White Collar

Season 2 Episode 2

Need to Know

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 20, 2010 on USA
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Episode Summary

Without Neal's knowledge, Peter and Diana try to find the one responsible for the plane explosion. Meanwhile, Peter asks Neal to go undercover as a political fixer to bring down a corrupt state senator named Gary Jennings who set up a straw donor scam.

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  • I'm loving it!

    I don't know what it is. Is it Matt Bomer or the chemistry among the cast? Whatever it is, I'm enjoying this season more than ever.

    I liked how Neal sold himself to earn that job. He convinced the guy, with all the experience he has, and made the case work for the FBI once again.

    The scenes between him and Diana at the hotel room were good. Not because of the "flirting" but because we got to know more about both characters.

    I miss Tiffani Thiessen and I'm glad she's in a good show playing a nice character once again. Mozzie's scenes with Burke were funny and gosh can he be a pain? Can't wait for more.moreless
  • Why this episode was great.

    I just became of fan to this show and tonights episode is one of the reasons why. I love Neal's ability to come up with a con that can help Peter and the FBI get this Politician and not really hurt anyone. He' so good at his "craft" he was able to fool even another con artist, or in othe words, con a con. It doesn't hurt that he looks good doing it. I'm glad they're giving Diana more parts. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite characters as well. It's great to see a strong woman character and a positive gay character who's not just the comic relief. Kudos it happens to be a black female. What a hip show. I also enjoy watching her and Neal interact. I'm looking forward to next weeks episode and basically the entire season. I will be buying season one because I like what I see. Will be buying season 2 when it becomes available.moreless
  • Neal goes undercover to investigate a politician, Gary Jennings. Diana goes undercover as a prostitute. And Mozzie exercises his political rights to support the building of a children's park.

    Even though I have watched this episode twice, I still cannot articulate what exactly Gary Jennings was arrested for, and I can't say that this bothers me! I watch this show mainly for the character interactions. And the characters in this episode more than made up for the confusing plot. Although Peter's wife, Elizabeth, has a small role in this show, I immensely enjoy her part. I love that they have a strong, loving relationship, unlike most television couples I see. Elizabeth trusts Peter, and I love how she teases him when he is so quick to explain the Internet ad. I liked the serious moments when Neal talks about Kate with Diana and when Neal tells Peter he has never lied to him. It reminds me of Neal's drugged rant about how he trusts Peter above anyone else in the season 1 episode "Vital Signs." I have seen speculation about Neal's truthfulness in this moment, but I choose to believe that he is completely honest in these two scenes. As always, Mozzie provides great entertainment, both when he and Peter are forced to work together to help Diana and Neal, and when he takes a stand for the children's park.moreless
  • humour and intelligence--- perfect

    it was a great episode. loved it from the beginning till the end. loved the idea neal comes up to trap the politician. peter and mozzie were super too. saw a different version of diana and liked it. neal and diana were very good in their act and convincing too. maybe i am expecting more too soon but i wanted to learn more about the plane blowing up and what has peter found about it.. ending was good and finally it was good to see neal smile and laugh about something. also felt good that neal accepted that peter has secrets too and let it go.moreless
  • A welcome development in ensemble dynamics, some interesting rolereversals, and another clever and entertaining installment in the second season of White Collar.

    This is only the second episode in this season, and yet I can already see some major changes from the first season.

    Despite the worries that they are under "intense scrutiny", it is still quite clear that both Peter and the rest of the team trust Neal to a much higher degree now. They no longer get frantic with worry when Neal has to go off the grid (i.e. without his tracker), and Peter is willing to "go along" with Moz' scavenger hunt without asking all the awkward questions that he knew he _ought_ to ask.

    We can also see a much closer relationship between Peter's team and Neal - last season, the female FBI-agent was Lauren Cruz, and she constantly seemed to dislike Neal to the point where she was openly hostile. Now, Neal gets to continue his laidback camraderie with Jones, and seems to be developing a really good report with the "girl" on the team, Agent Barrigan.

    Making her gay seems a really good move - she fills the girl-quota, but at the same time she's immune to Neal's most obvious charms. At the end of the episode they seemed to have developed something resembling a "sibling"-relationship under put-upon "dad" Peter.

    Neal also seems much more relaxed around other agents and at the office, showing that he has "settled" in and accepted his new role in a much more profound way than in the first season.

    I like it - I like a relaxed and bantering Neal, and I like a close-knit and cohesive team behind Peter and him.

    My final observation was that it was an interesting rolereversal when Neal pointed out that he's never lied to Peter - omitted, obscured and implied, perhaps, but never lied - at the very moment when we KNOW that Peter is keeping secrets, perhaps even lying to Neal...

    Bad cop, good criminal indeed. :Dmoreless
David Alan Basche

David Alan Basche

Gary Jennings

Guest Star

Jason Jurman

Jason Jurman


Guest Star

Michael Mulheren

Michael Mulheren


Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Clinton Jones

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Neal: What do we know about Barrow?
      Jones: (hands Neal the file) Arrested three times. Aggravated assault, extortion, last one was for attempted murder.
      Neal: Attempted? Nice to know he's not very good at it.

    • Peter: You don't get to 'shhh' me.
      Neal: Oh, okay. Next time I'll let Jennings hear your voice in the background.

    • Neal: (talking about how to create an alias) What do you guys need to know about creating a background?
      Diana: Nothing, we're the FBI. You're good, but we're better.

    • Neal: Morning. You look exhausted.
      Peter: I don't sleep well when Elizabeth's out of town.
      Neal: If her company keeps taking off the way it is, you're gonna retire early and become a house-husband.
      Peter: Because when you look at me, you see soap operas and light housework?

    • (Neal looks at his fake high school yearbook)
      Neal: I finally get to be valedictorian.
      Peter: You weren't valedictorian?
      Neal: You have to graduate for that.

    • Peter:(after playing "bad cop") How'd I do?
      Neal: Nice acting.
      Peter: Who said I was acting?

    • Neal: Politicians were the original con men.

    • Mozzie: Did you confront the suit about the pictures?
      Neal: Yeah, I did. He said it was a misunderstanding.
      Mozzie: Oh, right. So was the Bay of Pigs.

    • (Elizabeth calls while Peter's logging into the escort service Website)
      Elizabeth: You got any big plans for tonight?
      Peter: Nope. Just catching up on some work.
      Website: Are you looking for high-class female companionship?
      Elizabeth: Uh, what kind of work is that?
      Peter: Oh, it's not what it sounds like.
      Website: Our discreet service gives you a chance to spend a day with the girl of your dreams.
      Peter: Or that.
      Website: We will introduce you to fashion models, pageant winners, beau--
      (Peter closes laptop to stop the audio)
      Elizabeth: Oh, I can't wait to hear this explanation.
      Peter: Research, I swear.

    • Neal: Even Mozzie voted for [Senator Jennings].
      Peter: Mozzie votes?
      Neal: More often than you'd think... or would approve of.

    • Neal: Bad cop, good criminal.
      Peter: No such thing.

    • Neal: All we need's a bad cop.
      Peter: I can do bad cop.
      Neal: I've seen you do mildly irritated cop.
      (Peter frowns at Neal)
      Neal: Wow.

    • Peter: Caffrey, that's my newspaper.
      Neal: Relax, I'll give it back.
      Peter: Touch my crossword and I will put you back behind bars.
      Neal: Oh, you do it in pen. I'm impressed.

    • Dylan: I'm a terrible liar.
      Neal: Good. We need more terrible liars in politics.

    • Peter: How's your first day at work?
      Neal: I've taken up smoking.
      Peter: Politics is already corrupting you.

    • Peter: Why am I explaining myself to you. Not everything's a conspiracy, Neal.
      Neal: I hope that's true. I've never lied to you.
      Peter: Oh, come on, Neal. You lie for a living.
      Neal: Not to you. I may have let you draw certain conclusions that weren't correct, but never an actual lie.

    • Peter: You gonna tell her?
      Neal: I'm not telling her.
      Peter: You're the one who made her a hooker.
      Neal: You're the one who's sleeping with her.
      Peter: You got a point.
      Diana: Yeah?
      Peter: Neal told Jennings you're a hooker. You and I are having an affair. You're gonna go meet with an escort service.
      Diana: Okay. Anything else?
      Peter: No. (Diana leaves and Peter exhales relieved)
      Neal: It's good to have her back.

    • Mozzie: It's only fair. We keep secrets from the suits all the time. Now they have their own. There's a certain universal synchronicity to it all.
      Neal: Spare me your "circle of life" crap.

    • Neal: It is really exciting in the van. Can I just go in there and...
      Peter: You'll sit there, and you'll like it.

    • Mozzie: You've come to the right place.
      Peter: Cut the crap, Mozzie. Can you get us the ten grand or not?
      Mozzie: Yes. But first some ground rules. I want full immunity about anything you may see or hear tonight.
      Peter: Let's just say I owe you one.
      Mozzie: I accept your counteroffer.

    • Peter: (to Neal) How is it that you always get the penthouse suite with the girl and I end up with the sweaty, bald-headed guy at a warehouse in Queens?

    • Peter: Does Mozzie know that the one conspiracy theory that he's falling for is actually true?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Musím to vědět (I Need to Know)
      Belgium: "Arnaques et politique" (Scams and politics)

    • Featured Music:
      • "Claire de lune" by Claude Debussy

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: February 2, 2011 on FOX
      Czech Republic: April 21, 2012 on Prima LOVE
      Canada: June 25, 2012 on Bravo
      United Kingdom: October 23, 2012 on Alibi/Alibi HD
      Slovakia: December 3, 2012 on JOJ Plus