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White Collar Countdown
Season 3, Episode 10 Air Date: August 9, 2011

Neal and Mozzie try to stay one step ahead of the FBI during an investigation into a treasure cache, which the pair secretly possess. For more information, check out Quotes from "Countdown" or "Countdown" Nitpicks.

“I can always walk out that door, Moz. I can never walk back in.” – Neal Caffrey


The Con

Neal poses as an Interpol agent named Chris Gates. He tells Melissa Matthews that there is a mole in the White Collar division and he is on special assignment. As far as this office he things he is a recovery consultant on loan to the bureau.

Interesting Facts

According to a number of studies, about 60 to 70 percent of former prisoners are rearrested and 52 percent are re-incarcerated within three years after being released from prison. Thieves are the most likely to be rearrested, about 80 percent are rearrested.

Picasso is the most stolen artist in the world because of his prolific output, recognisable signature and valuable works. There are more than 500 missing Picassos on the London-based Art Loss Register of stolen art.

Character Information

The Bad Guys

Elliott Richmond is a black-market arms trafficker. Rumor is he made a fortune moving M-16s that he spent on art. He's got a soft spot for impressionists. He pays for his guns using high-dollar artwork. Richmond has a penthouse at 75 wall and doesn't own any other property in the city.

Rusty is a fence renowned for an impeccable eye at spotting forgeries. He's got the local contacts and spends his weekends in the Poconos. He is the guy that Mozzie used to fence the Degas. He's suspected of brokering the black-market sale of Matisse's "La pastorale" last year.

Nazi Nonsense



"I was about to expose the leader of the North American Union."

In 2005, claims emerged that a "North American Union" was not only being planned, but was being implemented by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It essentially suggests that the three countries are linked not only economically but politically.

"The greatest way to live honorably is to be what we pretend to be. I'm paraphrasing, but I don't think old Socrates here would mind. "

Socrates was a classical Greek Athenian philosopher and credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. The original quote is "The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."

"You know anything about Renaissance portrait medals?

A medal is typically a circular object that has been rendered with an insignia, portrait or artistic rendering. The portrait medal was one of the key sculptural forms of the Renaissance.

"I have a cold case on a Fiorentino that was taken from the Smithsonian 8 years ago. The one I found turned out to be chocolate, wrapped in foil"

Niccoló Di Forzore Spinelli, also known as Niccoló Fiorentino, was an Italian Early Renaissance Goldsmith who lived from 1430 to 1514.

Entrance of the Masked Dancers

"This one's called 'Entrance of the Masked Dancers'."

Edgar Degas's "The Entrance of the Masked Dancers" was not stolen by the Nazis. It was acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark in 1927 and is currently hanging in their Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

"Oh, completed in 1884, it's one of Degas' seminal works. It's more complex than the gauzy ballerinas he's famous for."

Edgar Degas is best known as an Impressionist who liked to study the gestures and poses of human figures in interior settings. He became famous for his paintings of female dancers practicing backstage. Degas liked capture their gestures and poses as they practiced, waited, primped, and stretched in the rehearsal room.

"It's believed to have been taken by the Germans in '41 from the Tsarskoye Selo museum in Saint Petersburg, along with a whole lot of other art."

In the former Soviet Union alone, the Nazi's plundered 173 different museums and stole countless pieces of art. During Adolf Hitler's 12 year rule, the Nazi's stole about 650,000 works of art from museums across Europe. Nearly 65 years later, about 70,000 pieces of work are still listed as missing. Amongst them is the original Amber Room which was located at the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg.

"Yeah, that was an interesting one. We pulled the wire con on a mob boss."

Peter is referring to the case they worked on during the episode Dentist of Detroit.

"You took this right here in the kitchen."

The photo Kramer is holding is the "Prom Picture" that Elizabeth took during Dentist of Detroit.

La Pastorale

"Yeah, he's suspected of brokering the black-market sale of Matisse's "La Pastorale" last year. "

In May 2010, a lone thief broke into the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris and stole several paintings including "La Pastorale" by Matisse. Other paintings that were stolen include "Dove with Green Peas" by Picasso, "The Olive Tree near Estaque" by Georges Braque, "The Woman with the Fan" by Amedeo Modigliani, and "Still Life with Chandeliers" by Fernand Leger. The paintings were worth about $710 million dollars

"Let's see, as depicted in Homer's Odyssey, mentor was half-man-half-God."

The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus.

"Quelle surprise."

French for "What a surprise!"

"Little more time in the oven, and it would have had me fooled."

It has been established on the show that one of the steps in aging a painting is to put in the oven at 200 degrees.

Orson Welles

"If you want a happy ending, it depends–" "–On where you stop the story. Yeah, Orson Welles."

Orson Welles was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. He is noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality.

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Writer: Jeff Eastin Director: John T. Kretchmer
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Clinton Jones
Diana Barrigan
Sara Ellis
Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Marsha Thomason
Hilarie Burton
Melissa Matthews
Matthew Keller
Agent Kramer
Elliot Richmond
Anna Chlumsky
Ross McCall
Beau Bridges
Jamie Harris

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