"Free Fall" Episode Guide

Season 1, Episode 7 Air Date: December 4, 2009
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Peter must determine if Neal's lying when Neal becomes a suspect in a jewelry heist. Meanwhile, Neal closes in on the man with the ring and discovers that he may be closer than he imagined. Introduced in the episode is FBI special agent Garrett Fowler, an OPR agent bent on discrediting Peter and Neal with whatever means possible. For more information, check out the "Free Fall" Recap, Quotes from "Free Fall" or "Free Fall" Nitpicks.

“I'll admit I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. No, no, that's not true, I'm proud of most of them. But what I'm about to do today, this is going to be good.” – Neal Caffrey


The Con

Neal tells the judge the he is going to confess but needs it to be in his chambers, has Mozzie break the air conditioning in the building and purchases a bakery so he can install an awning. This enables him to jump out the open window onto the awning and escape. He then has a van sitting as the getaway car with a hidden trap door. He jumps into the van, uses the door to escape through the sewer system while everyone else chases the van.

Interesting Facts

Peter telling repeatedly telling Fowler that "roadblocks and wanted posters" is the way to catch Neal is a reference to the Pilot where Peter tells the warden that roadblocks and wanted posters would NOT be the way to catch Neal.

Mozzie refers to the Kennedy assassination as one of the conspiracies. Willie Garson, who plays Mozzie, has played Lee Harvey Oswald in three different, completely unrelated productions: in the 1992 movie Ruby and on episodes of Quantum Leap and MADtv.

Character Information

The Bad Guys

Adrian Tulane is a jewel thief. Neal considers him a legend and calls him smart and a showman. Cameras don't scare him. He is believed to have pulled the Afitzi job.

Garrett Fowler is revealed to be a dirty OPR agent. He is the prime suspect to having Kate and likely the person who put Tulane up to stealing the diamond. For more information on Fowler, check out Major Players.

Kate Clues

Neal and Mozzie suspect Fowler as having taken Kate. They have eliminated Agents Hughes and Ruiz as possibilities. Kate is found in a hotel room by Peter. Peter is wearing the same ring that is seen in the ATM photo.



"If you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas."

This is from the Latin phrase Qui cum canibus concumbunt, cum pulicibus surgent which means "They who lie down with dogs will rise up with fleas."

"Now you understand my fear of 'the man'."

"The Man" is a slang phrase that refers to the government and other authority figures in general. It can be used both as a derogatory phrase or as a term of respect.

"How many shots from the knoll?"

Mozzie is referring to the assassination of President Kennedy. Conspiracy theorists believe that one or more shots that killed Kennedy were fired from a grassy knoll and not by Oswald from the Texas Book Depository.

"Did Elvis fake his own death?"

Another conspiracy theory. Some people believe that Elvis Presley did not die as he was reported on August 16, 1977, but that he faked his death to escape the media and his numerous fans.


"Nice disguise, Jacko"

"Jacko" is a nickname for Michael Jackson. In his prime, Jackson was known for wearing a fedora and dark glasses. Burke calls Caffrey when he is wearing a similar outfit outside the boutique.

"It's an old Prohibition tunnel."

Prohibition was the period between 1919 and 1933 when the 19th Amendment prohibited the sell and manufacturing of alcohol. Tunnels and secret rooms were often constructed as a means of secretly transporting liquor in and escaping during police raids.

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Writer:Jeff Eastin Director:Kevin Bray
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Clinton Jones
Lauren Cruz
Reese Hughes
Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Natalie Morales
James Rebhorn
Adrian Tulane
Garrett Fowler
Prison Gaurd
OPR Goon
Alexandra Daddario
Murray Bartlett
Noah Emmerich
Kelly McCreary
Alysia Reiner
Stink Fisher
Moronai Kanekoa
Mike Hodge
Piper Kenny

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