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White Collar Need to Know
Season 2, Episode 2 Air Date: July 20, 2010

A politician running for reelection comes under scrutiny after his assistant, Dylan, approaches the FBI. Dylan believes Jennings is keeping two sets of books and suspects a straw donor scam. The scam allows Jennings to hide money coming from questionable donors. Neal suggests he and Peter play bad cop good criminal. Peter will put pressure on Jennings and Neal will help Jennings "fix" his problems, we will force Jennings to reveal everything to Neal.

Neal lands a job with Jennings campaign and discovers Jennings has been spying on Peter. Jennings shows Neal pictures of Peter meeting with Diana in his home. Neal suggests that Diana is actually a prostitute, which forces Diana to pose as one. Jennings has Neal contact Diana and arrange a meeting between her and a man named Barrow. But Diana doesn't realize is the meeting is actually in audition. Neal jumps in to save the day and poses as her client. The two spend the night hanging out in a hotel room while Peter meets with Mozzie to get money.

Mozzie arrives at the hotel with the money that they plan to trace back to Jennings. But Jennings campaign manager gets nervous and decides to have Diana killed. But much to their surprise Diana is able to protect herself. It's the final nail in Jennings coffin and he goes down. For more information, check out Quotes from "Need to Know" or "Need to Know" Nitpicks.

“How is it that you always get the penthouse suite with the girl and I end up with the sweaty, bald-headed guy at a warehouse in Queens?” – Peter Burke


The Cons

Neal and Peter pay "Bad Cop-Good Criminal" where Peter puts pressure on Jennings and Neal solves his problems.

Neal cons the entire city into believing that a stadium will be put instead of a children's park.

Interesting Facts

The music heard in this episode is "Clair de Lune" by Debussy.

The "art behind hotel art" is real. The movement is believed to be started by Queens of the Stone Age lead musician Josh Homme. Art work varies from "pencil sketches of nude women, Van Gogh style sunflowers, abstract forms, and everything in between. Check out this site for more information.

Character Information

The Bad Guys

Gary Jennings is a state senator who is running a straw donor scam to illegally funneling money into his campaign. He was involved in the Mickelson loan scandal a few years earlier but walked away clean. Reggie Mayfield is his head of opposition research and in on the scam.

Roger Barrow was arrested three times in Chicago for aggravated assault, extortion and attempted murder. He is running an escort service called Aphrodite that he uses as part of the straw donor scam.

Kate Clues

Peter and Diana go to the meeting that was scheduled on Fowler's computer (2.1). A man shows up, but keeps his face covered with a newspaper. Diana calls him the "Patchwork man" because they only manage to get pieces of his face on camera. Diana has hidden the music box and is the only person who knows where it is.



"Very exclusive and Grisham-esque."

Neal uses this phrase when referring to the law firm. John Grisham is a novelist known for writing legal thrillers.

"Jennings is a Maverick."

In the 2008 presidential race, John McCain became synonymous with this phrase. To be a maverick means you go against your party. Ironically, McCain has since denied all of his connections to the term.

"Jimmy Buffet"

Jimmy Buffet a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a movie producer best known for his "island escapism" lifestyle and music including hits such as "Margaritaville" , and "Come Monday." The quote Mozzie says is, "Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”

"There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant."

A famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson is an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet.

Dogs Playing Poker

"What do you think? Hang the "Dogs Playing Poker" on that wall?"

"Dogs Playing Poker" is a painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. It has become synonymous with cheesy men's decor.

"He said it was a misunderstanding." "Oh, right. So was the Bay of Pigs."

The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful attempt by a CIA-trained force of Cuban exiles to invade southern Cuba (with support from the US government) in order to overthrow the Cuban government and Fidel Castro.

Magnum PI Super Mario Bros

"I expected more 'Magnum, P.I.' and less Super Mario."

Magnum, P.I. was a TV show that ran from 1980 to 1988 and starred Tom Selleck. Super Mario Bros. was a 1985 movie in which one of the main characters, Mario, had a thick mustache.

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Writer:Joe Henderson Director:Sanford Bookstaver
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

Gary Jennings
Dylan Ledding
Reggie Mayfield
Press Secretary
Robert Barrow
Senior campaign manager
FBI Agent
David Alan Basche
Jason Jurman
Michael Mulheren
Karen Pittman
Rob Farrior
Alfred Sauchelli
Peter D. Michael
Kat Bartlett
Kelly Karavites
James Schram

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