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When the trail of evidence on elusive criminal "The Dutchman" comes to a screeching halt, FBI Agent Peter Burke decides to take a chance and partner up with Neal Caffery - a master criminal and con man - and proves to be Burke's most valuable asset.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 5039-08-179
Airdate: Friday October 23rd, 2009
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

Director: Bronwen Hughes
Writer: Jeff Eastin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Bravo) Apr 21, 2010
NL (RTL 5) Dec 05, 2010

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (26 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Diahann Carroll
As June Ellington

Starring Roles
Marsha Thomason
As Diana

Guest Stars
Mark Sheppard
As Curtis Hagen
Sharif Atkins
As FBI Agent Clinton Jones
Michael Gaston
As Thompson
Stephen Singer
As Vincent

Co-Guest Stars
Alexandra Daddario
As Kate
Denise Vasi
As Cindy
Anthony Gallo (1)
As Warehouse Guard
Arnie Burton
As Tony Field
Derek Milman
As FBI Technician
Don Kurt
As Rich Man
James Biberi
As Gaines
Lanny Flaherty
As Motel Clerk
Mike Houston
As Customs Official
Neal Matarazzo
As Warden Haskley
Reathel Bean
As Priest
Main Cast
Matthew Bomer
As Neal George Caffrey
Tim DeKay
As FBI Special Agent Peter Burke
Willie Garson
As Mozzie
Tiffani Thiessen
As Elizabeth Burke


The scene starts with a prison inmate is shaving. He has a uniform of a Correctional Officer there and slicks his hair back. As he walks through the halls, no one is paying attention to him. He scans his identification card and another Correctional Officer stops him for a second and then lets him exit out the door. His name is Neal Caffrey and he was convicted of Bond Forgery but suspected of counterfeiting, securities fraud, art theft, and racketeering. He hotwires a vehicle and then drives to get a yellow jacket. He pretends to be an employee to park cars and takes a nice car from someone going away for a month. Meanwhile, at a bank vault, a man is trying to open a safe slowly while other members of the FBI are watching the progress. FBI White Collar Crime Unit member Peter Burke is leading a team to open up a safe. The safe is ready to be opened and Burke tries to tell him to stop but it explodes with dust. Burke is angry that he is trying to catch “The Dutchman” and that the evidence is destroyed. He knew that the FBI was going to be there. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Eastin
Executive ProducerJeff Eastin  |  Don Kurt
ProducerDon Kurt
Production DesignerLester Cohen
Unit Production ManagerRobin Sweet
Second Assistant DirectorMichael Espinosa
Staff WriterJeff Eastin
Costume DesignerCatherine Marie Thomas
CinematographerRussell Lee Fine
Special Makeup Effects ArtistVincent Schicchi
Film EditorJordan Goldman
Key HairstylistTarsha Marshall
Hair Department HeadAaron F. Quarles
Warning: White Collar season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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