White Collar: Season 3 Premiere
One of USA Network’s most anticipated series returns; White Collar finally began Season 3 on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012. After having been left with the major cliff-hanger of the kidnapping of FBI Agent Peter Burke’s wife, Elizabeth, White Collar fans released a long-held gasp with the opening scenes of the new episode.
Overcome with emotions, the newly impulsive Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) allows a new side of him to see the light. The usually mild-mannered Federal Agent develops into an impulsive husband filled with rage. And to top it all off, Burke’s wrath is aimed directly at Conman-turned-FBI-Consultant Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). All the while, Caffrey must somehow convince best friend Mozzie (Willie Garson) to lend a helping hand after an eventful falling-out last season. Together, these three men set aside their conflicts and differences in order to fight the common enemy, Matthew Keller (Ross McCall).
From the very first scene, the audience is launched on an emotional rollercoaster (along with the other characters) for an entire hour: loving, hating, and loving again the charming, blue-eyed Neal Caffrey (a favorite of the ladies). We are constantly left asking, “What side is Neal Caffrey on?” Feeling betrayed by Caffrey, we still can’t help but root for him in the old-school duel with Keller, reacting to each painful punch Caffrey absorbs.
Peter Burke’s wife, the kidnapped Elizabeth Burke (Tiffani Thiessen), is finally given a chance to prove her strength as an independent woman. Putting her FBI knowledge to the test, Elizabeth must find a way to escape the captivity of her kidnapper…or die.
The iconic “good prevails over evil” idea leads to ending the episode with the typical White Collar cliff-hanger: will Neal Caffrey become a free man?