List of White Collar episodes
White Collar is a crime/mystery television series that premiered on October 23, 2009, on the USA Network. The series stars Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a former con-man, forger and thief, and Tim DeKay as FBI agent Peter Burke. The pair form an unlikely partnership as they work together to apprehend white collar criminals. The series also stars Willie Garson as Mozzie, an old friend of Neal's who occasionally aids the FBI in their investigations; Tiffani Thiessen as Elizabeth Burke, Peter's ever-faithful wife; and Marsha Thomason and Sharif Atkins as agents Diana Berrigan and Clinton Jones, respectively. Natalie Morales appeared in the first season as agent Lauren Cruz. Hilarie Burton was introduced in the second season as Sara Ellis, a love interest for Neal. She joined the main cast at the beginning of the third season.
White Collar aired its first season of 14 episodes in two parts, which premiered in 2009 and 2010. This was followed by a second season, comprising 16 episodes. The first group of nine episodes aired in summer 2010, while the remaining seven aired in winter 2011. The third season began airing in 2011 and ended in 2012. The first 10 episodes of the season aired in summer 2011, while the remaining six began airing in winter 2012. The series got renewed for a fourth season comprising 16 episodes, which began airing in July 2012. A fifth season which was renewed for 16 episodes, got reduced to 13, and started airing in October 2013.
The first three seasons are available on DVD in regions 1, 2, and 4, while the first season is also available on Blu-ray.
As of January 30, 2014[update], 75 episodes of White Collar have been broadcast, concluding the fifth season.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||14||October 23, 2009||March 9, 2010||July 13, 2010||July 26, 2010||August 18, 2010|
|2||16||July 13, 2010||March 8, 2011||June 7, 2011||February 18, 2013||February 8, 2012|
|3||16||June 7, 2011||February 28, 2012||June 5, 2012||N/A||December 11, 2013|
|4||16||July 10, 2012||March 5, 2013||October 8, 2013||N/A||June 25, 2014|
|5||13||October 17, 2013||January 30, 2014||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Season 1 (2009–10)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||U.S. viewers
|Original air date||Production
|1||1||"Pilot"||Bronwen Hughes||Jeff Eastin||5.40||October 23, 2009||5039-08-179|
|Con artist, master forger, and criminal extraordinaire Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) escapes from prison to find Kate Moreau, the woman he loves (Alexandra Daddario), only to end up behind bars again. He strikes up a deal with Federal Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), the FBI agent who put him there, and together they take an unconventional route in tracking down a criminal known as "The Dutchman" (Mark Sheppard). Also introduced is Neal's trusted friend and partner in crime, Mozzie (Willie Garson), a fellow con-man with extensive knowledge about everything. Neal uses his new position in the FBI to find clues that will eventually lead him to Kate, the man with the ring, and the truth.|
|2||2||"Threads"||Dennie Gordon||Clifton Campbell||5.08||October 30, 2009||5039-09-103|
|Neal and Peter infiltrate New York's Fashion Week as they try to prevent an international criminal from selling sensitive data hidden in one of the runway dresses.|
|3||3||"Book of Hours"||John T. Kretchmer||Tom Garrigus||3.85||November 6, 2009||5039-09-102|
|A New York mobster enlists the help of the FBI to recover a precious stolen Bible—a mission that tests Neal's loyalties with the FBI.|
|4||4||"Flip of the Coin"||Timothy Busfield||Jeff Eastin & Joseph C. Muscat||4.28||November 13, 2009||5039-09-105|
|Peter and Neal try to locate smuggled Iraqi artifacts where the lead suspect is a US soldier and an acquaintance of Peter, but anomalies in the evidence suggest other forces at work.|
|5||5||"The Portrait"||Allan Arkush||Jeff Eastin & Travis Romero||4.56||November 20, 2009||5039-09-101|
|Peter and Neal set up a sting to recover a valuable stolen portrait, but strain is put on their uneasy partnership when Peter suspects Neal will succumb to temptation. Neal finds out the truth about the stolen portrait, and returns it to its rightful owner.|
|6||6||"All In"||John T. Kretchmer||Jim Campolongo & Joe Henderson||4.40||November 27, 2009||5039-09-104|
|Immersed in a dangerous case in Chinatown involving one of his aliases and a crafty Interpol agent, Neal is forced to decide between his loyalties to Peter and the FBI or his desire to find Kate. The interpol agent reveals that the man with the ring is in the FBI.|
|7||7||"Free Fall"||Kevin Bray||Jeff Eastin||5.55||December 4, 2009||5039-09-107|
|Peter must determine if Neal's lying when Neal becomes a suspect in a jewelry heist. Meanwhile, Neal closes in on the man with the ring and discovers that he may be closer than he imagined. Introduced in the episode is FBI special agent Garrett Fowler (Noah Emmerich), an OPR agent bent on discrediting Peter and Neal with whatever means possible.|
|8||8||"Hard Sell"||John T. Kretchmer||Jim Campolongo & Joe Henderson||4.70||January 19, 2010||5039-09-108|
|Neal infiltrates a corrupt Wall Street brokerage firm and Peter must go undercover alongside him. Neal suspects Peter as the man with the ring and confronts Peter about it. Peter initially denies but after the case is closed, Peter tells Neal that he had spoken with Kate. Peter tells Neal that Kate mentioned wanting a music box that Neal had stolen. Peter also tells Neal that it does not seem Kate was acting under the control of Fowler. Neal refuses to believe Peter and sets out to find the music box that Fowler wants.|
|9||9||"Bad Judgment"||John T. Kretchmer||Jeff Eastin & Joseph C. Muscat||4.30||January 26, 2010||5039-09-112|
|Peter and Neal discover a corrupt judge working with Fowler, and devise a plan to take them down. Meanwhile, Neal asks Peter to get a message to Kate as Mozzie sweeps Peter's house for bugs. At the end of the episode, Neal retrieves a paper flower from the grave of Kate's father, Robert, another cryptic message from Kate.|
|10||10||"Vital Signs"||Dennie Gordon||Joan B. Weiss||2.89||February 2, 2010||5039-09-106|
|June is approached by a sketchy charity when her granddaughter is removed from the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Neal and Peter decide to investigate the charity, suspecting that transplants are being bought with "donations".|
|11||11||"Home Invasion"||Ken Girotti||Channing Powell||3.83||February 9, 2010||5039-09-110|
|The FBI investigates a murder and a mysterious coded list and Neal catches up with Alex Hunter (Gloria Votsis), an old friend who might know something about the music box, but isn't too keen on Neal's connection with the FBI.|
|12||12||"Bottlenecked"||Phil Abraham||Jeff Eastin & Tom Garrigus||3.57||February 23, 2010||5039-09-109|
|When Neal is confronted by his blue-collar counterpart Matthew Keller (Ross McCall), he must revive a decades-old competition to create an impossible forgery of a bottle of wine. However, things aren't exactly as they seem.|
|13||13||"Front Man"||Michael Smith||Rashad Raisani||3.48||March 2, 2010||5039-09-111|
|When trying to resolve a kidnapping, Neal is apprehended by an old friend and is forced to play his game to save the one who was kidnapped. Alex finally reveals the location of the music box to Neal, and teams up to steal it. Peter tells Neal that he knows Neal is planning to steal it, and tells him that he has the option to stop looking for Kate and do something good with his life.|
|14||14||"Out of the Box"||Kevin Bray||Jeff Eastin||4.04||March 9, 2010||5039-09-113|
|After discovering the music box in Manhattan, Neal and his friends plan a party heist to steal it. Things come to a head as Fowler and Peter square off, while Neal demands Kate in exchange for the box. Peter makes it to the airstrip before Neal takes off with Kate, and tries to stop him. Neal turns around, and admits that Peter is the only one who can change his mind. Before he can join Kate, Neal looks back at Peter, and the jet explodes.|
Season 2 (2010–11)
White Collar was renewed for a second season scheduled to begin July 13, 2010 on USA Network, with Marsha Thomason joining the cast as a series regular and Hilarie Burton appearing in a six-episode arc as insurance investigator Sara Ellis. The nine-episode summer season ran through September 7, 2010 and concluded with a seven-episode winter season that began on January 18, 2011.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||U.S. viewers
|Original air date||Production
|15||1||"Withdrawal"||Tim Matheson||Jeff Eastin||4.29||July 13, 2010||BCW201|
|In the aftermath of Kate's death, Neal's deal and Peter's job are in jeopardy. To prove themselves, they must catch The Architect (Tim Matheson), a high-profile bank robber.|
|16||2||"Need to Know"||Sanford Bookstaver||Joe Henderson||3.96||July 20, 2010||BCW202|
|Neal goes undercover as a political "fixer" in order to bring down a corrupt politician. Diana and Peter's lead brings them to an unidentified man who escapes their pursuit. It is also revealed that Peter had Diana keep the music box's location hidden even from Peter himself. Neal begins to suspect that Peter is investigating the plane explosion behind his back.|
|17||3||"Copycat Caffrey"||Paul Holahan||Channing Powell||3.72||July 27, 2010||BCW203|
|Peter sends Neal back to school after someone copycats one of his old schemes. Alex returns with some bad news. Diana discovers the music box is hiding something. Peter and Diana set out to find the missing key, which is the last piece of the music box that Alex gives Neal before leaving for Italy.|
|18||4||"By the Book"||Michael Smith||Alexandra McNally||4.10||August 3, 2010||BCW204|
|For the first time in his life, Mozzie must turn to the FBI for help when the person of his affection, a waitress from a local diner (Diane Farr) disappears. Mozzie uses cryptic clues, often references to book texts, left by Gina to find and rescue her, which evolves to a case involving a man on the FBI's radar for quite some time.|
|19||5||"Unfinished Business"||Tricia Brock||Jeff Eastin||4.00||August 10, 2010||BCW205|
|A routine bond theft escalates into an attempted murder when Neal is unknowingly hired to kill the assigned insurance investigator, Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton), the same woman who had testified against him regarding his alleged theft of a Raphael painting a few years earlier. Meanwhile, Neal and Mozzie investigate the jet's wreckage, concluding that the jet was rigged to explode midair, but was detonated early by someone. They manage to have the cockpit's voice recorder sent to the insurance company Sterling Bosch, under the care of Sara Ellis. After taking the impostor who ordered the hit on Sara, Neal tries to recover the package from her apartment, but is interrupted by an assassination attempt by the real assassin, who is subsequently captured by Peter and his team.|
|20||6||"In the Red"||David Straiton||Matt Negrete||4.48||August 17, 2010||BCW206|
|The arrest of a jewel thief leads Peter and Neal toward a much more heinous extortion case against adoptive parents. Mozzie breaks into Sara's apartment and recovers the recording, only to have it taken back by Sara and her detectives in a search of Neal's apartment. After teaming up with the mob, Peter and Neal take the adoption lawyer (John Larroquette) into custody. Sara returns to Neal's apartment after finding out what happened to Kate, and promises to help Neal with his investigation. The recording reveals that Kate called an unidentified person shortly before the jet exploded, which prompts Neal and friends to hunt down who was on the other end of the phone.|
|21||7||"Prisoner's Dilemma"||Vincent Misiano||Mark Goffman||4.60||August 24, 2010||BCW208|
|An FBI Agent is accused of selling witness locations during criminal trials, and the U.S. Marshals ask Peter and Neal for help tracking down the suspect. Peter winds up befriending the suspect upon discovering that the U.S. Marshal in charge of the investigation is actually selling the locations, and goes on the run with him trying to clear his name. Moz discovers that the mystery voice on the black box recording belongs to the still-in-hiding Garrett Fowler.|
|22||8||"Company Man"||Rosemary Rodriguez||Jim Campolongo||4.44||August 31, 2010||BCW207|
|Neal and Peter must go undercover into the world of corporate espionage after a tech company's head researcher is murdered. Mozzie and Diana are put together to look over Kate's murder, and Mozzie realizes that Diana has the music box and Peter knows where it is. Peter then shows the music box to Neal, and Neal reveals the key Alex gave him. Neal tells Peter, "No more secrets", before opening the box.|
|23||9||"Point Blank"||Kevin Bray||Jeff Eastin||4.72||September 7, 2010||BCW209|
|The gang finds Fowler (Noah Emmerich) and finds out he is innocent. He is being blackmailed by the same person Peter has a patchwork picture of. Mozzie cracks the code inside of the musicbox. Before he can tell anyone, he is shot by an unidentified man (Paul Blackthorne) who steals the code.|
|24||10||"Burke's Seven"||Michael Smith||Joe Henderson||3.81||January 18, 2011||BCW214|
|Peter is framed for a crime he did not commit, and is subsequently suspended from the FBI. Neal helps him organize a con in order to catch the real criminal (Paul Blackthorne), find who shot Mozzie, and clear Peter's name.|
|25||11||"Forging Bonds"||John T. Kretchmer||Jeff Eastin & Alexandra McNally||3.90||January 25, 2011||BCW213|
|After Peter and Neal realize that Vincent Adler (Andrew McCarthy) is behind Kate's murder, Peter has a talk with Neal where he reveals everything from the time he met Mozzie to when he was caught by the FBI.|
|26||12||"What Happens in Burma..."||John T. Kretchmer||Hy Conrad||3.46||February 1, 2011||BCW210|
|Peter and Neal must set foot on Burmese soil when they visit its embassy in order to prove the innocence of the son of an American diplomat.|
|27||13||"Countermeasures"||Michael Smith||Jim Campolongo||3.46||February 8, 2011||BCW211|
|Neal is approached by an old friend of June's (Billy Dee Williams) and believes that he has some ulterior motives.|
|28||14||"Payback"||Russell Lee Fine||Mark Goffman||3.27||February 22, 2011||BCW212|
|Matthew Keller (Ross McCall) returns when he contacts Neal and Peter from prison asking for a favor. Over the course of their investigation, Peter is kidnapped and must be found before he is killed which inadvertently forces Neal to deal with his feelings from losing Kate .|
|29||15||"Power Play"||Jeff F. King||Mark Goffman||3.30||March 1, 2011||BCW216|
|Neal and Peter switch identities after they are approached by a woman (Cody Horn) who claims that her boss (Richard Schiff) is behind a collusion scheme.|
|30||16||"Under the Radar"||John T. Kretchmer||Jeff Eastin||3.81||March 8, 2011||BCW215|
|Neal and Peter are abducted by Adler (Andrew McCarthy), and Neal gets closer to uncovering the secret behind Kate's death.|
Season 3 (2011–12)
On September 27, 2010, White Collar was renewed for a 16 episode third season, which began June 7, 2011. Hilarie Burton joined the cast as a series regular. Diahann Carroll appeared as June, and Denise Vasi, who appeared in the pilot episode as June's granddaughter Cindy, returned as well. The first half of the season also saw guest appearances by Dana Ashbrook, Beau Bridges, Eliza Dushku, Nathen Garson, Lena Headey, Ernie Hudson, Olek Krupa, Al Sapienza, and the return of Matthew Keller (Ross McCall). Series star Tim DeKay directed one episode. Series creator and executive producer Jeff Eastin tweeted that Andrew McCarthy, who played Vincent Adler, would also direct an episode. Another flashback episode, "The Dentist of Detroit", revealed much of Mozzie's childhood. The first half of the season, consisting of 10 episodes, concluded on August 9, 2011, while the remaining six episodes began airing on January 17, 2012.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||U.S. viewers
|Original air date||Production
|31||1||"On Guard"||Russell Lee Fine||Jeff Eastin||3.90||June 7, 2011||BCW301|
|Despite their newly-arisen trust issues, Neal and Peter have to work together to catch a thief who took his stash out of the Federal Reserve.|
|32||2||"Where There's a Will"||Sanford Bookstaver||Mark Goffman||3.71||June 14, 2011||BCW302|
|Peter and Neal find a treasure map on a forged will, and soon enter a race to locate the treasure and save the daughter of the beneficiary.|
|33||3||"Deadline"||Michael Smith||Alexandra McNally||3.67||June 21, 2011||BCW303|
|When a magazine journalist's (Jayne Atkinson) life is threatened, Diana goes undercover as her assistant to protect her while Peter and Neal investigate the subject of the journalist's story. Meanwhile, Neal and Sara have a date with Diana and Christie (Moran Atias).|
|34||4||"The Dentist of Detroit"||Dennie Gordon||Channing Powell & Matt Negrete||3.72||June 28, 2011||BCW306|
|When a mobster (Al Sapienza) from Mozzie's Detroit childhood surfaces in Manhattan, Neal and Peter must help their friend rework a scam from his past to take down the ruthless gangster and prevent a mob war.|
|35||5||"Veiled Threat"||Paul Holahan||Jim Campolongo||4.19||July 5, 2011||BCW304|
|When a black widow (Mädchen Amick) arrives in New York, Neal and Peter go undercover as wealthy bachelors to find her next target.|
|36||6||"Scott Free"||Tricia Brock||Joe Henderson||3.84||July 12, 2011||BCW305|
|When a teenage conman (Hutch Dano) goes on a wild crime spree in New York, Peter realizes he has a new Neal Caffrey on his hands.|
|37||7||"Taking Account"||Michael Smith||Daniel Shattuck||4.18||July 19, 2011||BCW307|
|When an expert hacker drains a prominent New York bank, Neal assumes the criminal's identity in order to spend the pilfered fortune and draw him out of hiding. Mozzie finds himself in an unfamiliar situation when the hacker's former accomplice (Lena Headey) switches sides. Meanwhile, Sara temporarily moves in with Neal and discovers the surveillance camera footage of Neal and Mozzie's treasure.|
|38||8||"As You Were"||David Straiton||Matt Negrete||3.89||July 26, 2011||BCW308|
|When an old Naval Academy buddy of Agent Jones goes missing, Peter and Neal delve into the dangerous world of international private security to find him. While Jones deals with realizing his friend might not be who he remembers and meeting an old flame, Mozzie convinces Neal to break into Peter and Elizabeth's house to go after the manifest.|
|39||9||"On the Fence"||Paul Holahan||Mark Goffman||3.71||August 2, 2011||BCW309|
|When Neal and Peter discover wanted fugitive Matthew Keller (Ross McCall) is smuggling priceless Egyptian antiquities into the city, Neal must go undercover with an exotic and beautiful Egyptologist (Eliza Dushku) to locate and capture his foe.|
|40||10||"Countdown"||John Kretchmer||Story by: Jeff Eastin & Channing Powell
Teleplay by: Jeff Eastin
|4.30||August 9, 2011||BCW310|
|Neal and Mozzie must stay one step ahead of the FBI while appearing to work with them in order to keep them from discovering that they possess the treasure. Later, Peter returns home to discover that Elizabeth has been kidnapped by Matthew Keller.|
|41||11||"Checkmate"||John Kretchmer||Story by: Joe Henderson & Alexandra McNally
Teleplay by: Joe Henderson
|3.23||January 17, 2012||BCW313|
|Elizabeth escapes from Keller through a combination of FBI diligence and her own cleverness. Meanwhile, as a delaying tactic, Peter, Neal and Mozzie arrange to have the treasure surrounded by an unsuspecting NYPD, and must work with Keller to get it away from them.|
|42||12||"Upper West Side Story"||Russell Lee Fine||Alexandra McNally & Jim Campolongo||3.47||January 24, 2012||BCW312|
|A student (Graham Phillips) at a prestigious prep school asks Neal and Peter to look into the disappearance of scholarship funds, which he believes was orchestrated by the father (Dylan Baker) of his crush (Elizabeth Gillies). In order to investigate, Neal must go undercover as a substitute teacher.|
|43||13||"Neighborhood Watch"||Andrew McCarthy||Jeff F. King||3.04||January 31, 2012||BCW311|
|Neal and Peter investigate a robbery plot at a hotel after Elizabeth overhears a neighbor (Joe Manganiello) having a suspicious conversation. When Neal suggests Peter ask Mozzie to keep an eye on her, he may switch from a babysitter to her accomplice when Elizabeth tries to help.|
|44||14||"Pulling Strings"||Anton Cropper||Channing Powell||2.47||February 7, 2012||BCW314|
|While Peter is tied up hosting Elizabeth's parents (Tom Skerritt and Debra Monk), Neal is assigned to help Sara search for a missing Stradivarius.|
|45||15||"Stealing Home"||Tim DeKay||Story by: Mark Goffman & Jim Campolongo
Teleplay by: Mark Goffman
|2.31||February 21, 2012||BCW315|
|Neal goes undercover with a gang of cons in order to steal valuable memorabilia from Yankee stadium.|
|46||16||"Judgment Day"||Russell Lee Fine||Jeff Eastin||2.55||February 28, 2012||BCW316|
|Agent Kramer (Beau Bridges) tries to sabotage Neal's commutation while Neal tries to fix a mistake from his past. Peter must make a difficult decision. With Peter's help, Neal is able to get away with his theft of the painting and faces the committee, telling them and later Peter that whether he is released or not, he plans to continue working for the FBI because he now has a purpose and a life. Unfortunately, Agent Kramer refuses to back down, wishing to take Neal back to D.C. by any means necessary. Peter is able to secretly warn Neal about Kramer's plan to 'steal' Neal and make him work for him. This gives Neal time to escape, so he cuts off his anklet and flees the country with Mozzie before the committee can make its decision.|
Season 4 (2012–13)
White Collar was renewed for a fourth season of sixteen episodes on August 25, 2011. Treat Williams appeared throughout the season as Sam, an undercover agent from Washington whose past overlaps with Neal's. Mekhi Phifer appeared in the first two episodes as Kyle Collins, a manhunter working for the federal government. Gregg Henry recurred as a man who helps Neal and Mozzie hide while in the Cape Verde Islands, while Mia Maestro appeared as Maya, a woman with whom Neal becomes involved while on the run. Laura Vandervoort appeared in one episode as a wealthy socialite who becomes another love interest for Neal. Michael Weston appeared in one episode as a criminal mastermind, alongside Laurie Williams. Rebecca Mader appeared in one episode as Abigail, a woman who forces Neal to take part in a heist. Perrey Reeves appeared in one episode as a dedicated fixer. Gloria Votsis returned as Alex Hunter in the eighth episode of the season. Victor Webster made an appearance in the ninth episode of the season as Eric Dunham, a trader on Wall Street who is being investigated for insider trading. Titus Welliver guest starred as Senator Terrence Pratt, a man who may be linked to Neal's father. Reed Diamond made an appearance as Cole Edwards, a construction mogul with links to the government. Sprague Grayden appeared as a younger Ellen Parker, while Judith Ivey continued playing the older version of the character. Hilarie Burton reprised her role as insurance investigator and Neal's love interest Sara Ellis; she will appear in four episodes altogether. The remaining six episodes of season four began airing in January 2013.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||U.S. viewers
|Original air date||Production
|47||1||"Wanted"||Paul Holahan||Jeff Eastin||3.21||July 10, 2012||BCW401|
|Kyle Collins (Mekhi Phifer) of the Office of International Affairs tries to find Neal after the FBI fails for six weeks. Peter manages to get a message to Neal, but has to go in person after finding Neal is in Cape Verde. Unfortunately, Collins searches Peter's home after he leaves and finds his map with Cape Verde circled. Collins and Peter meet in a cafe where Collins announces a $500,000 bounty on Neal's head. Collins purposely does not specify "alive". Neal, Mozzie, and Peter look for a way out and turn to different sources for help. Peter and Mozzie go to one of Mozzie's friends, while Neal goes to the island's richest man, a very private person named Dobbs (Gregg Henry). Dobbs soon reveals that he is aware of Neal's true identity, and Collins arrives to capture Neal.|
|48||2||"Most Wanted"||Paul Holahan||Mark Goffman||2.98||July 17, 2012||BCW402|
|Collins holds Neal prisoner on Dobbs' estate, and shoots Neal in the leg when he discovers Neal has broken loose from his restraints. Peter and Mozzie covertly help Neal get away from Collins, and upon planning their escape, discover Dobbs is really one of the FBI's most wanted men. Together, they set up a con for Neal to help capture Dobbs and return to New York under his original deal. In the end Peter gets reassigned.|
|49||3||"Diminishing Returns"||Stefan Schwartz||Jim Campolongo||3.01||July 24, 2012||BCW403|
|With Peter reassigned to the Evidence room, he and Neal go up against David Cook (Michael Weston), a criminal mastermind whom Peter has been tracking since joining the FBI.|
|50||4||"Parting Shots"||Robert Duncan McNeill||Alexandra McNally||2.82||July 31, 2012||BCW404|
|While helping Sara (Hilarie Burton) resolve an insider trading scandal, Neal saves the life of the alleged perpetrator's widow (Laura Vandervoort), but he has to stay undercover with her to help prevent the theft of her insurance settlement. Meanwhile, Peter gets reassigned back to the White Collar division, and Ellen is shot after being recalled into Witness Protection, leaving Neal with unanswered questions.|
|51||5||"Honor Among Thieves"||Arlene Sanford||Joe Henderson||2.93||August 14, 2012||BCW405|
|When Ellen is murdered, Neal leaves himself open to being blackmailed by the art thief they're after in exchange for information, which may lead to a breach of trust between him and Peter.|
|52||6||"Identity Crisis"||David Straiton||Channing Powell||3.89||August 21, 2012||BCW406|
|Mozzie's purchase of a storage unit leads him to finding a number of clues about a spy organization from the Revolutionary War that may still be operating today.|
|53||7||"Compromising Positions"||Paul Holahan||Matthew Negrete||3.36||August 28, 2012||BCW407|
|With help from Mozzie and Sara (Hilarie Burton), Peter and Neal attempt to ensure the conviction of a corrupt developer. Their main obstacle is a clever woman who acts as a no-questions-asked fixer for a variety of clients including Sara's company. Meanwhile, Neal meets with Ellen's friend Sam, who tells him of a conspiracy including highly placed law enforcement officials.|
|54||8||"Ancient History"||Russell Lee Fine||Daniel Shattuck||3.38||September 4, 2012||BCW408|
|Neal is contacted again by his old acquaintance and fellow thief Alex (Gloria Votsis), who is being investigated by the FBI in relation to a heist for which Neal is arrested. Peter furthers his covert investigation of "Sam" behind Neal when Neal receives a suspicious package from Ellen delivered by the Marshals. Alex is in town on more business, which causes some rifts between Peter, Neal, and Mozzie.|
|55||9||"Gloves Off"||Renny Harlin||Mark Goffman||3.80||September 11, 2012||BCW409|
|Peter sends Neal undercover as a Wall Street stock trader. Neal discovers a White Collar boxing ring where traders fight for insider information. In order to take down the corrupt CEO, Peter and Neal must step out of the office and step in to the ring. Peter makes a huge mistake that sends Sam into hiding.|
|56||10||"Vested Interest"||Russell Lee Fine||Jeff Eastin||3.41||September 18, 2012||BCW410|
|Peter and Neal attend an FBI conference where someone is trying to steal high valued defense technology, but discover the thief's plan to kidnap the designer instead. After Peter learns the real Sam is dead, a DNA test shows the man they believe to be Sam is actually Neal's father.|
|57||11||"Family Business"||Paul Holahan||Joe Henderson||2.77||January 22, 2013||BCW411|
|Neal's father James explains how as a young cop he began working for a gangster named Dennis Flynn, now deceased. When he tried to end his employment Flynn framed him for the murder of his superior, and he confessed when some unknown person with high law enforcement connections threatened his wife, Neal, and Ellen. Believing him guilty, Neal's mother refused further contact. In the present, Neal and Peter infiltrate the operations of Flynn's son, also named Dennis. They pose as the maker and potential buyer, respectively, of counterfeit whisky, and are able to prove that the younger Dennis killed Ellen. But Dennis is killed in custody, showing that the law enforcement conspiracy is still in operation. James is sent to a safe house while Neal and Peter plan their next move.|
|58||12||"Brass Tacks"||Anton Cropper||Jim Campolongo & Alexandra McNally||2.61||January 29, 2013||BCW412|
|Neal and Peter discover that Dennis Flynn's fatal prisoner transfer was ordered by U.S. Senator Terrence Pratt (Titus Welliver) who was once James' Captain in the Washington police. They plan to bring him down by proving fraud charges against his associate, land developer Cole Edwards (Reed Diamond). But Edwards remains loyal to the Senator, who retaliates by ending the FBI career of Peter's boss. Meanwhile Mozzie is paired up with Jones to search for the meaning of a key left to Neal in Ellen's personal effects. Elizabeth asks Neal to lie to Peter about the key to protect him after an attempted assassination, but Peter learns the truth from Jones and, greatly offended, continues to investigate on his own.|
|59||13||"Empire City"||Tim DeKay||Channing Powell & Daniel Shattuck||2.28||February 5, 2013||BCW413|
|Two brothers are attempting to revive the famous Cotton Club, but one is also involved in fraudulent sales of taxi medallions. To investigate, Neal and Peter pose as promoters and book June as a singer for the club's opening. Meanwhile, Peter and Neal each independently discover the NYC location indicated by the key: the Empire State Building.|
|60||14||"Shoot the Moon"||Russell Lee Fine||Matthew Negrete & Bob DeRosa||2.42||February 19, 2013||BCW414|
|A couple on a romantic crime spree take two hostages who turn out to be Peter and Elizabeth. Neal must anticipate their next crime to effect a rescue. Sara has a potential new position in London. Neal and Mozzie determine that Ellen's evidence about James is stored in an office on the 50th floor of the Empire State Building.|
|61||15||"The Original"||John Kretchmer||Mark Goffman||2.12||February 26, 2013||BCW415|
|The former assistant to a dead master sculptor has "found" a new work which Neal thinks is a forgery. With a high-tech scanner diverted from the forgery investigation, Neal, Mozzie and James determine the exact location of Ellen's evidence box. But Peter's new FBI boss Amanda Calloway (Emily Procter) is on to them, and she is reporting to Senator Pratt.|
|62||16||"In the Wind"||Russell Lee Fine||Jeff Eastin||2.36||March 5, 2013||BCW416|
|Neal concocts an elaborate plan to get the evidence box out of the Empire State Building even though Pratt and Calloway are also searching for it. Pratt's man stops an escaping James, who is carrying what he thinks is the box but is actually a decoy given to him by Mozzie. In the ensuing confrontation, James kills Pratt with Peter's gun and escapes, leaving Peter to be arrested for the murder with all the physical evidence against him. Neal learns from the real evidence box that James was actually guilty of the murder for which he was imprisoned. Neal begs James to go to the FBI and tell the truth to free Peter, but James coldly refuses and leaves Neal with the realization that his father used him.|
Season 5 (2013–14)
On September 25, 2012, USA Network renewed the series for a 16-episode fifth season, but this was later reduced to 13. It premiered on October 17, 2013. Marsha Thomason was pregnant during the filming of season five and did not appear for the majority of the season.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||U.S. viewers
|Original air date||Production
|63||1||"At What Price"||Stefan Schwartz||Jeff Eastin & Joe Henderson||2.53||October 17, 2013||BCW506|
|Peter is about to be prosecuted for murder, which could end his FBI career even if he were acquitted. Elizabeth urges Neal to save him at any cost. Neal is contacted by the Dutchman, Curtis Hagan (Mark Sheppard), the man he helped Peter convict of forgery in their first case together. Hagan has influence over Peter's prosecutor, and can get the charges dismissed if Neal can make a convincing fake audio confession from James. Neal and Mozzie do this and learn Hagan's price: Neal must steal a collection of gold coins from a secure building. Neal does this with the aid of a device Mozzie has built to spoof the anklet's signal to make him appear to be at home. Neal then learns that the Dutchman has filmed the heist and plans to blackmail him into committing further crimes for him. Peter is promoted to be head of the NYC White Collar Crime office. He gives Neal a new anklet and promises him a new handler from outside the office. Their last case together is to investigate the coin robbery.|
|64||2||"Out of the Frying Pan"||Roger Kumble||Daniel Shattuck||2.13||October 24, 2013||BCW501|
|Neal meets his new handler David Seigel (Warren Kole), a young star agent. The FBI have arrested the proprietor of a website for stolen goods, and they plan to arrest his contacts while a very pregnant Diana works hard to make the website appear to continue operating. Neal and David are sent to the warehouse of an art dealer involved with the website, who turns out to be Mozzie. He escapes, but David sees him; though Neal is able to keep Peter from learning that the dealer is Mozzie, David uncovers the "Teddy" identity behind Mozzie's vast holdings. This is actually what Mozzie believes to be his true identity, that of a baby who disappeared shortly before Mozzie was found. Mozzie returns to the warehouse, sets fire to it, and vanishes into a hideout beneath it. The FBI believe Teddy is dead, but Diana is not fooled, goes to the warehouse, and finds the hideout. She tries to arrest Mozzie but suddenly goes into labor. Mozzie delivers the baby, whom she names "Theo", and she so far keeps his secret. Neal breaks into the FBI evidence room and destroys evidence against Hagan, which will give him a chance in his retrial.|
|65||3||"One Last Stakeout"||Russell Lee Fine||Joe Henderson||2.38||October 31, 2013||BCW503|
|Hagan is free, and he gives Neal 48 hours to steal one chapter of a mysterious book on display at a museum. Neal and Mozzie plan to fool another criminal, Zev, into breaking into the museum to steal a painting, with Neal taking the book chapter at the same time and then catching Zev. To get access, he befriends a museum worker named Rebecca (Bridget Regan) and steals her key. Neal tells David he has heard chatter indicating that the museum is about to be robbed, and Peter authorizes a stakeout. Mozzie disables the security cameras of the museum and Zev enters. Neal is delayed when Peter, nostalgic about his former partnership, joins the stakeout. However, he is able to enter the building and replace the chapter with a forgery Mozzie has created. Zev trips the alarms but still escapes; Neal leaves prints behind when he escapes himself. Neal and Peter find Zev's prints at the crime scene, allowing the FBI to arrest Zev and recover the painting. Neal gives the book chapter to Hagan after making a copy; he and Mozzie will try to figure out why Hagan wanted it. David secretly witnesses the meeting between Neal and Hagan. Rebecca is fired for the security breach, after learning that Neal works with the FBI. David is found murdered on the street.|
|66||4||"Controlling Interest"||Kevin Bray||Jim Campolongo||2.24||November 7, 2013||BCW504|
|The now-destitute Mozzie has moved into Neal's apartment. With the investigation of Seigel's death stalled, Peter joins Neal for a new field assignment. A disoriented man named Nate Griffith walks into the Bureau, carrying a packet of cash, confessing that he broke into a vault and stole $2 Million. Peter and Neal trace Griffith to Dr. Mara Summers, his psychiatrist. Peter decides to examine the vault with Neal. The bank claims ignorance of any break-in. Neal checks their records for details on the vault, and traces it back to 'Niteowl Holdings'. Peter and Neal suspect Dr. Summers has something to do with the robbery. Peter traces Niteowl Holdings to Shane Jacobi, an ex-con, and confronts him. He denies any connection to Niteowl Holdings, but appears surprised to learn that the vault was robbed. Meanwhile, Neal approaches Dr. Summers as a patient, hoping to glean some information from her. But she drugs him, and gets information on the ongoing investigation from him. Moz identifies the drug as "Good Night Cinderella", used by Asian prostitutes to rob their johns. He suggests that the best way to recall what he told Dr. Summers would be to go back under the drug again. Moz makes the drug, Neal drinks it, and Peter and Moz help Neal recall the entire conversation. The next day, Peter and Jones visit Griffith's house, and on discovering Jacobi there, they arrest him. They realise that Summers manipulated Griffiths into robbing Jacobi's vault. Neal gets a confession from Dr. Summers by putting her under the drug. The FBI arrest Dr. Summers but do not recover the money, because Neal has diverted it and given it to Mozzie to start afresh. He tells Mozzie that he plans to free himself from all constraints, including both Hagan's and Peter's.|
|67||5||"Master Plan"||Jeff F. King||Alexandra McNally||2.21||November 14, 2013||BCW502|
|A wealthy man (Richard Thomas) hires Elizabeth to choose art presents for his son, who has recently resurfaced long after disappearing as a teenager. She was a tutor for the real son before he vanished, and in talking to the alleged son about art she begins to suspect that he is an impostor. Neal takes a job as butler to the household to investigate. Elizabeth is fired after she voices her suspicions and the alleged son passes a DNA test. But Neal and Peter are able to prove that he faked the test and to find the location where he is holding the real son prisoner, in order to get the information he needs for his deception. Meanwhile, Peter battles a flu-like illness which is relieved by a concoction that Mozzie prepares from the produce of the beehives he has introduced to Neal's apartment.|
|68||6||"Ice Breaker"||Eric Stoltz||Matt Whitney & Mark Lafferty||2.49||November 21, 2013||BCW505|
|Peter and Neal search for a Russian forger of U.S. passports and find Sergei, the cousin of a notorious Russian gangster and sponsor of a figure skater named Katya (Annet Mahendru). They go undercover as a skating coach and sports agent respectively, and are able to arrest Sergei and several Russian criminals to whom he had provided passports. Meanwhile, Neal and Mozzie enlist the still unemployed Rebecca's help in decoding the book chapter by posing as FBI agents. Peter and Jones know they are up to something, and Peter finds evidence of the fake FBI office they created to deceive her. Rebecca tells them that Mosconi, the 19th-century author of the book, never numbered a chapter as 13, while that is the number of the chapter Neal removed from the book and gave to Hagan.|
|69||7||"Quantico Closure"||Willie Garson||Nick Thiel||2.12||December 5, 2013||BCW507|
|Peter's anniversary dinner with Elizabeth is interrupted by an attractive woman named Jill (Kim Dickens), who was his girlfriend and classmate at the FBI academy. Jill now works for a secretive division of the FBI and wants Peter's help in buying a computer chip, potentially of great use to enemy nations, from a hacker now living in Manhattan. Jill insists that no one else know anything about the mission, which makes Elizabeth suspicious and later interferes with Peter's efforts to conduct the buy safely. Peter and Jill notice and identify two mercenaries that are also following the hacker, but when they go to the hotel room for the buy they are unaware that the mercenaries have evaded Jones' surveillance. Elizabeth, with Neal, comes to the same hotel at the same time, suspecting Jill's intentions toward Peter. When the mercenaries capture everyone, only Elizabeth and Neal's initiative saves the day. Meanwhile, Neal and Jones recover David's gun and FBI badge, and the petty criminal who was using them in carjackings appears to be a dead end, but Peter finds a possible clue in the badge. Also, Neal and Rebecca are able to decipher a picture of a stained glass window from the book chapter, and Rebecca believes the window might be in New York, where Mosconi briefly lived in 1886. When he later is able to show her that very window, they kiss.|
|70||8||"Digging Deeper"||Sanford Bookstaver||Jessica Grasl & Julian Meiojas||2.09||December 12, 2013|
|Peter learns of the recovery of a stolen dinosaur egg, but the companion skeleton of an adult female Tyrannosaurus rex is still missing. He and Neal foil a thief's attempt to steal the egg back; he identifies a financier (Željko Ivanek) as his employer but does not know where the skeleton is. Neal and Mozzie build a forgery of the egg containing a tracker, and this leads them to it. Meanwhile, a suspicious Peter discovers that Neal is seeing Rebecca, and when he and Elizabeth crash their romantic dinner he learns that Rebecca thinks Neal is an FBI agent. Neal tells him he lied to her so she would not know of his criminal past, and Peter urges him to come clean to her. He does so and Rebecca accepts him; they have sex. Hagan correctly deduces that Neal plans to steal the stained-glass window, and with an implicit threat to June he tells Neal to steal it for him.|
|71||9||"No Good Deed"||Charlotte Sieling||Story by: Eddie Serrano
Teleplay by: Alexandra McNally
|2.52||December 19, 2013|
|In bed, Neal tells Rebecca a limited version of the truth but says he can't involve her in the theft of the window for her own safety. She convinces him to let her help, and the next day she distracts the men repairing the window while Neal and Mozzie steal it. They discover that one of the panels allows secret messages in Chapter 13 to be read, but only in the real Chapter 13, not their copy. They plan to trade this panel to Hagan for the evidence that Hagan has of Neal's earlier coin theft. At the same time, an FBI watch of pawnshops turns up one of the gold coins that Neal stole for Hagan, and that Hagan used to bribe Peter's prosecutor Dawson. Peter's investigation leads him to Decker, the man who fenced them for Dawson, but Mozzie tips off Decker and allows him to escape. Peter goes to Neal's apartment and claims that he has captured Decker, and Neal confesses to the coin theft, implying that he rather than Hagan was the one who bribed Dawson to save Peter. Peter feels obligated to arrest Neal and thus reopen his own case, probably ending his career, but Elizabeth counsels him against this. The next morning Jones actually arrests Decker, and Peter does not question him about the coins. (There are enough weapons and other contraband coins in Decker's store to ensure his conviction on other charges.) Peter then goes to Dawson and offers not to reveal the bribe if Dawson resigns his position and returns the coins, which he does. Peter tells Neal that there will be "changes" in their working relationship, as he now realizes that Neal cannot fully change his criminal ways. Neal agrees.|
|72||10||"Live Feed"||John Kretchmer||Story by: Chris Masi
Teleplay by: Jim Campolongo
|2.81||January 9, 2014|
|Peter is offered a promotion and reassignment to DC, but he is reluctant to take it until he resolves the mystery of David's murder. Neal brings the panel to a meeting with Hagan intending to bargain, but Hagan shows him that he is holding Rebecca hostage and forces him and Mozzie to solve the puzzle hidden in the Codex. Peter is called to investigate an apparent forgery of a painting by William Blake. He calls in Neal despite the tension between them, and Neal finds Hagan's hidden signature in the painting. By offering to buy the painting and then tracking the resulting computer activity, Peter finds the seller's location, which is the very building where Neal and Mozzie are working with Hagan. Neal forces Hagan to release Rebecca by threatening to destroy the Codex chapter, then does it anyway after Mozzie has memorized their results. He finds Rebecca on a Brooklyn street and they embrace; Rebecca tells Neal that the hidden treasure is a twin to the Hope Diamond. The FBI arrive at that building and arrest Hagan, who says he has information that Peter should consider if he values his freedom. They go to Hagan's house to look at it, but Hagan is killed by a sniper before he can reveal anything. On Hagan's body is information that leads Neal and Peter to a Brooklyn apartment, which both Hagan and David were watching on the day David died. They enter the apartment and find three things: extensive files on Neal, Peter, and their associates, preparations to make both the Blake forgery and Hagan's signature, and evidence that the apartment's occupant is actually Rebecca.|
|73||11||"Shot Through the Heart"||Doug Hannah||Matt Whitney & Jessica Grasl||2.65||January 16, 2014|
|While Neal distracts Rebecca, the FBI search her apartment. Peter concludes that she is actually in love with Neal, and as a ruse calls her in and tells her that Neal is the prime suspect in Hagan's murder. She asks Neal to meet in a park; Neal tells her he will have to run and she offers to go with him. Just as she is about to say that she is not really a mild-mannered book expert, she detects the FBI stakeout and flees. From evidence in the apartment, Peter determines that she is really Rachel Turner, a disgraced former MI5 agent. He also figures out where she hid the gun with which she killed David. Against Peter's instructions, Neal arranges another meeting with her, offering to trade the location of the diamond for Hagan's blackmail information. Once he has the information he handcuffs her and tells her the FBI are on the way. She shoots the handcuff instead of him but she has been delayed long enough for the FBI to catch her. With David's murder solved, Peter and Elizabeth prepare to move to Washington, where he has accepted the FBI promotion and she has accepted a job with the National Gallery. Neal and Mozzie are preparing to use Mozzie's memorized information to find the diamond when Rebecca/Rachel phones from prison to say she will see Neal soon.|
|74||12||"Taking Stock"||Tim DeKay||Alexandra McNally & Mark Lafferty||2.75||January 23, 2014|
|Neal asks Peter to support his request to have his sentence set aside, assuring him that he can truly go straight. As they are packing up evidence from Rebecca's case, a phone rings with a request to hire Rebecca for a job. Peter asks Diana to impersonate Rebecca and meet with the client. Rebecca is brought to the FBI office, where she helps Diana authenticate herself in return for being allowed to talk to Neal. The client wants Rebecca to steal a thumb drive from a financier's office, and Jones deduces that the drive contains an algorithm that could cause a financial crash. The financier takes the drive to his house, and while Peter is still applying for a warrant, Diana and Neal plan to break in and steal it. When Diana is called away for a child-care emergency, Neal does so. The emergency was Mozzie, who has driven away Theo's nanny, forcing Diana to have Mozzie care for his namesake during the case. Diana gives a fake drive to the client, who incriminates himself and is arrested, with a slight hitch when the real Rebecca texts him that she is in custody. Theo inspires Mozzie to a breakthrough on the Mosconi puzzle, but as he calls Neal to tell him about it he is watched by Rebecca, who has escaped from prison.|
|75||13||"Diamond Exchange"||Russell Lee Fine||Jim Campolongo & Nick Thiel||2.99||January 30, 2014||BCW513|
|Peter and Neal find Mozzie, who has been injected with something. Rebecca then tells them she has poisoned him and will trade the antidote for the diamond. Interpreting Mozzie's symbols as geographical coordinates leads them to Fort Totten in Queens, where Mozzie is able to guide them near the diamond's location before collapsing. He is taken to hospital, where he is successfully treated for belladonna poisoning because Jones and Diana have determined where Rebecca got her poison. Peter and Neal find the diamond and call Rebecca, who has been following them and immediately takes them prisoner at gunpoint. She locks them in a cell and prepares to leave by helicopter, but they escape and Neal reveals that he switched the diamond with a similar-sized piece of brick before giving it to her. He convinces her to surrender rather than shoot him. Peter asks the FBI for Neal's release and believes they will agree; Neal tells Mozzie he plans to go straight. But the FBI director refuses to sign off, perhaps (Peter speculates) because Neal is so useful to them. Disillusioned, Peter tells Elizabeth he wants to stay in his current position closer to field work; she agrees but wants to keep the job in DC. A bitter Neal asks Mozzie to circumvent the new anklet. After Mozzie leaves, Neal recognizes and confronts a man who has been following him. He is then grabbed from behind and thrown in a van, without his anklet.|
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