Quotes from White Collar Episode "Judgement Day"

Season 3, Episode 16 Air Date: February 21, 2012

Holloman: State your name for the record, please.
Caffrey: Neal George Caffrey.
Holloman: Mr. Caffrey, do you understand why you're sitting here today?
Caffrey: I do. The U.S. attorney has petitioned a Rule 35 motion on my behalf, which, if granted, would commute my sentence and set about my own recognizance. In essence, you want to know if I've earned my freedom.
Holloman: You've done your homework.
Caffrey: Yes, ma'am.
Holloman: You've already served two years of a four-year sentence under the supervision of Special Agent Peter Burke.
Caffrey: Yes, ma'am.
Holloman: While confined to a tracking anklet, you've helped Agent Burke clear an impressive 94% conviction rate.
Caffrey: We work well together.
Holloman: It would seem so. The recent arrest of Matthew Keller, one of the FBI's top 10 most wanted fugitives, the recovery of a priceless collection of artwork he stole. You are the poster boy for reform.
Caffrey: Who would have thought?
Holloman: You came into this legal system as a criminal. The question before this board today is 'have you changed'?
Caffrey: I believe I have.
Holloman: Over the next two days, we'll be interviewing some of your closest acquaintances and colleagues. Then we'll have you back to make a final statement, at which time Agent Burke will give his summary recommendation. Any questions?
Caffrey: No, ma'am. But may I say that the last two years of my life have been the best—
Holloman: You'll have time for all that two days from now.
Caffrey: Yes, ma'am.
Holloman: This is impressive, Mr. Caffrey. I hope the real you lives up to who you are on paper.
Caffrey: I hope to exceed your expectation.
Holloman: You're free to go.

Mozzie: "Free to go." Quite an inspiring turn of phrase.
Caffrey: Except "You're free to stay" might be more appropriate.
Mozzie: How's it looking?
Caffrey: Oh, flip a coin. Regardless of what the committee decides, this is my home now.
Mozzie: And I am right beside you.
Caffrey: Make a brand-new start of it in old New York.
Caffrey: Well, when you make that brand-new start, I've got a surprise.
Mozzie: What kind of surprise?
Caffrey: Oh, a huge one.
Mozzie: Makes Canis Majoris look like a night light. But I will say no more.
Caffrey: I'll ask no more.
Mozzie: Oh. There seems to be someone missing from your commutation witness list.
Caffrey: Yeah, sorry about that, but having a known felon speak for me doesn't qualify as a good character reference.
Mozzie: I am a felon, but I'm not known at least in bureaucratic circles.
Caffrey: I stand corrected. But I've already got plenty of people on my side. Elizabeth, June...Sara.
Mozzie: Really?
Caffrey: Yeah.
Mozzie: Good. What about the Demi-Suits?
Caffrey: Mm. Jones and Diana? Wild cards.
Mozzie: Oh, and the Suit himself?
Caffrey: Well, considering everything that's happened — with the treasure, with Keller — Peter could go either way.
Mozzie: Think he's decided?
Caffrey: I don't know.
Mozzie: Oh, hold on. Agent Kramer, the D.C. Art Crimes grand-père — he's speaking?
Caffrey: Kramer was supposed to submit a written report on behalf of the bureau. If he's speaking in person, that's more than a formality.
Mozzie: Well, what does that do to your chances?
Caffrey: Well, I can't imagine it improves them. You know what? Worst-case scenario, he says no, and I stay on the anklet with Peter.
Mozzie: Well, behind every worst-case scenario, there's a worse worst-case scenario.
Caffrey: Isn't there a child whose balloon you need to pop somewhere?
Mozzie: Oh. Yeah. Negativity, force of habit. I'm...sure it doesn't mean anything. Yeah. Nothing.

Caffrey: So, have you decided?
Burke: What I'm gonna say? Honestly... No. I haven't. So, what's so important you couldn't call?
Caffrey: Why is Kramer speaking at my hearing?
Burke: Don't let that put you on edge.
Caffrey: Peter, I'm staring at two cakes here. One celebrates my fate, the other seals it — I am on edge. Why is he here?
Burke: I don't know. For whatever reason, Kramer has decided to keep me out of the loop on this.
Caffrey: He's keeping you out?
Burke: Yeah. But I've got an inside man.

Kramer: Ha ha! Petey! How are you?
Burke: I'm good. Oh. It's an interesting place to set up shop. You sure you wouldn't be more comfortable in an office?
Kramer: Well, I don't want to intrude on someone else's house. And this lets me spread out. And this is the room where we find the truth.
Burke: That's how it's supposed to work.
Kramer: I need to stretch my legs. Walk with me. You've got something on your mind?
Burke: You're still pulling Neal's casework. Is there something going on I should know about?
Kramer: Matter of fact, there is. I'm worried about you, Pete.
Burke: You're worried?
Kramer: Yeah. The music box, Garrett Fowler, the u-boat. These 515s read more like Pulp Fiction than case summaries.
Burke: What are you saying?
Kramer: Well, you know what I'm saying. You're covering for him. Well, you're not?
Burke: It's complicated.
Kramer: Mm. If anyone gets it, I do. He's your friend.
Burke: He is, Phil.
Kramer: And I want to make sure he's not gonna hurt you.
Burke: You want him back behind bars?
Kramer: Oh, no, Pete. He's much too valuable for that.
Burke: Meaning?
Kramer: I want Neal working for me. In D.C.

Holloman: When did you first meet Neal Caffrey?
June: The day he was released from prison. They had sent him to this horrible little fleabag motel.
Holloman: And you had no qualms about taking in a convicted felon?
June: Absolutely not. Not Neal. You see, after my husband passed, I...I was living in this big, empty house. And...Neal changed all of that. I think of him as a blessing. Byron and I always wanted a son. [ Voice breaking ] I wish he was still alive... so that he could finally meet him.
Holloman: Miss Ellington, in your opinion, does Neal Caffrey deserve for his sentence to be commuted?
June: Of course. Yes. And you must let him go free.
Mozzie: How'd it go?
June: I nailed it.

Kramer: I wondered how long it would be before you came back to see me.
Burke: Philip. We need to talk.
Kramer: I suppose we do.
Burke: What do you have on Neal?
Kramer: Oh, that's not what this is about. Neal needs boundaries.
Burke: I know that.
Kramer: You do? I told you about my C.I. My "Neal."
Burke: Yeah. You were close.
Kramer: Oh, we were more than close. He was like a son. Hell, I thought I'd brought him all the way around, but he couldn't change who he was.
Burke: Well, you know, just because you slapped cuffs on your C.I. doesn't mean that I'll have to do the same to Neal.
Kramer: You know the story of the frog and the scorpion?
Burke: Mm-hmm.
Kramer: Neal's the scorpion. He can't help who he is. But he will sting you. And you'll both drown. In D.C., I can keep an eye on him.
Burke: What happens in two years, when he's a free man?
Kramer: Who's to say he will be?
Burke: That's what you're after. You want to use whatever you find to extend his sentence indefinitely.
Kramer: It's best for all concerned.
Burke: Phil—
Kramer: He gets to do what he's so damn good at, and he won't end up being locked away or worse.
Burke: I don't think he should go free.
Kramer: You mean that?
Burke: I do. Until this moment, I didn't, but no. Neal should not go free. In two years time, when his sentence is over, he's earned that right to decide his own life.
Kramer: Peter...
Burke: And until then, Neal's staying here, with me.

Sara: Kramer is going to subpoena my files? That means I was close to the Raphael.
Caffrey: Yes.
Sara: I knew it! You stole it!
Caffrey: Mm, you caught me.
Sara: Neal! This is so great! I've spent years looking for that painting. How close was I?
Caffrey: Kramer cracked a coded letter that I wrote in prison that includes a partial address of where I hid it.
Sara: So you think I have the other part?
Caffrey: I know you do.
Sara: Oh, my God. I was so close.
Caffrey: Yes, you were.
Sara: Mm. Well, we already paid out that claim years ago. You owe Sterling Bosch $15 million.
Caffrey: Shh, shh! If I stay out of prison, I will work it off.
Sara: So, a coded address in a prison letter, that seems kind of chancy.
Caffrey: Oh, I left off the zip code. And the address is on Main Street. You know how many Main Streets there are?
Sara: Probably thousands.
Caffrey: 19,364 — at the time.
Sara: So the address Kramer found means nothing.
Caffrey: Unless he gets his hands on that zip code.
Sara: Is this what you're looking for?
Caffrey: Yes, it is.
Sara: Roosevelt Island? I found this digging through a boozy courier's trash. I knew I shouldn't have given up this lead.
Caffrey: Is this the only copy?
Sara: No. We keep electronic copies of everything on the server.
Caffrey: So I can't just throw this one away.
Sara: No. And I've been locked out.

Holloman: Has your personal relationship with Mr. Caffrey influenced your testimony today?
Sara: Oh, yes. Most definitely.
Holloman: This isn't the first time you've testified regarding Mr. Caffrey, is it?
Sara: No. Six years ago, I testified against him.
Holloman: Yes. At the trial where he was convicted of forgery?
Sara: Yes. And I went after him with everything I had. I called him a liar and a thief and probably a sociopath, and I meant every word of it.
Holloman: So, what changed?
Sara: Neal did.

Caffrey: You look good. The same.
Helen: Oh, please. It's been nearly a decade and a half.
Caffrey: Yeah, it was my 18th birthday.
Helen: Yeah, I kind of ruined that one for you.
Caffrey: It was a hell of a thing for a kid to hear.
Helen: I saved this for you. You and your father.
Caffrey: Oh, my God.
Helen: You still have his eyes. Truth. Do you hate me for telling you what I did?
Caffrey: No. No, my mom told me he was dead. Said he died a hero, but you told me the truth. He was a dirty cop... and he's not dead.
Helen: You were gonna go and join the force. I told your mother, "The moment he sets foot in the Police Academy, he's gonna get an earful."
Caffrey: Truth. Was my father always corrupt?
Helen: We met when we became partners as first-year detectives. He was the best...then. The evil came after. But that's not why you're here.
Caffrey: No.

Helen: Here it is. Kept it safe. Didn't open it. It's postmarked the day before you were arrested.
Caffrey: Yeah. Kate never came to get it?
Helen: The pretty girl with the dark hair.
Caffrey: Yeah.
Helen: She did. Almost five years ago now.
Caffrey: But she didn't take it?
Helen: She changed her mind. Said she wanted you to have it.
Caffrey: What about my mom? Did you ever—
Helen: No. I haven't seen or heard from her — or your father — It's been years.
Helen: I have to admit I'm curious. What is in there that's so special?
Caffrey: Something I took trying to get back a life I lost, and it's been chasing me ever since.
Helen: Better not let it catch you.
Caffrey: Listen — coming here, I'm sorry. The FBI is gonna show up. They'll ask questions.
Helen: This island was getting a little small for me anyway. Now, go.
Caffrey: Thank you. For everything.

Elizabeth: Let me first say that Agent Burke and I have been married for 12 years. It's a partnership that's built on respect, admiration, and trust.
Holloman: And how is this relevant?
Elizabeth: Peter's relationship with Neal is based on the same elements.
Holloman: Your husband trusts Neal?
Elizabeth: He does. When it counts.
Holloman: When it counts?
Elizabeth: Well, Neal was a con man. I don't know if you'd want him dating your sister. Can I take that back?
Holloman: No.
Elizabeth: Listen — Peter and Neal together, they argue and bicker. But in the end — when it counts — Peter puts up with Neal because he's worth it.
Holloman: Should Mr. Caffrey's sentence be commuted?
Elizabeth: Yes.

Kramer: You gonna tell me what happened up there?
Burke: I tracked Neal to the island. I was bringing him back—
Kramer: Then where is he?
Burke: He'd be here with me now if you hadn't thrown a dozen guns at his face.
Kramer: This is my fault?
Burke: You box him in, he's gonna run. You have no idea how to handle him. I do.
Kramer: Clearly. Tell me, Pete. Neal have the painting on him?
Burke: Not that I saw.
Kramer: Are you handling him or becoming him?

Jones: Well, Caffrey understands people. You need space, he keeps to himself. You need to talk, he listens. You need a beer, he'll pour. Although he'll let you know he's slumming it.
Holloman: Do you support his commutation?
Jones: He's damn good at what he does, and I consider him a friend. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a convicted bond forger and prison escapee. I think he should finish out his two years with the bureau and be grateful that he's got the best damn deal I've ever seen.

Kramer: I'd say this moment was inevitable, wouldn't you, Neal? I knew you could be reasonable. I think you might take a real shine to D.C. after all.
Caffrey: Don't count on it.
Kramer: Ah, you do the honors, Pete.
Caffrey: I should have listened to you. I played right into his hands.
Burke: It's not over yet.
Kramer: Raphael's Saint George and the Dragon. A seminal work.
Sara: Excuse me. That painting is property of Sterling Bosch Insurance.
Kramer: Valiant effort, Ms. Ellis. This is evidence in a criminal investigation.
Winston Bosch: Investigation into what?
Kramer: Class "B" possession of stolen property. And you are?
Winston Bosch: Winston Bosch. This young lady works for me. I don't see anyone here with stolen property.
Kramer: This painting –
Sara: Belongs to Sterling Bosch. We hired Mr. Caffrey to authenticate it for us.
Kramer: The hell you did.
Winston Bosch: Yes. I did. Here. Mr. Caffrey is quite the art expert. He's even worked for the FBI as an authenticator.
Burke: I can attest to that.
Winston Bosch: And if he's good enough for you, he's good enough for me.
Kramer: You're part of this?
Winston Bosch: Well, Mr. Caffrey, what's your professional assessment of this piece?
Caffrey: Oh, that is definitely the real Raphael. I'd stake my reputation on it.
Winston Bosch: Excellent. And for your services — $1,200.
Burke: Sorry. Neal's not allowed to accept payment while he works for us.
Winston Bosch: Oh? Even better.
Sara: See you around, Caffrey.
Caffrey: See you around.
Burke: Why don't you head home? Get some rest. Got a big day tomorrow.
Caffrey: You gonna be okay?
Burke: I'll be fine. Go.
Kramer: You went behind my back, conspired to obstruct justice.
Burke: I could say you did the same.
Kramer: Wake up, Petey! Open your eyes! You're not his partner. You're his mark! This boy's run such a good confidence game, he's got you thinking that you've come out ahead in all this.
Burke: When did you stop putting faith in people?
Kramer: When they stopped deserving it. This isn't over yet, Pete. Not by a long shot.

Burke: Hey. How'd it go?
Caffrey: As well as it could go, I think. You know what the nice thing is?
Burke: Hmm?
Caffrey: It doesn't matter.
Burke: What do you mean?
Caffrey: Well, you're gonna go in there and say your piece, and the board's gonna make their decision. But with or without my anklet, come Monday morning, I'm gonna step off that elevator on the 21st floor and go to work.
Burke: You once told me you never lied to me and you never will. So I need to know something. The first time Kramer and I went after you for the Degas, how'd you switch the paintings?
Caffrey: I snuck up to the penthouse, pulled the swap, then base-jumped off the building and landed on Wall Street.
Burke: Fine. Don't tell me. I got to go in. That person you saw on Roosevelt Island — who was it?
Caffrey: When this is over, I'll tell you everything.
Burke: See you soon.

Burke: What is this?
Kramer: These marshals are here to take Neal Caffrey into custody when he returns.
Burke: For what?
Kramer: If you had only listened to me.
Burke: For what?
Kramer: Public endangerment. I've got a dozen eyewitnesses who saw Caffrey hop that tram. Combine that with evading arrest, obstruction of justice. Hell, I may even throw in a jaywalking charge for good measure.
Burke: We're not in the revenge business. Neal pissed you off, and now you want to hurt him.
Kramer: Just control him. Neal's got a lot of skeletons. I'll pick one, slap that anklet on him, and he'll work for me in D.C. permanently. You understand this is best for everyone, don't you? Don't you?
Burke: I have a statement to make.

Holloman: State your name and relationship to Neal Caffrey for the record, please.
Burke: Special Agent Peter Burke. I've been Neal Caffrey's handler at the Federal Bureau of Investigation since his release into our custody.
Holloman: You caught him?
Burke: Twice. And you should know, the last time I caught him, he was sitting alone in an empty apartment. He had nothing. No one.
Holloman: And now?
Burke: He has a life. A real life here. One that keeps him grounded and decent. As you've heard, there are many people who care about Neal, people who see him as more than just a criminal. He's frustrating, I'll admit. He drives me crazy on his best days. I don't always have to know where Neal is or what he's up to. But I do know that he has a good heart and a set of principles that weren't there six years ago when he was just another case file that got dropped on my desk.
Holloman: Do you think Mr. Caffrey is reformed?
Burke: As long as he's on that anklet, we'll never know. We can sit here until kingdom come and debate over who is Neal Caffrey. But as long as we keep him tethered, as long as we treat him like a criminal, he'll always think that he is one. Whether Neal is a citizen, a C.I., or a thief is a decision that needs to be put in his hands.
Holloman: Agent Burke, should Neal Caffrey's sentence be commuted?
Burke: Yes. I'm saying Neal should be free.
Diana: I'm sorry — this couldn't wait. Peter Caffrey's cut his anklet. Neal's gone.

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