"On Guard" Episode Guide

White Collar On Guard
Season 3, Episode 1 Air Date: June 4, 2011

Peter tries to figure out what exactly happened at the warehouse and firmly believes Neal is involved. Neal learns that Mozzie switched his art for the Nazi loot and triggered the explosion. Mozzie and Neal start plotting how to get the art out of the country.

Meanwhile, Peter is unhappy but anxious to get back to work. He discovers a man named David Lawrence is trying to contact Neal through an old alias of Neal’s. Lawrence is the prime suspect in a $60 million-dollar heist from the Federal Reserve. Peter has Neal contact Lawrence and recover the money.

Neal knows Peter still suspects him, so he and Mozzie set out to uncover what Peter knows in order to keep him from finding out the truth before they can make their getaway, which will be right after Peter arrests Lawrence. For more information, check out Quotes from "On Guard" and Nitpicks from "On Guard".

“If you were one step away from pulling off the biggest score in your life, could you let it go?” – Peter Burke


The Con

Neal and Mozzie pull a "Phoebe Cates" where they use a beautiful woman to distract a guard.

Character Information

The Bad Guy

David Lawrence was also suspected of robbing $60 million from the Federal Reserve. He fled the country on a commercial jet before the FBI could arrest him. He is former colleague of Neal’s. Neal met him six years earlier when Lawrence was selling pre-Columbian art and Neal was “buying” it. Lawrence is a member of the Gramercy Fencing Club and avid fencer. Lawrence hid the money in vents of the Gramercy Fencing Club.



Moby Dick

"We finally got our white whale."

Mozzie is referring to the book Moby Dick, in which a man is constantly searching for a white whale. He used the same phrase to refer to Vincent Adler in Forging Bonds.

Think of it as a Kardashian — What it lacks in refinement, it makes up for in cargo space.

Kim Kardashian is a reality TV show known for having a very large hind-end.

"Neal, you're talented, but Van Dyck has you beat. "

Sir Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England in the 1600s.

"Art Deco started in Paris, so there was a lot of European interest in the Chrysler."

Art Deco ‎ is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era.

"I scraped a titanium white from the Rembrandt, a midnight blue from a Vlaminck."

Rembrandt was a Dutch painter and etcher. Maurice de Vlaminck was a French painter.

Salvador dali painting

"Our friend Salvador liked to stretch time but not canvases."

Savador Dali is a painter best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work.

"Oh, sweet Elvis Costello!"

Elvis Costello is an English singer.

"The red is from a portrait of Fernande Olivier."

Fernande Olivier was a French artist and model known primarily for having been the model of over 60 paintings for Pablo Picasso.

"Oh, Picasso was a communist. He'd be happy to share."

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor who lived most of his life in France. He joined the Communist party in 1944.

Phoebe Cates

"Let's run a Phoebe Cates."

Phoebe Cates is an actress. The reference is to a famous scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High where Judge Reinhold (Brad Hamilton) is distracted by seeing her in a bikini and images her taking her top off.


"I'll take a page from Magritte."

René Magritte is a Belgian surrealist artist. His intended goal for his work was to challenge observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality and force viewers to become hypersensitive to their surroundings. His paintings often portrayed nearly identical men dressed in dark overcoats and bowler hats.

"It was Prometheus stealing fire from the gods." "Prometheus got caught."

Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to man. His punishment was to be bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.

Amelia Earhardt

"Your timing is far from impeccable, J. Edgar."

Mozzie is referring to J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI.


Amelia Earhardt was a female aviator famous for wearing an aviator cap and goggles.

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Writer:Jeff Eastin Director:Russell Lee Fine
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
Fake Neal
FBI Agent
Kevin Kane
Sheena Colette
Victor Cruz
Neil Jackson
Gil O'Brien

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