Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) is no stranger to using people when he wants something. The job of being a con artist requires it. Using the insurance investigator whose testimony sent him to prison, though, makes for another matter entirely. To be fair, Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton, One Tree Hill) may not have been the main reason. Out of about 13 or so crimes Neal has been thought to have committed, the jail conviction is for securities fraud.
Burton and Bomer have some interesting cat and mouse interaction during this episode. She plays a woman who is zealous in her work, and he transforms himself into the charmer who steals for a living. The tape recorder sets up Burton as a potential blackmailer, but the scenes on them upon the bureau roof are sweet. A softer side comes out of both, which gives a special poignancy to a tension-filled story.
A two million dollar theft of Japanese bonds is the crime, but the story of Kate, Neal's longtime love, dying ("Out of the Box") pokes its head in and says hello. A nice heart-catching moment comes as Neal and Mozzie (Willie Garson) look at the exploded plane remnants at a nearby hangar. Neal enters and has to steel himself for the examination, which gives Bomer a chance to show a crack in Neal's otherwise cool and calculated facade. Kudos to Mozzie, who recognizes the difficulty and reaches out in comfort. It's an echo of the time Mozzie has to enter the FBI bureau and Neal must use persuasion to get his bespectacled pal all the way upstairs to Peter's office ("By the Book").
Garson and Bomer are good at portraying the friendship game, and the chemistry shows. They have no problem showing just how two people can care for one another, and often add much needed comic relief on a weekly basis. The Grease dialogue defines these two perfectly.