"Checkmate" Episode Guide

White Collar Checkmate
Season 3, Episode 11 Air Date:January 17, 2012

Keller kidnaps Elizabeth in an attempt to force Neal to give him the Nazi treasure. Only one problem exists, Mozzie has disappeared with the treasure and Neal doesn't know where he is. In order to save Elizabeth, Neal and Peter must first find Mozzie. But once they do, the realize that giving Keller the treasure does not guarantee Elizabeth's safe return. Their only option is to try and con a con man. A game which could cost them everything, the treasure and Elizabeth's life. For more information, check out Quotes from "Checkmate" or "Checkmate" Nitpicks.

“If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop the story. I think our story stops here.” – Neal Caffrey


The Cons

Peter and Mozzie pose as soldiers in order to get a truck containing Neal and Keller inside the warehouse.

Neal and Keller pose as cops in order to get the treasure out of the warehouse.

Interesting Facts

Cher Ami is a real pigeon who is now on display at the Simithonean Institute. Cher Ami delivered his message despite having been shot through the breast, blinded in one eye, covered in blood and with a leg hanging only by a tendon. Army surgeons managed to save his life, but not his leg. So, instead they carved a wooden one for him to use. He was transported to the United States where he died 8 months later.

Simon, Rufus's shadow, is one of the advisors for the show.

Character Information

The Bad Guy


Leonard Grant Grant has a history of unpredictable violence. He has a long rap sheet, including kidnapping.

Nazi Nonsense

Mozzie attempts to get the treasure out of the country, but before he does Keller kidnaps Elizabeth and uses her as leverage to get the treasure. In the end, the treasure is "recovered" and returned to the Russians.



"Monday through Sunday?"

In Prisoner's Dilemma it is established that Mozzie has at least seven houses named for the days of the week. He doesn't, however, stay in them on the corresponding days.

"I'm looking for Estelle."

Mozzie's pet pigeon, Estelle, was first mentioned in Forging Bonds.

Cher Ami

"Cher Ami."

Everything Neal says about Cher Ami is true. The pigeon is currently on display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

"He didn't even hesitate to kill Hale."

Hale was a fence and friend of Neal and Mozzie. He is killed in the episode On the Fence.

"I decided to follow in the footsteps of Thoreau." "Found yourself a nice pond and lived off the land?"

Henry Davd Thoreau is an American author who is most famous for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.

"I'm currently sticking bamboo under his fingernails."

A method of torture where long sharp bammboo sticks are inserted under the fingernails.

"Welcome to container 10... Sweetheart."

I'm not positive, but I think that Mozzie calls Keller Sweetheart in order to poke fun at the fact that Keller sounds a little like Humphrey Bogart.

"Napoleon brought that back from his Egypt expedition."

Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader during the latter stages of the French Revolution. In 1798, he proposed a military expedition to seize Egypt and thereby undermine Britain's access to its trade interests in India.

Monkey's Paw

"The treasure's cursed? It's a Monkey's Paw, huh?"

The Monkey's Paw is a horror short story by author W. W. Jacobs. In the story, the paw grants its owner three wishes. But unfortunately, the wishes come with unfortunate side-effects.

"The pollen we found was of a variety called fugenzo."

The Fugenzo is a late blooming variety of Japanese Flowering Cherry with about 30-40 petals per blossom. White to slightly pink when they open, the blossoms turn into a darker pink over time. It blooms in mid to late spring.

"And I find myself reminded that an unshared life is not living."

This quote is by Stephen S. Wise.

St. Michael Overwhelming the Demon

"Not a Raphael."

The painting on the ground is St. Michael Overwhelming the Demon by Italian artist Raphael. The real painting is hanging in the Louvre, in Paris, France.

"If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop the story."

This quote is by Orson Welles, an American actor, director, writer and producer. The original quote is "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story."

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Writer:Joe Henderson Director:John T. Kretchmer
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Clinton Jones
Diana Barrigan
Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Marsha Thomason
Matthew Keller
Leonard Grant
Pigeon Breeder
Officer Dixon
Ross McCall
Tom Degnan
David Wohl
Simon Lovell
Thomas Kopache
Joe Lisi
James Andrew O'Connor
Chinasa Ogbuagu

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