White Collar Withdrawal S02E01 (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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Neal and Peter are both looking into Kate’s death. They don’t make much progress, but we find out at the end of the episode that Diana, the new FBI agent, has got the music box stashed in a safe at her place.

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Peter is getting cross-examined by some board of inquiry at the FBI. He says that they should talk to Fowler, the OPR agent. Peter is no longer suspended. OPR is hiding Fowler.

Neal is in prison. Peter visits him. He offers the old deal, but they need to see what will happen. Moz arrives. He says that he can get Neal out, but it will deplete Neal’s reserves.

2 months later, Neal is on a job. He just popped a message into vacuum tube. It had info for a Nick Holden. He hops into an elevator and presents himself at the front desk. The message had his keycard and welcome packet for working at this bank. He goes into some vault and makes a cash withdrawal. He leaves the dye packs behind.

Peter and Jones are waiting for him. It was some kind of overview of the bank’s security. The bank isn’t secure. Peter hands him the anklet.

The banking execs have received a card from The Architect. If they don’t upgrade security, one of their vaults will be emptied pretty soon. Neal isn’t holding up too good, with Kate dead.

Peter is meeting with Moz. They are both worried about Neal. Neal moves back into his place. June is very welcoming. Since the explosion, Alex has been lying low. Diana logged the music box into evidence. Neal needs to confirm that it’s still there. They find the person who wants the box, they find the person who killed Kate.

Moz and Neal are talking about The Architect’s calling card. They don’t recognize the font used for the ‘A’. Neal traces him back to Ivan Aivazovsky. They trace the people bidding on Aivazovsky. It leads to Edward Walker. He’s very confident and a hedge fund manager. He doesn’t say anything. He knows that Neal is a criminal.

Neal manages to bump into Whitney, Walker’ s PA. He has Moz copy her simcard and manages to get out of sleeping with her. Walker is in the right place at the right time, and has the meetings at the banks highlighted in green. These are the banks that were robbed.

They are watching the next bank that Walker will target. It’s one of the client banks. It was a hoax by Walker. Walker is waiting for them. He’s goading over them. He played Neal. Burke is in trouble with the feds.

Neal tells Peter that he was going to tell him that he didn’t want to run anymore. Leaving on the plane would have been running all over again. The banks changed their vault codes, so he’s probably after the girl running security. He triggered the alarms in 36 banks as a distraction.

Neal and Peter arrive at the right bank. Diana is trying to find a SWAT team. They are forcing Renee to open the vault. Neal switches off the breakers as a distraction. They get Renee to safety. Neal goes after the robbers. They blend into the crowd and get away.

Walker is already at the station. He is going to sue the FBI. They got away with $8.2 million. This doesn’t add up. More than a million and a half is missing. It sounds like a missing share. It’s probably Renee. They go to see her.

A safety deposit box was rented to her uncle. He’s dead. She gives them the keys. They find a lot of money inside, $1.5 million in cash. She pulls a gun on them. She wants them to put the money in a bag. Neal uses the dye packs to get her. She gives him up. They arrest Walker.

OPR tried to take the box. While this was happening, the box was swapped. Diana has the real box.

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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