White Collar: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (23 Oct. 2009)

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With a few months left on his four-year sentence, criminal mastermind Neal Caffrey escapes from maximum security prison to save his relationship with his girlfriend. FBI Agent Peter Burke, ... See full summary »



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With a few months left on his four-year sentence, criminal mastermind Neal Caffrey escapes from maximum security prison to save his relationship with his girlfriend. FBI Agent Peter Burke, the man who had chased him for years and had finally caught him, is called in to track him down. He easily finds Neal at his girlfriend's apartment, deflated and defeated. She has completely disappeared. Back in prison and with four years added to his sentence, Neal decides to make a deal with Agent Burke to help him in finding other master criminals. The deal is made and Neal is released, with a GPS ankle monitor, of course, into the custody of Agent Burke. The uneasy partnership proves a success and Neal becomes an official FBI consultant, living large, to Agent Burke's astonishment and frustration, in a wealthy widow's guest-room. Neal, also, secretly brings in an old friend to help him find his girlfriend. Written by ley-moon

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In the first episode Neal tells Peter that Peter could get him out of prison and into Peter and the FBI custody and that there was precedent of other people doing the same thing. One of them was the real case of Frank Abagnale who pretended to be a pilot, doctor and lawyer whose story was told in the movie Catch Me if You Can. See more »


The 1944 Spanish copies of Snow White bear the title "Blanco Nieves y los Siete Enanos". The actual Spanish translation of Snow White is "Blancanieves", with no separation and the female termination -a instead of the male -o. Also, in Spain the tale is known as "Blancanieves y los Siete Enanitos" (Snow White and the Seven Little Dwarfs) while "Blancanieves y los Siete Enanos" is used in Latin America. See more »


Vincent: This has been here since 1952.
Neal Caffrey: It's been here less than a week.
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References Steamboat Willie (1928) See more »


Hold On, I'm Coming
Performed by Sam & Dave
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24 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a show with one of the dullest titles ever created, WC's pilot sparkled, at least in parts. A veteran FBI agent snags his man, a petty thief and con artist. Instead of having the poor guy rot in jail, the agent puts him to work on a case involving an elusive criminal nicknamed Snow White. The agent and con artist have some very lively dialog between them, which makes up for some of the slower scenes. The agent's wife is played by a familiar TV face fro the past, Tiffany Thiessen, and the con artists's new landlady is played by Dihann Carroll. In a few short weeks, MONK will be gone for good. I imagine USA is banking considerably on the success of this show. If the pilot is any indication, I suspect it will work out just fine.

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