Year of Release: 2009 | Episode Runtime: 00:42 Hrs. CrimeDrama
Neal Caffrey, a con man, forger and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI. With only months left serving a four-year sentence, he escapes to look for Kate, his girlfriend. Peter Burke, the FBI agent who initially captured Caffrey, finds and returns him to prison. This time, Caffrey proposes a deal with the FBI, as part of a work-release program. After some hesitation, Burke agrees, and thus begins this unconventional arrangement where Caffrey helps Burke apprehend white collar criminals.
"Pilot" is the debut episode of the of the American comedy-drama television series White Collar. It was first broadcast on USA Network in the United States on October 23, 2009. The episode sets up major story arcs for the series, including Neal Caffrey's collaboration with FBI Special Agent Peter Burke, and the significance of the disappearance of Neal's girlfriend, Kate Moreau.
The episode was written by Jeff Eastin and directed by Bronwen Hughes. The original broadcast ran 90 minutes. The cast includes Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, Tim DeKay as Peter Burke, Willie Garson as Mozzie, Marsha Thomason as Diana Lancing, and Tiffani Thiessen as Elizabeth Burke, Peter's wife. The pilot features the introduction of recurring characters Special Agent Clinton Jones, Kate Moreau, and Neal's landlady June. Guest stars include Mark Sheppard as the Dutchman, Michael Gaston and Stephen Singer. It is also the only episode in the series not to have a title sequence, with the opening credits rolling on as the episode progresses.
According the Nielsen ratings system, an estimated 5.40 million household viewers watched the original broadcast of the pilot; this is the second-most watched episode of the series to date, behind "Free Fall". The episode received mostly positive reviews.
2. Threads 2009-10-30
Neal and Peter infiltrate New York's Fashion Week to stop a security data which is woven in the fabric of a model's dress, from being sold by a criminal.
3. Book of Hours 2009-11-06
The disappearance of a precious bible creates an interesting union when a New York Mafia kingpin enlists the help of Peter and the FBI in tracking down his beloved artifact. But while rooting out the thief, Neal finds himself in a tango with a sexy female villain and must decide where his loyalty truly lies.
4. Flip of the Coin 2009-11-13
Peter thinks he’s in for it when Elizabeth shows up at the office with her friend Dana in tow. But Peter isn’t the one in trouble this time; it’s Dana’s husband, Captain John Mitchell, who is in the hot seat.
5. The Portrait 2009-11-20
When an expensive portrait is stolen from a young woman, Peter and Neal set a sting for the cunning and deadly culprit. Neal must uncover the secret truth of the portrait's origin even as the net tightens around the villain ... and around Neal himself!
6. All In 2009-11-27
Thrust into the seedy underbelly of New York's Chinatown, Peter and Neal must navigate vicious Triads, mysterious Interpol agents, and a game of Pai Gow in order to capture their target.
7. Free Fall 2009-12-04
The FBI investigates a spectacular jewelry heist and all the clues point to Neal. Now Peter must figure out if his "partner" is telling the truth or if Neal is pulling a con of his own.
8. Hard Sell 2010-01-19
Neal must infiltrate a company of corrupt Wall Street brokers to preserve his deal with the FBI. When Peter is forced to go undercover alongside him, a discovery is made that could change their partnership forever.
9. Bad Judgment 2010-01-26
Peter is feeling good after a long weekend of relaxation, but his buzz is quashed when he returns to the office to see David Sullivan and his young daughter, Alison, waiting for him. Sullivan stood to inherit his recently deceased father's home, but the bank is foreclosing. Turns out, the old man took out a second mortgage before he passed away. Sullivan claims fraud, but the bank has a stack of paperwork, signed and notarized by his father. As Peter and Neal see the situation, it doesn't get much more cut and dry.
10. Vital Signs 2010-02-02
When June's niece suffers renal trauma, Neal stumbles upon a cruel scheme to harvest human organs and brings the case to Peter.
11. Home Invasion 2010-02-09
To avoid an international conflict, Peter and Neal have to find a thief who is stealing pieces to a valuable collection.
12. Bottlenecked 2010-02-23
An old rival of Neal's lays down a challenge: to see if either of them can create an impossible forgery. But as the rival uses brutal and deadly tactics to achieve his ends, Neal quickly realizes that much more is at stake than bragging rights!
13. Front Man 2010-03-02
Neal helps an old friend whose daughter has been kidnapped, without realizing that it's all a trap from an old enemy.
14. Out of the Box 2010-03-09
Neal and Alex attempt to recover a music box from the Italian Consulate. Peter and Diana try to take down Fowler
Peter and Neal try to stay a step ahead of a sophisticated bank robber. But once alarms are set off throughout the city, the guys realize they're dealing with a true professional.
2. Need to Know 2010-07-20
Neal goes undercover as a political "fixer" in order to bring down a corrupt politician. Diana and Peter's lead brings them to an unidentified man who escapes their pursuit. It is also revealed that Peter had Diana keep the music box's location hidden even from Peter himself. Neal begins to suspect that Peter is investigating the plane explosion behind his back.
3. Copycat Caffrey 2010-07-27
Peter sends Neal back to school after someone copycats one of his old schemes. Alex returns with some bad news. Diana discovers the music box is hiding something. Peter and Diana set out to find the missing key, which is the last piece of the music box that Alex gives Neal before leaving for Italy. Aidan Quinn guest stars as a criminology professor.
4. By the Book 2010-08-03
When Mozzie believes someone he cares about has been kidnapped, he turns to Peter and Neal for help.
5. Unfinished Business 2010-08-10
In order to save the life of an insurance investigator named Sara Ellis, Neal and Peter have to find out why a real-estate mogul put a price on her head.
6. In the Red 2010-08-17
The arrest of a jewel thief leads Peter and Neal toward a much more heinous extortion case against adoptive parents.
7. Prisoner's Dilemma 2010-08-24
Joe Morton! An FBI Agent is accused of selling witness locations during criminal trials, and the U.S. Marshals ask Peter and Neal for help tracking down the suspect
8. Company Man 2010-08-31
Neal and Peter must go undercover into the world of corporate espionage after a tech company's head researcher is murdered.
9. Point Blank 2010-09-07
Neal orchestrates an elaborate con to bring himself face to face with Kate's murderer.
10. Burke's Seven 2011-01-18
Mozzie narrowly escapes death and Neal uses his contacts to help Peter find Mozzie's shooter Julian Larssen. However, Larssen manages to blame Peter instead and is released. Suspended from the FBI, Peter enlists the help of Neal, Jones, Diana, Sara, Mozzie and even Elizabeth to run a sting to finally catch Larssen and to clear his name.
11. Forging Bonds 2011-01-25
Peter goes back to the time he arrested Neal for the first time. In the meantime, Neal remembers meeting Kate and Mozzie.
12. What Happens in Burma 2011-02-01
Peter and Neal work to free a diplomat's son, who has been taken into custody in Burma for a crime he didn't commit. The case requires the duo to use diplomatic laws to their advantage in order to overcome the obstacles facing them.
13. Countermeasures 2011-02-08
Neal is suspicious when an old friend of June's husband is released from jail and shows up for a visit.
14. Payback 2011-02-22
Matthew Keller, Neal's imprisoned rival, contacts Neal and Peter to make a deal. However, the two have to realize Keller set them up to kidnap Peter and to force Neal to bargain with Jason Lang, Keller's former partner turned adversary.
15. Power Play 2011-03-01
Peter and Neal assume each other's identities to uncover a collusion scheme.
16. Under the Radar 2011-03-08
Neal gets closer to finding out the truth about Kate's death.
Peter tries to find Neal on a remote island before a bounty hunter locates him first.
2. Most Wanted 2012-07-17
Peter comes up with a strategy to return Neal to the U.S. before Collins catches him.
3. Diminishing Returns 2012-07-24
The guys track a brilliant thief who's eluded the FBI for years.
4. Parting Shots 2012-07-31
The team investigates a widow on the verge of an inheritance.
5. Honor Among Thieves 2012-08-14
A female art thief makes Neal an offer in exchange for important information.
6. Identity Crisis 2012-08-21
Mozzie, Neal and Peter follow clues left in a storage unit.
7. Compromising Positions 2012-08-28
A criminal with a vendetta against Peter hires a political fixer to sabotage the trial.
8. Ancient History 2012-09-04
The team investigates a series of museum heists that target rare artifacts.
9. Gloves Off 2012-09-11
Neal goes under cover as a stock trader on Wall Street.
10. Vested Interest 2012-09-18
Peter and Neal pursue one of the paintings on the treasure manifest.
11. Family Business 2013-01-22
Peter and Neal attempt to find the truth behind Neal's father's crime. In doing so, Neal must go undercover into the world of counterfeit whiskey to take down a high-level member of the Irish Mob.
12. Brass Tacks 2013-01-29
Peter and Neal look into Senator Pratt's ties to corrupt cops who framed Neal's father and tore his family apart. Their investigation leads them to a real-estate developer running a kickback scheme.
13. Empire City 2013-02-05
Peter and Neal work a forgery and money laundering case that leads them into two of the most iconic New York institutions, taxi cabs and jazz.
14. Shoot the Moon 2013-02-19
Peter and Neal work from different angles as they attempt to stop a thieving duo bent on going out in a hail of bullets rather than watch their whirlwind relationship fade away behind bars.
15. The Original 2013-02-26
Peter and Neal get closer to finding out the mystery behind Ellen's evidence box while simultaneously chiseling their way through the world of sculpture forgery.
16. In the Wind 2013-03-05
Peter and Neal are one heist away from retrieving the evidence box hidden inside the Empire State Building. Meanwhile, Senator Pratt has enlisted a small army of FBI agents to find the box before Neal.