One Last Stakeout

News of Curtis Hagan’s early release prompts Peter to reflect on how far he and Neal have come since the early days of their partnership.  But while Peter may be enjoying the perks of his new position, Neal must grudgingly serve both the FBI and the Dutchman.  And now the Dutchman has a new job for Neal: stealing the 13th chapter of the Mosconi Codex, a valuable book on heavily secured display at the Gershon Museum.

With Agent Seigel checking Neal’s anklet every few hours, the normal approach is out.  But what if Neal were at the museum to stop a robbery?  Neal and Moz soon concoct a scheme that will put another thief in the museum with Neal and Seigel on stakeout outside.  With a well-timed distraction and an ID card from a beautiful and unwitting museum book expert, Neal should be able to secure the pages for Hagan AND bring in a big bust for his handler.

Everything is going according to schedule – until an unannounced visit from Peter and a tripped alarm lead to the thief escaping.  Now, with Hagan waiting on his prize, Neal will have to find a way to wrap the case up before the FBI starts looking too closely…

 

Production Notes:

1) The Mosconi Codex went through four or five different names due to clearance issues.  One previous version was The Serafino Codex.  

2) The Gershon Museum location was actually The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

3) The rare book room where the Mosconi Codex is located was built on stage.

4) We have a con-man consultant who taught Neal (Matt Bomer) how to properly distract Rebecca (Bridget Regan) and lift her museum security pass.

5) It started pouring rain just as we were about to begin filming the final scene of the episode, which added nicely to the mood.   

6) The name “The Dutchman” refers to the The Flying Dutchman, a legendary ghost ship doomed to forever sail the seas and never make port.

7) Though the scenes in the fictitious “Gershon Museum” were shot at the Museum of the Moving Image the rare book room was actually built on White Collar's sound stages at Silvercup.

8) The artist whose work is stolen in this episode, Karen Kates, takes her name from an assistant set decorator on the show.

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