White Collar Episode 2 Threads brings the series into what apparently will be a comfortable formula of straight arrow FBI guy and “reformed” con man working uneasily together to solve or to prevent a stylish looking crime.
Spoilers surely follow.
The crime in White Collar Episode 2 Threads is an attempt to smuggle into the country a tiny flash drive filled with security data woven into a high fashion dress and then sell it to some nefarious character. This involves blackmailing a fashion designer by kidnapping his son, at least one murder, and other shady dealings.
Of course this seems to be a somewhat overly complicated way to go about it. Why involve anyone else at all, since if a flash drive can be woven into an overly expensive dress, it can also be woven into the clothing of the criminal trying to sneak it into the country.
Having a smart criminal do this sort of thing was not the point. The point was to involve our intrepid heroes in the New York fashion milieu so that there could be at least one party scene on the rooftop of a high rise building stuffed with anorexic eye candy wearing clothing that could buy one a small house out in flyover country. We also got to see the FBI’s endless store of confiscated liqour and gourmet food.
The crook involved in the caper in White Collar Episode 2 Threads was an unusually stupid one, despite his nice cloths and urbane manner. For instance, if I were he, the moment I figured out that the dress I needed, with the flash drive, was in the hands of the FBI, I would not have reacted by snatching a model and holding her for ransom for the said dress and flash drive. I would know that the FBI likely already knew what was on the flash drive and, even if they went through with the exchange, a micro miniature tracking device would be placed on the dress that would lead to me being followed to my prospective buyer.
No, indeed. I would cut my losses and run somewhere, like to Rio.
However there seems to be a dearth of logic when it comes to the capers so far on White Collar, not to mention an inordinate amount of shooting for that type of crime. But that is masked just a little by the snappy dialogue and the cool looking characters.
And, in the meantime, out “reformed” con man is just one step closer to finding his lady love, who is apparently not on the run from him, but is in deadly danger, being suborned to find said con man’s ill gotten gains. Stay tuned.
Source: White Collar, Threads, TV Rage