What do you get when you cross a no-nonsense, by-the-book FBI Agent with a gorgeous smooth-talking con-man? The Answer is: White Collar. This buddy show holds much promise, combining sleuthing skills with plenty of tongue-in-cheek banter.
Peter Burke (played by Tim DeKay) is an FBI agent in the white collar crimes division. He is very good at his job. He is responsible for catching one of the world’s most elusive con men, Neal Caffrey (Matthew Bomer). It just so happens that along comes an even bigger fish, The Dutchman. How will they catch him?
Enter Neal Caffrey, behind bars for forging bonds, among other things. He’s almost out, so why would he choose to escape just before his release? Why else? For a girl. There’s nothing like being in prison to make a man do most anything to see the love of his life. In this instance, Caffrey escapes to find his love, Kate.
In no time at all, Agent Burke is called in to recapture Caffrey. It is easier than he would have though. Having risked years being added to his sentence if caught, Caffrey has gone no further than Kate’s home. He is devastated and stays put until Burke arrives to arrest him.
Hmmmm…., just what the plot needs: a bargain. Caffrey is given a choice: more jail time or help catch The Dutchman, a con man proving more difficult to catch than Caffrey had been. Hence, an unlikely alliance. Agent Burke finds that his tactics are antiquated in some ways next to the skills of Caffrey. Brilliant, sexy, with a winning smile, Neal gains more information than the flip of a badge.
Despite the 2-mile radius he is stuck in, he plans to search for Jane. If he has to ride shotgun with his former captor for a while, then so be it.
Even though the pair is as different as night and day, they have opportunities in upcoming episodes to form a bond. Already, Peter’s wife, Elizabeth (played by Tiffani Thiessen) likes Neal. She even considers him to be a “good influence” on her husband in some ways. Don’t think Caffrey won’t use his friendship with Elizabeth to his advantage. There are an unlimited number of scenarios for the duo to investigate.
Mixed with comedy and crazy hijinks (including the excellent and always entertaining acting of Willie Garson), White Collar will please audiences everywhere. Admittedly, some may have begun watching this to see the charming Matt Bomer (great advertising by USA may have had a hand as well) boosted anticipation of the series. The acting and writing will be what makes viewers come back week after week.
You can see White Collar on USA Fridays (in Psych’s former timeslot). Check your local listings!!!!