White Collar

Season 2 Episode 11

Forging Bonds

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary

When Peter discovers the connection between Neal and the man behind Kate's death, the two make a deal. For one night, Peter offers full immunity in exchange for Neal's story.

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  • What an excellent episode

    You know, I really didn't watch season 1 fully so I don't know if there are any continuity errors or something like that, but I have to say that this is one of the best episodes. At least for me, there wasn't a moment where I felt lost, bored or not impressed with the story of how Neal met Peter and how everybody else got together to have this very dynamic team.

    It was good to see Andrew McCarthy, loved him since his "Pretty in Pink" days and as the millionaire of "Lipstick Jungle".

    I like how Neal is a criminal, but how much he was in love with Kate and there was nothing that could stop him.

    Episodes like this make me want to see more and more.moreless
  • An excellent prelude to the coming episodes.

    You must see this episode. It has got it all: Neal's background, Neal and Kate's romance story, music box, and Mozzie with a goatee. There's a new and interesting character, too: Victor Adler. It is definitely a prelude to the coming episodes. As each episode, this one is light, but you will get a feeling of something coming up. I can't wait to see what will happen next. And Kate Morell... wow! Just beautiful. I do hope we will see more of her soon. Maybe, just maybe she did not die in that explosion. I know thinking so is childish, but wouldn't it be wonderful?moreless
Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy

Victor Adler

Guest Star

Ezra Knight

Ezra Knight

Agent Thompson

Guest Star

Ed Morrone

Ed Morrone


Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Clinton Jones

Recurring Role

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario


Recurring Role

Gloria Votsis

Gloria Votsis

Alex Hunter

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Here we learn that Neal created the alias Nicholas Halden to run a long con on Vincent Adler, but in the episode "All in" Peter says that Neal created that alias to launder cash through a Canary island scam in 2004.

    • The password for Adler's account in the Caymans is ANCIENTLYRE which is an anagram of "nice try Neal."

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Neal: Why are you filling that bottle with bargain red?
      Mozzie: Have you studied Adler's wine list?
      Neal: Is that the '91 Bordeaux?
      Mozzie: The one year it was corked to the wrong bottle. Eight hundred dollars a pop. I, of course got this bottle empty (smells the wine, makes a face) Best served when the guests are drunk.

    • Neal: (noticing Peter brought a six-pack of beer): Yeah, I'm not much of a beer drinker, so-
      Peter: I know. That's why I brought you this. (hands Neal a bottle of wine)
      Neal: Oh. I don't recognize the bottle.
      Peter: That's because it costs as much as a beer.
      Neal: Wow. I don't even need a corkscrew.

    • Peter: I'll make you a deal. Full immunity for anything you say from this moment until the sun rises over that balcony.
      Neal: Full immunity?
      Peter: Did you kill anybody?
      Neal: No.
      Peter: Then full immunity.

    • Neal: If you want to know about Adler, we got to start with Mozzie.
      Peter: Why am I not surprised?

    • Peter: Mozzie had a goatee?
      Neal: Well, only to distract from his toupee.

    • Neal: What was my nickname?
      Peter: What?
      Neal: Come on. Every case gets a nickname. Hagen was the Dutchman before you ID'd him. What was my nickname?
      Peter: Oh, don't recall.
      Neal: That's too bad. Well, the sooner you remember, the sooner we can move on.
      Peter: James Bonds.
      Neal: Bonds.
      Both: James Bonds.
      Peter: Yes, yes.
      Neal: Would you like another beer?
      Peter: Yeah.
      Neal: Shaken, not stirred?

    • Neal: The teller was a real sweetheart.
      Mozzie: Oh, she gave you a sucker. You know, the irony of that would not be lost on Alanis Morissette.

    • Mozzie: Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides.
      Neal: St. Augustine.
      Mozzie: Good. You've been reading.
      Neal: Smart guy told me to.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Padělané dluhopisy (Forged Bonds)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: April 5, 2011 on FOX
      Czech Republic: June 23, 2012 on Prima LOVE
      Canada: August 27, 2012 on Bravo
      United Kingdom: January 8, 2013 on Alibi/Alibi HD
      Slovakia: February 25, 2013 on JOJ Plus

    • Willie Garson's adoptive son Nathen Garson appears in this episode. Nathen plays Cado, the boy Mozzie pays to follow Neal the first time they met.