White Collar

Season 1 Episode 8

Hard Sell

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 19, 2010 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In order to keep his deal with the FBI, Neal has to infiltrate a company of corrupt Wall Street brokers.

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  • Neal goes undercover for the FBI as a day trader to try and take down some stock executives that are running scams. Peter is dragged in as well playing a pharmaceutical CEO that wants in on his cut of the cash. Lots of questionable twist and turns.moreless

    If I had one major complaint with this episode it is that there were too many things going wrong that all of the characters seemed to bail themselves out of in original, but seemingly stupid ways. Too describe these many transgressions would be to give away too much of the plot. Take my word for it.

    Otherwise I found this an action packed, complicated, and entertaining episode. Neal is forced to think on his feet and trust Peter. Peter is forced to do the same and trust Neal. All of this can't be too bad based on what Neal thinks Peter is up to and Peter thinks Neal is up to.

    We always knew Neal could think on his feet, but I must admit Peter is starting to make me think that these guys are very much equals. When he finally reveals what is really going on overall and Neal reveals back what he knows, the two of them are pretty much in sync with each other. The key is trust.

    We'll see where this all takes them in the next episode which looks like it could really be exciting. I am a little disappointed to see the scoring for this show as far as the individual episodes go. There are either a lot of people who don't like the show who are watching it or there are a lot of people giving it low scores without viewing the it. Either way, I wonder what parts of the shows they are watching or not watching that I am. This is one of USA's most engaging shows overall. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Great episode! I don't understand why the ratings were so low; this was one of my favorite episodes so far.

    I thought this episode cleverly brought everything together from the shocking cliffhanger back in December (Free Fall). I had no idea how they would explain the cliffhanger, without totally changing the story and completely destroying the bond between Neal and Peter, but they did and it was credible.

    I also enjoyed the plot, and especially seeing Neal at his best- conning people! He is definitely good at his game. I hope Peter and Neal go undercover together more often. I like watching how they play off each other. They are a good team and I hope the writers continue with building their relationship.moreless
Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan Tucker

Avery Phillips

Guest Star

Justin Grace

Justin Grace


Guest Star

Kelly AuCoin

Kelly AuCoin

Arthur Landry

Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Jones

Recurring Role

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF:When Peter and Neal are in the sealed room and the air is being sucked out, you can see Neal frantically moving the boxes on the shelf around. However when you see him unconscious on the ground and it cuts to Peter kneeling worried above him, the boxes are in perfect order again.

    • When Neal is talking to Avery, Neal asks "When's the real dump?" then there is almost a three second pause before Avery responds "This Friday." When Neal is playing the recording of this conversation to Reed, there is only a one second pause.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Mozzie: Now what?
      Neal: Now I find the music box.
      Mozzie: And steal it?
      (Neal smiles)
      Mozzie: Welcome back.

    • Mozzie: Okay, so Fowler wants the music box. Let's give it to him. Where is it?
      (Neal hesitates)
      Neal: I don't have it.
      Mozzie: What? You told everyone you had it.
      Neal: I never told anyone, everyone assumed I took it and I never corrected them.
      Mozzie: Did make you appear super-human.
      Neal: Image is everthing. (and smiles)

    • Peter: What does Neal have that you so desperately want? I can get it for you.
      Kate: Why would you do that?
      Peter: Why? Because he's good. Because he's the smartest guy I've ever met. And I'm tired of watching you twist his heart around. He's my friend. Let him go.

    • Neal: So just, just so I'm clear. Um. If anything goes wrong, I suffocate?
      Peter: Then we'll make sure nothing goes wrong.
      Neal: Yeah. (to himself) Or I could practice holding my breath.

    • Neal: Five minutes of air? What's your response time?
      Jones: Roughly, five minutes.
      Neal: Roughly?

    • Cruz: When triggered, a polycarbonate glass wall seals the room and then a hydraulic vacuum sucks out the oxygen. Fire dies, no damage to what's inside.
      Neal: And if I'm in there, no air to breathe.
      Cruz: Well, there is a kill switch. But we don't know where it is.
      Neal: Wonderful.

    • Peter: Alright, I wanna get moving on this. Meet me in the office in an hour.
      Neal: I'm in your neighborhood, why don't we meet at your place?
      Peter: My place?
      Neal: Yeah, it's a little late for the plain Bureau walls. Besides, you have better coffee.
      Peter: Yeah, I do.

    • Peter: Alright, you're going to interview with a guy named Brad.
      Neal: Of course his name is Brad. You think I can keep up with these guys? Peter, I'm flattered.
      Peter: Oh give me a break you could sell light switches to the Amish.

    • Mozzie: If only there was a way to compare this to your life.
      Neal: I get it Mozz, I'm a pawn.
      Mozzie: You're upset because it's accurate.

    • Neal: Just because I don't like guns doesn't mean I can't use one.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Drsný obchod (Rough Trade)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America - April 27, 2010 on FOX
      United Kingdom - June 9, 2010 on Bravo
      Czech Republic - November 11, 2010 on Prima
      Bulgaria - June 6, 2011 on bTV Cinema
      Germany - November 1, 2011 on RTL
      Slovakia - October 8, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • Beginning with this episode, the series now aired Tuesday at 10:00 p.m.


    • Burke describes the boiler room salesmen as "junior Gordon Gekkos". Gordon Gekko was the mega-successful, totally ruthless stock trader played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street. Minor trader Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) tries to break into the big time by following Gekko's merciless killer-instinct methods. Along the way Fox discovers that Gekko-style success can cost dearly.

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