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TV Review: White Collar – “When There’s a Will”

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As long as there are people on the planet, there will be crime. Perfect, since Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) are around to figure out the details. This week’s case goes from simple to complicated, fast, but this is just the type of problem the Fed and ex-con live for. Good thing, because the Rowland brothers need help.

Josh (Chris Masterson Malcolm in the Middle) and James (Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show)may not like each other much, but they are equally interested to discover which of the two wills their recently deceased father left is authentic. James, though, could well have the stronger case simply because he has a young daughter, Savannah, to think of. Turns out, both are fake.

Savannah is kidnapped along the way, but this is a routine matter for the Feds. When it comes to missing persons, the FBI is probably the best in the world. The tension build up is exactly what White Collar fans have come to expect. Look for a well known character actor as the culprit.

The Masterson brothers are well cast. Setting aside personal feelings in a time of crisis is what families do. Watching Chris silently comfort Danny when the emotional toll is too much is poignant, and perfect. It would be really nice to see these two return someday…

Anna Chlumsky, introduced as Melissa Matthews, will be a recurring chracter this season. The Uboat art stash is stuck in the warehouse at present, but Melissa gives Neal vital information. Peter has some idea of what got stolen, so Mozzie (Willie Garson) cannot help Neal unload anything yet. Of course, this tidbit is given out with Neal using an alias.

Chlumsky and Bomer make for an interesting team. While the chemistry is not as strong as, say, the one between DeKay and Tiffani Thiessen, neither actor is portraying a person wet behind the ears. The moment when Bomer is shown to be the criminal should be a telling one. Chlumsky is likely to appear down the road before the midseason finale, it’s just a question of when.

Look for more well known names as guest stars in the episodes to come. Watch for the new season of White Collar Tuesdays at 9pm ET on USA.

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  • tyallie98

    did you even watch the episode? Its name is Where There’s A Will not When There’s A Will!