"Deadline" Episode Guide

White Collar Deadline
Season 3, Episode 3 Air Date:June 21, 2011

Agent Peter Burke is called in after Helen Anderson, the executive editor at Circumspect magazine, received several death threats. But when Helen refuses FBI protection, Diana must go undercover as Helen's assistant to protect her. Diana discovers Helen is a demanding boss and struggles to balance doing her job as an assistant and doing her job as an FBI agent. Her only option is to recruit the entire FBI to help complete all of the tasks assigned to her. This frees Diana up to stay by Helen side as she meets with a source for a new exposé.

Meanwhile Peter and Neal are working the other side of the story trying to discover what Helen is researching. It leads them to a major drug company, Prager & Vaughn, and their latest drug Zybax. Peter poses as an FDA agent and puts pressure on Paul Sullivan, the head of new product development. It leads them to discover a cover-up involving a bad batch of Zybax, P&V's latest drug. One of P&V's associates tried to bring this story to Helen, but was killed before he could give her the information. Although they are unable to save Helen's source, Diana manages to rush in at the last minute and save Helen. In a side story, Neal finally gets to meet Diana's significant other, Christie. For more information, check out Quotes from "Deadline" or "Deadline" Nitpicks.

“I don't need a byline. In my interview, I told you I knew who I was and where I wanted to be. That's right here.” – Diana


The Cons

Jones calls Amy Sullivan at P&V (extension 2614) and poses as her neighbor claiming her dog, Sir Boots Barkley, has gotten out of her apartment. This allows Neal access to her desk.

Neal mentions Wally Burns to Sara so she'll distract Diana for him while he questions Christie about Diana's recent activities.

Interesting Facts

The voice of the robot (at the birthday party) was done by the sound mixer Mark, who was voice of Twiki on Buck Rodgers.

The accent that Diana "fakes" is the real accent of Marsha Thomason.

Character Information

The Bad Guy

Paul Sullivan is the head of new-product development at Prager & Vaughn. He tries to cover up a bad batch of Zybax by swapping it with good drug. He kills Helen Anderson's source and tried to kill her.

Nazi Nonsense

Diana translates the manifest (which lists 22 paintings) into English. She then gives it to agent Melissa Matthews from D.C. Art Crimes who is leaving New York at the end of the week. Mozzie tries to switch briefcases with her before she leaves, but she takes an earlier flight. The list is on its way to Washington D.C.



"When they're out to get you, paranoia is only good thinking."

Although he may not have been the first to say it, the only source I've found for this quote is the character Johnny Fever on WKRP Cincinnati.

Roy Lichtenstein

"No, just wrapping up paperwork on that black-market Lichtenstein."

Roy Lichtenstein was a prominent American pop artist who created paintings in a comic book type style..

Mark Rothko Painting

"I once tracked a Rothko to the Hamptons using a jitney receipt."

Mark Rothko is a Russian-born American abstract expressionist painter. The Hampton Jitney offers transportation from New York to the Hamptons.

"Set up dinner with Salman Rushdie tonight."

Salman Rushdie is an Indian-British novelist and essayist. He is most famous for the publicity (and death threats) that his novel The Satanic Verses received.

"One of the perks of this job is FRETTE sheets in my own home."

FRETTE is the leading provider of the finest linens to homes and hotels worldwide.

"...but if your Rodin goes missing, please call me."

Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor.

"He stole a Raphael ... And I pursued."

Neal stole Raphael's St. George and the Dragon and Sara was assigned to recover it. It is mentioned in Unfinished Business.

"Krav Maga?"

Krav Maga is an hand-to-hand combat system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling.

"I researched Stents..."

A stent is an artificial 'tube' inserted into a natural passage/conduit in the body to prevent or counteract constriction.


"All right, let's get all the Ghost jokes out of the way, hum "Unchained Melody," slide a penny up the wall."

In the movie Ghost, Demi Moore played a sculptor who's boyfriend dies and returns to haunt her. He convinces her that he is there by sliding a penny (which had special meaning for them) up a doorway.

"Difficulties mastered are opportunities won."

This quote is by Winston Churchill.

"Walking into a lion's den of corner offices and corporate hubris."

Hubris means extreme haughtiness, pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

"Diana, a woman like you shouldn't be surrounded by florescent lights and Old Spice."

Old Spice is a brand of men's aftershave (as well as other male grooming products).

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Writer:Alexandra McNally Director:Michael Smith
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
Casey Mendell
FBI agent
Jayne Atkinson
Moran Atias
Karl Bury
Steve Park
Burke Moses
Pun Bandhu
Sheena Colette
Charlie Hewson

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