bug on his phone. Neal says that Fowler is dirty. Fowler is using Peter to get to Neal. Fowler places the signature on the necklace. Neal tells Peter that he’s trying to find Kate. Kate is being held by someone. Interpol told him that someone from the FBI is holding him. Neal thinks it’s Fowler. They need to investigate him. In order to do so, they need to clear Neal first.
Back at the office, the OPR is trying to follow Burke. Burke wants to meet Neal at the jewelry store. They find out how the thief got out. It leads them to an old Prohibition tunnel. The exit is covered by CCTV. It’s Twolane.
Burke arrests him. Fowler arrives huffing and puffing around. They’ve recovered the diamond necklace. Twolane says that he was hired.
The OPR guys leave. Caffrey was cleared. Caffrey is celebrating with Burke. Kate calls Caffrey at the FBI. She says that he’s close to him. She says that he can’t trust anyone.
He tells Moz. Moz tells him about a hotel room that Fowler has been using. It’s not for an op. Neal arrives there and finds a bunch of OPR agents. He doesn’t find Kate. They aren’t surveilling Neal, they are looking at Burke.
We see Burke sitting in a chair. He’s wearing the ring. Kate arrives. He says that they need to talk about Neal.
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