Synopsis: White Collar is about the unlikely partnership of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffrey, a charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, FBI Agent Peter Burke.
When Neal escapes from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Peter nabs him once again. Rather than returning to jail, Neal suggests an alternate plan: He’ll provide his criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom. Initially wary, Peter quickly finds that Neal provides insight and intuition that can’t be found on the right side of the law.
Matt Bomer … Neal Caffrey
Tim DeKay … Peter Burke
Willie Garson … Mozzie
Tiffani Thiessen … Elizabeth Burke
Sharif Atkins … Jones
Marsha Thomason … Diana
Hilarie Burton … Sara Ellis
Episode: “Pilot” (#1.01)
Original Air Date: October 23, 2009
Description: In the series premiere, slick con man Neal Caffrey escapes from a maximum-security prison, much to the dismay of FBI agent Peter Burke, the man who put Neal behind bars after a lengthy cat-and-mouse game. After being apprehended again, Neal suggests a partnership with Peter in which he’ll help the agent solve white-collar crimes, an arrangement that keeps Neal out of jail and provides the premise for the series.
Episode: “Threads” (#1.02)
Original Air Date: October 30, 2009
Description: Neal and Peter infiltrate New York’s Fashion Week to stop a criminal from selling security data that is stored on a piece of technology woven into the fabric of a model’s dress.
Episode: “Book Of Hours” (#1.03)
Original Air Date: November 6, 2009
Description: A mobster asks the FBI to track down a valuable Bible that was stolen from him. During the investigation, Neal encounters a dangerous woman who tests his true loyalties.
Episode: “Flip Of The Coin” (#1.04)
Original Air Date: November 13, 2009
Description: Peter and Neal try to locate smuggled Iraqi artifacts. The evidence points to a U.S. soldier as the culprit, but the pair soon begin to suspect a news producer working in the territory.
Episode: “The Portrait” (#1.05)
Original Air Date: November 20, 2009
Description: Peter and Neal set up a sting to recover a stolen portrait. Neal also tracks the origins of the piece as the identity of the culprit slowly comes to light.
Episode: “All In” (#1.06)
Original Air Date: November 27, 2009
Description: Peter and Neal work a case based in Chinatown and face plenty of obstacles in the form of organized crime, shady Interpol agents and a game of Pai Gow.
Episode: “Free Fall” (#1.07)
Original Air Date: December 4, 2009
Description: Neal becomes a suspect in a clever jewelry heist, and Peter must determine if Neal’s lying to him to pull off another con.
Episode: “Hard Sell” (#1.08)
Original Air Date: January 19, 2010
Description: Neal and Peter go undercover to take down a corrupt group of Wall Street brokers. If the mission fails, Neal’s deal with the FBI could be negated.
Episode: “Bad Judgement” (#1.09)
Original Air Date: January 26, 2010
Description: When Peter and Neal discover that an estate judge committing mortgage fraud is also connected to Fowler, they devise a plan to bring them both down.
Episode: “Vital Signs” (#1.10)
Original Air Date: February 2, 2010
Description: When June’s niece suffers renal trauma, Neal stumbles upon a cruel scheme to harvest human organs and brings the case to Peter. Together they enact an elaborate scheme in hopes of artfully conning the black market ringleader into exposing his crimes.
Episode: “Home Invasion” (#1.11)
Original Air Date: February 9, 2010
Description: Peter and Neal find themselves on the trail of an elusive femme fatale who is stealing pieces of a valuable collection. Now they must find the woman and reassemble the pieces before an international conflict erupts.
Episode: “Bottlenecked” (#1.12)
Original Air Date: February 23, 2010
Description: An old rival of Neal’s lays down a challenge: to see if either of them can create the impossible forgery – fabricating a unique bottle of wine owned by Ben Franklin but as the rival uses brutal and deadly tactics to achieve his ends, Neal quickly realizes that much more is at stake than bragging rights, and he and Peter must figure out how to take the rival down once and for all.
Episode: “Front Man” (#1.13)
Original Air Date: March 2, 2010
Description: When the daughter of a man from his past goes missing, Neal volunteers to help find her. Little does anyone realize the kidnapper is an old enemy of Neal’s, and is leading him right into a trap.
Episode: “Out Of The Box” (#1.14)
Original Air Date: March 9, 2010
Description: In the first-season finale, Neal and Alex pair up to go after the elusive music box at the Italian consulate. Meanwhile, Peter asks Diana to help him get rid of Fowler.
Episode: “Withdrawal” (#2.01)
Original Air Date: July 13, 2010
Description: In the Season 2 opener, Peter and Neal try to stay a step ahead of a sophisticated bank robber. But once alarms are set off throughout the city, the guys realize they’re dealing with a true professional.
Episode: “Need To Know” (#2.02)
Original Air Date: July 20, 2010
Description: Neal plans to expose a corrupt politician by going undercover as a political fixer.
Episode: “Copycat Caffrey” (#2.03)
Original Air Date: July 27, 2010
Description: Neal and Peter must stay on their toes while chasing after a criminal who’s copying Neal’s style of pulling off capers.
Episode: “By The Book” (#2.04)
Original Air Date: August 3, 2010
Description: Mozzie puts himself in a vulnerable position when he comes to Peter and Neal for help finding someone who’s important to him and whom he fears has been kidnapped.
Episode: “Unfinished Business” (#2.05)
Original Air Date: August 10, 2010
Description: An insurance investigator is the target of a murder plot stemming from a routine bond theft. The FBI tracks the bonds to a real-estate mogul, but Peter and Neal need to figure out why he wants the woman dead.
Episode: “In The Red” (#2.06)
Original Air Date: August 17, 2010
Description: Peter and Neal enter the world of high-stakes gambling in order to catch a criminal who’s extorting adoptive parents.
Episode: “Prisoner’s Dilemma” (#2.07)
Original Air Date: August 24, 2010
Description: Peter helps the U.S. Marshals determine which FBI agent is leaking the locations of trial witnesses for a payoff. After a suspect is named, however, Peter goes on the run with the accused agent until he can prove the man’s innocence.
Episode: “Company Man” (#2.08)
Original Air Date: August 31, 2010
Description: The head researcher of a tech company is murdered, and Peter and Neal take on the case. Though the company’s CEO claims the killing was the work of a competitor, evidence points to someone within the company.
Episode: “Point Blank” (#2.09)
Original Air Date: September 7, 2010
Description: After Peter and Neal make progress tracking Kate’s killer, Neal arranges a con to get closer to the suspect.
Episode: “Burke’s Seven” (#2.10)
Original Air Date: January 18, 2011
Description: Suspended and wrongly accused by the FBI, Peter sets out to clear his name and find Mozzie’s shooter during a sting with Neal.
Episode: “Forging Bonds” (#2.11)
Original Air Date: January 25, 2011
Description: Neal recalls his first meetings with Kate and Mozzie while Peter goes over the details of Neal’s first arrest.
Episode: “What Happens in Burma” (#2.12)
Original Air Date: February 1, 2011
Description: Peter and Neal work to free a diplomat’s son, who has been taken into custody in Burma for a crime he didn’t commit. The case requires the duo to use diplomatic laws to their advantage in order to overcome the obstacles facing them.
Episode: “Countermeasures” (#2.13)
Original Air Date: February 8, 2011
Description: Neal is suspicious when an old friend of June’s husband is released from jail and shows up for a visit.
Episode: “Payback” (#2.14)
Original Air Date: February 22, 2011
Description: Peter and Neal work with the U.S. Marshals to identify an FBI agent who’s selling witness locations during trials. Peter finds a lead but decides to protect the agent until he can clear the man’s name.
Episode: “Power Play” (#2.15)
Original Air Date: March 1, 2011
Description: Peter and Neal swap identities as part of a plan to stop a collusion scheme that has led to blackouts in the city.
Episode: “Under the Radar” (#2.16)
Original Air Date: March 8, 2011
Description: Neal confronts the person responsible for Kate’s demise in the Season 2 finale. He also uncovers the truth behind one of history’s biggest mysteries.
Episode: “On Guard” (#3.01)
Original Air Date: June 7, 2011
Description: In the Season 3 premiere, Peter and Neal must put aside their differences while hunting down a thief who robbed the Federal Reserve.
Episode: “Where There’s a Will” (#3.02)
Original Air Date: June 14, 2011
Description: Peter and Neal follow clues from a treasure map hidden in a forged will in order to find an inheritance. The kidnapping of the beneficiary’s daughter raises the stakes.
Episode: “Deadline” (#3.03)
Original Air Date: June 21, 2011
Description: Diana goes undercover as a journalist’s assistant in order to protect the woman’s life. Peter and Neal, meanwhile, look into a pharmaceutical company that the reporter was investigating.
Episode: “Dentist Of Detroit” (#3.04)
Original Air Date: June 28, 2011
Description: A Detroit gangster with ties to Mozzie comes to Manhattan, risking a mob war. Peter and Neal take steps to prevent violence by helping Mozzie pull off an old scam designed to take down the mobster.
Episode: “Veiled Threat” (#3.05)
Original Air Date: July 5, 2011
Description: Peter and Neal pose as wealthy bachelors to catch a black widow.
Episode: “Scott Free” (#3.06)
Original Air Date: July 12, 2011
Description: A talented teenage con artist wreaks havoc in Manhattan, and Neal must decide if he should help him or take him down.
Episode: “Taking Account” (#3.07)
Original Air Date: July 19, 2011
Description: A hacker empties a bank’s accounts, so Neal assumes the thief’s identity and goes on a spending spree in order to force the criminal to surface.
Episode: “As You Were” (#3.08)
Original Air Date: July 26, 2011
Description: Jones’ classmate from the Naval Academy goes missing, so Jones joins Peter and Neal to investigate an international private-security team, which could be linked to the disappearance.
Episode: “On the Fence” (#3.09)
Original Air Date: August 2, 2011
Description: Neal goes undercover with a beautiful Egyptologist (Eliza Dushku) in an attempt to apprehend Matthew Keller, who’s smuggling Egyptian artifacts. But during a confrontation with Keller, Neal learns his true motives for returning to New York.
Episode: “Countdown” (#3.10)
Original Air Date: August 9, 2011
Description: Neal and Mozzie try to stay one step ahead of the FBI during an investigation into a treasure cache, which the pair secretly possess.
Episode: “Checkmate” (#3.11)
Original Air Date: January 17, 2012
Description: Keller kidnaps Elizabeth and demands the U-boat treasure in exchange for her release. While Peter and Neal work to track it down, Neal is forced to reveal his hidden cache, leaving Peter feeling betrayed.
Episode: “Upper West Side Story” (#3.12)
Original Air Date: January 24, 2012
Description: Neal poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to help Peter track down missing scholarship money.
Episode: “Neighborhood Watch” (#3.13)
Original Air Date: January 31, 2012
Description: Peter and Neal uncover a plot to rob a swanky hotel after Elizabeth overhears her neighbor discussing something suspicious.
Episode: “Pulling Strings” (#3.14)
Original Air Date: February 7, 2012
Description: Sparks fly when Neal teams up with his ex Sara to track down a missing Stradivarius. The mission offers Neal a glimpse into a different kind of life for himself.
Episode: “Stealing Home” (#3.15)
Original Air Date: February 21, 2012
Description: A wealthy baseball fan plans to steal a valuable piece of memorabilia from Yankees Stadium and recruits Neal to join his team for the heist.
Episode: “Judgment Day” (#3.16)
Original Air Date: February 28, 2012
Description: Neal’s commutation is threatened by Agent Kramer, forcing Peter to choose a side in the Season 3 finale. To help his case, Neal tries to correct a mistake from his past.
Episode: “Wanted” (#4.01)
Original Air Date: July 10, 2012
Description: Peter tries to find Neal on a remote island before a bounty hunter locates him first in the Season 4 premiere.
Episode: “Most Wanted” (#4.02)
Original Air Date: July 17, 2012
Description: Peter comes up with a strategy to return Neal to the U.S. before Collins catches him.
Episode: “Diminishing Returns” (#4.03)
Original Air Date: July 24, 2012
Description: The guys track a brilliant thief who’s eluded the FBI for years.
Episode: “Parting Shots” (#4.04)
Original Air Date: July 31, 2012
Description: The guys suspect fraud when a beautiful widow stands to receive a hefty life-insurance payout.
Episode: “Honor Among Thieves” (#4.05)
Original Air Date: August 4, 2012
Description: Neal strikes a deal with an art thief, who has information about his past, and must steal an important piece of art behind the backs of Peter and the FBI.
Episode: “Identity Crisis” (#4.06)
Original Air Date: August 21, 2012
Description: Mozzie, Neal and Peter hunt for treasure following clues Mozzie believes were left by a spy ring.
Episode: “Compromising Positions” (#4.07)
Original Air Date: August 28, 2012
Description: A cunning political fixer tries to sabotage the trial of a criminal Peter put in jail.
Episode: “Ancient History” (#4.08)
Original Air Date: September 4, 2012
Description: The team look into museum heists in which rare artifacts are targeted.
Episode: “Gloves Off” (#4.09)
Original Air Date: September 11, 2012
Description: Peter and Neal infiltrate a white-collar boxing ring in which Wall Street traders fight for insider information.
Episode: “Vested Interest” (#4.10)
Original Air Date: September 18, 2012
Description: An FBI conference is targeted by a thief, who has a plan to steal something extremely valuable.
Episode: “Family Business” (#4.11)
Original Air Date: January 22, 2013
Description: Neal targets an Irish mobster involved in counterfeiting whiskey and attempts to uncover the truth about his father’s crime.
Episode: “Brass Tracks” (#4.12)
Original Air Date: January 29, 2013
Description: Peter and Neal look into Senator Pratt’s ties to corrupt cops who framed Neal’s father. Their investigation also leads them to a real-estate developer running a kickback scheme.
Episode: “Empire City” (#4.13)
Original Air Date: February 5, 2013
Description: A forgery and money-laundering case has links to jazz and taxicabs.
Episode: “Shoot the Moon” (#4.14)
Original Air Date: February 19, 2013
Description: Peter and Neal take different approaches to catch a criminal duo caught up in a whirlwind romance.
Episode: “The Original” (#4.15)
Original Air Date: February 26, 2013
Description: Peter and Neal investigate sculpture forgeries and also get closer to the truth about the evidence box.
Episode: “In the Wind” (#4.16)
Original Air Date: March 5, 2013
Description: In the Season 4 finale, the guys are almost able to retrieve the evidence box from the Empire State Building, but their efforts are impeded by Senator Pratt, who hired FBI agents to find the box first.