White Collar

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

The city of New York is buzzing with activity during Fashion Week while Burke and Caffrey tries to prevent an international criminal from selling sensitive data contained in a state-of-the-art technology woven into one of the runway dresses.

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  • Peter and Neal are dealing with an Israeli counterfeiter who has turned to murder in the middle of models and fashion week in New York. Generally a little out of the ordinary for some like "The Ghost", who is a well known and never caught thief.moreless

    Nice storyline with excellent twists and turns. They have managed to build characters that are enjoyable and interesting in a very short time. The development of the two stories so far has been complex, but simple enough for most to understand.

    We have plenty of great extra characters to go around starting with Peter's new partner brought in for this case, FBI Agent Lauren Cruz played by Natalie Morales. Also James Rebhorn as the head of the FBI Agency office in New York, Sharif Atkins who plays FBI Agent Jones, and finally Natalia Klimas who played Brigette. I did miss Marsha Thomason as FBI Agent Diana Lancing who was listed as a star in the Pilot episode. I'm thinking maybe Thomason has been replaced by Morales since the Pilot was shot. We'll see.

    We know who the villain is almost immediately in this episode, but the tension stays at a pretty high level all the way until the climax of the show. All of the main stars and guest stars are featured equally in the show and take part in the very complete and finished storyline. Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay are both going to become major recognizable stars from this show. I think USA has another big hit on their hands. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Information smuggling and fashion week. Again? ;)

    To protect a witness, save a vulnerable designer coerced into breaking the law, and grab the mysterious Ghovat. An international criminal whose name means "ghost" in hebrew. Not that I knew that. It's just something I learned from the episode. To pass themselves off as potential buyers, Burke and Caffrey decide to throw a party filled with gorgeous models. Rejecting Peter's first option for a space, Neal finds a far superior space and secures the attendance of dozens of models. Forget wether this is believeable. If it isn't, don't tell me, and if it is, tell me how. When their witness finds herself in jeopardy as a result of their actions, Peter abandons the FBI the typical fed MO and acts on his feet. The girl's saved, The Ghost is caught, and everyone lives happily ever after, Except perhaps Kate.moreless
  • Formulaic compared to the pilot.

    After the Pilot I found this episode a bit of an anti climax - even formulaic. Where the Pilot unwound its story this episode you knew what was going to happen. Bad Guy sets up a meet in Park - what happens? FBI/Police/What have you plant undercover agents in Park - it happens on all the shows and the episode ended the same way most cop shows ended up.

    I'm hoping that the other episodes are more like the Pilot- clever, not knowing whats going to happen next. And play more on Caffrey being a likeable and charming rouge. The start of a good series I hopemoreless
Natalie Morales (II)

Natalie Morales (II)

FBI Agent Lauren Cruz

Guest Star

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota


Guest Star

Donnie Keshawarz

Donnie Keshawarz


Guest Star

James Rebhorn

James Rebhorn

Reese Hughes

Recurring Role

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario


Recurring Role

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

FBI Agent Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Neal answers the phone that is delivered to him at the bar, the audience can clearly see that it is a flip-style phone (this is shown again when Neal answers the phone in the conference room). However, when Burke receives the call from the Ghost at the park, the phone he answers is not the same style.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Caffrey: Stand there and look menacing.
      Burke: What?
      Caffrey: Stand there and look menacing. (Peter puts his hands on his hips and looks at Caffrey disapprovingly) No, Peter. Menacing. You look like your kid just struck out.

    • (as Caffrey comes up with an idea)
      Burke: Are you gonna share?
      Caffrey: You're gonna think I'm crazy.
      Burke: It's never stopped you before.
      Caffrey: We throw a party.
      Burke: Is it your birthday?
      Caffrey: No.
      Burke: Then you're crazy.

    • Hughes: A party?
      Burke: The witness is confident she can identify [Ghovat] by his voice.
      Hughes: How do you know he'll show up?
      Caffrey: We fill it with beautiful women.
      Hughes: I was addressing my case agent.
      Burke: Looking at his M.O., he has a thing for models.
      Hughes: Yeah? Well, me too. Hey Jones, you like models?!
      Jones: Love 'em!
      Hughes: Jones likes 'em too. Is there a plan in here somewhere? Call me when one shows up.

    • (at an FBI warehouse seizure storage locker)
      Caffrey: There's nothing wrong with enjoying the good things in life, Peter.
      Burke: Hmm, then why do they always seem to end up in here?

    • (Burke showing Caffrey a photo of a potential venue for a fashion party)
      Burke: It's a loft, seized in a DEA bust -- fifteen hundred square feet, service elevator. It's perfect!
      Caffrey: Is that chalk outline?
      Burke: I'm sure they've cleaned that up by now. It has everything you need.
      Caffrey: Yeah, if five drunk frat buddies show up.

    • Elizabeth: (to Peter) Honey, I am really impressed with this place. I mean, I can have a state dinner up here. How did you pull that off?
      Caffrey: He has a source. But good luck trying to pry it out of him.
      Elizabeth: Hmm, sounds like fun. I'll work on him later.
      Caffrey: (to Peter) She'll work on you later.

    • Caffrey: Nice report!
      Cruz: Thanks.
      Caffrey: You know, you pull off the whole FBI thing, too.
      Cruz: Yeah, no one looks good in FBI slacks.
      Caffrey: Oh, don't sell yourself short.
      Cruz: Better.
      Caffrey: You sure I wasn't a little too direct and--
      Cruz: Yeah, but I like where you were going with it.

    • Caffrey: See, [Ghovat]'s counting on the FBI to have a plan.
      Burke: So I do nothing?
      Caffrey: Roll with him.
      Burke: Like you would.
      Caffrey: If he expects you to have a plan, don't have one.
      Burke: Now, that's the worst idea ever.
      Caffrey: Prepare all you can. Just know it's all gonna change.
      Burke: What would you do?
      Caffrey: I'd go home and have dinner with my wife.

    • Elizabeth: You meet this guy in Central Park and you give him the dress and he gives you the girl?
      Caffrey: That's about the size of it.
      Elizabeth: (in a sarcastic tone) I'm really glad you got into the White Collar Crime Division where nothing exciting happens.
      Caffrey: It's-- it's pretty dull stuff.
      Elizabeth: Yeah.

    • (Caffrey raises his hand in FBI briefing)
      Hughes: Caffrey, put your hand down.
      (Caffrey keeps his hand raised)
      Hughes: Put it down!
      Caffrey: I'm just wondering where I'll be.
      Hughes: On a coffee run. You're not even supposed to be here.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nitky (Threads)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada - November 6, 2009 on Bravo
      Australia - December 1, 2009 on Channel 10
      Latin America - March 16, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden - April 14, 2010 on TV4+
      United Kingdom - April 28, 2010 on Bravo
      Czech Republic - September 16, 2010 on Prima
      Bulgaria - May 25, 2011 on bTV Cinema
      Germany - September 20, 2011 on RTL
      Slovakia - August 27, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Natalie Morales (FBI Agent Lauren Cruz). Morales was originally signed on to guest in two episodes but was later cast as a series regular.

    • For this episode, USA Network sponsored a Guess-the-Episode-Ratings Contest for a chance to win the White Collar Ultimate Gentlemen's Bag. The US viewer who guesses the closest ratings number without going over wins $500 worth of prizes. Guesses must be sent in prior to the 10 PM ET airing on October 30, 2009.


    • Mozzie: Thirteenth letter in the alphabet. Thirteen is a prime.
      Caffrey: Thanks, Rain Man.

      Rain Man is the 1988 drama film which starred Dustin Hoffman as Raymond Babbitt, a savant left in the care of a brother he never knew existed named Charlie (Tom Cruise).

    • Caffrey: (puts shades on Burke) Now say, 'I'll be back.'

      "I'll be back" is a catchphrase popularized by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he portrayed the title character in the 1984 sci-fi film The Terminator. His character wore dark sunglasses when he uttered those words.

    • Mozzie: That could be cracked by anyone who's ever seen the back of M.A.D. magazine.

      The satirical humor magazine M.A.D. is famous for its back fold-in page which features a cartoon picture which when folded shows a totally different image. Similarly, the note passed on by Kate to Caffrey shows a hidden message as the paper is folded.