Ice Breaker
S5 episode 6 Aired on November 21, 2013

Original Air Date: November 21, 2013

Synopsis: A counterfeit passport bust leads Peter and Neal to the Russian neighborhood of Little Odessa and a beautiful figure skater whose brutal boyfriend leads a dangerous smuggling ring.  In order to get inside the operation, Neal and Peter must pose as figure skating pros.  Neal has no problem channeling the arrogant swagger of his sports agent cover, but while Peter is a strong skater, he’ll need a crash course in figure skating 101 to nail the part of the new skating coach. And with her volatile boyfriend watching their every move, one slip up could mean the end for the skater, and for Peter…

Meanhwhile, when Rebecca Lowe shows up at the FBI with some uncomfortable questions about Neal and the Goshen museum heist, Neal must enlist Mozzie to pose as a fictitious supervisor for an impromptu meeting at a fake FBI office.  They soon realize they can turn their problem into a solution by enlisting Rebecca to help them crack the Moscone codex.  However, while their plan to turn Rebecca from accuser to accomplice succeeds, Neal’s slide back into old habits has not gone unnoticed by his real supervisor…


1) This was our first time shooting on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach.  It was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit both days.

2) Tatiana is a real restaurant on the boardwalk, with photos of guests lining a wall in the back room.  The biggest celebrity on the wall?  Steve Guttenberg.  

3) For safety concerns, crew members had to wear crampons and bike helmets to walk on the ice while filming in the ice rink.  

4) Tim DeKay used to play ice hockey, and was very comfortable on skates.  Tiffani Thiessen wasn't as experienced, and fell down during rehearsal.  Sprawled out on the ice, she started laughing so hard that Tim fell down laughing right next to her.  It was such a great moment... if only we had been filming!!  

5) The fog on the ice in the final scene wasn't from a fog machine, but actual steam rising from the ice because of added warmth from all the crew members and lights inside the rink.  

6) Sloan Stover the stunt skater in this episode has been at her craft for over 23 years! No wonder her axels look that great!

7) The Russian Vodka Bar that appears in this episode is actually Tatiana's Restaurant and Nightclub in Brighton Beach, a Russian neighborhood of Brooklyn.

8) Annet Mahendru is not only the lovely and mysterious Nina on The Americans, but she's also a brown belt in karate and speaks 6 languages.

9) This episode was helmed by acclaimed director and actor Eric Stoltz who's appeared in such classics as Pulp Fiction and Some Kind Of Wonderful.