White Collar

Season 3 Episode 16

Judgment Day

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2012 on USA
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Episode Summary


Agent Kramer's review of Neal's case puts his commutation in jeopardy.

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  • Exceeded expectations

    They really know how to throw one final twist in there! I really loved the final scenes where Peter said,"Yes, Neal deserves to be free..." (or something like that) And then it cuts to Neal sitting on the plane with only a half smile, as if he's second guessing his decision. At the same time, you know that he knows he made the "best" call and in reality the only reason he's not fully enjoying his "freedom" is that he will miss his life in NYC. Great finale!moreless
  • Attention Grabber

    So intense!
  • What's Next for Neal?

    I don't understand why this episode's rating is just 8.2?! I can't wait for the next season to start. The season finale was really a cliff hanger. It left viewers wondering what Neal would do next, what would happen after, how the tv execs would turn the storyline around.
  • What an episode

    All I can say is wow. White Collar built up so much tension during this episode. Will Neal have his sentence commuted? What will Burke say during the hearing?

    I think we got a real sense of the characters - the bond between Peter and Neal is so heartfelt, and his rekindled relationship with Sarah is great to see. But perhaps the most interesting is Neal's past. His father, the fact that Neal wasn't lying when he said his dad was a corrupt cop, and E. Parker. I can't wait to see more. What an ending! We've come full circle.moreless
  • Wow- that was awesome!

    Great finale. Truly dislike "Kramer" but that means salute to Beau Bridges for playing his role too well. :) Hurry back Season 4 before 21 Dec 2012 or most of us too will be on the run for safety when that final world commutation really hits! ;)
Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

Agent Kramer

Guest Star

Patricia Kalember

Patricia Kalember

Ms. Holloman

Guest Star

Judith Ivey

Judith Ivey

Ellen Parker

Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Clinton Jones

Recurring Role

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Judge: You caught him?
      Peter: Twice. And you should know, the last time I caught him, he was sitting alone in an empty apartment, he had nothing. No one.
      Judge: And now?
      Peter: He has a life. A real life, here. One that keeps him grounded, and decent. As you heard, there are many people who care about Neal, people who see him as more than just a criminal. He's frustrating, I'll admit, he drives me crazy on his best days. I don't always have to know where Neal is or what he's up to, but I do know that he has a good heart and a set of principles that weren't there six years ago when he was just another case file that got dropped on my desk.
      Judge: Do you think that Mr. Caffrey is reformed?
      Peter: As long as he's on that anklet, we'll never know. We can sit here and debate until kingdom come over who's Neal Caffrey. But as long as we keep him tethered, as long as we treat him as a criminal, he'll always think that he is one. Whether Neal is a citizen, a CI or a thief, is a decision that needs to be put in his hands
      Judge: Agent Burke, should Neal Caffrey's sentence be commuted?
      Peter: Yes. I'm saying that Neal should be free.

    • Judge: Mr. Caffrey, do you deserve to be free?
      Neal: That's not for me to decide. I won't sit here and give you some monologue about how reformed I am. Actions speak louder than words, and hopefully my actions while in service of the FBI say more than I can.
      Judge: And what would you do with your freedom?
      Neal: I can tell you one thing. I won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
      Judge: You won't?
      Neal: No. I'm happy here. You know, someone once told me, my life is a dream with an anklet attached. If I wake up tomorrow and that anklet is still on, I have a good job, a wonderful home, a partner and a best friend. A family. But to wake up and answer only to myself, that would mean everything.

    • Jones: Caffrey understands people. You need space, he keeps to himself, you need to talk, he listens. You need a beer, he'll pour. Although he'll let you know he's slummin' it.
      Judge: Do you support his commutation?
      Jones: He's damn good at what he does. And I consider him a friend. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a convicted bond forger and prison escapee. I think he should finish out his two years with the Bureau, and be grateful. And that he's got the best damn deal I'd ever seen.

    • Elizabeth: Listen, Peter and Neal together, they argue and bicker. But in the end, when it counts, Peter puts up with Neal because he's worth it.
      Judge: Should Mr. Caffrey's sentence be commuted?
      Elizabeth: Yes.

    • Judge: This isn't the first time you've testified regarding Mr. Caffrey, is it?
      Sara: No. Six years ago I testified against him.
      Judge: Yes, at the trial where he was convicted of forgery?
      Sara: Yes. And I went after him with everything I had. I called him a liar, and a thief. And probably a sociopath. And I meant every word of it.
      Judge: So what changed?
      Sara: Neal did.

    • Judge: You had no qualms about taking in a convicted felon?
      June: Absolutely not. Not Neal. You see, after my husband passed, I... I was living in this big empty house and Neal changed all of that. I think of him as a blessing. Byron and I always wanted a son. I wish he was still alive so that he could finally meet him.
      Judge: Ms. Ellington, in your opinion, does Neal Caffrey deserve for his sentence to be commuted?
      June: Of course. Yes! And you must let him go free.

    • Neal: Worst case scenario, I stay on the anklet and on the job with Peter.
      Mozzie: For every worst case scenario, there's a worse worst case scenario.
      Neal: Isn't there a child's balloon you need to pop somewhere?

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