"The Portrait" Episode Guide

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Season 1, Episode 5 Air Date: November 20, 2009

Peter and Neal set up a sting to recover a valuable stolen portrait, but strain is put on their uneasy partnership when Peter suspects Neal will succumb to temptation. Neal finds out the truth about the stolen portrait, and returns it to its rightful owner. For more about the episode, check out the "The Portrait" Recap, Quotes from "The Portrait" or Nitpicks from "The Portrait".

“It's not theft when rich men do it.” – Neal Caffrey


The Con

Neal fakes a second portrait to give to the Channing Museum.

Interesting Facts

The music heard on this episode is "Open Your Eyes" by Jesse Glick

The Lambert Gallery is a real gallery in New York. It is located at 550 West 21st Street, New York.

Character Information

The Bad Guy

Gerard Dorsett is a high-end loan shark and French ex-patriot with a very violent side. He steals the painting because Juliana's uncle owes him money. He has a French girlfriend, Brigitte, who cheats on him.

Kate Clues

Neal realizes that the map indicates Grand Central Station. He finds a note hidden under a X there. When folded, the note reads "Here. Friday. Noon." Neal waits for Kate there the next Friday and she calls him on a pay phone. She tells him that the man with the ring wants something Neal stolen and asks him to tell her where he hid everything. Neal refuses to tell her because he feels it is his only leverage to get Kate back.



"Trust, but verify."

"Trust, but verify" was a signature phrase of President Ronald Reagan, and one he usually used when discussing relations with the Soviet Union. He usually said in the form of the Russian proverb "Doveryai, no proveryai." It is also a phrase commonly used by President Obama.

"Although calling him a loan shark is like calling Oedipus a mamma's boy."

Oedipus is an ancient Greek tale about a man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. His name as become synonymous with men who love their mothers too much.

"You're a Philistine."

A Philistine is a smug, ignorant, especially middle-class person who is regarded as being indifferent or antagonistic to artistic and cultural values. Sort of obvious as to why Neal calls Peter this at the art gallery.

Have you seen the Mona Lisa? It's tiny.

The Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci that hangs in the Louvre, is 30 inches by 21 inches.

"She looks like Lara Croft in khakis."

Lara Croft is the main character in the game and movie Tomb Raider.

"Matisse influence..."

Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship.

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Writers:Jeff Eastin & Travis Romero Director:Allan Arkush
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Clinton Jones
Lauren Cruz

Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Natalie Morales

Taryn Vandersant
Julianna Laszlo
Gerard Dorsett
FBI Agent
Alexandra Daddario
Natalia Klimas
Peter McRobbie
Deanna Russo
Tim Hopper
Kim Shaw
Michael Patrick Crane
Heidi Kristoffer
Evans Forlidas
Kate Shindle

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