The sights and sounds of New York City have never been more welcoming than now, seeing returned con-man Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay), the FBI Agent who is now 3-0 on the “Catching Neal Caffrey” scoreboard, together again, walking (or, in Neal’s case, with a slight limp) and talking. Spoiler alert!
As punishment for his part in Neal’s escape and with no credit for his return, Peter is sent to work in The Cave – the evidence warehouse – under the supervision of a humorless Agent Patterson (Brett Cullen). Fortunately for Peter, it is not all gloom and doom come lunch time as Neal comes bearing gourmet lunches for them to share in the picnic area.
In an attempt to help Peter get out of his “prison”, Neal offers to look into a cold case Peter worked on ten years earlier when he went undercover to investigate a series of bank robberies that occur every five years. Neal tracks down a couple of leads and it does not take him long to come up with a key suspect, David Cook (Michael Weston). Though technically no longer supposed to be working any cases, Peter nevertheless finds himself going undercover again to catch Cook.
It is always fun to see Peter, and not Neal, going undercover because it gives us fans more opportunities to see Neal teaching Peter a few tricks of his trade. Amidst all this, Peter does not let Neal forget his promise to tell Peter “everything” about his family and his relationship with Ellen Parker (Judith Ivey).
We are guaranteed plenty of surprises as more layers of the mystery around Neal’s past are peeled away throughout this season – starting with his name.
Some highlights, fun moments and teasers from “Diminishing Returns”:
- We get to see another new room in Neal’s apartment and it is quite awesome – nudge, nudge, wink, wink
- Peter plays a mean squash game
- Who needs a key (or MacGyver, for that matter) when you’ve got Neal?
- On the subject of Peter’s old cases coming under scrutiny by the Department of Justice and now being taken off working new cases:
El: Do they know how many criminals you took off the streets?
Peter: I think it’s the one I left on the street that’s the problem
- Mozzie (Willie Garson) misses his frontman and the Suit
White Collar “Diminishing Returns”, written by Jim Campolongo, airs on USA Network, Tuesday 24 July at 9/8c.
Guest stars: Judith Ivey, Michael Weston, Brett Cullen, James Rebhorn and Laurie Williams