White Collar

Season 1 Episode 2


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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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