White Collar

Season 1 Episode 3

Book of Hours

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

The FBI assigns Caffrey and Burke to retrieve a valuable Bible for a mobster after someone stole it from him. While on the case, Caffrey meets a dangerous woman that puts his loyalties to the test.

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  • A Bible called the Book of Hours which is very old book with a famous history of healing miracles is stolen from a Church. A mobster requests that the FBI track it down and return it for a concession. Caffrey deals with a dangerous woman.moreless

    Another pretty solid and entertaining episode of White Collar. In this case it seemed like a strange case for the FBI to be involved in, but they did an interesting job of setting up the reasoning behind their involvement.

    We have the classic "divisions of a law enforcement group not getting together". It's a classic story tool. In this case we have the annoying Mob Division guy Special Agent Ruiz played by Kirk Acevedo who won't work with Burke because he has a participant in his department who is a convicted felon (Caffrey). So Burke and Caffrey go after the person they think is responsible without letting anyone else know.

    I especially enjoyed the performance of the actor playing the veteran with the dog. Callie Thorne playing Maria Fiametta plays a femme fatale who turns out to be quite the dangerous person in her own right. On a side note Caffrey and Mozzie are working on what the message Kate left on the bottle of wine she left for Neal was. They have found a map of the New York subways and now they have to figure out what it means. Mozzie must have made a lot of money or is very close to Caffrey as he comes in handy all the time. It's funny how Burke doesn't want to know about him whenever Caffrey tries to tell him, but you feel like he knows.

    Neal comes through once again for Peter. I think the relationship is becoming more of a partnership. They've been pretty clever with the stories so far. We'll see if they can keep it up. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Christians, historians, and dog-lovers rejoice.

    A pre-Renaissance religous text with a much-lauded history of healing the sick and safeguarding the faithful is stolen from a local church. This was of little if any interest to Caffrey and Burke until a local mafioso who sincereley hopes to see the artifact returned offers to close down one of his illicit operations as an inducement. The thief later turns out to be a member of the mafioso's organization and an expert on the book and admirer of Neal's alleged work. The mafioso is played well though not astoundingly by John Ventimiglia (formerly Artie Buco of The Sopranos). The expert is played by Callie Thorne (formerly of Homicide : Life on the Street) who is building a comfortable niche for herself playing femme fatales. If only on USA shows. Of course, Mozzie was invaluable and the glimmer of humanity shown by the mafioso is not actually necessary but nice. Watch it.moreless
Callie Thorne

Callie Thorne

Maria Fiametta

Guest Star

John Ventimiglia

John Ventimiglia

Leo Barelli

Guest Star

Natalie Morales (II)

Natalie Morales (II)

FBI Agent Lauren Cruz

Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Jones

Recurring Role

James Rebhorn

James Rebhorn

Reese Hughes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The priest says that the Bible originally belonged to the Church of St. Camillus de Lellis in Naples. There is no "St. Camillus" in Naples. However, St. Camillus is a Catholic saint and is the patron saint of the sick, hospitals and nurses (and, in some areas, against gambling) who was born in the Kingdom of Naples in 1550.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Caffrey: It's a pleasure doing business with you.
      Fiametta: (pulls out a gun) You'll never know how much pleasure it could have been.
      Caffrey: You know, I had a feeling all that lovey-dovey stuff last night was BS.
      Fiametta: Next time you should trust your instincts.
      Caffrey: Oh! Oh, I did. (pulls out something from his pocket) Clip. Lifted it when I patted you down.
      Fiametta: You forgot about the one in the chamber.
      Caffrey: Dammit. I've never been a gun guy.

    • Jones: Wow! She's bringin' him back here for dessert.
      Cruz: Of course she is.
      Jones: Oh, you jealous you ain't gettin' any of it?
      Cruz: Neal? No! I'm perfectly fine with the stale-ass coffee I have in the van, thank you.

    • Mozzie: (posing as an FBI agent) Look, I just need a urine swab from the vic's toilet. If I don't get it soon, it'll spike the cross-reactivity and then...
      Dixon: I got orders too, pal. No I.D., no pee.

    • Burke: All right, look, when they dug up King Tut, everybody made such a big deal out of the curse of the pharaoh.
      Caffrey: Yeah, two dozen people who entered the tomb ended up dead.
      Burke: Yeah, they probably caught some old bacterial infection. Germs. There's your divine intervention.
      Caffrey: God can't use bacteria?
      Burke: I prefer my miracles with a little more smiting and lightning.

    • Ruiz: Where's your pet convict?
      Burke: I left him in the car with the windows cracked.

    • Barelli: Last week, somebody walks into my church... steals the Bible.
      Burke: A bible? An actual bible?
      Barelli: Yeah, you know, the Flood, Abraham sacrifices Isaac. You heard of it?

    • Mozzie: Yes, I'll take [the bottle] back to the lab, run some tests.
      Caffrey: You don't have a lab. You have a storage unit.
      Mozzie: Semantics.

    • Caffrey: So you don't think some higher power could have saved the congregation?
      Burke: Oh, I'm more inclined to think they kept the doors shut and loaded up on vitamin C.
      Caffrey: Maybe God works with what He's got.
      Burke: And God said, 'Shut thine doors and eat thine oranges?'
      Caffrey: Why not?

    • Burke: Glad we followed your hunch. I hope it takes us somewhere.
      Caffrey: Oh, ye of little faith.
      Burke: (sighs) Been waiting all day to trot that one out, huh?
      Caffrey: Been holdin' on to it since lunch.

    • Caffrey: Any problems getting in?
      Mozzie: None. [The cop] thinks I'm swabbing toilets. I figure we've got about ten minutes until he gets curious.
      Caffrey: Why, is that the standard toilet-swabbing time?
      Mozzie: Yes! that's exactly what it is.
      Caffrey: Now, you look pretty comfortable in that FBI windbreaker. Maybe it's time to consider a new career path.
      Mozzie: No, I prefer to keep my soul.

    • Burke: Then it's a Book of Hours.
      Fiametta: Most likely, yes. In the Italian style.
      Burke: It's a large prayer book to show their devotion. Monks and nuns had to recite the psalms, hymns, or chants at specific times all day long.
      Caffrey: Sunday school.
      Burke: Lots of Sundays.

    • Elizabeth: You know, if [Maria]'s smart, she's not gonna have that bible anywhere close to her.
      Burke: El, I've never seen this devious side.
      Elizabeth: Don't cross me. (winks at Peter)

    • (Caffrey is reading Maria's palm)
      Caffrey: Calluses. Not afraid to get dirty.
      Fiametta: Well, that's true. What else?
      Caffrey: No ring. Between that and the calluses, I'm guessing work gets in the way?
      Fiametta: (takes Caffrey's hand) No ring for you either.
      Caffrey: Yeah. Prison got in the way.

    • Fiametta: You know what? I don't trust you.
      Caffrey: Smart. I wouldn't trust me either.

    • Caffrey: Look, maybe you don't steal it for the money - maybe you steal because you're a true believer.
      Burke: A true believer?
      Caffrey: You got something better?
      Burke: Every person in that church has a felony record. Only people I don't suspect are the ones in prison.

    • Fiametta: With all due respect, Neal, we could make quite a fine pair.
      Caffrey: With all due respect, Maria, shut up and drive.

    • Elizabeth: You have a lot more faith in a ratty old tie than you do Neal.
      Burke: Well, this ratty old tie's never forged a priceless map of Vinland.
      Elizabeth: Why is it so hard for you to believe that he'll do the right thing?
      Burke: Oh, let's just say that's not his first instinct.
      Elizabeth: And trust isn't yours.
      Burke: Occupational hazard. I like to know I can count on something.
      Elizabeth: I know you do. But sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.

    • Barelli: Nobody from this parish stole that bible.
      Burke: Oh, sure. You guys are all choirboys, right, Barelli?
      Caffrey: No surveillance cameras.
      Barelli: The Lord sees all -- and that's good enough for us.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Kirk Acevedo (Detective Joseph Ruiz) and Tiffani Thiessen (Elizabeth Burke) worked together on the last two episodes of the first (and only) season of the FOX series Fastlane.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kniha hodin (Book of Hours)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada - November 13, 2009 on Bravo
      Latin America - March 23, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden - April 21, 2010 on TV4+
      United Kingdom - May 5, 2010 on Bravo
      Czech Republic - October 7, 2010 on Prima
      Bulgaria - May 26, 2011 on bTV Cinema
      Germany - September 27, 2011 on RTL
      Slovakia - September 3, 2012 on JOJ Plus


    • 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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