Pilot Episode Guide

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Season 1, Episode 1 Air Date: October 23, 2009

Neal Caffrey, a master forger and conman, escapes from prison in search of his longtime girlfriend, Kate. Peter Burke, an FBI agent in the white collar division and the man who caught Neal the first time, quickly tracks him down. The reunion results in Neal being released wearing a tracking agent under Peter's supervision. Neal's job is to try to help Peter catch a criminal known as the Flying Dutchman, but his real mission is to try to find his lost love, Kate. For more information, check out the Pilot Recap, Quotes from the Pilot or Pilot Nitpicks.

“You know the worst thing about art forgery? You can't take credit for your work.” – Mozzie


The Con

Neal cons the priest to gain entry to the church.

Interesting Facts

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Character Information

The Bad Guy

The Dutchman is the code name for Curtis Hagan, a criminal that eluded Peter Burke for several years. Hagan is one of the best art restorers in the world. He attempted to forge a career as an artist, but his own work never took off. He's best at Goya restorations. He is caught forging Spanish Victory Bonds in a warehouse by the docks that he owned through a shell corporation in Guatemala.

Kate Clues

Kate has moved out of her apartment. She is photographed using an ATM in San Diego, California using the name Kate Perdue. In the expanded photo of her, a man wearing a pinkie ring has his hand on her shoulder. Neal believes this man is holding Kate.



"You think so, Copernicus?

Nicolaus Copernicus was a a Renaissance astronomer and the first person to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe.

"I know why you call him The Dutchman."

The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The legend is first seen in print in 1795. Sightings of the ship occurred numerous times in the 19th and 20th centuries. Usually the ship appears to be glowing to be with ghostly light.

"He beat him at a backdoor draw."

A backdoor draw, or runner-runner draw, is a drawing hand that needs to catch two outs to win. For example, a hand with three cards of the same suit has a backdoor flush draw because it needs two more cards of the suit.

"Your husband played poker with Sy Devore?"

Sy Devore was known as the "tailor to the stars" until his death in 1966. Listed amongst his clientele are Bing Crosby, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Desi Arnaz, Danny Thomas, Rock Hudson, Richard Burton, Nat King Cole, David Janssen, Sidney Poitier, Eddie Fisher and Robert Conrad.

rat pack

"This is classic Rat Pack."

The Rat Pack was a name given to a group of actors by the press in the 1960s that consisted of Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

"Sorry, Dino."

Burke is making a sarcastic reference to Dean Martin, whose nickname was Dino.

"There are a few stories that predate 'Steamboat Willie'."

Steamboat Willie" was an animated short released in 1928. It was the third Mickey Mouse cartoon created by Disney.

"I'm a federal agent and you mean folklore of the virginally pure queen like Alexander Pushkin's 'Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights'?"

"The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights" is an 1833 poem similar to the tale of Snow White by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin.

"I saw the best mind of my generation run down by the taxi-cab of absolute reality."

Mozzie is misquoting Allen Ginsburg's 1956 poem "Howl." He is combining a portion of the first line with the end of line 56 of the poem.

"You flew too close to the sun, my friend. They burned your wings."

Mozzie is referring to the Greek myth of Icarus. Icarus tried to escape using a pair of wax wings constructed for him by his father. He fell to his death after flying too close to the sun and melting his wings.

"Call Dr. Phil."

Dr. Phil McGraw is an American television personality, author, psychologist and host of his own television show, Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002.

"She dumped you 'with prejudice.'"

Burke is referencing a legal term. When a case is dismissed "with prejudice" the plaintiff is prohibited from filing another case on the same claim.

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Writer:Jeff Eastin Director:Bronwen Hughes
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Clinton Jones
Diana Barrigan
Curtis Hagen
U.S. Marshall Thompson
Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garson
Sharif Atkins
Marsha Thomason
Diahann Carroll
Mark Sheppard
Michael Gaston
Kate Moreau
"The Dutchman" (Hagan)
Warden Haskley
Customs Official
Tony Field
Warehouse Guard
Salvation Army Clerk
Rich Man
FBI Technician
Motel Clerk
Alexandra Daddario
Mark Sheppard
Neal Matarazzo
Denise Vasi
Mike Houston
Arnie Burton
James Biberi
Anthony Gallo
Yogi Laser
Don Kurt
Derek Milman
Billy Griffith
Reathal Bean
Lanny Flaherty

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