Master Plan

Elizabeth visits the wealthy family of Patrick Wolcott, an old tutoring charge who infamously ran away from the family fortune as a teenager.  Now, the local papers are trumpeting his return fifteen years later in connection with the news of his father William’s failing health.  But something is off in the Wolcott home, and after a brief reunion with her old student, Elizabeth gets the nagging feeling that the prodigal son may not be who he says he is.

Hoping to get an inside look at the situation, Neal poses as the Wolcott’s new butler.  It isn’t long before he pegs “Patrick” as a fake, and uncovers a possible plot to make off with a trust worth $40 million.  But when Elizabeth approaches William with her concerns, the savvy imposter uses William’s blind love to neutralize the threat and push up the date of his score.  Neal and Peter soon realize that the real Patrick is alive, and being held somewhere in the city.  But with William signing over the trust in a day, the FBI has less than 24 hours to expose the imposter before he slips away with a windfall, and the Wolcott’s lose Patrick again, this time for good…

Production Notes

1) Peter Burke is a fan of baseball, just like Tim Dekay! Tim also played a former professional Baseball player turned carnival roustabout, Jonesy, on HBO's Carnivale.

2) Mozzie's right about the incredible honey bee! It takes 12 bees their entire lifespan to make just one teaspoon of honey.

3) Homme Du Cornet isn't the only man with a snack that Picasso is famous for painting. He also has an earlier painting called Man with Lollypop.

4.) Matt Bomer consulted with a professional butler to make sure his butler technique was accurate.

5.) When a butler stands with his hands crossed behind his back, it indicates that the household requires a more formal degree of service.

6.) Tim DeKay's scenes were not filmed sequentially. To track how sick Peter would be in any given scene, we went through the script and rated each "sick scene" on a scale of 1-1-10.

7.) Four King Charles Cavalier spaniels auditioned for the part of Chauncey Wolcott.

8.) The shower at the Burke's house was built specifically for this episode. It hasn't been used since!

9.) There is an active urban beekeeping movement in Manhattan and the Boroughs with the goal of countering colony collapse, making it a perfect hobby/cause for Mozzie.

About White Collar

White Collar centers on the unlikely crime-solving partnership between Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a charming con man turned consultant for the FBI, and Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), the Federal Agent charged with keeping him on the right side of the law.

When Neal escaped from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Peter had to bring him to justice - for the second time. Rather than return to jail, Neal suggested an alternate plan: he would provide his criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom. Initially wary, Peter quickly found that Neal provided insight and intuition that couldn't be found on the right side of the law.

Since then, Peter and Neal have amassed an enviable record within the White Collar Crimes Unit and laid the foundation for a deep friendship. But as some have said about Neal, once a con, always a con, and while his unique skills have helped Peter close some high profile cases, his methods have endangered both his friends and fellow colleagues and drawn increased scrutiny from the higher-ups.

Eventually, Neal earned a chance to have his sentence commuted, but when he realized the scales of justice were unfairly weighted against him, Neal did the only thing left for him to do: he ran. Although Manhattan may be in his rearview, the past won't stay behind him for long, and soon both he and Peter will have to face the consequences of the choices they have made.

Cast & Crew

Peter Burke as played by Tim DeKay