"In the Red" Episode Guide

White Collar In the Red
Season 2, Episode 6 Air Date: August 17, 2010

The arrest of a PTA-mom-turned-jewel-thief leads Neal and Peter to an international adoption lawyer named Luke Donovan. Donovan is conning parents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by claiming the birth mothers want money or they’ll reclaim their children. Peter pays Donovan a visit, but the oily lawyer is too smart to incriminate himself. As he leaves, Peter spots a member of the Abramov crime family.

Neal and Peter look into Donovan’s past and find he is a veteran card shark. He has been blackmailing parents in order to raise money to pay off his $200 thousand debt to Kaz Abramov. Neal uses his alias Nick Halden to infiltrate a high end poker game and beat Donovan. Without the winnings of the poker game, Donovan is forced to scam his newest clients: Diana and Jones posing as a young married couple. The trap is set, but Abramov, eager to get his money, steps in. Peter convinces Abramov to help him take down Donovan. For more information, check out Quotes from "In the Red" or "In the Red Nitpicks.

“That color does not bring out the subtle glint of hazel in your eyes.” – Neal Caffrey telling a lie to Sara Ellis


The Cons

Neal uses a pin to fake his reactions to a Voice Stress Analyzer.

Neal hides his cell phone in the pocket of a club patron to get the password.

Neal fakes a conversation with Kaz Abramov to convince a dealer that they know each other.

Neal fakes being beaten up to convince Luke Donovan that Abramov is about to do the same for him.

Interesting Facts

Willie Garrison, who plays Mozzie (who says he was in foster care) is an adoptive father.

Character Information

The Bad Guys

Luke Donovan is a corrupt adoption attorney. He charged a $50,000 retainer. He blackmailed his clients out of money by threatening their adoptions. Donovan also likes playing poker and won a Texas hold 'em tournament in Macau last year. He owed $200,000 to the Abramov crime family.

Kaz Abramov is the head of the Chechen mafia. He deals in illegal gambling. He helps Neal and Peter bring down Luke Donovan after he learns he is running a scam using Chechen kids. His enforcer is Clark the Shark Maskhodov and his right arm is Bernie Buryatskiy.

Kate Clues

Mozzie steals the cockpit recording from Sara Ellis's apartment. Before Neal can listen to it, Sara discovers it in his apartment and takes it back. At the end of the episode, she returns it and Neal and Mozzie listen to it. Kate is heard saying, "Hey. It's me. Peter Burke is here. Does this change our plans?"



Andrew Jackson on $20

"Because I have an Andrew Jackson telling me it wasn't."

Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. He is also the president that is featured on the $20 bill, which is what is referred to in this case.

"Throw a mullet over her, and she's Carol Brady."

Carol Brady was the mother/step-mother on the show The Brady Bunch.

Carol Brady

"Carol Brady had an affair with Greg Brady."

On the show Greg Brady is played by Barry Williams. In Williams' autobiography Growing Up Brady he briefly mentions going "out on the town" with Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady. When the book was promoted, the event was often described as a "date," despite the fact that Henderson was happily married at the time. Compound this with the fact that the title of the chapter is "Dating Your Mom" and the event becomes "an affair." Florence Henderson posted this response to questions about the event on her website "That whole thing with Barry got blown way out of proportion. I guess in a sense it was a date, because Barry thought it was. But of course, I had no idea that his intentions were to 'date' me. It has made for a good story though!"

"My last gambling spree a few years back brought the Sun City to its knees."

Sun City is a popular gambling mecca in South Africa.

"Cards are war disguised as sport."

This is a slight misquote (or I misheard how it was spoken) of the Charles Lamb quote "Cards are war, in disguise of a sport." Lamb is an 18th century English essayist.

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Writer:Matt Negrete Director:David Straiton
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

Sara Ellis
Clark the Shark Maskhodov
Kaz Abramov
Catherine McMillan
Luke Donovan
Bernie Buryatskiy
Russian Mobster
Search Warrant Detective
Craps Dealer
Hilarie Burton
Michael Aronov
Victoria Barabas
Michael Filipowich
Kate Jennings Grant
Sara Hoots
John Larroquette
Dennis Staroselsky
Alex Ziwak
Mike Catapano
Madison McKinley
Chelsea O'Toole

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