"Home Invasion" Episode Guide

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Season 1, Episode 11 Air Date: February 9, 2010

The FBI investigates a murder and a mysterious coded list and Neal catches up with Alex Hunter, an old friend who might know something about the music box, but isn't too keen on Neal's connection with the FBI. For more information check out Quotes from "Home Invasion" or "Home Invasion" Nitpicks.


“This doesn't really fall within my area of expertise, Peter. Murder isn't an intellectual pursuit. And I'm not a dead guy kind of guy, so I'm gonna go.” – Neal Caffrey

Highlights

The Con

Neal and Alex pickpocket a man's wallet.

Interesting Facts

One of the hotels Cruz mentions to Peter is the "Thompson Hotel." A Thompson Hotel was used for various shooting scenes in All In. A different Thompson Hotel was the shooting location for Peter and Kate's hotel meeting at the end of Free Fall.

Neal mentions Rohan's cipher. Chevalier de Rohan was imprisoned in the 1670s for conspiring to betray his fort to the Dutch. The only evidence against him was his accomplice, Trouaumont, who lay dying in prison. If Trouaumont confessed, Rohan would be convicted of treason and executed. Shortly before his trial, Rohan was sent a bundle of clothing with a short message hidden in it. Rohan spent 24 hours trying to decipher it, but he couldn't. So, he made a full confession. Had he deciphered the message, he would have known that his friend had died without betraying him. The problem with the message (which in French read "Le prisonnier est mort; il n'a rien dit." or The prisoner is dead. He said nothing.) was that it was too short for the random substitution used to decode it.

The address listed on Pierce Spelman's driver's license is "333 Water Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V1B 9G6." The address is actually an alleyway and the postal code does not exist.

Elizabeth Burke and Mozzie do not appear in this episode.

Character Information

The Bad Guy

Pierce Spelman kills Christopher Gray when he discovers her robbing his place. She seduced and drugged three other men to get the jade elephant statues. She then kidnaps Neal and forces him to take her to the other two statues.

Kate Clues

Alex has a piece of the music box that she claims a fence gave to her. She learns where the music box is, but won't tell Neal as long as he's working for the FBI.

References

Allusions

"Walk me through it, Sherlock."

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Neal calls Peter this when they are at the murder scene.

"Peter, mi casa es su casa."

M i casa es su casa is Spanish for "My house is your house."

Bernie Madoff

"Okay, every now and again, they go after some Madoff-type guy and ask me how he did it."

Bernie Madoff ran one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history. He defrauded investors out of at least $36 billion dollars, of which only $18 billion has been recovered.

"He uses a Boaz Vaadia bust as a hat rack."

Boaz Vaadia is an American/Israeli figurative art sculptor known for working with bluestone slate.

"Maybe it's my sword! It's a Go Yoshohiro. Japanese. Thirteenth century."

Go Yoshohiro is one of the most famous swordsmiths. He died in 1325.

"Let's go, Moriarty."

Professor James Moriarty is the primary villain for Sherlock Holmes. Peter calls Neal this when he is resisting searching Dan's place for clues.

"I'll have Ketel One on the rocks, please."

Ketel One is a special vodka made at the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, Netherlands.

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Credits

Writer:Channing Powell Director:Ken Girotti
Regulars Guest Stars
Neal Caffrey
Peter Burke
Elizabeth Burke
Mozzie
Clinton Jones
Lauren Cruz
June
Reese Hughes
Matt Bomer
Tim DeKay
Tiffani Thiessen
Willie Garrison
Sharif Atkins
Natalie Morales
Diahann Carroll
James Rebhorn
Alexandra Hunter
Pierce Spelman
Dan Picah
Daichi Yoshida
Meat Packing Guy
Male Pedestrian
SWAT Leader
Featured Girl
Business woman
Gloria Votsis
Sarah Carter
Ivan Martin
Doug Yasuda
Mike Massimino
Mat Hostetler
Garrett Lee Hendricks
Adriene Couvillion
Faye Yvette McQueen

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