White Collar "Pilot" Nitpicks

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

When you watch a program over and over, you start to notice minor continuity issues, plot oversights and other goofs. This page is not intended to be a criticism aimed toward the show or anyone who works on White Collar. They produce a great show and should be proud of their work. That's why I titled it "Nitpicks" because to nitpick means "to be overly critical or criticize minor details." If it bothers you, please don't read them. This page is intended to be for people who love watching something and going "I never noticed that..."

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A Wine Whine: The wine bottle that Caffrey is holding in Kate's apartment as Burke recaptures him is not a Bordeaux bottle, as is labeled. The shape indicates it is a Burgundy bottle. Bordeaux bottles have more of a shoulder and not the gradual slope on the bottle Caffrey is holding.

More Whining: Speaking of the wine bottle, Caffrey describes it as a 1982 Bordeaux, but the label clearly says 1891. One could argue that perhaps that was when the winery opened, but no where else on the bottle does it say 1982.



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Return to the scene of the crime? The razor and mirror make their way back into Caffrey's cell from the bathroom. Why would they bring the objects into the cell block? Furthermore, why didn't Neal get rid of the truck maintenance guide and airport security pamphlet before he made his escape? And doesn't the prison check packages when they come in? They didn't notice someone ordered a prison guard uniform? (Sure, Neal could have had it sent to the prison and then lifted it, but then why not just steal a uniform already there?)

Jelly anyone? When Neal comes out of the prison to meet Burke, the sign on his left reads "Hold Door Step Over the Jam." It should be "jamb" (unless they spread grape jam across their door every morning). Since the DVD commentary says the scenes were shot at an actual prison, this goof should be blamed on the New York Correctional Department (or I guess the New York Educational System, right?).

Cost of Inflation: Peter says it costs $700 a month to house Neal in prison. Actually, the average cost per month to house an inmate is $1652.70 (or $55.09 a day) according to the Florida Department of Corrections.




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On or Off? At the thrift store, June takes off one of her gloves after she sets down the suits. But when the camera pans back, she has both of her gloves on.


Puzzling Problem: When Peter goes to pick up Neal at the motel, the clerk is playing with a Rubik's Cube. He sets it down and turns around to get the note. When he turns around, the Rubik's Cube magically appears back in his hands.

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Sunny Day? When Peter first arrives at the balcony to pick up Neal, he stands near the table. In the close-ups, the sun is in his hair but in the long shots he is standing in the shade.

G-Men are Fast! When Burke gets the call that Caffrey has activated his anklet, he is standing in his bedroom shirtless. We see him put on his t-shirt, pick up his shirt and tie and head for the stairs while talking on the phone. You can see him still in his t-shirt on the stairs. When the shot switches, Burke has his other shirt on and his tie tied (although only a second has passed).

Can't Quit: When Caffrey sees Mozzie outside FBI headquarters, he tells Burke that he is trying to quit smoking. Burke then yells at Jones to keep an eye on Caffrey. Jones then suggests that Caffrey "try the patch" in order to quit smoking. How did Jones know? He was too far away to hear Caffrey say it. Perhaps everyone who smokes is trying to quit...

Magical Hair: In the last scene with Peter and Neal on his balcony, after Neal sits down there is a lock of hair on his forehead. The camera goes to Peter for a second, and the lock gets bigger. Then Peter pulls out Neal’s FBI ID, and the lock of hair has moved all the way across his forehead. Then the camera goes to Peter for a second again and the hair is magically back in place.

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