The Worst Episodes of White Collar: When Neal Caffrey Lost His Magic

As a die-hard fan of White Collar, I’ve spent countless hours glued to my screen, watching Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke chase down some of the most cunning white-collar criminals in New York City. But, let’s be real here, not every episode was a winner. There were moments when I found myself rolling my eyes, groaning in frustration, and wondering why I even bothered to hit play. So, to save you from the same fate, I’ve compiled a list of the worst episodes of White Collar. From cringe-worthy plotlines to lackluster performances, these episodes are the ones you should skip if you’re looking for a binge-worthy experience. So, grab your popcorn, settle in, and let’s dive into the dark side of this beloved show.
Threads

Threads

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2009-10-30

Neal and Peter infiltrate New York’s Fashion Week to stop a security data which is woven in the fabric of a model’s dress, from being sold by a criminal.

Pilot

Pilot

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2009-10-23

When the trail of elusive criminal “The Dutchman” dead ends, FBI Agent Peter Burke teams up with a most unlikely partner to catch him – the imprisoned Neal Caffrey.

Pulling Strings

Pulling Strings

Season 3 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2012-02-07

Sparks fly when Neal teams up with his ex Sara to track down a missing Stradivarius. The mission offers Neal a glimpse into a different kind of life for himself.

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

Season 4 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2012-08-21

Mozzie, Neal and Peter follow clues left in a storage unit.

All's Fair

All’s Fair

Season 6 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2014-12-04

Peter and Neal focus on a case dealing with someone from Mozzie’s past.

Flip of the Coin

Flip of the Coin

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2009-11-13

Peter thinks he’s in for it when Elizabeth shows up at the office with her friend Dana in tow. But Peter isn’t the one in trouble this time; it’s Dana’s husband, Captain John Mitchell, who is in the hot seat.

Upper West Side Story

Upper West Side Story

Season 3 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2012-01-24

Neal poses as a substitute teacher to investigate missing scholarship funds.

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2010-08-10

In order to save the life of an insurance investigator named Sara Ellis, Neal and Peter have to find out why a real-estate mogul put a price on her head.

Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker

Season 5 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2013-11-21

Peter and Neal must go undercover as ice skating pros to expose a counterfeit passport ring in Little Odessa.

Quantico Closure

Quantico Closure

Season 5 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2013-12-05

While Neal delves further into the mystery of the Codex, Peter takes on a classified espionage case with a fellow FBI agent: his ex-girlfriend.

The Portrait

The Portrait

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2009-11-20

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!

All In

All In

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2009-11-27

Thrust into the seedy underbelly of New York’s Chinatown, Peter and Neal must navigate vicious Triads, mysterious Interpol agents, and a game of Pai Gow in order to capture their target.

The Dentist of Detroit

The Dentist of Detroit

Season 3 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2011-06-28

Peter and Neal help Mozzie rework a scam to prevent a mob war.

Stealing Home

Stealing Home

Season 3 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2012-02-21

Neal joins the crew of a wealthy Yankees fan, tasked with stealing memorabilia from Yankee Stadium.

Diminishing Returns

Diminishing Returns

Season 4 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2012-07-24

The guys track a brilliant thief who’s eluded the FBI for years.

Empire City

Empire City

Season 4 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2013-02-05

Peter and Neal work a forgery and money laundering case that leads them into two of the most iconic New York institutions, taxi cabs and jazz.

Shoot the Moon

Shoot the Moon

Season 4 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2013-02-19

Peter and Neal work from different angles as they attempt to stop a thieving duo bent on going out in a hail of bullets rather than watch their whirlwind relationship fade away behind bars.

Out of the Frying Pan

Out of the Frying Pan

Season 5 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2013-10-24

Peter assigns Neal a new handler to investigate an online black market, but Neal’s loyalties will be tested when he discovers the trail might lead to Mozzie.

Master Plan

Master Plan

Season 5 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2013-11-14

Neal must go undercover as a butler to expose an imposter who aims to inherit a Manhattan family’s fortune.

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Season 5 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2013-12-12

Neal and Peter take on an unprecedented asset recovery case for the Museum of Natural History: a stolen Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and its egg.