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TV Review: White Collar Season Three Update

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There’s an old quote that talks about a tangled web and deception. In the case of Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), the words are even more true. Telling the truth to FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) is one thing. After all, it can be done easily enough without everything being said. The tricky part requires only a handful of people who understand all.

For example, involvement with Sara (Hilarie Burton) is not the greatest idea in the world. She would be the insurance investigator who retrieves stolen expensive knickknacks. Uh oh, the U-Boat scheme is even more complicated! First in line, though, is taking down the person behind a major bank theft of millions of dollars in “Taking Account.” Sara is only one victim.

Some cute moments occur between Mozzie (Willie Garson) and guest star Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), who plays Sally. Suffice it to say Garson brings about shock value.

A bit later, Jones (Sharif Atkins) gets the shock of his life after a good friend of his goes missing in “As You Were.” This gives viewers a look into how Jones came to be part of the FBI.

Despite both he and Peter having a military background, I tend to find Agent Burke a bit more believable. Perhaps the most noteworthy plot point is watching Brady Smith, aka Tiffani Thiessen’s husband, pull off a solid villain as Commander Van Horn. Overdone? Maybe. However, the episode still tells a compelling story.

“On the Fence” reunites Bomer and Eliza Dushku. Fans of Tru Calling will recognize the name. The Egyptian artifacts being smuggled out of the country are only a minor plot point. Ross McCall returns as Matthew Keller, Neal’s old partner and dangerous adversary. Keller thinks Neal has the treasure, which is true. He also believes Neal stole it, which isn’t.

Both Dushku and McCall are strong in their roles. I have to say, the writers made a smart move in having McCall use his native British accent as a fake Interpol agent. Five or ten minutes tops, but noteworthy all the same.

The one small flaw? Neal losing his temper after seeing video Keller supposedly shot. Bomer and McCall are not equal when it comes to size, so a fight between them is pointless. The ruthlessness Keller is willing to go in order to get it makes for an episode which comes on strong, but show just how high the stakes are.

Both Dushku and McCall are strong in their roles. I have to say, the writers made a smart move in having McCall use his native British accent as a fake Interpol agent. Five or ten minutes tops, but noteworthy all the same.

Mozzie is still eager to get Neal and himself out of the country with the treasure. Here’s an idea – let Mozzie go, by himself. It would make the most sense.

Only one episode to go, the summer finale. Beau Bridges is on board as a guest star, but the door is open for Dushku and McCall to come back sometime down the road. January would be my guess. USA splits its season in two, thereby avoiding the crush of fall premieres and spring wrap ups.

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  • Randi

    Nice rcap but don’t get Bomer – McCall size reference. Bomer much taller than McCall so they cannot fight?