White Collar

Season 1 Episode 5

The Portrait

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

The FBI assigns Caffrey and Burke on a sting operation to retrieve a stolen portrait. Neal tries to trace where the piece is from as they get close to identifying the felon.

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  • Peter and Neal are charged with retrieving a painting that was stolen from a personal home. Things become complicated when a museum director comes forward claiming it was stolen before and then Neal loses the painting and the money to buy it.moreless

    Not a really strong story line and a number of miscalculations that just don't work. Additionally some extra T&A thrown in that was a little obvious and had nothing to do with the plot.

    This program really shouldn't need to draw from gimmicks to be successful. The one really powerful piece to this story was the obvious skill of Neal to forge at least a semi-believable copy of a painting. No expert would fall for it, but obviously someone holding an original they never had the rights too would say nothing.

    The gentlemen who stole the painting was not a very smart man and let's face it, it was a little too easy to catch him at the end based on how good he had been up to that point. He had the $100,000 so even if he is trying to recover the painting why would he come himself all excuses aside.

    All the women they keep dangling in front of Neal are nothing but distractions. Now it looks like Kate is trying to take Neal as well as far as I'm concerned.

    Overall this episode was a little too contrived and they really need to work on more original stories. This and the last episode were not very encouraging. Let's hope they get it together soon. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Great stuff.

    Neal's charm and wide-ranging knowledge are in full effect as the team investigates the armed theft of a priceless work of art. Figuring out who toik it and proving it turns out to be a relative cakewalk, but when the initial handoff goes wrong and the perpetrator escapes with the painting and the money, Caffrey and Burke find themselves in seriously hot water. Further complicating their circumstances is a museum curator who claims the painting was first stolen from them decades ago. Still, the painting is found, the master criminal caught, and all parties find themselves reasonably satisfied with outcome. Loved it.moreless
Heidi Kristoffer

Heidi Kristoffer


Guest Star

Kim Shaw

Kim Shaw

Julianna Laszlo

Guest Star

Natalia Klimas

Natalia Klimas


Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Jones

Recurring Role

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the curator flips the forged painting by Neal, to see the writing by Neal, you could see that he had written "My dearest Walter, I know what you saw here last time. The real painting belongs to Juliana" But when the camera focuses on the writing, it is shown that Neal had written just "My Dearest Walter, I know what you saw here last time"

    • As he reads Kate's letter aloud to Caffrey, Mozzie skips the part which says, "Know that you're my friend, my only lover. You consume my thoughts. Every day I miss you more".

    • Goof: When Jones asks Burke "I've got a question for you" he leaves the room with him but when Caffrey talks to Julianna you can still see them in the doorway.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Caffrey: I love Haustenberg. Which one of his paintings was stolen?
      Burke: This is one is called 'Young Girl with Locket'.
      Caffrey: No photograph?
      Burke: No, but I bet you it's a painting of a young girl wearing a locket.
      Caffrey: You don't get enough credit for your deductive skills.

    • Caffrey: You don't trust me.
      Burke: What did Reagan say? 'Trust, but verify.'
      Caffrey: That was also the motto of the Soviet secret police.
      Burke: Get used to it, comrade.

    • Julianna: (showing Caffrey a photo) That's my grandmother. And that's the painting behind her.
      Caffrey: Could be your twin.
      Julianna: I'll take that as a compliment. I was named after her. She raised me. When she died, she left me the house... and the painting.
      Caffrey: What did Uncle Gary think of that?
      Julianna: You don't look like an FBI agent.
      Caffrey: I'll take that as a compliment.

    • Caffrey: What's [Dorsett] into, besides shaking down stockbrokers?
      Burke: High-end loan-sharking, although calling him a loan shark is like calling Oedipus a mama's boy.

    • Taryn: Is it true you escaped for a girl?
      Caffrey: Some people think I'm a romantic.
      Taryn: Did she?
      Caffrey: I'll let you know.

    • Dorsett: We use the expression 'butterfly' for a man who flits from flower to flower. A man such as yourself could be quite a successful butterfly.
      Caffrey: We consider butterflies weak, delicate creatures.
      Dorsett: But flap their wings, and they can set off hurricanes.
      Caffrey: That's beautiful. You should write a book.

    • Elizabeth: That's what I love about you so much.
      Burke: What, that I lost all ability to flirt when we got married?
      Elizabeth: Honey, it was even questionable then.

    • Burke: When we're in your car, we can listen to your station.
      Caffrey: I don't have a car.
      Burke: Poor life choice.

    • Caffrey: See, I would tell [Elizabeth] that I wouldn't stop complaining about the car, so you let me go into the nightclub, and you witnessed the suspect enter after me and had no choice but to follow.
      Burke: It's almost the truth.
      Caffrey: It's better than alimony.

    • Mozzie: You stole the painting?
      Caffrey: I was going to give it back to Julianna.
      Mozzie: You're like a child -- no sense of consequence.

    • Caffrey: It's not theft when rich men do it.

  • NOTES (4)