White Collar

Season 1 Episode 13

Front Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2010 on USA
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Episode Summary

Agent Kimberly Rice asks for Neal's help in a kidnapping case because of his connection to the suspect Ryan Wilkes, but Wilkes lures Neal right into a trap.

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  • Each time Neal's life is risked, he should get a sentence reduction.

    I don't understand why every time Neal risks his life for the FBI, he doesn't get a reduction to his sentence. I don't understand why Neal doesn't insist on it.

    His role is supposed to be that of a consultant, yet he is often used as bait, sometimes (as with this episode) without his consent. Other times, he has been asked before-hand and given a choice. It is during these times, that logically, I would expect him to say something like, "If I do this, in return I want ... you know that 3 year sentence/commitment I have working with the FBI ..."

    Neal is smart enough to know that when the FBI need him to go undercover, they actually need him –him and no-one but him- so he's smart enough to remind them that his three year commitment isn't supposed to include him putting his life at risk. And if he was to do so, perhaps something should be coming his way, as a reward/payment for his co-operation, making the point that being in jail to serve out the remainder of his three years whilst not preferable, is infinitely better than being dead.

    I'm looking forward to future episode where Neal is free and actually working with Peter and the FBI out of choice, and he is unencumbered by the leg-tag, free to do his own thing.

    Both Peter and Neal, when it comes down to it, do the right thing by each other anyway, even though they don't always tell each other the truth, so this artificial tension of:

    Will Neal run if he has a chance?

    Can Peter be trusted to look after Neal's best interests?

    Can they real work well together?


    is just artificial and forced.

    Other than making it more difficult for Neal to find his lost love, there is no real reason to have him in the leg-tag, which is basically taken off him nearly every episode, anyway.

    I want to see stories with Neal unfettered, unleashed, because then he and Peter, as a team would be unstoppable, and the storyline would be more exciting.moreless
  • Neal is trying to make a deal with Alex, but an Agent Rice with a kidnapping case gets in the way. An old "friend" of Neal's who had tried to kill him before requests that Neal meet with him in exchange for the girl. Rice sets Neal up!moreless

    An entertaining episode which is well written with a number of new unlikable characters. Agent Kimberly Rice played by Diane Neal comes across a little like finger nails on a chalk board. At least she is not after Burke like the last agent we met, but she s not a team player and looks at and treats Neal like an underling who is to be bossed around and tells him not to speak unless spoken too. Basically "he's a tool in her tool belt" and that is all. The other is the short lived partner who Neal had ripped off for half a million and wanted him dead. A lovely man named Ryan Wilkes played by Charles Malik Whitfield. If Rice is finger nails, Wilkes is more like glass! He sooner kill you than look at you, especially when it comes to Neal! So you now know the new players.

    A young woman is kidnapped. It just happens to be the daughter of the man Neal got thrown in jail for because of copying his stolen bonds. So Rice finds out from Wilkes, the kidnapper, that if she can get him Caffrey she can have the girl. Of course none of this plays out the way anyone plans and Neal is on his own to get out of it.

    Meanwhile Neal is trying to convince Alex to tell him where the music box is so he can help Kate. He uses his relationship and the case to fulfill Alex's conditions. Mozzie and Peter both play big parts in the case and helping Neal. Of course Peter suspects, but doesn't really know what is going on. Personally I think Peter should just help Neal steal the box and get it over with!

    A nice plot with some little holes, but for the most part very entertaining when the characters weren't getting on my nerves. The good guys all win in the end and everyone is friendly. Next weeks finale looks like a barn burner. I'm looking forward to it! Thanks for reading...moreless
Diane Neal

Diane Neal

Agent Kimberly Rice

Guest Star

Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield

Ryan Wilkes

Guest Star

Mark Elliot Wilson

Mark Elliot Wilson


Guest Star

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll


Recurring Role

Gloria Votsis

Gloria Votsis

Alex Hunter

Recurring Role

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Clinton Jones

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Referring to Agent Rice) Mozzie: You're letting the pantsuit use you as bait to catch Wilkes?

    • Peter: (to Neal) You know, you can either go back to wearing an orange jumpsuit and pining for the girl that got away or you can stay here and do something good with your life. Your choice.

    • Peter: Who's there?
      Elizabeth: Mozzie, and he's pretty worked up.
      Peter: That's his normal state.

    • Elizabeth: You know, Moz, you never told me what you do for a living.
      Mozzie: I know that. Neither have you, Mrs. Suit.
      Elizabeth: I'm an event planner. I run my own company.
      Mozzie: Burke Premiere Events. I thought that company was a front for Peter.
      Elizabeth: Okay, not everything has a secret meaning.
      Mozzie: Ah, naiveté. So sweet. I bet you believe in the moon landing.

    • Elizabeth: You know, Mozzie still won't tell me what he does for a living. Do you know?
      Peter: I know enough not to ask.

    • Agent Rice: You know, you kept me waiting outside that rich lady's house for half an hour.
      Neal: You can't rush style, Agent Rice.
      Agent Rice: Took me less time to get ready for my wedding. It didn't take.
      Neal: I'm not surprised. Statistically speaking.

    • Neal: You're being paranoid.
      Mozzie: Paranoia is a skill, the secret to longevity.

    • Peter: (to Rice) You can't tell, but right now deep down I'm petrified.

    • Neal: Whatever I did I have proof I didn't do it.

  • NOTES (3)


    • About 27 minutes in, as the airport scene opens, we see an airline pilot walking away from camera, arm in arm with two stewardesses. This may be a direct reference to a scene in Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, a notorious confidence trickster whose story (and relationship with the FBI agent who tracked and eventually caught him) is undeniably a strong influence on this show.