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"You're an FBI agent. I'm a con man. There are only a few ways this could have ended."

That's what Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) tells his now-ex-FBI handler Peter (Tim DeKay), but it looks like things are actually just getting started on the new season of White Collar, which premieres on July 10 at 9/8c on USA.

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In this exclusive first look, Season 4 picks up just after Neal's escape at the end of last season. Peter is now — spoiler! — on leave from the FBI, just as the Bureau's search for Neal heats up, thanks to a very determined agent (guest star Mekhi Phifer).

"If anything ever happened to him, I don't think I could live with it," Peter says. But just how far is he willing to go to protect Neal? Watch the exclusive preview below:

Will Peter cross the line for Neal? Season 4 of White Collar premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 9/8c on USA.