"Countermeasures" Episode Guide

White Collar Countermeasures
Season 2, Episode 13 Air Date: February 8, 2011

When Ford, an old friend of June's, arrives in town, Neal instantly recognizes a kindred spirit and become suspicious. He has Diana run his fingerprints and is surprised to find the print doesn't belong to Ford. It belongs to Joseph Ganz, a murder suspect with a lengthy criminal history.

It turns out Ford is Ganz's old cellmate. To help him figure out what's really going on, Neal invites Peter and Elizabeth over to the house for dinner party with June and Ford. During the dinner party, Neal discovers a plate hidden by June's late husband in an old coffee table. But before he can let Peter know, Ford disappears with the plate. Ford is eventually found by Diana and brought in to FBI headquarters.

Ford agrees to go undercover and introduce Neal to Ganz. The ruse initially appears to work until the Ganz surprises Neal and forces him to help rob the treasury department. Now that they have everything that they need to print the money, Ford reveals that he's been playing Neal and Ganz all along. He tries to make a run for it with the money but Neal switches cases on him. Ganz is arrested with the counterfeit and Ford escapes with a briefcase full of newspaper. For more information, check out Quotes from "Countermeasures" or Nitpicks from "Countermeasures".

“Neal, if ever you do decide to grow up, you should realize this one thing: You can either be a con or a man. You can't be both.” – Peter Burke

Highlights

The Cons

Ford and Neal con Ganz into using Neal as his print man.

Ford cons Neal and Ganz into pulling the heist for him so he can print the counterfeit money.

Ford calls the police to panic Ganz and then switches cases so Ganz wouldn't walk out with the money. Neal switches the cases back so Ganz is caught with the counterfeit money and Ford ends up with paper.

Interesting Facts

The Lenox Lounge where June, Ford and Byron hung out really does actually exist. It is a historic jazz club located in Harlem, New York City.

Matt Bomer really can sing. He performed with Kelli O'Hara at the 2010 Kennedy Honors. They sang "It Only Takes a Moment."

Character Information

The Bad Guys

Bradford "Ford" Tullman used to work with June's husband, Byron. Byron and Ford once ran a rooftop casino 20 years earlier out of June's home (now Neal's apartment). They had three games of five-card stud going around the clock on Byron's roof (Neal's apartment now). Ford was the "mechanic." He was locked up for two years for real estate fraud. He sold nonexistent land to six different corporations. He once stole a Renoir from the Met and masterminded the Nicosia job. He rubs his fingers with a pumice stone to remove his fingerprints every morning. Ford stole the flexographic for the $100 from 1991. Byron took it away from him and hid it Ford told his cellmate, Ganz, about it in exchange for protection. After they were released, Byron and Ganz decided to get the plate and print counterfeit money.

Jonas Ganz was a person of interest in the Sturdivant heist a few years earlier. He was charged with armed robbery and homicide, but the only thing the prosecution could stick was GTA for the getaway vehicle. He uses the aliases Joseph Dowd, Kenny Estrada, and Dylan Fleecs.

Kate Clues

Mozzie is working on constructing the antennae using vacuum tubes.

References

Allusions

"A careless word may kindle strife."

This is part of an old anonymous saying. The whole phrase is "A careless word may kindle strife; a cruel word may wreck a life; a timely word may level stress, a loving word may heal and bless."

"The joint was nicely juiced."

This is "criminese" that means they were using marked cards.

"I was the mechanic."

In card games, a mechanic is a player who cheats using marking cards or false deals.

"I've got the Men in Black bobsled team breathing down my neck."

Men in Black was a movie about a top secret federal agency that policed alien (as in UFO) activities on Earth.

"I mean, the feel of that linen-cotton blend is tough to duplicate..."

U.S. currency is composed of about 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton. It has red and blue synthetic fibers of various lengths are distributed evenly throughout it.

Carlito's Way

"Not since Carlito's Way."

Carlito's Way was a 1993 movie starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn.

"Son, I once walked out of the MET holding a Renoir."

The MET is short for Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Well, there's only so much to discuss when it comes to Kitty Kelley."

Kitty Kelley the author of several best-selling unauthorized biographies of celebrities.

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Credits

Writer:Jim Campolongo Director:Michael Smith
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Mozzie
Clinton Jones
Diana Barrigan

Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Marsha Thomason

June
Ford / Bradford Toman
Jonas Ganz
Treasury Agent
Young Ford
Young Byron
Female FBI Agent
Diahann Carroll
Billy Dee Williams
Joseph Sikora
John Bernhardt
Anthony Laurent
Dylan Prince
Darby Lynn Totten

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