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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Peter and Neal bring the box to Moz. In the hidden compartment, there is a second comb to play on the music box. It leads them back to Alex. She might be a step ahead of them because she had the key and the box.
Burke and Prince decide to bait Fowler out of hiding by making him believe that an insurance claim came through. Fowler was running out of cash, so this might draw him out.
They talk with a connected fence, who’s picked up Alex’s scent in a few pieces that have been fenced recently. He says that the NYPD is hot on this trail, so they’ll make the connection to the similar pieces eventually. She should cool it down.
Neal plans on conning the FBI on investigating the silver thefts. This will add FBI resources to their investigation to find Alex. They have to age the file and make them look credible. Since Neal knows Peter so well, he knows what will make him decide on their next case. The next day, Peter comes in with the file and wants to investigate it. All of the silver heists include a piece from the Amaranto, a sunken ship.
Neal finds Alex easily enough. She steals the things that she fences, and fences them again. He tells her to steal the music box back again from Diana and return it to the Russians.
Diana finds out that he took out his money. He also purchased Semtex, this means that Fowler might be responsible for blowing up Kate. He used an alias.
Alex just manages to steal the music box back before Diana arrives home.
Neal is thinking that he put Alex in danger by asking her to steal the music box. She might be next on Fowler’s list. He denies that he took it.
The music box turned up at the Russian embassy. They are showing it by invitation only, before sending it back to St-Petersburg. Peter benches Neal.
Moz is making progress with the code. A Japanese friend tells him that it’s two parts. That much is obvious, I could hear it from the recording. It was obvious from the dissonant harmonics.
Neal gets a gun, takes off his anklet, and goes to the Russian Embassy. He’s got an invitation. Peter didn’t manage to get one.
Diana and Peter see Fowler going to the embassy. Peter barges in after Fowler. Fowler sees him and runs off.
Moz phones Peter. He says that Neal has a gun and is out of his anklet. Diana sees him enter. He smartly gets a gun inside.
He manages to get to Fowler. Peter talks him down. It’s obvious that Fowler isn’t the mastermind. He was being manipulated. Peter has Neal cuffed. Fowler says that he didn’t kill Kate. He was being blackmailed for killing his wife’s murder. The blackmailer managed to get him into OPR. He said that he bought the explosives because Kate asked him to. They would have bailed out in transit while the plane blew up. They would have been dead and at peace from their pursuers. The man behind it has a lot of clout.
The intermediary is Julian Larssen. He’s the in between to the blackmailer.
The Japanese guy was killed. A recording of the music box was playing when the NYPD arrived. Neal is the next target. Diana and Peter run. Alex comes to see Neal. She isn’t the killer. Diana and Peter storm in. Neal thinks that Moz is the next target, but he’s so paranoid.
Julian Larssen shoots Moz in the chest and takes his notebook. It had the deciphered code in it.
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Relevant Posts and Links
- White Collar @ Wikipedia
- White Collar S01E01
- White Collar S01E02
- White Collar S01E03
- White Collar S01E04
- White Collar S01E05
- White Collar S01E06
- White Collar S01E07
- White Collar S02E01
- White Collar S02E02
- White Collar S02E03
- White Collar S02E04
- White Collar S02E05
- White Collar S02E06
- White Collar S02E07
- White Collar S02E08