WHITE COLLAR “Withdrawal” (Season 2 Premiere) Early Review

White Collar (USA) - Season 2

WHITE COLLAR returns for its second season on Tuesday, July 13, at 9 pm, and I had a chance to take an early look at the premiere episode, “Withdrawal.” The bromance continues for stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, as FBI agent Peter has come to trust and respect con artist Neal, making the unlikely duo tighter than ever. Season 2 starts off with a great episode that includes a shocking scene at the end that you are not going to want to miss.

“Withdrawal” picks up shortly after last season’s finale, and, in the aftermath of the plane explosion, we find out that Peter’s in trouble with his superiors and Neal is back in jail. There wouldn’t be much of a show if Neal stayed locked up, so I don’t think it’s a big spoiler to say that Peter gets Neal sprung and placed back on the tether. Neal’s expertise is needed to catch a professional bank robber, The Architect, who is taunting the FBI with calling cards. Since they’re already in hot water with the FBI, Peter and Neal are under major pressure to catch this guy before he makes them look like fools.

Case of the week aside, both men want to find out who killed Kate, although Peter worries that Neal is going to do something stupid in his quest to find the killer. This leads to a tentative partnership with Mozzie (the always hilarious Willie Garson), who is also worried about his friend. The rest of the gang—Tiffani Thiessen and Diahann Carroll—also make quick appearances.

Like I mentioned above, this is a must-see episode because of a surprising reveal at the end. I’m not saying it’s as mind blowing as the Season 1 reveal that Peter was secretly meeting with Kate, but it’s still pretty good.

Of course, there’s also everything you would expect from an episode of White Collar – great dialogue, references to art, and a sophisticated villain. Even though Kate’s death has left Neal shaken, he’s still got plenty of charm and he works his magic on at least one smitten lady. The fedora also makes an appearance, and, although I hate the hat (Am I alone in that?), its return made me smile. All in all, I have to say that it’s a pretty great episode.

So don’t forget, White Collar returns on Tuesday, July 13, at 9 pm on USA.