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TV Review: White Collar – “Bad Judgment”

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FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) and con artist extraordinaire Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) are hardly stupid men. Despite investigating crimes where people are embarrassed more than hurt — mostly — there are always risks involved. Including death, which is the fear that Peter's wife, Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen), faces every time he leaves for work.

Still, a matter of mortgage fraud should be relatively simple to take care of. Just find those responsible and arrest them, right? Well, not exactly. Especially if part of the problem involves a Federal Court judge. Plus Fowler (Noah Emmerich), the OPR guy who is investigating Peter for ethics violations.

There's more to the story, of course. Peter is trying to manage a sting operation, but Fowler misrepresents the situation to FBI Director Hughes (James Rebhorn). On purpose. The actors playing Burke and Fowler are pretty evenly matched. The verbal play is strong, but not so much viewers will run screaming in terror.

Willie Garson takes funny to a new level this week. He must distract a courier to let Bomer do what he does best — smile his way into and out of situations. Garson obliges, and even offers to lose his shirt, literally, to prove he's telling the truth! Funny, funny. The cleaner guy discussion between Garson and Thiessen is also amusing.

Emmerich is leaving, for now. Two episodes out of nine is plenty. He is a decent actor, but tends to be better in small doses. Will he return sometime in the last five episodes of this season? Perhaps. Let's just say I would not be surprised.

Agent Lauren Cruz (Natalie Morales) is out of the picture this time. Actors who are not in lead roles are gone on occasion, so I am not too worried about Morales being let go (Marsha Thompson, who played Diana in the pilot was, but it came about due to scheduling conflicts rather than bad acting).

Now, the story of Kate missing continues. Who has her? Good question. She met up with somebody at an ATM in San Diego ("Pilot"), but visible is only a hand with a ring. My guess is a short whoever and most likely white. This would tend to leave out Agent Jones (Sharif Atkins). Photoshop may prove me wrong. I can guess at the height, and both Fowler and Pete are too tall. So is Hughes. Gender? Male. A stocky woman is possible too.

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