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With his high cheekbones and piercing blue eyes, Matt Bomer plays con man Neal Caffrey with a smooth, handsome gloss. White Collar follows Caffrey's adventures as a sort of indentured servant to the FBI, under the watchful eye of Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). At the end of the previous season, Caffrey found himself in possession of a trove of classical art recovered from a sunken Nazi U-boat. His moral quandary--whether or not to sell the art and run--is the thread woven throughout the season, tying together assorted single-episode high jinks about stolen objects like an Egyptian scarab amulet or a Stradivarius violin, a forged will that turns out to be a treasure map, and speed dating with a possible black widow murderess. Another element recurring over the course of the season: Both Peter and Neal are deviled by figures from their respective pasts--Peter's former mentor (Beau Bridges) and Neal's former partner (Ross McCall). Lies, false identities, and shifting allegiances are the bread and butter for White Collar. White Collar has a light touch that harks back to '60s and '70s shows like Banacek or It Takes a Thief, with elaborate scams carried out by snappy dressers with a glib comeback to parry any threat. While the emotional stakes are occasionally high for the characters (in one episode, Peter's wife Elizabeth--played by Tiffani Thiessen--is kidnapped, giving DeKay plenty of opportunities for clenched-jaw machismo), a good outcome is never really in doubt for the audience. This is cheerful fun with plenty of eye-candy. Guest appearances included Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Dylan Baker (Happiness), and Tom Skerritt (Alien).

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