The Return of White Collar
Don’t be fooled people, that healthy glow, that new beard and those filled out abs are not because Neal Caffery (now James Maine) is hiding away on some small island off the coast of Cape Verde. It’s because Matt Bommer (the real person) was in a movie called Magic Mike and they told him he was the stripper and not the pole; and told him to get beefed up for the role. Us tv audiences get to enjoy the long-term benefits of that and pretend he got healthy living the good life, on the run (health is key here).
While Neal and Mozzie (now Barry) hide away on a tropical island, back in New York we finally see Peter coonfessing to Mrs. Suit that he did in fact give Neal the signal to run and has since had to face the fallout from the Bureau and is under a lot of scrutiny. Bureau no longer trusts him to find Caffery, but he is still high priority for them, which is why Agent Collins has been brought in for the job. Not much is revealed about Collins’ motivations, except he’s the guy who gets the job done no matter what and he brings them in one way or another (Does the FBI really want Neal dead? What justifies that call?). Burke knows he’s responsible for Neal and the idea of him returning to NYC in a body bag isn’t something he can stand by and let happen. He tracks down Ellen, to ask her for her help in finding Neal before Collins does. With the help of Jones and Diana, and a emotional phone call with Neal, Peter manages to locate him; but in his haste leaves behind far too many clues for Collins to easily follow him (this will probably come back as evidence the Bureau will use against him).
On the island, Peter and Collins are in a race against each other to find Neal first; but Peter being his friend, Neal leads him to himself. Collins isn’t far behind and so Neal tries to take refuge at the island’s “protector” only to find out he’s been betrayed by the same man. Guess Neal ran straight into the trap this time.