"Withdrawal" Episode Guide

White Collar Withdrawal
Season 2, Episode 1 Air Date: July 13, 2010

Season two opens with Peter facing an inquiry about the explosion that killed Kate. (See Out of the Box,) Neal is back in prison and reluctance to renew the deal he had with Peter. Two months go by and we find Neal breaking into a bank. As he walks out he is confronted by Peter and Jones. Neal hands over the money and the trio go back to the FBI to tell the bank it's not secure. Neal and Peter are working to catch a notorious bank robber known only as "The Architect."

Neal links the font used on the Architect's calling card to an obscure Russian painter and a hedge fund manager who happens to be a fan of the painter, Edward Walker. Neal and Peter pay Walker a visit but are unable to get any information from him. Unwilling to give up, Neal corners Walker's assistant, Whitney, in a nearby cafe. With Mozzie's help, Neal copies her SIM card which gives him Walker's calendar. It seems that Walker is planning to rob the bank the next day.

Peter and Neal, along with the SWAT team, stake out the bank. Right on schedule there is a disturbance inside but when the SWAT team goes in they find an alarm clock hidden inside a security deposit box rented in Peter's name. Back at the FBI, Peter is in trouble with the Department of Justice and the two are removed from the case. Neal and Peter are having drinks at Peter's house when Diana calls. Over 30 banks across the city have had their alarms triggered. Neal realizes that Walker is making his move not at one of those banks that the original one. Neal and Peter head over to the bank and discovered the robbery is in progress. But with no backup, they are unable to catch Walker and he escapes.

Back at the FBI, Neal and Peter are reviewing the security camera footage of the robbery when they realize that more money is missing then was taken out of the bank. There must be an inside man and they suspect Renee Simmons. They go to the bank to confront her and she reveals that Walker bribed her into helping him. With her confession, Peter is able to arrest Walker which saves him his job and keeps Neal out of prison. For more information, check out Quotes from "Withdrawal" or "Withdrawal" Nitpicks.

“If I'd have gotten on that plane, regardless of whatever deal was made, it wouldn't have felt like freedom ... [b]ecause it was an escape. You're right Peter, I have a life here.” – Neal Caffrey

Highlights

The Cons

Neal poses as a new employee, Nick Halden, to break into Midtown Mutual and prove its security was vulnerable.

Neal lifts Whitney's phone and has Mozzie copy her SIM card.

Interesting Facts

Due to Tiffani Thiessen's pregnancy, her dining scene was pre-shot in front of a green screen in Los Angeles before the filming of season two officially began in New York.

Character Information

Kate Clues

Kate has been dead for two months. Fowler has disappeared. Diana hacked into Fowler's hard drive, but it was protected with a self-eating virus. All she managed to get was a meeting that is scheduled to happen at 12th and watershed in two months. The music box is believed to have been logged into evidence with the FBI, but Mozzie discovers it has been switched with a similar box. In reality, Diana has it in a safe in her apartment (but Neal and Mozzie don't know this).

The Bad Guys

Edward Walker is a hedge fund manager who loves golf and Russian art, especially Ivan Aivazovsky. He lives in an penthouse with a balcony that overlooks the Hudson River. Walker pulls of elaborate bank robberies by sending him a card that says "The Architect." Before New York, he robbed banks in Dallas, Chicago, and Boston in the last five years.

Renee Simmons is the security manager for Midtown Mutual. She is bribed by Walker to help him rob the bank. He hid her share of the money in a safety deposit box in the vault that was rented to her uncle, who died two years earlier.

Kate Clues

References

Allusions

"I don't need him to go Section 8 on me."

Section 8 is a category of discharge from the United States military for reason of being mentally unfit for service. If you've ever seen an episode of M*A*S*H, Klinger dresses as a woman to prove he is "Section 8" worthy in about every episode.

"The Architect. That's an excellent sobriquet."

Mozzie uses this line to refer to the name "The Architect. A sobriquet is a nickname that is usually given by another. It is distinct from pseudonym as it is not used as a disguise. A sobriquet is usually so familiar that it is used in place of a person's real name without explanation.

"I'll take 'Obscure Russian Painters' for a thousand."

A clear reference to the TV show Jeopardy! where contestants choose questions this way.

"Feel like I'm in a Fitzgerald novel."

F. Scott Fitzgerald is an American author most famous for his novel The Great Gatsby.

Macaulay Culkin

"I'm collecting unemployment and he's Back in prison using pictures of Macaulay Culkin for money."

Macaulay Culkin is a famous child actor.

"I have a meeting right across the street at the Nix Towers."

This is likely a reference to The Seventh Tower, a series of six books written by Garth Nix.

"Hell hath no fury like a fed scorned."

Neal is taking literary license with a famous quote by William Congreve. The original quote says "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

butch and sundance

"Nice shooting, Butch." "Thanks, Sundance."

These lines are a reference to two famous bank robbers known as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A 1969 movie was made about them staring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

"Do your thing, Dirty Harry."

Dirty Harry is a 1971 movie starring Clint Eastwood.

"We can't change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

Mozzie is quoting an old Hindu proverb.

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Credits

Writer:Jeff Eastin Director:Tim Matheson
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Mozzie
Clinton Jones
Diana Barrigan
June
Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Marsha Thomason
Diahann Carroll
Whitney
Renee Simmons
Edward Walker
Pamela
Swat Commander
Bank Manager
Downtown Businessman
FBI Agent
FBI Agent
Bank Guard #1
Investigative Committee Chair
Bonnie Swencionis
Francie Swift
Tim Matheson
Celisse Henderson
Ed Moran
Ted McGuinness
Ron Maestri
James Schram
Melanie Torres
Steven Weisz
Kevin Kilner

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