Out of the Frying Pan

With big changes afoot in the White Collar division, Neal anxiously prepares to destroy the evidence against Curtis Hagan and sizes up his new handler, a young up-and-comer from Chicago named David Seigel.  Seigel has a pretty good idea of how to deal with Neal, but when a sting on an online black market website leads them to a shady import/export business run by Mozzie, Neal does some deft handling of his own to keep Seigel in the dark and Mozzie in the clear.  However, when the very capable Seigel unknowingly digs up Mozzie’s true identity, Neal realizes they may have to destroy Mozzie’s past in order to secure his future.

At the same time, Diana’s baby anxiety leaves her obsessing over work, but a hunch about the black market case soon leads to a big surprise for both her and Mozzie.

Meanwhile, the new arrangement in the office has Neal and Peter wondering where their relationship stands.  But despite their mutual assurances, Peter can't get over that old sinking feeling that Neal is up to something, and that it may have to do with the Curtis Hagan.

Production Notes

1) The Evidence Storage Room, and the rooms leading to it, were all redressed portions of White Collar's normal FBI set.

2) When Diana discovers Mozzie in his underground bunker, Mozzie is reading "Snap of the Twig", which first appeared in Ep. 204, "By the Book".

3) The City of New York won't let you open manhole covers, so Art Department created a fake manhole cover for Diana to pry open. It was marvelously dressed to appear as if it was built into the street.

4) Guest actor Warren Kole is no stranger to the USA Network. He starred on Common Law as Wes Mitchell.

5) Marsha Thomason had an easy time playing pregnant; she was actually into her third term of pregnancy.

6) The dance rehearsal sequence was filmed in the beautiful and historic Prince George Ballroom. Built in 1904 in the Madison Square Neighborhood of Manhattan, luminaries like playwrite Eugene O'Neil were entertained here.

7) This episode was directed by Roger Kumble whose previous work includes the films Cruel Intentions and The Sweetest Thing, as well as episodes of the TV shows Entourage, Pretty Little Liars, and Revenge.

8) The “Roanoke Praxis” is a reference to the mysterious disappearance of an entire british colony in Virginia during the Sixteen Hundreds. This disappearance has never been fully explained.

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