"Pulling Strings" Episode Guide

White Collar Pulling Strings
Season 3, Episode 14 Air Date:February 7, 2012

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“It's just strange when something you never thought was a possibility suddenly is.” – Diana


The Con

Interesting Facts

While Stradivari's instruments are regarded as amongst the finest bowed stringed instruments ever created, that belief is just an opinion. Neither blind listening tests nor acoustic analysis have ever demonstrated that Stradivarius instruments are better than other high-quality instruments or even reliably distinguishable from them.

Terrific Tweets

Character Information

The Bad Guy

Bryan McKenzie is the vice president of Sterling Bosch's New York division. He doesn't work in the field anymore and is trying to expand the company into things other than insurance. He teaches a tai chi class daily and is into synchronized meditation. He hates the symphony.

Nazi Nonsense



"You know, Ira the voice-box says we missed our chance to nab a Sargent painting. "

John Singer Sargent was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian era luxury. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings.

"Now that New York has legalized gay marriage...?"

New York state legalized same-sex marriages on July 24, 2011.

"I have an entire weekend of her mom singing "Bad Boys" ahead of me. "

"Bad Boys" is the title of a song by the reggae band Inner Circle. It was made popular by the television program COPS, where it is played during the opening title sequence.

"All right, it's not "stuff." Antonio Stradivari crafted some of the most unique and beautiful violins in the world. There are only 650 left."

Antonio Stradivari was an Italian luthier and a crafter of string instruments such as violins, cellos, guitars, violas, and harps. Stradivari is generally considered the most significant and greatest artisan in this field. The Latinized form of his surname, Stradivarius, as well as the colloquial, "Strad", is often used to refer to his instruments. It is estimated that he made 1,000 to 1,100 instruments and that around 650 of these instruments have survived. However, only 450 to 512 of these instruments are violins.

"Afraid I'll crash the Sears family portrait?"

Sears is a department store that offers inexpensive portrait photographs for families.

"Sure thing, Dr. Huxtable."

Dr. Huxtable was the main character on The Cosby Show played by Bill Cosby. On the show, he was well-known for his colorful and unique sweaters.

"Caffrey and Sara are probably re-enacting Moonlighting by now."

Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC in the late 1980s that starred Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives with a proclivity for fighting.

"Little less War of the Roses now that there are no secrets between us."

The War of the Roses is a 1989 American film based upon the 1981 novel by Warren Adler. It is a black comedy about a wealthy couple (the Roses) with a seemingly perfect marriage. When their marriage begins to fall apart, material possessions become the center of an outrageous and bitter divorce battle.

"Well, birthdays only come but once a year, for those of you using the Julian calendar. "

The Julian calendar is a reform of the Roman calendar introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. It took effect the following year and continued to be used as the civil calendar in some countries into the 20th century.

"As they say, three may keep a secret if two of them are dead."

This is an aphorism listed by Ben Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanac.

"The Dollonds made spectacles of that type for years before Franklin got credit, but misinformation within an elitist, patriarchal society runs deep."

Dollond & Aitchison was established in 1750 and is one of the oldest chain of retail opticians in the United Kingdom. The "specatacles" that they are talking about refer to bifocals, of which Benjamin Franklin is often credited having invented. While others may have invented them before Franklin, it has been proven that he did invent them independantly of them and was among the first person to wear them.

"A true Marxist!" "Long live the proletariat!"

Marxism is an economic and sociopolitical worldview and method of socioeconomic inquiry that centers upon a materialist interpretation of history, a dialectical view of social change, and an analysis and critique of the development of capitalism. The proletariat is a term used to identify a lower social class, usually the working class.

"Dudamel's mastery of Mahler's 5th Symphony last month was breathtaking."

Gustav Mahler was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. The Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the funereal trumpet solo that opens the work and the frequently performed Adagietto.

"Our second violinist will be playing an Hilaire, and the first, a Nagyvary."

A modern string said to match the sound of a Stradivarius.

"Recognize our Klimt portrait?"

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.

"So, I told Derrida, 'I will see your deconstructionism, and I will raise you transcendent abnegation.'"

Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher, born in French Algeria. He developed the critical theory known as deconstruction and his work has been labeled as post-structuralism and associated with postmodern philosophy.

"As Abbie Hoffman said to me, 'Sacred cows make the best hamburger.'"

Abbie Hoffman was a political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies"). The quote was not originally said by Abbie Hoffman. It is often been attributed to Mark Twain, but it actually is found in several books printed during the early 1900s, none of them Twain's.

"Reminds me of a flip book."

A flip book or flick book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to be moving.

"Bonnie to any man's Clyde?"

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression.

"A wise man said, 'It's good to keep in touch with your roots.'"

I have yet to track down who said this quote originally.

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Writer:Channing Powell Director:Anton Cropper
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
Diahann Carroll
Agent Kramer
Alan Mitchell
Mrs Mitchell
Bryan McKenzie
Agent Westley
Annie Chaite
Beau Bridges
Tom Skerritt
Debra Monk
Bailey Chase
Ryan Nolan
Lucy Walters
Darien Sills-Evans
Henry Stram

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