It should be no surprise to fans of White Collar that storylines can take a while to completely finish. As long as the main themes get dropped from time to time, the conclusion can wait. This week starts smartly with a video clip presentation of the music box tale so viewers are reminded of key points. Andrew Adler, aka Andrew McCarthy, trained Neal (Matt Bomer) in how to look confident and dress well. Too bad Neal had to fall in love with Kate, Adler’s assistant. She’s now dead, and Adler is supposedly in Argentina. Mozzie (Willie Garson) gets an antennae built based on fractals, a math concept. No clue yet as to where it leads, but the plan is to lure Adler in so he can be captured. After all, the Bernie Madoff wannabe deserves to pay for his crimes(“Forging Bonds”).
In the midst of the surrounding chaos, there is an energy collusion scheme afoot. Richard Schiff comes across as a highly believable villain, yet not so vile that the episode is a turn off. Everything gets starts after Peter (Tim DeKay) gets a tip from Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) regarding a reluctant witness. The solution? A huge switcheroo! Peter and Neal end up changing places. Peter turns to a life of crime, while Neal must work against his normal nature by posing as a federal agent. The nod to “Burke’s Seven” earlier this season is a brilliant touch. Bomer and DeKay are two entirely different people, but are experts at making themselves into whatever part the script required.
Most who watch the show regularly know better than to think DeKay is the con artist, if for no other reason than his build screams cop. Every so often, though, the deviation towards another persona is a delight. Seeing DeCay pop out of a car trunk is well worth seeing the episode.
Bomer, by comparison, is a native Texan raised with very good manners. It makes sense for him to slide into a role where he must charm people in giving him whatever he wants. The law enforcer is part of Bomer’s resume, as any fan of Chuck knows well. However, the underlying shadiness made the character of Bryce Larkin compelling. Playing a FBI agent requires a lot more by the book reasoning, yet the act is pulled off.
Sara (Hilarie Burton) is back, and finds a fresh link to Adler. Sort of. It involves a German with a secret, but the information might be running cold. Next week’s finale should explain much more.
Burton is being promoted to series regular for Season 3, and her missing sister is probably coming to come up again. Runaways are fairly common, but there is likely more to the story…
Tune in next week for the Season 2 finale of White Collar at 10pm ET on USA.