"Company Man" Episode Guide

White Collar Company Man
Season 2, Episode 8 Air Date: August 31, 2010

Peter's degree in accounting finally comes in handy when he is needed to go undercover as an accountant. The suspicious death of a Joseph Hayes, a major player in the tech industry, combined with the theft of a high tech prototype has sparked the interest of Peter Burke. He wants to investigate the company Hayes worked for along with its CEO, Wesley Kent. As Peter enjoys the perks of the job, like a spacious office gourmet coffee and fine cuisine, Neal is stuck in a cubicle after he quit it with the marketing crew. Neal hopes to bond with marketing to see if he can uncover who attempted to attack into Hayes's computer. Neal quickly bonds with the other junior marketing executives and is invited out to dinner. He purposely let slip that Peter is investigating them along with the murder of someone. The ruse works to flush out Jessica who reveals that she and dead guy were having an affair.

Now Neal needs to break into Kent's office to plants a device that will eat anything he shreds. But only Kent's voice will deactivate it's security system. Peter has dinner with Kent in order to record the Latin phrase that will help Neal. Neal plants the device and all looks good. Peter decides to use Jessica as bait and meets with Kent in his office. As Neal waits with Jessica before she goes into protective custody, he spots the recorder he used earlier to get into Ken's office and confronts her. She confesses she poisoned Kent's drink. Knowing that Peter is with Kent, Neal rushes to Kent's office where he finds the two men on the floor. Neal drags them to the elevator and gets them to the paramedics in time. Kent is arrested for murder and Jessica goes down for attempted murder. For more information, check out Quotes from "Company Man" or "Company Man" Nitpicks.

“No, there are more important things in life than a nice view. Like having people in your life you care about. I don't want to imagine the man I'd be without those people. I like the man I am.” 
– Peter Burke


The Con

Neal does a slight of hand trick to ensure that Trent's credit card is picked from the hat at dinner.

Interesting Facts

The music heard in this episode is "Piano Sonata No. 2 in F" by Mozart

Character Information

The Bad Guy

Joseph Kent is the CEO and founder of Novice Corporation. Kent murdered Joseph Hayes to cover up the fact that his prototype for a next-gen quantum microprocessor didn't work. Killing Hayes allowed him to make it appear the microprocessor was stolen. He then tried to sell the device to a foreign country because he knew he wouldn't get the U.S. defense contracts for it.

Kate Clues

Mozzie works with Diana on the flight-recorder data recorder. They don't know where Fowler has gone since he resigned from the FBI five weeks earlier. Mozzie spots sheet music for Mozart's "Piano Sonata No. 2 in 'F'" from 1775 in Diana's briefcase. They suspect that she has the music box.



"Three bottles of Opus?"

Opus One is a winery in California that began as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. It produces a proprietary Bordeaux-style blend wine.

"It's Ethiopian Sidamo."

Ethiopian Sidamo is a type of Arabic coffee of single origin grown exclusively in the Sidamo Province of Ethiopia.

"What is Kobe beef?"

Kobe beef are cuts of beef from the black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle, raised according to strict tradition in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The meat is generally considered to be a delicacy, renowned for its flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture.

Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 2 in F

A piano sonata written in 1774 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It has three movements and is about 14 minutes long.

"Faber est suae quisque fortunae"

Every man is the artisan of his own fortune. (Appius Claudius Caecus)

"Da mihi factum, dabo tibi ius"

Latin for "Give me the facts, and I'll give you the law. It is the legal principle based on Roman law that means parties should present the facts of a case while the judge rules on the law.

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Writer:Jim Campolongo Director:Rosemary Rodriguez
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
Diahann Carroll
Wesley Kent
Ellen Samuel
Jessica Breslin
Security Guard
Hotel Employee
Griffin Dunne
Renee Elise Goldsberry
Nicole Steinwedell
Patrick Yeoman
Aaron Lohr
Tom Day
Robert Wells III
Kevin Kolack

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