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White Collar

Season 1 Episode 4

Flip of the Coin

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Burke and Caffrey's search for smuggled Iraqi artifacts leads them to suspect a US soldier. They soon learn that a news producer assigned in the territory might be involved.

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  • Elizabeth has a friend whose husband is arrested by the FBI for stealing antiquities from Iraq. The problem is it looks like a set up so Burke and team need to figure out what happened. Neil and Mozzie become an integral part and Burke meets Mozzie.moreless

    A pretty good story this week dealing with the subject of looting antiquities and gold from museums in places like Iraq. In this case some gold and antiquities are taken from a museum and imported into the country by thieves who then pin the deed on a war veteran.

    Peter and Neil must figure out the scheme from a number of suspects including a former government official who now works for a security firm and a well known TV interviewer who was embedded with the veterans unit in Iraq.

    The biggest problem with this episode was the highly emotional level of one of the participants. The performance was almost absurd and who knows if it was the writing, the directing, or the acting that was to blame. Supposedly it was so bad that Peter could not go home. Once when Peter asked completely reasonable questions the wife broke into tears because her husband maybe was cheating. So they portrayed this women as an emotional wreck.

    The other problem was the reporter who withstood shooting in Iraq and also pressures people for a living couldn't keep a straight face for a few minutes. Luckily the story was pretty good otherwise. Maybe a little too simplistic, but the development of the relationships overall for the important characters was really good. It was nice to see Peter and Mozzie bond and let's face it in the long run it really helps Neil that everyone is as above board as possible. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Innocent man exonerated. Always a crowd-pleaser.

    Desperate for help, the wife of a marine wanted in connection with the theft and smuggling of Iraqi antiquities knocks on Elizabeth's door. Suddenly Peter finds himself sticking his neck out for a man Elizabeth could use as a character reference but whom Peter only knows as "Hot Wings Guy". Once arrested, the Marine's wife camps out in Peter's den turning him into a refugee because he "can handle everything else but women crying." Seeking solace in Neal's apartment, we soon find Neal, Peter, and Mozzie bonding over brews. When the real smugglers are identified and captured it's due, in part, to Mozzie's valuable assisstance. Or should I say Haversham's?moreless
Sarah Wynter

Sarah Wynter

Alisha Teagan

Guest Star

Garret Dillahunt

Garret Dillahunt

Patrick Aimes

Guest Star

Susan Misner

Susan Misner

Dana Mitchell

Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: When Burke first meets Aimes and his bodyguard, the bodyguard has splash blisters on his left arm. But when the bodyguard draws his gun at Cruz and Caffrey in the museum, he has no blisters.

    • GOOF: Before Aimes and his party get bundled into the black SUVs, agents are seen unpacking gold artifacts from straw filled packing crates. The female agent at the back slightly juggles a large item and it bobbles about momentarily, just the way polystyrene (rather than gold) would.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Burke: Let's grab his company's financial records from last year. They're on file.
      Caffrey: You want me to do it? (Burke nods) We have clerks for that.
      Burke: I got something better. I got you.

    • Cruz: The counterfeit stock certificates were your only conviction, but you're implicated in at least a dozen other confidence schemes, frauds, and forgeries.
      Caffrey: Is that why you asked to be reassigned to the White Collar Unit?
      Cruz: Yeah, you know, I wasn't going to pass up the chance to work with someone who I've admired since college.
      Caffrey: Hey, play your cards right, I'm sure we'll make a case or two.
      Cruz: Oh, honey, I was talking about Agent Burke. He caught you twice, right?

    • Elizabeth: Now, Neal... just because someone's accused of doing something, that doesn't mean that that person is guilty, right?
      Caffrey: Define 'guilty.'
      Burke: You really think he's the best person to ask?

    • Caffrey: Didn't you just join this unit?
      Cruz: Yeah, and I didn't even have to go to prison first.

    • (Mozzie and Caffrey talking on the phone)
      Mozzie: I found a bit of treasure too. On my way to show you.
      Caffrey: Hurry up.
      Mozzie: I walk in a delicate pace.

    • Burke: I thought you'd be taller.
      Mozzie: Me too.

    • Mozzie: It's about doing what we want to do. Who cares about nine-to-five's and 401-Ks. Playing by the rules only makes... borders. They just... take away everything that's good about living life.
      Caffrey: Mozz, Mozz, you lived in a storage unit.
      Mozzie: Yeah, but I lived there, man. I lived! As long as I don't have to live under anyone else's time or dime, I'm a free man. I can do whatever I want.

    • Caffrey: I need a car.
      Mozzie: I'll get my Slim Jim.
      Caffrey: No, can't steal it.
      Mozzie: Yeah, (does air quotes) 'we can't steal it.'

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hoď si mincí (Flip a Coin)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada - November 20, 2009 on Bravo
      Latin America - March 30, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden - April 28, 2010 on TV4+
      United Kingdom - May 12, 2010 on Bravo
      Czech Republic - October 14, 2010 on Prima
      Bulgaria - May 30, 2011 on bTV Cinema
      Germany - October 4, 2011 on RTL
      Slovakia - September 10, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • This episode marks the first time Natalie Morales (FBI Agent Lauren Cruz) is credited as a series regular. She guest-starred in the previous two episodes.


    • Caffrey: Either that or Colonel Mustard in the library.
      Burke: We can pull prints on the candlestick.

      Colonel Mustard is the yellow character piece in Cluedo, a board game wherein the players try to collect clues and determine the murderer, the murder weapon, and the site of the murder.