White Collar

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Quotes (576)

  • Neal: Are we surrounded? (Peter nods) How many?
    Peter: Including my agents, and the Marshals... All of them, I think.

  • Burke: You know, this makes me 3-0. Caffrey: Maybe I'm not trying hard enough.

  • Caffrey: I thought the FBI had a policy. Burke: That's the military, we don't ask, we don't care.

  • Caffrey: You figure out your anniversary plans yet? Burke: I'm gettin' close, very close. Caffrey: So... you got nothin'? Burke: Nothin'.

  • Burke: What am I gonna do? Caffrey: No. No more relationship advice from this side of the car. Call Dr. Phil, okay?

  • Burke: There's more to this... more to this than some lost love -- some side-angle he's playin'. Elizabeth: So you're suggesting he escapes a maximum-security prison, knowing full well that you'd catch him, just so he could trick you into letting him out again? Burke: It's a working theory. Elizabeth: Yeah, keep working. Is it so hard for you to believe a man would do that for the woman he loves?

  • (After the safe explodes) Jones: How did you know it was gonna do that? Burke: Three, two, four. Give me your phones. What does it spell? Jones: Oh, FBI. Burke: Yeah, FBI. Jones: Apparently, he knew we were coming. Burke: You think so, Copernicus?

  • Burke: I see Kate moved out. Did she leave you a message in that? Caffrey: The bottle is the message. Burke: It's been a while. Caffrey: Yeah, a few years, give or take. Burke: Are you carrying? Caffrey: You know I don't like guns.

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Notes (154)

  • The episode is also known as "White Collar Pilot," as listed on other TV sites.

  • Casting Order & Dates: • 10/21/2008 - Tim DeKay (FBI Agent Peter Burke) • 10/21/2008 - Matthew Bomer (Neal Caffrey) • 10/31/2008 - Willie Garson (Mozzie) • 11/11/2008 - Tiffani Thiessen (Elizabeth Burke) • 12/08/2008 - Marsha Thomason (FBI Agent Diana Barrigan) • 09/08/2009 - Natalie Morales (FBI Agent Lauren Cruz)

  • Bobby Darin's song "The Good Life" is featured in the episode. Written by French crooner Sacha Distel in 1963 as La Belle Vie, "The Good Life" has been covered by over 300 performers, including, most famously, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dionne Warwick. "The Good Life" is also the title of USA Network's sweepstakes promo wherein viewers have a chance to win the grand prize of a four-day trip to New York City plus shopping privileges at Madison Avenue retailers.

  • Featured Music: • "Hold On I'm Coming" by Sam & Dave • "The Good Life" by Bobby Darin.

  • Original International Air Dates:
    Canada - October 30, 2009 on Bravo
    Australia - November 25, 2009 on Channel 10
    Latin America - March 9, 2010 on FOX
    Sweden - April 7, 2010 on TV4+
    United Kingdom - April 21, 2010 on Bravo
    Czech Republic - September 2/9, 2010 on Prima
    Bulgaria - May 23/24, 2011 on bTV Cinema
    Germany - September 13, 2011 on RTL
    Slovakia - August 20, 2012 on JOJ Plus

  • Filming of the series began on August 2009. Shooting was done on location in and around New York City.

  • This is a special 90-minute series premiere episode which airs after the 10th episode of Monk's 8th and final season. The following 13 regular episodes of the show are one hour long.

  • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Nitky (Threads)

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Trivia (59)

  • GOOF: When Peter is talking to the U.S. Marshall at the Prison, he says, "Why would Neal run with three months left on a four year sentence?" Later, when Peter is talking to Neal at Kate's apartment, he says, "They asked me 'what makes a guy like you pull a bone-headed escape with four months to go?'" However, Neal started preparing his escape about a month before he ran.

  • GOOF: When June sets down the suits she's donating, she takes off a glove. When the camera angle changes, she's wearing both gloves again.

  • GOOF: The museum curator says that the Spanish Victory Bond was issued in 1944 to support the Spanish underground fighting the Axis. This is historically wrong. Spanish Civil War ended in 1939 and although Franco was a Fascist and received help from Hitler and Mussolini he never joined the Axis and was neutral in WWII.

  • GOOF: The covers of the Snow White books read "Blanco Nieves", a bad spanish translation. The correct name is Blanca nieves (with an "a", as she is female).

  • GOOF: As Burke receives a cell phone call in his bedroom about Caffrey's GPS anklet, he is in a white t-shirt. He then grabs his shirt and tie from the bed. While descending the stairs, still on the phone with no break in the conversation, he is already wearing both his shirt and tie.

  • GOOF: The wine bottle that Caffrey is holding in Kate's apartment as Burke recaptures him is not a Bordeaux bottle, as is labeled. Bordeaux bottles have more of a definite "shoulder", instead of the gradual neck that the bottle Caffrey is holding.

  • Neal's note to Peter at the hotel reads: "Dear Peter, I have moved 1.6 miles. 87 Riverside Drive. XOXO, Neal"

  • Neal Caffrey was incarcerated for bond forgery and has been suspected of counterfeiting, securities fraud, art theft, and racketeering.

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Allusions (29)

  • Mozzie: (to Caffrey) You flew too close to the sun, my friend. They burned your wings. In Greek mythology, Icarus, son of Daedalus, fell to his death after flying too close to the sun and getting his wings burned.

  • Mozzie: I saw the best mind of my generation run down by the taxi-cab of absolute reality. Caffrey: Mozzie! What the hell – sitting in the dark, misquoting Ginsberg? Allusion to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's famous 1956 poem, "Howl", which begins, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness."

  • Burke: You look like a cartoon! Caffrey: This is classic Rat Pack - this is Devore! Burke: Oh, sorry, Dino. Alluding to a group of popular entertainers in the 1960s, consisting of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Burke sarcastically calls Caffrey "Dino", in reference to Dean Martin. Sy Devore was known as the tailor for the group among other famous celebrities.

  • Mozzie: Thirteenth letter in the alphabet. Thirteen is a prime. Caffrey: Thanks, Rain Man. Rain Man is the 1988 drama film which starred Dustin Hoffman as Raymond Babbitt, a savant left in the care of a brother he never knew existed named Charlie (Tom Cruise).

  • Caffrey: (puts shades on Burke) Now say, 'I'll be back.' "I'll be back" is a catchphrase popularized by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he portrayed the title character in the 1984 sci-fi film The Terminator. His character wore dark sunglasses when he uttered those words.

  • Mozzie: That could be cracked by anyone who's ever seen the back of M.A.D. magazine. The satirical humor magazine M.A.D. is famous for its back fold-in page which features a cartoon picture which when folded shows a totally different image. Similarly, the note passed on by Kate to Caffrey shows a hidden message as the paper is folded.

  • Burke: A regular Cindiana Jones. Burke is making a word-play joke in describing a female Indiana Jones, who is one of the most popular archaeologist, treasure hunter, and adventurer in film history. The character was played by Harrison Ford in the movie franchise.

  • Caffrey: He works in mysterious ways. An early use of this expression can be seen in a verse of an 18th century poem by William Cowper: "God works in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform; / He plants His footsteps in the sea / And rides upon the storm."

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