At What Price
S5 episode 1 Aired on October 17, 2013

Original Air Date: October 17, 2013

Synopsis: Six weeks have passed since the shooting of Senator Pratt, but without a full confession from Neal’s father there seems to be little hope for Peter’s release.  That is, until Neal gets a mysterious text from Curtis Hagan, the first criminal Neal and Peter put away together.  Hagan has a way to get Peter free and clear of the charges, but he’ll need Neal to forge audio of his father confessing to the shooting – and in exchange, he’ll also need Neal to pull a job.

Though Neal is conflicted, he knows what must be done.  It isn’t long before Peter is back in the arms of his loved ones, with a promotion to the head of the White Collar division waiting in the wings.  But while Peter considers big possibilities for his future, Neal must hold up his end of the bargain and steal a valuable collection of Welsh gold coins from a private vault.  With help from Mozzie and some borrowed firefighter equipment, it isn’t long before Neal is slipping out with the coins.  Yet bad luck soon puts the coins just out of reach, and the FBI on the trail.  In order to make good on his promise to Hagan, Neal will have to once again stand at Peter’s side while secretly working against him.  But there is more to Hagan’s plan than Neal first realized, and he’ll soon learn that the true price of Peter’s freedom will be much more than a few pieces of gold…

Production Notes

1) Willie Garson (Mozzie) was really standing on a ledge thirty seven-floors above the streets of New York -- the scene uses no composite shots (though he was kept safe by wires attached to the building).

2) The scene in the firehouse, in which Neal starts a grease fire as a distraction, was shot during the hottest day of the year in New York.  The heat wave was one of the longest in the city's history.

3) The painting that Curtis Hagen is restoring was actually created from scratch by White Collar's art department just days before production.

4) Though they look like the authentic article, the gold coins that Neal heists were actually carved from wood.

5) If you look closely, you'll notice that Mozzie's notes for his suicidal rant include conspiracy theories about the Lindbergh baby.

6) The courthouse in which Peter is exonerated at the beginning of the episode has some curious history: one of the first people brought to trial there was its architect, who was convicted of graft related to the building's construction.

7) The scenes in the opera house were shot at Gustavino's, a designated New York City landmark tucked away under the 59th street bridge. The buff-colored vaulted ceilings have remained unchanged since 1909.

8) Diana Barrigan's pregnancy coincided with Marsha Thomason's real life one Ala I Love Lucy!

9) Lots of people know that phone numbers starting in “555” are for the movies, but did you know that any FDNY firehouse has to be number 177 or above?