White Collar (2009–2014): Season 1, Episode 7 - Free Fall - full transcript

Neal Caffrey has no alibi for the robbery from a Manhattan fashion house's safe of the world's largest pink diamond, which was replaced by a masked man resembling him with a synthetic one ...

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Why'd Neal run with three months left?
That's what we're wondering.

Well, we're not gonna catch Caffrey
using roadblocks and wanted posters.

Kate says adios to you at prison.
Then gets busy with her disappearing act.

Missed her by two days.

You can get me out of here.

There's case law.
I can be released into your custody.

GPS tracking anklet.
The new ones are tamperproof...

...never been skipped on.
Let me see it.

Forgeries you caught me on, I signed them.

Look at the seal under polarized light

Apparently, if a tree falls
in the forest, it does make a sound.

I may lose her again, Moz.

- Lose her? I just found her.
- So did he.

Kate! Kate!

So you know who has Kate?

He's FBI.

So the guy who has Kate is in the FBI?


This confirms everything.

Moz, take it easy.

If you lay with dogs,
you get up with fleas.

I could live
without the fortune-cookie commentary.

Now you understand my fear of the man.
You're back with us, my friend.

The fearful masses. Welcome back.

How many field offices does the FBI have?

Fifty-six, not including resident agencies.

Then I have a lot of suspects.
How do we draw him out?

We don't. It's his move.

Morning, Peter.
Where are you?

Well, within my 2-mile radius.

Where are you?
I'm at my dining room table.

Listen, we've got
a suspected jewelry heist.

I'm intrigued.
Meet me at 14th and 9th in 30.

That's Le Joyau Precieux.
I'm more intrigued.

The most expensive
clothing boutique in the city...

...of course you'd know it.
You're gonna love this.

So, what do I do?

How about you?
I suffer through another day of work.

And eat breakfast alone.

So, what happened at Le Joyau?

Don't know yet. They called this morning
and were a little light on the details.

I don't know what can be so valuable
at a clothing store.

Hopefully nothing to do with the promotion.
What promotion?

They're displaying
the world's most exotic pink diamond.

That might have something to do with it.

Well, this is something you don't see
every day, except maybe if you're you.

Hi. Agent Peter Burke.

It's like Buckingham Palace.

I've been to Buckingham Palace.
This is better.

Agent Burke?

This is a delicate situation.
I'd appreciate if we could keep this discreet.

Keep what discreet?
You were vague on your telephone call.

You're aware of this promotion?

A display of the most exotic
pink diamond in the world.

Forty-two carat Steinmetz Pink
set in platinum.

It may have been stolen.

Worried it's a forgery?

What makes you think it's a fake?
Follow me, please.

When I arrived this morning,
everything was as it should be.

We removed the necklace from the vault,
opened the show as planned.

When we were doing our mandatory review
of last night's security tapes...

...we saw this.

Saw what?

- That's your vault?
- Yes.

The necklace was stored there
for 10 hours...

...between its arrival last night
and the opening of the show this morning.

That's your first clue?
Why is the necklace still on the model?

It's opening day.
This is the promotional event of the year.

I don't care. You've got a masked man
entering your vault.

I'm shutting you down.

Okay, let's go. The store's closed.

There's nothing to see here.
What's going on?

You just became
a very beautiful crime scene.

have all the models wait over there.

Nobody leaves.

We're not positive it's a counterfeit.
Our appraiser's still on a plane.

If it turns out to be a mistake,
the money we would lose...

...not to mention our credibility, would be--
I've got my own appraiser.

Hello again.


Is it fake?
He's talking about the necklace, right?

It's beautiful work.
Thank you.

That answers that question.

I need a closer look.
Take it off her.

Trying to preserve crime scene.
It's preserved.

Thank you.


No. It's synthetic.

There's no such thing as a synthetic pink
of that size. It simply doesn't exist.

Pink is difficult to match.
It's achieved by using radiation...

...which creates an extremely fine occlusion
that's virtually impossible to detect...

...unless you're looking for it.

I don't know
how this could've happened.

No one knew when the necklace
was to arrive or where it was to be stored.

All right. I'm gonna need alibis
from everyone who worked here...

...and anybody who knew the diamonds
were in the vault.

What about our boy with the mask?
You have surveillance on how he got in?

Our security cameras only record what
happens on the floor and in the vault itself.

We don't record the hallways.

We have a back door
but the alarm was never triggered.

He must have tampered
with the system.

You think he hacked the alarm?
Hey. Hacked the alarm?

Possible if you could find
the camera's blind spots and sneak past.

Is that what you'd do?
It's one option.

I'm gonna confiscate
your surveillance video...

...the necklace--
We'll need you for questioning.

What's it like to be a model?
I bet it's fun.

Right? Walking around catwalks--

It's legit.

ERT's going over the alarm system
but this guy's a pro.

Think they'll find any prints?

You okay?

Who's that?
I don't know. Hughes doesn't look happy.

OPR's here.
That explains why.

Office of Professional Responsibility.

Police have Internal Affairs.
We have OPR.

Hughes wants you in the office.

Of course he does.

Agent Burke, this is Garrett Fowler.


Bad news travels fast.
Yes, it does.

As far as anyone knows,
he's here for a standard review.

Yeah, because that line always works.
Nobody's gonna buy that bridge today.

That's my file.
Yes, it is.

It's impressive work. I wanted to talk about
the case you're currently investigating.

The jewelry heist? Why?

The only people that knew that diamond
was gonna be placed in the vault...

...were a few key N.Y.P.D. brass.

And a handful of FBI agents.
You think it's an inside job.

And you already have a suspect,
don't you?

You know where Neal Caffrey
was last night?

Am I being interrogated here?
You're not.

This whole thing is a waste of time.

Caffrey didn't do it.
He wears an electronic anklet.

It records everywhere he goes.
Just pull it up.

Oh, we did that.

Some of the data's missing for last night.

Went dark for six hours.

That anklet can't be tampered with.

No, it can't, but evidently, the database
where the information is stored can be.

Someone wiped out
six hours of tracking data.

Then I suggest that you lurk around
the U.S. Marshal's office.

They're the people who monitor that.
Caffrey belongs to the bureau.

That makes him our problem.

Any leads?

This is a short list of suspects
capable of pulling this off.

The best ones are already incarcerated.
This guy is dead.

Okay. List just got shorter.

Adrian Tulane.
This is our prime suspect?

It's a top-notch forgery. Not many
people are capable of this kind of work.

What about you?

If I were legally allowed within 50 feet
of the right equipment, maybe.

Tulane's smart.

And a showman. Cameras don't scare him.
He has the facilities to pull this off.

It's got his signature all over it.
All right. Let's talk to him.

What is with you?
You're like a kid on a sugar high.

You don't understand. Tulane is a legend.
A legend? Don't oversell him.

It's like you meeting Eliot Ness.
Eliot Ne--?

Doing a puzzle with your girlfriend, huh?
That's a nice, wholesome family activity.

How can I help you, Agent...?

Burke, FBI. You're Tulane?

You know I am.

Yeah, I do.

I wanna ask you a few questions.
You familiar with--?

The diamond necklace
that was stolen from Joyau Precieux?

Yeah, that.

Whenever something like this happens,
I get a visit from someone like you.

That's why I try to be prepared.

You'll find plane tickets confirming
I arrived in the country this morning.

And you're gonna love the photos
from my trip to Madrid last week.

Anything else?

What's that supposed to be? A cloud?


I'll be in touch.

Stop grinning.
What? The guy is slick.

Well, let's hope he's guilty too.

Hey, man. Just curious.

The Uffizi job, did you...?

Right, right, right.

I love your alleged work. Big fan.

Oh, that was a bust.

Why disappointed?
This is the part you like.

Moving the pieces. Solving the puzzle.

I am moving the pieces.

What were you doing
the night of the heist?

Went over some case files.

That's it? Didn't hang out with anybody?

June? The short guy?
I don't have an alibi.

Look, I get it. Inside job,
diamond forgery, OPR's in town.

I'm sure I'm at the top of the list.

I am the list, aren't I?

Did you do it?
Come on, man.

Did you do it?
I didn't do it.

I'm telling you the truth, Peter.

Hey, looking for me?

Yeah. I need you to look into this.

It's forged bonds.
Some of Caffrey's old work.

I need you to look at them
under a polarized light for a signature.

Neal's signature?

When I arrested Caffrey the second time,
told me he signed the bonds.

Wanna know if that's true or he's bragging.

Is this related to our fake diamonds?

Let's hope it's not.

I appreciate the irony.

We're looking into them
and they're looking into you.

Tell me what you got.

I checked into Peter's boss, Hughes.

This guy's a legend.
Been with the FBI for 25 years.

They were forced to make him retire,
found a loophole, brought him back.


And I checked that Agent Ruiz
who handles organized crime...

...lots of skeletons there,
but I don't think he's smart enough.

Checked Jones.
Did you know his first name is Clinton?

Checked into Lauren.

You checked Lauren?
You said check everybody.

Then there's this guy from OPR, Fowler.
What about him?

Used to work Violent Crimes
for the bureau.

Wife was killed during a robbery
and he took a year leave.

Then he joined OPR
and his files were sealed.

Sealed? Interesting.

He showed up fast after this went down.

Have a ring?
No. No ring.

Tan line?

That doesn't mean it's not him.

I hope not.
OPR is like this giant sucking black hole.

Accountable only to the DOJ.
Department of Justice?

Well, the DOJ is just a euphemism...

...of course,
for the military industrial complex.

And big oil, right?
Goes without saying.

Um.... By the way, that necklace....


Did you--?
I didn't.

If you need a fence--

Oh, okay. Okay, got it.

I get it.

We can't figure how he stole it,
we can try grab him when he fences it.

It's a unique piece.
It's too hot for the market right now.

Brunei is an interesting angle
because the market there is less rigid.

Language barrier can be a challenge
because one time--

Neal Caffrey, you're under arrest.


We found that the signature NC
microprinted on the fake diamond...

...it matches the signature
on the counterfeit bonds he made. See?

That's good work, Agent Burke.

Let's go.

He's my responsibility.

Neal, you have the right to remain silent.

I didn't do this.

Remain silent. Please.

All right, let's go.

You let me down, Neal.
I let you down?

You told Fowler to look for my initials.

And you told me to look at your bonds
under a polarized light, remember?

Well, guess what. I did.
And, yeah, you signed them.

Think I'd be stupid enough to do that again?
I guess you were.

The thief is associated
with law enforcement.

Your anklet was tampered with.

You have no alibi.
And your initials are on that diamond.

What am I to think?
I was set up.

By who?
I'm working on that.

You're not helping things.

Agent Burke?

His lawyer's here.

He's a lawyer?
Check my University of Phoenix degree.

Go, Cardinals. Now if you don't mind,
I'd like to speak to my client alone.

I didn't let you down.

All right. Any problems?

None. This was genius.

I don't know
why we didn't think of this earlier.

And here the man is now. Agent Burke.

An excellent job yesterday.
Appreciate the cooperation.

You know, Caffrey was a great asset.
He did good work for us.

Yeah, maybe.
But don't forget he's a criminal. Good job.

Guys, I wanna pull out
the paperwork on 2B.

We have a problem.

Caffrey's lawyer just requested
every file the bureau has on him.

The judge ordered us to comply.

The judge actually raised his voice
to the prosecutor.

"Open discovery. Turn over every document
the government has on Caffrey."

They're sending a truck.
Did you follow Fowler?

Yup. Once the request went through,
he made a pit stop at a local Dumpster.

He shredded these.

Thank you, Moz. This is perfect.

Information on the judge?

He's got a private office not connected
to the federal building on Mott Street.

Moz, I need you to liquidate some assets.
I need money.

I want you to buy a bakery.

So all Tulane's information checks out.

He's eerily clean.
Of course he is.

What's Neal's lawyer been up to?
Not much. Legally, we can't follow him.

Attorney-client privileges.

So we have no idea what he's doing?

Well, we do know he made a large
real estate purchase in Neal's name.

What? He bought a bakery?

That's what it looks like.
Why buy a bakery?

We don't even know
where the thing is located.

We have a lease with a redacted address.

Attorney-client privileges.
Covers a lot of sins.

A bakery?



How's air conditioning
in the judge's office?

Hm. Broke down this morning.
All right.

Let's go to court.

- Hey, you.
- Oh, hey. You got my message.

I did. Thank you.

I wanted you to have a familiar face here.

Well, I'll take yours anytime.

So are you sure Neal did this?
Yeah, I am.

Of course, he says he was framed.
Maybe he was.

I wish it was true.

Hey, what's up?
Hi. So the arraignment's been moved.

Neal said he's gonna confess.

So I guess you were right.

Neal never confesses.

Important people were gonna be named
and he won't do it open court.

So they moved the proceedings.

Judge's chambers around the corner.

Honey, I'll call you later, okay?
Get ahold of Hughes.

Bailiff, would you open the window?

Oh, the heat is stifling in here.

Unfortunately, the air conditioning
is not working today.

Thank you. Please wait outside.

Per your request, Mr. Caffrey...

...the chambers have been cleared.
Thank you.

In accordance with that agreement,
you're prepared to give a full confession?

I am, Your Honor.

I'll admit I've done a lot of things in my life
I'm not proud of.

No. No, that's not true.
I'm proud of most of them.

But what I'm about to do today,
this is gonna be good.

Judge Hickman's office?
Fourth floor.

Thank you.


The son of a bitch bought that bakery.

I did not steal the diamond necklace
from Le Joyau Precieux.

I cleared these chambers...

...because you claimed to have sensitive
information vital to this case.

If you didn't steal the diamond,
then who did?

I'll let you know.


Somebody jumped out of a window
and ran into a van.

He's not in the van.

Get to the city planner's office.
Find out where these tunnels lead.

Caffrey escaped?

Yeah. He did a four-story swan dive
onto that awning of the bakery.

Who approved moving the arraignment?

Marshals guaranteed the security.
Never assume anything with Neal.

Been working my ass
keeping this kid straight and narrow.

He's been helping us win cases
until you came.

Don't put this on me--

Hey, hey, gentlemen.

Hey, let's focus on the problem here.
What do we know?

We stopped the van?
The only person in the van was the driver.

He claims he was hired
through an Internet posting.

Five hundred bucks to pick up the van,
park at this spot.

Van have floor panel that was removable?
How did you know?

Caffrey wasn't in there
for more than a few seconds.

He's gone underground.

Can we track his anklet?

They removed it when we arrested him.

Okay. Burke, find him again.

I'm not comfortable with Agent Burke.

I don't care
whether you're comfortable or not.

Burke knows Caffrey better than anyone.
Now get to work.

All right, Burke. What's your plan?

Set up road blocks.
Put up wanted posters.

To accommodate the location,
we'll have to keep the list at 200.

will you follow up on the caterer?

It should be beautiful, though.
To have 10 long tables of 20.

It'll be beautiful.
This is Yvonne.

It's for you.

On your personal phone?

Burke Premiere Events. This is Elizabeth.

Neal? I'll catch up with you guys.

How did you get this number?
Stupid question.

Half of law enforcement in North America's
looking for you, including my husband.

He'll find me soon enough.
I need your help.


You okay?
Still haven't found Neal.

We got a detail outside.
Yeah, I saw.

As if he'd be careless enough
to come here.

Where do you think he did go, El?

Is he in the kitchen?




All the places you could run,
you go to my wife?

Saying it like it's a bad thing.
You helped him sneak in?

Wouldn't have had to if
there weren't people sitting at our house.

You lied to the FBI.

Honey, I did not lie to the FBI.

There was just a lot of milk and cookies
and pleasant distracting conversation...

...while Neal slipped around back.

I love this. You've turned
my wife into an accomplice.

Give me one minute to explain.

One minute.

One minute.

Explain what you were thinking when you
did a free fall from the judge's chambers.

While I decide
if I drag you back in chains.

Does that minute start now?

Okay. I told you I was set up
by someone very close to you.

Couldn't tell because I thought
it was somebody in the FBI.

Now I'm positive it's Fowler.

Fowler? That's not--
I've got 52 seconds left.

Had a little free time on my hands
the past few days.

So I've been putting these together.

They're documents Fowler shredded
after I requested access to my files.

- Morning, Peter.
- Where are you?

Within my 2-mile radius.

Where are you?
I'm at my dining room table.

we've got a suspected jewelry heist.

I'm intrigued.
Meet me at 14th and 9th in 30.

That's Le Joyau Precieux.
I'm even more intrigued.

The most expensive boutique in the city,
of course you'd know it.

You're gonna love this.

I made that call from my home.

My God, they tapped my phone.
They didn't tap it.

That would require a court order.
Look at your phone.

It's a bug. Standard bureau issue.
Activates when you pick it up.

They've been inside my house.

They couldn't have had authorization.

Not within the window of the crime
and his suspicion.

Exactly. Fowler is dirty.

Peter, I have access to every file
the FBI has on me.

You had Jones process a request to look
at my initials on the bond forgery.

After you checked to see
if I was telling the truth...

...one other person checked it too.

Then my initials just happened to show up
on the pink diamond.

He's using you to get to me.

My minute's up.

Said I'd give a full confession.
So here it is.

I've been trying to find Kate.

Am I supposed to look surprised?


I talked to her, Peter.

I'm familiar with this photo.
But you haven't seen all of it.

She's being held by someone.

She's too scared to say who.
But after our Chinatown operation...

...Interpol told me the man who has Kate
is with the FBI.

You think it's Fowler?
I do now.

What's he want from you?

I don't know.

It could be anything.

Like what?

No. No, you'd have to arrest me.

I should be arresting you.
But you're not.

So give him what he wants.

If I do, there's no guarantee
I'll ever see her again.

We need to look into Fowler.

You're asking me to investigate OPR.

That's suicide.
He's already investigating you.

We'd have to go
behind the bureau's back.

Not if you clear me first.

It's what you do for a living, right?

All right.

I'll be in touch.

This is untraceable.

But if you need to get in touch with me--
Don't say another word.

Don't wanna know where you're going.
Plausible deniability?

Words to live by.


What's the latest?
We got conflicting intel.

I mean, we got reports of Caffrey
sighted everywhere from Jersey to Geneva.

He's covering his bases.
He stole them off the field.

You got a quick minute?

I just wanted to apologize, you know?

We want what's best for the bureau, right?
Of course.

Let me ask you a question.
Just hypothetically.

If you had to guess right now...

...where's Caffrey?

Probably trying to leave the country,
if he hasn't already.

Oh, you don't think he'd stay
in Manhattan?

Would there be a reason to?
I don't know.

Wanna make sure we're using our resources
as wisely as possible.

Like I said,
roadblocks and wanted posters.

That's how we catch him?
Good start.

If you don't mind, I gotta work.

Oh, yeah.

Do me a favor.
Yeah, what's up?

Keep an eye on this Fowler guy
and his goons.

I'm allowed to do that?
I'm authorizing you to.

Something isn't right.

Hey, my man.

How about you do me a favor?
What's that?

Get the photo of Caffrey
to Massachusetts P.D.

Something you can't handle yourself?
I'm just trying to work together.


Meet me at our jewelry store
in 20 minutes.

I didn't think
I was supposed to return to it.

Let's revisit it and figure out
how you allegedly pulled this all off.

Nice disguise, Jacko.

I never really liked this picture.

Oh, it's pretty good for a mug shot.

Better than my driver's license photo.
Which one? You have several.

All right, one crime at a time.

I wanna check out that vault.
Yeah. Well, I can't exactly walk in.

I'm gonna tell them you're in my custody,
you'll show me how you got in.

Peter, I'm starting to like you again.

Well, we're hanging out too much.

We assumed the thief went through
blind spots of the surveillance camera.

But Forensics says that the alarm
was never tampered with.

Well, that's not possible unless he--
He never left the vault.

This wasn't flickering
on the security tape.

No, it wasn't.

Come on.

It could be a misdirect. Here.


How did the FBI miss this?
We didn't.

Fowler had OPR
take over the investigation.

I'll be-- This is an old Prohibition tunnel.

Yeah, well,
someone found a new use for it.


I'll call in a team.
We'll start canvassing for witnesses.

We may not have to.

Oh. Who said Big Brother's a bad thing?


...I'm gonna need you to pull a video
off a surveillance camera.

Where's OPR?

I had Jones reassign them
to Penn Station.

Jones? How did he do that?
He does a pretty good Fowler.

All right, we're coming up to the place
where our masked man enters the vault.

Add a minute for him
to double back, cover his tracks.

Wait, wait, wait. Hold it right there.

Is that Tulane?

All right, play it at half speed.

That's gotta be Tulane.

Come on. Come on. Turn around.


Oh, I guess he never did go to Madrid.

I knew his plane tickets were fakes.

No, you didn't.

Guy steals 3.2 million in diamonds...

...and we get him
because he can't resist a pretty face.

Well, it happens to the best of us.

You know what.

No, I don't.
Yes, you do.

I see you got my page.

You had no business
helping Burke disappear.

Why would Agent Burke disappear?
You think he was being followed?

Wanna bring on a full OPR investigation?
Oh, no, sir.

Review every perp you slapped a cuff on.
Start with one in the conference room.

Adrian Tulane. Agent Burke arrested him
in connection with our jewelry heist.

I guess that clears Caffrey.

How did you know
which vault the diamond would be in?

Silence won't help you, but maybe I can.

Tell me everything and I can talk
to the prosecutor about immunity.

Why would you give me immunity?

Believe it or not, I don't think
you're the brains behind this operation.

Playing on my vanity.

Please, you have some video
that proves nothing.

Search warrant helped us find this...

...in a townhouse
of one of your puzzle girls.

I think that proves something.

Well, if you're asking for my expertise...

...I can tell you that a crime like this
often has a benefactor.

The entire operation, from delivery route
to exit strategy, is handed to someone.

Tell me something I don't know.

Men with privileged information...

...often hire people with certain skills
to do what they can't.

Of course, all of this is just hypothetical.

This conversation is not hypothetical.

Immunity for a name.

Oh, is he the prosecutor?
Immunity for a name.

I would if I could.

The more I learn,
the more I think this whole case is a setup.

A lot of that seems to be going around.

Make a little room.

I found this stuck on my home phone.
Thought you might've dropped it.

I'm not done with this investigation, Burke.
Neither am I.

I thought that a small celebration
would be appropriate.

You really shouldn't drink
champagne out of paper.

You will and you'll like it.
It's two-fold, really.

Yeah, you're off the hook.

Mm-hm. And our jobs are a lot easier
when you run with us, not from us.

Hear, hear.
I'll drink to that.

What about OPR?
They're gone for now.

Celebrate the victories,
however long they last.

I'll drink to that.
Mr. Caffrey?

There's a call for you on Line 2.
Oh, Mr. Caffrey, call on Line 2.

Probably my lawyer.
You should put him on retainer.

I'll expense it. Can I use your phone?
Go ahead.

Mr. Caffrey had a call on the phone.

Mozzie, I told you,
just sign the papers for me.

Neal? It's me.


He's close to you, Neal.

Look, I know who he is.
He's with the FBI.

Yes, just give him what he wants.

What does he want?

Tell me, Kate.

You can't trust anyone.


Oh, wow, no way.

Oh, hey.
I'm just going through these FBI files.

There is a terrifying amount
of information here.

How many shots from the knoll?
Let's take a look.

Did Elvis fake his own death?
Ask the mystery box.

What's wrong?
Kate called me.

And I can't help her.

She won't tell me where she is.
I have a theory.

Of course.

Look at this.

Fowler's ID number.

Over here, a local address. Note the dates.
This is from before the diamond heist.

Yeah. It's a hotel room.

It's not linked
to any operation I can find.

Now, if I was inclined to believe
in such things, I'd say it's worth a look.

Room 525.
Thanks, Moz.

Open the door, Fowler.


What are you doing here, Caffrey?
What's going on?

Who told you about this, huh?
How do you know about Mentor?


What do you think
is going on here?

You're busting my operation here.
No. No, where is Kate?


Kate! Kate--
Kate Monroe?

There's no Kate here, Neal.

Kate? You're losing it.

You were watching me,
before the jewelry heist.

I'm not in New York looking at you.

That's a lie.
You recorded my phone calls.

No, I didn't bug your phone, Neal.

Hello, Kate.

Hello, Peter.

We need to talk about Neal.