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Season 1

October 23, 2009 - March 9, 2010
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To solve the hardest crimes, hire the smartest criminal.

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Season 1 of White Collar began airing October 23, 2009 on USA. The first season of included 14 episodes. The first half of season one concluded on December 4, 2009. The second half of the first season moved to Tuesdays at 10:00 pm beginning January 17, 2010 and ran through March 9, 2010.

Season Overview[]

Neal Caffrey is a criminal mastermind who is serving a four-year prison sentence. He earns a conditional release into FBI custody and forges a relationship with FBI Special Agent who put him in jail, Peter Burke. Using his vast knowledge of criminal activity, Neal assists Peter in solving a series of white collar crimes while also searching for his girlfriend who has disappeared.

Official Episode Descriptions (Season 1)

First Half Episode List[]

# Image Title Airdate Viewers (millions)
1x01 1 WC1x01-BurkeCaffrey.jpg Pilot October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23) 5.40 [1]
When the trail of elusive criminal "The Dutchman" deadends, FBI Agent Peter Burke teams up with a most unlikely partner to catch him – the imprisoned Neal Caffrey: master criminal, conman extraordinaire and Peter's most accomplished collar. Now when Peter sets on the trail of the vicious counterfeiter, he has an equally devious criminal mind on his side.
1x02 2 WC1x02-CaffreyParty.jpg Threads October 30, 2009 (2009-10-30) 5.08 [2]
It’s Fashion Week and everyone in New York is abuzz with excitement; everyone but Peter Burke. Nevertheless, when advanced technology embedded with security data is secretly woven into the fabric of a runway dress, Peter and Neal must dive into the world of fashion to stop an international criminal from completing a treacherous sale.
1x03 3 WC1x03-BookOfHours.jpg Book of Hours November 6, 2009 (2009-11-06) 3.85 [3]
A mobster (John Ventimiglia) asks the FBI to track down a valuable Bible that was stolen from him. During the investigation, Neal encounters a dangerous woman (Callie Thorne) who tests his true loyalties.
1x04 4 WC1x04-Flipofthecoin.jpg Flip of the Coin November 13, 2009 (2009-11-13) 4.28 [4]
Peter and Neal try to locate smuggled Iraqi artifacts. The evidence points to a U.S. soldier as the culprit, but the pair soon begin to suspect a news producer working in the territory.
1x05 5 WC1x05-theportrait.jpg The Portrait November 20, 2009 (2009-11-20) 4.56 [5]
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!
1x06 6 WC1x06-allin.jpg All In November 27, 2009 (2009-11-27) 4.40 [6]
Immersed in a dangerous case in Chinatown involving one of his aliases and a crafty Interpol agent, Neal is forced to decide between his loyalties to Peter and the FBI or his desire to find Kate.
1x07 7 WC1x07-freefall.jpg Free Fall December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04) 5.55 [7]
As Neal becomes a suspect in a jewelry heist, Peter must determine if Neal's lying. Meanwhile Neal closes in on the man with the ring and discovers that he is closer than he had ever thought.

Second Half Episode List[]

# Image Title Airdate Viewers (millions)
1x08 8 WC1x08-hardsell.jpg Hard Sell January 19, 2010 (2010-01-19) 4.70 [8]
Neal infiltrates a corrupt Wall Street brokerage firm; Peter is forced to go undercover alongside Neal.
1x09 9 WC1x09-badjudgement.jpg Bad Judgement January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26) 4.30 [9]
When Peter and Neal discover that an estate judge committing mortgage fraud is also connected to Fowler, they devise a plan to bring them both down.
1x10 10 WC1x10-vitalsigns3.jpg Vital Signs February 2, 2010 (2010-02-02) 2.89 [10]
When June is approached by a charitable organization that offers to help her granddaughter who needs a new kidney, Neal looks into it and discovers illegal trafficking in organs. With Peter, he tries to find a way to expose the ringleader.
1x11 11 WC1x11-homeinvasion.jpg Home Invasion February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09) 3.837 [11]
To avoid an international conflict, Peter and Neal have to find a thief who is stealing pieces to a valuable collection.
1x12 12 WC1x12-bottlenecked.jpg Bottlenecked February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) 3.57 [12]
An old rival dares Neal to make a fake copy of a bottle of wine originally owned by Ben Franklin.
1x13 13 WC1x13-frontman.jpg Front Man March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02) 3.48 [13]
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.
1x14 14 WC1x14-outofthebox.jpg Out of the Box March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09) 4.035 [14]
Neal and Alex try to get their hands on the music box while Peter seeks his help to get finally rid of Fowler.

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Notes & References[]


For airdates for the United States and other countries, see Airdates.


For a list of credited directors, see Directors.
For a list of credited writers, see Writers.
For a list of Season 1 Credits, see Credits.