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White Collar Power Play
Season 2, Episode 15 Air Date: March 1, 2011

During a Heat wave in New York City, Elizabeth Burke is approached by her new client’s assistant, Brooke. Brooke has learned that her boss, Andrew Stanzler, has been engineering the city’s blackouts with the help of another power broker. Brooke is terrified what Stanzler will do to her if he finds out what she knows. Elizabeth sets up a meeting between her husband, Peter Burke and Brooke. But when Peter is late to the meeting, Neal Caffrey steps up and into the role. Peter tries to put a stop the charade, but when he realizes that telling Brooke the truth could spook her, he has no choice but to agree to the role reversal, which means he stuck playing Neal Caffrey.

Since Stanzler is looking for a thief, Peter must work with Mozzie to learn some of Neal’s skills. Meanwhile, Neal’s stuck with the paperwork and in the van while Peter breaks into a home to steal a flash drive. This gives Peter more evidence against Stanzler, but he waits to arrest him hoping to also catch some of Stanzler's associates at a party is Stanzler is hosting. This falls right into Stanzler's plans since he plans on eliminating Peter at the party during a blackout. For more information, check out Quotes from "Power Play" or Nitpicks from "Power Play".

“I have a feeling I had to work a lot harder fitting into your world than you did fitting into mine.” 
– Peter Burke

Highlights

The Con

Neal poses as Peter to keep a witness from being spooked off. This forces Peter to pose as Neal.

Interesting Facts

Neal calls Elizabeth "Hon" when posing as Peter. In the episode Payback it was established that Elizabeth and Peter call each other that.

Gerhard Wagner really was a Nazi. He was a Nazi physician and was the first Reich Doctors' Leader. He died in 1939. Wagner was jointly responsible for euthanasia and sterilization carried out against Jews and the handicapped, and showed himself at the Nuremberg Party Congress in 1935 to be a staunch proponent of the Nuremberg Laws, and thereby also of Nazi Germany's race legislation and racial politics.

The party scenes were shot at The Brooklyn Museum which is located at 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York.

Character Information

The Bad Guy

Andrew Stanzler is an energy trader. He and another trader, Francis Luntz are using their combined power to create energy shortages. Luntz didn't trust Stanzler and taped some of their meetings. Stanzler found out and hired Peter (posing as Neal) to steal the jump drive with the recordings. He then set things up to have Luntz and Peter killed.

Francis Luntz is an energy trader working with Andrew Stanzler to create power shortages. Luntz gets nervous and tapes one of their meetings, which causes Stanzler to try and have him killed.

Kate Clues

Sara has returned from Argentina with information about Vincent Adler. The crates they found (see Burke's Seven) were being smuggled out of an estate in southern Argentina. It was where Adler was hiding out after he fled the U.S. Adler was obsessed with finding a German soldier named Gerhard Wagner. Wagner's file has been sealed. Wagner was held at Ellis Island but he jumped the fence and immigrated into America. Sara and Neal comb the archives looking for someone who fits Wagner’s descriptions. Mozzie steps in to help and discovers that Wagner’s new name was Michael Hunter. He was also Alex’s grandfather.

References

Allusions

metamorphosis

"The metamorphosis is complete, cockroach." "Thanks, Kafka."

Metamorphosis is a 1915 novella by Frank Kafka. In the story, a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect-like creature.

"After the fall of the Third Reich, he fled to America."

The Third Reich refers to Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

"Next time you're poking around classified files, see if you can find anything on the death of the electric car."

A 2006 documentary titled Who Killed the Electric Car? explored the believe that automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, the Californian government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers all has a part in limiting the development and adoption of the electric car.

"Think I should go rogue?"

In FBI terms, to go rogue means to deviate greatly from one's training. Usually it refers to someone who breaks the rules.

"Take the pebble from my palm."

A reference to the 1972 movie Kung Fu.

"Like a German Dave Chappelle."

In 2005, Dave Chappelle abruptly left during the third season production of his hit program Chapelle's Show. He resurfaced about a month later in South Africa and refused to return to finish production of the show.

Tracy/Hepburn

"I mean, it's impossible to deny this Tracy/Hepburn thing between us."

Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are legendary film icons that made nine films together. The two were classic opposites that worked magic on and off the big screen.

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Credits

Writer:Jeff Eastin Director:Mark Goffman
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Mozzie
Clinton Jones
Diana Barrigan

Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Marsha Thomason

Sara Ellis
Alex Hunter
Francis Luntz
Brooke
Andrew Stanzler
June
New York City Police Officer
Cami Luntz
Hilarie Burton
Gloria Votsis
J. Tucker Smith
Cody Horn
Richard Schiff
Diahann Carroll
Peter Conboy
Sara Hoots

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