White Collar

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2009 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Peter says the original tale of Snow White was Aleksandr Pushkin's The White Princess and the Seven Knights. The actually translated title of Pushkin's story was The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights.

    • GOOF: When Peter is talking to the U.S. Marshall at the Prison, he says, "Why would Neal run with three months left on a four year sentence?" Later, when Peter is talking to Neal at Kate's apartment, he says, "They asked me 'what makes a guy like you pull a bone-headed escape with four months to go?'" However, Neal started preparing his escape about a month before he ran.

    • GOOF: When June sets down the suits she's donating, she takes off a glove. When the camera angle changes, she's wearing both gloves again.

    • GOOF: The museum curator says that the Spanish Victory Bond was issued in 1944 to support the Spanish underground fighting the Axis. This is historically wrong. Spanish Civil War ended in 1939 and although Franco was a Fascist and received help from Hitler and Mussolini he never joined the Axis and was neutral in WWII.

    • GOOF: The covers of the Snow White books read "Blanco Nieves", a bad spanish translation. The correct name is Blanca nieves (with an "a", as she is female).

    • GOOF: As Burke receives a cell phone call in his bedroom about Caffrey's GPS anklet, he is in a white t-shirt. He then grabs his shirt and tie from the bed. While descending the stairs, still on the phone with no break in the conversation, he is already wearing both his shirt and tie.

    • GOOF: The wine bottle that Caffrey is holding in Kate's apartment as Burke recaptures him is not a Bordeaux bottle, as is labeled. Bordeaux bottles have more of a definite "shoulder", instead of the gradual neck that the bottle Caffrey is holding.

    • Neal's note to Peter at the hotel reads: "Dear Peter, I have moved 1.6 miles. 87 Riverside Drive. XOXO, Neal"

    • Neal Caffrey was incarcerated for bond forgery and has been suspected of counterfeiting, securities fraud, art theft, and racketeering.

  • Quotes

    • Neal: Are we surrounded? (Peter nods) How many?
      Peter: Including my agents, and the Marshals... All of them, I think.

    • Burke: You know, this makes me 3-0.
      Caffrey: Maybe I'm not trying hard enough.

    • Caffrey: I thought the FBI had a policy.
      Burke: That's the military, we don't ask, we don't care.

    • Caffrey: You figure out your anniversary plans yet?
      Burke: I'm gettin' close, very close.
      Caffrey: So... you got nothin'?
      Burke: Nothin'.

    • Burke: What am I gonna do?
      Caffrey: No. No more relationship advice from this side of the car. Call Dr. Phil, okay?

    • Burke: There's more to this... more to this than some lost love -- some side-angle he's playin'.
      Elizabeth: So you're suggesting he escapes a maximum-security prison, knowing full well that you'd catch him, just so he could trick you into letting him out again?
      Burke: It's a working theory.
      Elizabeth: Yeah, keep working. Is it so hard for you to believe a man would do that for the woman he loves?

    • (After the safe explodes)
      Jones: How did you know it was gonna do that?
      Burke: Three, two, four. Give me your phones. What does it spell?
      Jones: Oh, FBI.
      Burke: Yeah, FBI.
      Jones: Apparently, he knew we were coming.
      Burke: You think so, Copernicus?

    • Burke: I see Kate moved out. Did she leave you a message in that?
      Caffrey: The bottle is the message.
      Burke: It's been a while.
      Caffrey: Yeah, a few years, give or take.
      Burke: Are you carrying?
      Caffrey: You know I don't like guns.

    • Caffrey: You've been after the Dutchman almost as long as you are after me. I'll help you catch him.
      Burke: Really? Really, how does that work? You want to be prison pen pals?

    • Elizabeth: Can he help you find him?
      Burke: Neal's smart. You know how much I like smart.
      Elizabeth: Is he as smart as those Ivy League co-eds they throw at you?
      Burke: He's almost as brilliant as a woman I married.
      Elizabeth: Ooh, good answer!

    • Burke: (Sips from cup) It's perfect. Even the fricking coffee is perfect. (June laughs) That's not jewelry on his ankle, you know. He's a felon.
      June: (On her late husband) So was Byron.

    • Caffrey: Look, you tell me which rule I broke, and I will thumb it back to prison myself.
      Burke: For starters... I work hard. I do my job well. And I don't have a $10 million view of Manhattan that I share with a 22-year-old art student while we sip espresso.
      Caffrey: Why not?
      Burke: Why not?! Because I'm not supposed to. The amount of work I do equals certain things in the real world. Not cappuccino in the clouds.
      Caffrey: Look, I will find out where June buys her coffee if it's that important to you.
      Burke: It's not about the coffee.
      Caffrey: I think it is.
      Burke: No, it's not. This is what gets you into trouble. This is the start of those something-for-nothing schemes that lead to the frauds that got you locked up.
      Caffrey: I think it's some sort of Italian roast.
      Burke: Get in the car!

    • Burke: You are way out of your league.
      Caffrey: Oh, harmless flirting. It's like a dance.
      Burke: Nah, there is no dance. You're not even on (Diana's) dance card. No dancing for you.
      Caffrey: Um, she digs the hat.
      Burke: Um, she'd rather be wearing the hat.

    • (Talking about the Spanish Victory Bond)
      Vincent: This is the only surviving copy.
      Caffrey: Except it's a forgery.
      Vincent: No. That's not possible.
      Burke: What are you talking about?
      Caffrey: Ah, It's the ink. This is iron gal dye mixed to match period colors, but it hasn't dried yet. You can still smell the gum arabic.
      Vincent: Uh, no. This has been here since 1952.
      Caffrey: It's been here less than a week.

    • Caffrey: What's [Elizabeth] into?
      Burke: Sexually?
      Caffrey: No. No. Existentially. What makes her feel alive?
      Burke: I'm drawing a blank.
      Caffrey: How could you not know? When you were chasing me, you knew my shoe size, what time I woke up in the morning.
      Burke: That's the job. Very different.
      Caffrey: So, a relationship isn't work?
      Burke: Oh, no, no. You don't get to lecture me on relationships. My wife didn't change her identity and flee the country to get away from me.

    • Mozzie: You know the worst thing about art forgery? You can't take credit for your work.

    • Caffrey: Did you really put Elizabeth under surveillance before you asked her out? Peter, I underestimated you.
      Burke: You told him?
      Elizabeth: He said he wanted to make sure that I wasn't seeing anybody else. Honey, I think it's cute.
      Caffrey: I think it's adorable.
      Burke: I'm putting you back in prison.

    • Caffrey: This is your wife's Visa bill.
      Burke: Yeah. I got it all. Her eBay bids, video rentals, library books. Thank you, Patriot Act.
      Caffrey: So you're stalking your own wife?
      Burke: Want to compare notes?
      Caffrey: Touché.

    • (Mozzie secretly rendezvous with Neal)
      Caffrey: You don't smoke.
      Mozzie: What was I supposed to do... fire off a flare?

    • Burke: You know, you're really bad at this escape thing.
      Caffrey: What can I say? Cigar?
      Burke: Cuban?
      Caffrey: You should arrest me.
      Burke: I'll let the cigar go, but you are a fleeing suspect.

    • Elizabeth: (To dog eating off of plate) Chew your food. You sound like your father.

    • Caffrey: How upset were the Canadians?
      Burke: Oh, very... well, as upset as Canadians can get.

  • Notes

    • The episode is also known as "White Collar Pilot," as listed on other TV sites.

    • Casting Order & Dates:
      • 10/21/2008 - Tim DeKay (FBI Agent Peter Burke)
      • 10/21/2008 - Matthew Bomer (Neal Caffrey)
      • 10/31/2008 - Willie Garson (Mozzie)
      • 11/11/2008 - Tiffani Thiessen (Elizabeth Burke)
      • 12/08/2008 - Marsha Thomason (FBI Agent Diana Barrigan)
      • 09/08/2009 - Natalie Morales (FBI Agent Lauren Cruz)

    • Bobby Darin's song "The Good Life" is featured in the episode. Written by French crooner Sacha Distel in 1963 as La Belle Vie, "The Good Life" has been covered by over 300 performers, including, most famously, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dionne Warwick. "The Good Life" is also the title of USA Network's sweepstakes promo wherein viewers have a chance to win the grand prize of a four-day trip to New York City plus shopping privileges at Madison Avenue retailers.

    • Featured Music:
      • "Hold On I'm Coming" by Sam & Dave
      • "The Good Life" by Bobby Darin.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada - October 30, 2009 on Bravo
      Australia - November 25, 2009 on Channel 10
      Latin America - March 9, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden - April 7, 2010 on TV4+
      United Kingdom - April 21, 2010 on Bravo
      Czech Republic - September 2/9, 2010 on Prima
      Bulgaria - May 23/24, 2011 on bTV Cinema
      Germany - September 13, 2011 on RTL
      Slovakia - August 20, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • Filming of the series began on August 2009. Shooting was done on location in and around New York City.

    • This is a special 90-minute series premiere episode which airs after the 10th episode of Monk's 8th and final season. The following 13 regular episodes of the show are one hour long.

  • Allusions

    • Mozzie: (to Caffrey) You flew too close to the sun, my friend. They burned your wings.

      In Greek mythology, Icarus, son of Daedalus, fell to his death after flying too close to the sun and getting his wings burned.

    • Mozzie: I saw the best mind of my generation run down by the taxi-cab of absolute reality.
      Caffrey: Mozzie! What the hell – sitting in the dark, misquoting Ginsberg?

      Allusion to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's famous 1956 poem, "Howl", which begins, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness."

    • Burke: You look like a cartoon!
      Caffrey: This is classic Rat Pack - this is Devore!
      Burke: Oh, sorry, Dino.

      Alluding to a group of popular entertainers in the 1960s, consisting of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Burke sarcastically calls Caffrey "Dino", in reference to Dean Martin. Sy Devore was known as the tailor for the group among other famous celebrities.

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