White Collar Power Play S02E15 (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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Elle is organizing Stanzler’s wedding. He’s an energy trader. His assistant overheard him, implicating him in the blackouts that are plaguing NYC during a heat wave.

Sarah is back in town. She figured out that the crates were smuggled out of an estate in Argentina. It burned out. Adler was hiding out there. Adler was obsessed with finding a German soldier named Gerhard Wagner. The DOD classified his info when he emigrated to the USA.

Peter is late, so Neal has to pretend he’s Peter. He convinces her to come in. Peter is Neal. Peter makes a big deal out of this. Brooke says that Stanzler is looking for burglar. He wants to steal something. He contacted Roscoe, a guy with a record. Peter wants to go in as Neal as the thief.

Peter figured out what Adler wants Wagner. Wagner was a radio operator. He claimed to have top-secret info to share with the US. He was put into a detention center. He escaped a few weeks later.

Sarah and Neal sot a tail but he ditches them. Sarah does look incredible. She always wears these beautiful dresses that highlight her features. Naturally, I have a soft spot to redheads.

Stanzler wants to steal a flash drive from Luntz, another trader. Luntz taped Stanzler and it’s on the flash drive.

Neal tells Peter that Adler might have put a tail on Sarah. They are trying to find trace of Wagner. He might have skipped into a naturalization line.

Peter is getting schooled by Mozzie and June. The next day, Peter takes a ride in the trunk of Stanzler’s Bentley while he talks with Luntz. He manages to get the flash drive. They overhear that Stanzler has a partner. Peter copies the flash drive and hands it over. Stanzler has got another job. He wants Luntz to meet another guy, from the government who will pull the switch for them and they will make millions. The FBI has put a camera in the form of a button on one of Stanzler’s suits.

At the party, Peter has to babysit Luntz. Luntz tells Peter that he’s out. Luntz thinks that Peter is the guy from the power company. Stanzler has got them locked in to frame them. When the power goes out, Stanzler is going to try and kill them both. The blackout hits and Stanzler is on the move. He’s got a gun. Neal is trying to reach them. They get him.

Sarah and Neal kiss in the archives when the power goes out. Moz finds Wagner registered under Michael Hunter. He died in NYC. He has one surviving family member, Alexandra Hunter. It’s Alex.

Someone is following Alex.

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