White Collar (2009–2014): Season 1, Episode 2 - Threads - full transcript

It's Fashion Week, and while Neal is enjoying himself, Peter is less enthusiastic about the legion of beautiful women that has descended on Manhattan. Things get worse when one of those ...

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I hate this. Every year.
Every year, it's like this.

Finally squeezed into a train
at Union Square.

How you doing?
Couldn't fall down if you were shot.

Come on. It's impossible to catch a cab.

- Hey, Peter, Peter, Peter.
- Thank you.

- Here, guys.
- Thank you.

Enjoy your day.

It's Fashion Week. Peter, embrace it.

Here we go. Excellent.

Good. All right.

Oh, no. Oh, yes. All right.

Let me help you here.


We are supposed to be interviewing
our witness now.

Yeah, all right. Relax.

That's not gonna do it.

We're after an Israeli counterfeiter.
Goes by the name of Ghovat.

We're going after The Ghost?
We're going after The Ghost.

What do you know about him?
I mean, this guy is nefarious.

I mean, counterfeit treasury bonds,

He's rumored to be the first guy
to crack microprinting on the euro.

Well, now we can add murder
to that list.

You sure he called himself Ghovat?


What happened?

I was at a party.

Why were you there?

Many models were invited.

It happened as I was leaving
when I went for my coat.

I was in the back room
when the two men came in.

They were arguing.
They didn't see you?

I made sure to keep out of sight.

In the closet.

They started shouting at each other.

Then suddenly,
everything went very quiet.

The man who called himself Ghovat,
I heard him leaving.

When I walk out,
that's when I saw the other man.

He was on the floor already dead.


Our men are gonna stay with you
for now.

But if you need anything, day or night,
you feel free to call me.

If you heard this man again,
do you think you could identify him?

I will never forget his voice
as long as I live.

Have you ID'd the dead guy?

A foreign national out of Turkey,
known associate of Ghovat.

Falling out over business.
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking.

My working theory...

...this has something to do
with Fashion Week.

Assuming our ghost has something to sell,
Fashion Week's a great cover.

He's got all his buyers in New York
this week with no bells going off.

Unfortunately, we've got 30,000 buyers.

We've also got someone
who can identify his voice.

You gonna share?
You're gonna think I'm crazy.

It's never stopped you before.

We throw a party.

Is it your birthday?

Then you're crazy.
Okay. Look, okay?

Look at this.

Monte Carlo, Cannes, Ibiza, Rio.
This guy likes to have a good time.

We put women, booze,
fashion altogether in one spot.

And what do we do? Send him an Evite?
He replies "Ghost plus one"?

No. We bring him to us.

We have Tara there in the room listening.

She can ID him.

It's a party.

Don't do that in the office.

A party?

The witness is confident
she can identify him by his voice.

How do you know he'll show up?
You fill it with beautiful women.

I was addressing my case agent.

Looking at his M.O.,
he has a thing for models.

Yeah? Well, me too.

Hey, Jones, you like models?
Love them.

Jones likes them too.
Is there a plan in here somewhere?

Call me when one shows up.

Look, Caffrey, Ghovat,
these guys are cut from the same cloth.

Neal's convinced
that our ghost will show up.

I say we trust his instincts on this one.

We've never been this close to Ghovat.

I'll authorize 5 grand for this party.

God, 15 would be better.

We'll make 5 work.

And we'll get Elizabeth to help us.

My wife?
An event planner. Best in the business.

She'll work on the price?
My wife?

Your wife. His wife.

Don't hit me.
I'm sorry.

Wow, Royal Ossetra Caviar. Ah!

This is gonna be perfect.

Ooh! Neal, I just found Springbank.
Whiskey, perfect.

I got a Garioch Scotch over here.

No, '58.

Oh, grab the case.
All right.

Come on, we gotta itemize all this.

Twelve bottles of Scotch....
Thirty-six tins of Ossetra.

Booze and fish eggs, you got that?

Whoa. Drop the watch.
We're not on a shopping spree.

No, it wasn't for me, it was for you.
Oh, thank you.

There's nothing wrong with my old watch.
Honey, actually that looks great on you.

A little out of my price range.

There's nothing wrong
with enjoying the good things in life.

Then why do they always seem
to end up in here?

Okay. So we've got the alcohol
and the food covered.

Now we just need the venue.
Don't worry, I got that covered.

It's a loft.

Seized in a DEA bust...

...1 500 square feet, service elevator.
It's perfect.

Is that a chalk outline?

I'm sure they've cleaned up by now.
It has everything you need.

Yeah, if five drunk frat buddies show up.

Aren't you supposed
to be lining up supermodels?

Ah. Sixty-four and counting.

Oh, Neal Caffrey throws a party
and 64 supermodels show up.

No, sorry. My mistake. My mistake.
Sixty-five actually.

These two are twins.

Is that another one of your supermodels?

It's just a friend.

He's got a place we can use.

You think your friend's place
is better than mine?

Okay. It's better than mine.



It's a lot better than mine.

Honey, I am really impressed
with this place.

I could have a state dinner up here.
How did you pull that off?

He has a source.

But good luck trying to pry it out of him.
Oh, sounds like fun. I'll work on him later.

She'll work on you later.

Okay, guys, I got 20 minutes
to get fiber optics in play.

I want a camera on every entrance and exit,
starting with that one there.

Right away.
Let's go.

You are definitely in the right place.

You're also a little early.

And you must be Neal Caffrey.

I am. Would you mind waiting inside
for a little bit?

Actually, I think I'm exactly
where I'm supposed to be.

Let me escort you downstairs at least.

You know, I gotta say,
I expected a little more.

I mean, you're charming enough, but....

Who invited you again?
The agency.

I thought you were a model.

I thought you were supposed
to be one of the smart ones.

Neal, this is Agent Lauren Cruz.

I just had her transferred over.

She's gonna be keeping an eye on you

So where do you keep your gun?

All right.

Caffrey knows how to throw a party.

Hey, hey, hey, Agent Burke.

Hey, is that Miss March?

Jones, pull it together.

Sports Illustrated, not Playboy.

Doing okay?

Come on.

You're the most beautiful girl here.
I want to see your smile.

Neal, straight ahead.
Red shirt, dark jacket.

Seems pretty jumpy for a guy
to be at a party filled with models.

So let's mingle.

Excuse me. Hi. I saw you looking around.
Can I help you find someone?

I know almost everybody here
except for you, mister....


Write down that name. Dmitri.

I'm just admiring the view.

Beautiful crowd, right?

Quite stunning.

Excuse me.

No dice, Peter.

Not our voice.
All right.

Wait. He's speaking Hebrew.

What's he saying?
He's saying, "I'm waiting. Where are you?"

Ghovat is here. He's watching him.

Ghovat's here.
Peter, he's here.

He's watching Dmitri right now.
I got it.

Back me up. I need you to flirt.


You're charming enough, right?
That guy right there.

Hi. Sorry.
Excuse me.

You look really familiar.
Do I know you from somewhere?

We need to leave.


Have you met Mara?

No. Hello.

You know, my friend here was noticing
how fantastic your suit is.

We have to leave. It's lovely to see you.
Oh, have a good night.

Oh, well, I'm a model.

Where do you work?
Actually, you know what?

I think you're right.
I think I don't know you. I'm sorry.

There he is.

I got it. I got it.

Move in. Repeat.
Move in now, now, now.

Get off me. This is madness.

The voice, it's not him.

Peter, we got the wrong guy.

Any luck getting this thing off me?
I'm working on it.

You're lucky.
They have you on a two-mile tether.

That's a lot in New York.

Remember Jimmy Dimako?

The feds had his anklet set at 22 feet.

He had to take a shower
with one foot out of the tub.

That's not true.
Okay, maybe 30 feet.

But you have it better.

Two miles isn't enough, Moz.
I need to find Kate.

The man with the ring was with Kate in
California. Tell me what he wants from her.

Because he didn't find
what he was looking for in San Diego.

How do you know
what he was looking for?

Because I told Kate I kept everything.

The money, the bonds, the art,
all of it in San Diego.

Well, clearly that's not the truth...

...because you told me it was all hidden
in Portland, isn't it?

Isn’t it?

Oh, there's nothing hidden in either place,
is there?

It's a test.

You told her San Diego,
you told me Portland.

Then whichever rock gets overturned,
you know who betrayed you.

Look, I just needed to know
what I already knew.

What? That you can trust me?

That I'm the one who's been there
through all of it?

But Kate's the one
who kicked over your rock.

Kate didn't betray me. He forced her to.

Why didn't Kate try to warn you when
she came to say goodbye to you in prison?

I think she might have,
but I was too stupid to see it.


"Weep for me, my love.
I'll miss you more--" What is this?

It's an old love letter.
It doesn't mean anything.

The FBI was closing in on us. We started
taking precautions. Started passing codes.

That could be cracked by anyone who's
ever seen the back of MAD Magazine.

Why I don't tell you things
is that attitude.

I'm trying to be supportive.
Look, this was an early attempt.

Okay, we got more sophisticated
as the feds closed in.

So you think when Kate
came to say goodbye to you in prison...

...she left you a code?

Look, I need to see that security tape.

Your friend at the FBI has access.
He's seen it.

Yeah. He's not just gonna hand it over.

You could ask.

So our ghost finally has a name.

It's Idil Hazeva.

Let's stick with Ghovat for now.

Do we know anything more about him?
Not much. No criminal record.

Name's not coming up
on any of our international watch lists.

We can't find him registered in town.

- Anything about the girl?
- A model. We're looking into her.

What about Dmitri?
Andrei Dmitri, Uzbekistan national.

Linked to a handful of enterprises.

Arms trading, money laundering,
prescription-drug fraud.

Not the kind of guy you'd expect
to show up at Fashion Week.

Does he still think he got away clean?

He slipped out the northwest exit.
Jones is sitting on him.

Tell Jones to keep his distance.

Don't want him getting tagged.
See where this guy leads us.

Good work.

We'll reconvene in an hour.

Nice report.

You know,
you pull off the whole FBI thing too.

Yeah. No one looks good in FBI slacks.

Don't sell yourself short.

You sure I wasn't a little too direct?
Yeah, but I like where you're going with it.

Where we headed for lunch?

I'm gonna have to take a pass.

Elizabeth wants to meet me in the park.

Picnic, that's romantic.

Yeah. Should I be worried?

Did you do something wrong?

Show no fear.

Maybe she's gotten used to spending time
with you.

You think?

I'm not the best person to ask.

Hey, Peter, before you go...

...I need a favor.

The last time Kate visited me in prison
before she disappeared...

...you saw that security tape?

I'd like to see it.

You think that's a good idea?

It's the last time I saw her.

I just want some closure.

Help me wrap up this case
and I'll see what I can do about that tape.

This is nice. Right?

Really nice.


Heh, heh. Relax. You're not in trouble.

Oh, thank God.
Ha, ha.

Why do you think I asked you to lunch?
I don't know. That was what scared me.

Okay, hold on.

I got you something.
You did? What--?


It's a nice box. Okay.


I noticed you were kind of looking
at that really nice watch at the warehouse.

It's not as nice, but it's close.

It's perfect. Yeah.
Okay, try it on.


That's a different kind--
Yeah, just--

Different kind of latch there.

Yeah. There you go.


That's-- That's--

This is Burke.

All right. I'll be there at, uh....

I'll be there in five minutes.


Look at that. It works.

It works.
It looks good on you.


What's going on?

They're moving me now.

To protective custody?

No one's threatening you.
They're not taking any chances.

Came here to get an agent,
make contacts. Not this.

It's gonna be okay, all right?
Thank you, Agent Burke.

If anybody can catch Ghovat, it's him.

He's the best.


I just got word from Jones.


New watch.
Yeah. Gift from Elizabeth.

Thank you very much.
No sundial to clutter it up. Very nice.

What's Jones got?
Dmitri's at a fashion shoot.

Lucky him.
Guess who's with him.

Remember that model...

...that was with Ghovat last night?

However you got us here,
I don't wanna know.

That's our girl.

That's our Dmitri.

Guy always looks like he's waiting
for something to happen.

Maybe he's waiting for Ghovat.
He lost his phone last night.

If that was his only connection--
The only way back in is through the girl.

I'll buy that.

You wanna go check it out?
No, I can't.

I start flashing my badge,
they'll scatter like rats.

You trust me?

Trust me to talk to Dmitri?
What are you thinking?

Stand and look menacing.

Stand there and look menacing.

No. Peter, menacing.
You look like your kid just struck out.

This is menacing.
It's not.

What--? What are you talking--?
It's menacing!

Okay, that's it right there.
Cross your arms.

What are you doing?
I want to let him know you're packing.


Now say, "I'll be back."

Dmitri, right?

I never got your name.
No, you didn't.

What are you doing here?
Same thing you are.

Just waiting for a chance
to talk to our beautiful friend.

You enjoy the party?

A little too much excitement
for my taste.

You know what they say,
it's not a party until the police break it up.

Your little event may have attracted
a wrong element.

As a matter of fact,
my phone was stolen.

That can make it tough
to contact people.

But there are always ways
to get in touch with someone.

To the left.

All right, let's cut the act.
We both know why we're here.

I don't know who you are,
but you're way out of your league.

This takes way more than money.

You're not the only buyer interested.

I'm the one that matters.

You and your friend should take a walk.

Few more.

He is definitely here to buy. That girl
could lead to where Ghovat is staying.

I'll have Jones keep tailing him.
Hey, man, for the record...

...you are much scarier than that other guy.

Looks like your boy, Dmitri, is heading
into a hotel on Madison.

You think he's staying there?
He ain't bringing any luggage with him.

Lock it down. Put somebody on every exit.
I'm on my way.



Yeah, he's been in there for two hours.

Nobody in or out?
No. And I got two agents on every exit.

This is Burke.
Just got a report.

Two men arguing on the 50th floor.

Dmitri's on the 50th floor.

Jones, get that room.

Damn it.


Sex games gone wrong?
Hm. Could just be a message.

Maybe he was trying to shut him up.
We don't even know if Ghovat was here.

No, our ghost was here.

The knife wound matches the blade width
and angle of penetration...

...on our foreign national killed by Ghovat.
It's him.

Do we know how Ghovat got out
of the building?

I found a service elevator down the hall.
Wasn't on the reconstruction blueprints.

Which is exactly
why he picked this place.

Yeah, this guy is good.

Why a dress?

I don't know.
It's not off the rack.

There's no tag,
which means it's couture.

We deal with a lot of knockoffs.

Ask me what I know about a Prada bag

Oh, look at this. There's a slit here.

It's about the size
of an electronic security strip.

A lot of the designers are building them
into the clothes.

So it's a miniature flash drive?

In theory, you could piggyback up
to four gigs on one.

That's enough space to smuggle all kinds
of information worth killing for.

Lauren, get me a photo book of all
the designers who had a show this year.

Let's find out who made this dress.

I don't know who this Ghovat is.

You don't know his name, hm?

Not even by a rumor?

My world is fashion.

Well, we both know
we're not talking about fashion.

I have a show this evening
I must be prepared for.

That's on hold.

You have no reason for any of this.
Actually, I do.

Can you explain why one of your designs
showed up at my murder scene?

You are the police, you tell me.
Whatever you did...

...resulted in the death of two people.

And if I didn't do it,
my son would be dead also.

All right, what happened?

A few hours before my team and I
are to leave Tel Aviv, my wife calls.

Tells me that they have my son.

Ghovat kidnapped your child?

And then I was told to clear my shop
and wait for instructions.

And then he showed up.

Told me I had to smuggle something
into the States for him.

What was that something?

All I know is that it was in the dress.
That's it.

After we cleared U.S. Customs...

...I heard from my wife
that my son is returned to us.

All right, look, two people are dead because
of whatever you helped bring in the country.

Is there anything you can tell me
about it?


...I can show you the real dress.

That's it.
I always make two dresses.

I didn't tell him he took the wrong one.
That makes sense.

Dmitri shows up to get the dress
from Ghovat and finds out it's a fake.

They struggle.

Ghovat manages to make it out alive.

So why kill him and bring all that heat?
He's trying to salvage the deal...

...but can't if Dmitri is running around
telling everybody the technology is no good.

What do you think's on this thing?

Could be launch codes, covert ID,
the formula for a new Coke. Who knows?

But our technology guys will have
an answer for us by tomorrow morning.

Something that valuable, there's no way
Ghovat's gonna pack it up and go home.

I've got a thought.

Let's take our thread and go fishing.

How could you be so stupid?

Ghovat, please, you have to believe me.

I didn't know what you wanted me to do.
You didn't want me to know.

Where's the dress now?

It's gone. I sold it.

You sold the dress?

My dress?

Someone made an offer
ahead of the show.

He bought it for his fiancée.

How much did he pay?

Fifty thousand dollars.

Who did you sell it to?

How long will we have to keep this up?

Just long enough to get noticed.

You're doing great, Tara.
I'll be doing better once this is over.

That dress really does look fantastic
on you.

If only I could wear it on a runway.

There's nothing to say
you won't someday.

Can I get you a drink?

New watch?

Excuse me. Sir, this just arrived for you.

I recognize you from the party.

Who is this?
I saw you steal Dmitri's phone.

I was trying to eliminate the competition.

Guess it worked.

So you know what you have?
I know exactly what I got.

You paid $50,000 for the dress.
I'll give you 5 million.

My fiancée loves it so much,
how about we make it 10?

Do you know who you're talking to?
This is Steve, right?

I tried to be nice.
I tried to give you a choice.

Nothing on the phone. It's a burner.

You can pick up one of these
at any corner deli.

It's clean.

Agent Burke.
What's up?

We had two plainclothes taking Tara home.
Somebody got to them about half hour ago.

Got to them how?
Blasted the car to hell.

our guys were wearing vests.

What about Tara?
They grabbed her, got away clean.

I have your girl.
What's the dress worth to you now?

So now what?
You want the girl, I want the dress.

Trade? Where and when?

I'm not interested in meeting with you.

Then who?

Agent Peter Burke.

Why him?

Because it's really the FBI
that holds the dress.

Is he there now?

It's for you.
This is Burke.

I'm sure you heard everything earlier.

You want me to make the exchange.

That's right. I won't waste
my time telling you to come alone.

Just make sure to bring the real dress.

If it's not, are you gonna make me eat it?
That's funny.

Keep this phone on you.

You'll meet me
at the Central Park Band Shell...

...tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.

Plenty of time for you
to get your men into position.

You have to let me go to the
exchange. It's my fault Tara's in trouble.

I'm the one who paraded her
in that dress.

The best thing you can do is help me
figure out what Ghovat's game plan is.

He knows we'll have the place staked out.
Knows you're running your playbook.

I'm gonna toss the old,
come up with a new one.

No, you don't. That's the point.

See, he's counting on the FBI
to have a plan.

So we do nothing?
Roll with it.

Like you would?

If he expects you to have a plan,
don't have one.

Well, that's the worst idea ever.

Prepare all you can.
Just know it's gonna change.

What would you do?

I'd go home
and have dinner with my wife.

You meet this guy in Central Park.

And you give him the dress
and he gives you the girl.

That's about the size of it.

I'm glad you got into the White Collar Crime
Division where nothing exciting happens.

Heh, heh. Yeah, it's pretty dull stuff.

I got you another present.

Honey, not another one.
I'm enjoying my first one. Don't--

It's my old watch.

But I love my new one.

Come on, honey. It's big, it's clunky,
it moves around your wrist.

And I mean, it's beautiful,
but it's not you.

Take this.

I need you to be Agent Peter Burke

And this, this is you.

Besides, when all this is over with...

...I need you home at 6:00
right on the dot.

Thank you.

Ghovat wants the dress because
it's been tagged with a security device.

We cracked the thread this morning.

It's holding the holographic code
of the latest European currency seal.

We're using a counterfeit.
We're hoping he won't tell the difference.

But if he does, this could go south fast.

We're putting this girl's life at risk.

We could put the entire monetary system
of Europe at risk.

Guess who wins?

I'll be running point. Eyes in the air,
plain clothes on ground.

Cruz, Jones, you're with me.
Burke, you know what you gotta do.

Caffrey, put your hand down.

Put it down.
I'm just wondering where I'll be.

On a coffee run.
You're not even supposed to be here.

Any questions?

Then let's get into position.

Are we good to go?
We are good.

Okay, people. Let's do this.

Can I come in?

Get in here.

Close the door.

You're right on time.
I like to be punctual.

Well, that's one thing we have
in common.

I don't see you.
Of course you don't.

He's signaling us.


He's giving us Ghovat's phone number.
Get me a trace.

Yup, I'm on it.
Good, Peter.

How do I know you have the girl?

I wanna hear her voice.

Agent Burke?
Tara, are you okay?

Bethesda Fountain.

That's 300 yards.
You've got one minute.

If I see any of your agents
or unmarked vehicles move, the girl's dead.

Your time starts now.

Everyone stay where you are! Stay down!

Everybody, hold their positions.

We still got him on GPS, right?

Just stay down. Stay down. Stay there.

Standing down.

Go get the dress.

If you'll notice, Agent Burke, I've added
a little fashion accessory of my own...

...to our model friend here.

The belt is lined with plastique.
I dial a number here, and she goes boom.

Give her the dress.

Toss it.

Please don't try anything.

I have five bars and free long distance.

I can be far away
and still cause you pain.

Let him walk. Even if he's bluffing,
we can't take the chance.


Hey, is this Steve?
What's up, buddy? You never call.

Son of a bitch.

All right, keep calling. Jam his phone,
so he can't trigger the bomb.

Keep calling him.

Stay with Caffrey.
Everybody else, keep dialing.

Jam the phone. Jam the phone.

Keep calling him.

Hey. We're jamming his call.
Get the belt off of her.

Do it. Do it.
Hold still.

Damn it.

Hey, Steve.

Now what?

That was pretty damn charming.

That's it. Good.

Everybody, clear the area! Now!

Get down. Get down! Get down!

Wow. You're actually doing the hero thing.

They're gonna write songs about this.


You okay?

Area's contained.
Bomb squad's on the way.

I swept the leg. He went down.

He did? Excellent. You don't look dirty.

Yeah. Well, I know what I'm doing.

It was nice of your FBI friend
to give you this.


There's no sound.
Why are you shushing me?


Does she always wear her hair
parted that way?

Yeah. I'm way past that.

Wait. Her scarf is forming the letter M.

Thirteenth letter in the alphabet.
Thirteen is a prime.

Thanks, Rain Man.

Do you want my help, or--?
There it is.

How's your Morse code?


...double T, L-E.