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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Trafficking in children isn’t something the FBI takes too kindly upon. That and extorting money from new adoptive parents.
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Neal and the team are running a sting operation. The perp had a kid with her.
Moz got into Sarah’s apartment. He got the flight data recording. Neal isn’t checking it out right now. He goes to meet Peter.
Katherine says that an international adoption lawyer named Donovan facilitated the adoption of her son. The birth mom came forward and asked for money. Then she asked for more money. The lawyer is pretty glib. It sounds like a scam.
Peter spots Clark the Shark, a soldier for the Chechen Mob, comes to see Donovan. Sarah arrives at the office. She wants to run a polygraph on Neal. She accuses him of stealing a package from the FAA. Peter knows that Neal cheated the polygraph. He knows because the FAA is involved with Kate’s plane. This means that Neal is involved.
They have to get into an exclusive club. Neal manages to get inside. Neal learns that Donovan is in the red to the Chechen mob for $200K.
Diana and Jones will pose as a couple who want to adopt a Sudanese kid. Neal will put the pressure on Donovan by scamming the poker game.
Sarah serves Neal with a search warrant. The cops find the package. Neal is arrested. Peter arrives. Peter convinces Sarah not to press chargers.
Neal wins the game. Donovan is desperate. He squeezes Diana for the money. The Chechens arrive to take the money from Diana, but Peter convinces them to work with them. The Chechen mob wants their money from Donovan. They set Donovan up.
Sarah comes by with the FAA recording. She tells him that he needs to hear it. Kate says that Peter Burke is here. She asks if he wants to change the plan. Then there is the explosion. She called someone.
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