White Collar Episode 14: "Out of the Box" Review

White Collar is a light, fun mystery show on par with most of USA Network's enjoyable original programming, but at its best, it's like watching the last half-hour of Ocean's 11 on a weekly basis. And who doesn't love a well-planned heist? Yes, the show gets away with some silliness at times, but the intelligent schemes, sly tricks and intricate con games they pull off separate it from your standard mystery fare on TV. Plus, Matthew Bomer is just really likable as the charming rogue, Neal Caffrey.

The series wrapped up its first season with an exciting finale complete with everything we've come to expect from the show: plenty of twists and turns and a complicated heist that resulted in Neal getting his hands on the elusive Music Box - a treasure he finally captured after many previous failed attempts. This music box was also the key to reuniting Neal with the even-more-elusive-Kate, his ex-girlfriend. Kate was being held by the villainous Agent Fowler, who promised to release Kate and free Neal from his obligation as a consultant for the F.B.I. in exchange for the box. But anyone who's been watching this show from the beginning knows things were not going to be that simple.

Neal has spent the season assisting Agent Peter Burke in the White Collar Crimes division, using his inside information and experience as a master forger and con artist to solve crimes from the inside-out. In addition to helping the F.B.I., he's been independently searching for the Music Box to help him get back with Kate. Since being teased with clues about this mysterious treasure for a while now, we finally got some solid information about its whereabouts. Neal's con-artist ex-lover Alex found out the box was being held in a safe inside the Italian Consulate, which gave them (and fellow partner-in-crime Mozzie) a target to hit. After a season full of operations that put Neal's talents to the test, they saved the best caper for last, using aliases, explosive diversions and safe-cracking tools smuggled inside a forged Italian sculpture in order to obtain the box.

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