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White Collar "Unfinished Business" Nitpicks

Season 2, Episode 5 Air Date: August 10, 2010

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..."

Which One? When Peter says they are Japanese bearer bonds, Neal immediately calls them "Samurai bonds." There are several types of Japanese bonds. They could have been Uridashi bonds, Shibosai bonds or shogun bonds. The name changes depending on if they are yen-dominated and who they are sold to (non-Japanese or Japanese investors).

A Bit Forgetful: While we're talking about the bonds, in the conference room, Neal asks if the bonds are transferable. Peter already told Neal that they were Japanese bearer bonds. The term "bearer" means that whomever holds them, owns them. I suppose he could have forgotten about that (or the writers put that line in to inform viewers what bearer bonds are).

Educated Guess? Why does Neal ask Peter what was in the emails they hadn't cracked yet? If the knew what was in the emails, they wouldn't be encrypted or need cracking. That's sort of like asking what's in the boxes you haven't opened yet.

The Naked Truth: Why couldn't Sara get dressed before she left her home? Even if they carried her "body" out of the house, it would have been covered by a sheet.

Larger than Life: Sara would never mistake the painting Neal gives her for the original. The original version is quite small, only 11-1/4 x 8-1/16 inches. I do not count the fact that that particular painting has not been stolen as a goof, but rather dramatic license on the part of the writers.

goof from White Collar episode Unfinished Business

Stealing Evidence: When Neal and Sara are on the roof, Neal's glass has a tag on it suggesting he took it from evidence. Why couldn't he bring glasses from home? He brought the wine? Would you drink out of glasses that were claimed as evidence from a crime?

FBI Roof Goof from White Collar

Mixed Manufacturing: Also, why does a glass and steel building have a cement railing around its roof?


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