"Book of Hours" Episode Guide

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Season 1, Episode 3 Air Date: November 6, 2009

A New York mobster enlists the help of the FBI to recover a precious stolen Bible—a mission that tests Neal's loyalties with the FBI. For more information, check out "Book of Hours" Recap, "Book of Hours" Quotes or "Book of Hours" Nitpicks.


“First they're sending me back to prison, tomorrow they're giving me a quarter million tax payer dollars in an off shore account.” – Neal Caffrey

Highlights

The Cons

Mozzie poses as an FBI agent to gain access to a crime scene.

Neal cons Maria into thinking he wants to buy the book.

Interesting Facts

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about one-fifth of the adult homeless population are veterans, although only 8 percent of people in the United States can claim veteran status. That means every night 107,000 men and women who served their country don't have a decent roof over their heads.

Neal and Mozzie suggest that people don't like to steal religious artifacts because of that pesky 8th commandment. In actuality, the Bible is one of the most stolen books from bookstores. Also topping the list is "Howl" by Alan Ginsberg (which Mozzie quotes from in the pilot).

Character Information

The Bad Guys

Maria Fiametta is an art historian and a professor at Brooklyn State. She wrote a book about the black market, Sicilian grave robbers, Egyptian smugglers, and Siberian mobsters. She's never been married because of her devotion to her work. She claims she was chased by the Carabinieri, drug cartels in Bogota. She admits to murdering her accomplice Paul Ignazio and is caught with the stolen Healing Bible in her possession.

Paul Ignazio was Barelli's number two and his nephew. He convinced Steve to steal the bible and give it to him. He was later killed by Maria Fiametta.

Kate Clues

A map of the New York City subway left by Kate using lemon juice is discovered on the label of the wine bottle.

References

Allusions

"This bible, it's not just some book that the Gideons leave on the night stand."

The Gideons is an evangelical Christian organization dedicated to distributing copies of the Bible. Since 1908, they have disturbed close to 1.5 billion bibles around the world.

"The Lord sees all.

From Psalms 33:13 of the Bible. The original says "From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind."

"The bible belonged to the church of Saint Camillus De Lellis in Naples."

Although the church referenced is fictional, Camillus De Lellis was an Italian monk, born in Naples, who founded a religious order. Interestingly, Camillus is the patron saint against gambling.

"All right, look, when they dug up King Tut, everyone made such a big deal out of the curse of the pharaoh."

The belief that King Tut's tomb is cursed began shortly after the tomb was discovered when Lord Carnarvon, a British sponsor of archaeology in Egypt, died shortly after attending the tomb's opening.

"Yeah, two dozen people who entered the tomb ended up dead."

Actually, everyone associated with the King Tut's tomb died (eventually). The 25 Westerners present when the tomb was open lived an average of 21 years after the opening, as compared to 29 years for people who were not present. But that still meant they lived to the ripe old age of 70.

1918 Spanish Flu

The 1918 flu pandemic (the Spanish Flu) was an influenza pandemic that spread widely across the world. It lasted from lasted from March 1918 to June 1920 and killed between 50 to 100 million people worldwide. (Editor's note: Twilight fans might recognize this as the same pandemic that afflicted Edward and caused Carlisle to change him into a vampire.)

"Nah, that makes them valuable, but not like a Picasso."

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish-born painter and sculptor who lived most of his adult life in France. He s one of the best-known figures in twentieth century art.

"He works in mysterious ways."

An early use of this expression can be seen in a verse of an 18th century poem by William Cowper: "God works in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform; / He plants His footsteps in the sea / And rides upon the storm."

"That pesky eighth commandment."

Referring to the Ten Commandments listed in the Bible. The eighth is "Thou shall not steal."

"Was this just an exercise in Schadenfreude?"

Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of other. s

star trek lunchbox

"An original Star Trek dome lunch box..."

The 1968 Star Trek dome lunch box actually sells for between $350 to $550 online.

"I don't care if you're Thomas Jefferson."

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States.

"A regular Cindiana Jones?"

Burke is making a word-play joke in describing a female Indiana Jones, who is one of the most popular archaeologist, treasure hunter, and adventurer in film history. The character was played by Harrison Ford in the movie franchise.

vinland map

"I have to ask is it true that the Vinland map is yours?"

The Vinland Map claims to be a 15th century mappa mundi with unique information about Norse exploration of America. Its authenticity has been a source of controversy since it was revealed in 1956.

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Credits

Writer:Tom Garrigus Director:John T. Kretchmer
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Mozzie
Clinton Jones
Lauren Cruz
Reese Hughes
Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Natalie Morales
James Rebhorn
Kate
Maria Fiametta
Burrelli
Ruiz
Father D'Allesio
Steve
Paul Ignazio
Officer Dixon
Smith
Alexandra Daddario
Callie Thorne
John Ventimiglia
Kirk Acevedo
Aaron Lazar
Duane McLaughlin
Frank Fortunato
James Andrew O'Connor
Jim Coope

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