Episode guide - Season 3
31 ~ On Guard
7 June 2011 : 8 October 2012
Neal and Mozzie are furiously loading crates into a small plane, a wail of sirens growing louder as Peter and the collective might of the bureau bears down on them, hell-bent on making sure they don't take off...
But back up four days. Peter is unhappily subjecting Neal to hours of interrogation, looking for any piece of information that will link him to the warehouse explosion in the season 2 finale. What both Peter and Neal don't know is that it was Mozzie who created the explosion and stole the artwork, and who is now planning for he and Neal's ultimate getaway. And while the idea of a final score is just too appealing to turn down, Neal's inner conflict is evident.
Written by: Jeff Eastin ˇ Directed by: Russell Lee Fine
Ratings: 3.900 million viewers ˇ 2.6/4 in households ˇ 1.2 / 3 among adults 18-49
32 ~ Where There's Will
14 June 2011 : 15 October 2012
Neal and Peter are called in to help settle a dispute between two brothers arguing over the fortune of their very eccentric, astronomy-obsessed father. It seems the old man left his sons competing wills, but closer examination reveals that the two documents actually create the first in a series of clues that will lead to the real will. An inveterate puzzler, Peter is thrilled at the possibility of participating in a real life treasure hunt, but the brothers want nothing to do with what is simply another one of their father's crazy games. Peter is disappointed, until Neal points out that it couldn't possibly hurt if the two of them investigated the clues on their own.
At the same time, Mozzie and Neal continue to plan for their great escape. In order to add a little coin to their getaway coffers, Mozzie has lined up a buyer for one of the paintings. But when Neal learns that Peter has secretly called in an agent from the art crimes bureau in D.C., he worries that their movements may not be as under the radar as he had hoped.
Written by: Mark Goffman ˇ Directed by: Sanford Bookstaver
Ratings: 3.714 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.1 / ? among adults 18-49
33 ~ Deadline
21 June 2011 : 22 October 2012
The chess match between Neal and Peter deepens as Neal and Mozzie try to get their hands on the manifest from the Nazi submarine before it's delivered to Agent Melissa Matthews of Art Crimes. However, when their attempt to steal the list from Diana is thwarted by the arrival of her girlfriend, Christie, Neal considers a gentler approach.
Meanwhile, the team's latest case is a real handful: hard-driving journalist Helen Anderson is receiving death threats in connection with her latest story but won't accept FBI protection. The solution? Send Diana undercover as Helen's ambitious new assistant.
Written by: Alexandra McNally ˇ Directed by: Michael Smith
Ratings: 3.673 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.1 / ? among adults 18-49
34 ~ Dentist of Detroit
28 June 2011 : 29 October 2012
A sinister part of Mozzie's past rears its head when Edward De Luca, a major player in the Detroit mob, comes to town in search of a legendary criminal known as the Dentist of Detroit. Little does anyone know that this mythical crook is none other than Mozzie himself!
Of course, when Peter gets wind of this he immediately puts Mozzie into protective custody and, despite the little guy's protests, sends Neal to meet with De Luca as the Dentist's 'associate.' It turns out that De Luca wants The Dentist to run a familiar scam on the shady DA who sent his father to rot in prison. And just to make sure he has full cooperation, De Luca has threatened to kill one of The Dentist's known associates - Andrew Jeffries, the headmaster of Mozzie's old Detroit group home!
Written by: Channing Powell & Matt Negrete ˇ Directed by: Dennie Gordon
Ratings: 3.722 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.1 / ? among adults 18-49
35 ~ Veiled Threat
5 July 2011 : 5 November 2012
Sure, Peter Burke can ride a horse and handle a high-end sports car, but can he date? That's the question when he, Neal and Jones go undercover as millionaires in a bachelor auction to pursue Selena Thomas, a serial bride who seems to be marrying and killing rich men. Peter's a little rusty, but with some coaching from Elizabeth he catches the sexy Black Widow's attention. And with some fancy footwork on their date, Peter is able to plant a bug at Selena's house while avoiding her amorous advances. Yup, Peter's still got it.
Written by: Jim Campolongo ˇ Directed by: Paul Holahan
Ratings: 4.191 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.3 / ? among adults 18-49
36 ~ Scott Free
12 July 2011 : 12 November 2012
Peter interrupts Neal and Sara's romantic breakfast with a new case that's got him giddy. The FBI has been tracking a 20-year-old Robin Hood named Scott Rivers whose audacious acts and cocky attitude have the team comparing him to their own con-in-residence. Neal is dismissive at first, but when Scott slips through their fingers, even he has to admit the kid is pretty good. Good, but young and predictable.
Written by: Joe Henderson ˇ Directed by: Tricia Brock
Ratings: 3.839 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.2 / ? among adults 18-49
37 ~ Taking Account
19 July 2011 : 12 November 2012
Sara becomes one of thousands of New Yorkers to be left penniless when a cyber-thief takes control of the server at Manhattan Mutual Bank and siphons $125 million into a Swiss bank account. The evidence points to a legendary hacker named Vulture, but without jurisdiction in the banking world and street cred in the hacking world, Peter and the FBI are hamstrung.
At the same time, Sara's money woes prompt Neal to invite her to live with him-just for the time being, of course. But she, Neal and Mozzie soon hit on a quick way to solve the case: spend the thief out of hiding! With a little clever conning at Manhattan Mutual, the threesome takes control of the Swiss account and embarks on a lavish shopping spree that would draw out even the most agoraphobic of hackers.
Written by: Daniel Shattuck ˇ Directed by: Michael Smith
Ratings: 4.184 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.2 / ? among adults 18-49
38 ~ As You Were
26 July 2011 : 19 November 2012
After her heartbreaking discovery of the treasure cam Sara decides the best thing she can do is end her relationship with Neal. Sara says her tearful goodbye, leaving the con man conflicted and confused.
Neal's apartment isn't the only place where emotions are bubbling. When Jones's old Naval Academy buddy Jimmy sends intel pointing to conspiracy and murder at an international private security firm, it brings his wife - and Jones's former fiancee - Isabelle to the office, and stirs up old feelings inside the agent. Trying his best to stay focused, Jones zeroes in on the man pulling the strings: the company CEO, Commander Henry Van Horn. The team soon sets up a wiretap on the aggressive commander. But when they learn that Van Horn has had Jimmy kidnapped, the team must infiltrate the security firm before Jones's old friend is the next to be silenced in the cover-up.
Written by: Matt Negrete ˇ Directed by: David Straiton
Ratings: 3.889 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.2 / ? among adults 18-49
39 ~ On The Fence
2 August 2011 : 19 November 2012
With Mozzie growing increasingly anxious and Sara distancing herself, Neal tries his best to keep a lid on the secret of the treasure. But staying cool becomes a lot more complicated when Matthew Keller resurfaces. Word is that Neal's old nemesis is back in connection with an Egyptian amulet that has been smuggled into Manhattan, but Peter and Neal share the sneaking suspicion that only one thing would be worth enough for Keller to risk returning to New York: the treasure.
Hoping to finally bring Keller to justice and return the amulet to the Egyptian government, Neal has his old friend Hale set a meeting with Raquel LaRoque, a sexy Egyptologist rumored to have smuggled the ancient artifact into the country. Neal manages to gain Raquel's trust, but when Hale turns up dead, Peter and Neal worry that Keller is closing in.
Written by: Mark Goffman ˇ Directed by: Paul Holahan
Ratings: 3.712 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.3 / ? among adults 18-49
40 ~ Countdown
9 August 2011 : 26 November 2012
With the Degas exposed, his partnership with Mozzie fracturing, and Keller still at large, Neal scrambles to stop his house of cards from falling down. But things go from bad to worse with the arrival of Agent Philip Kramer, head of the D.C. Art Crimes Unit and Peter's mentor. Just as Neal feared, the Degas has popped up on the FBI's radar, and with his old teacher on hand, Peter is laser-focused on finding the missing painting.
Now, under more scrutiny than ever, Neal must walk a thin line while he and Mozzie attempt damage control. They manage to throw Peter off the scent for the time being, but with the Feds slowly closing in, Mozzie decides he's waited long enough. Mozzie gives Neal an ultimatum - leave with him, and the treasure, in 48 hours, or stay in Manhattan with Peter. Time to choose a side.
Story by: Jeff Eastin & Channing Powell ˇ Teleplay by: Jeff Eastin ˇ Directed by: John Kretchmer
Ratings: 4.298 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.5 / ? among adults 18-49
41 ~ Checkmate
17 January 2012 : 26 November 2012
With Elizabeth abducted by Keller and Peter barely restraining himself from going berserk, Neal is finally faced with the devastating consequences of his double-dealing. Anguished, Neal promises to do everything in his power to bring Elizabeth back, even if it means handing over the treasure to his bitter rival. Problem is, Mozzie has the treasure, and after their painful parting of ways, he won't be an easy man to find.
Thankfully, when Mozzie gets wind of the situation, he rushes back to lend a hand. However, the contemplative con man rightfully reasons that giving the treasure to Keller will only be signing Elizabeth's death sentence. Peter's only hope of seeing his wife alive again will be to stall Keller and give the FBI enough time to find her.
Story by: Joe Henderson & Alexandra McNally ˇ Teleplay by: Joe Henderson ˇ Directed by: John Kretchmer
Ratings: 3.225 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.1 / ? among adults 18-49
42 ~ Upper West Side Story
24 January 2012 : 3 December 2012
With his commutation hearing looming, Neal looks for a way back into Peter's good graces. Not quite ready to forgive and forget, Peter suggests that if Neal is serious, the best thing he can do is focus on work.
Luckily for the contrite conman, a new case has landed in their lap, courtesy of Evan Leary, a bright young scholarship student at Manhattan Preparatory Academy. It seems that Andy Woods, the financier overseeing Manhattan Prep's endowment, may be embezzling from the school. Posing as a wealthy parent with Neal along as his assistant, Peter makes a visit to the prestigious private academy. Woods is accommodating at first, but when Peter's questions cut too deep, the shady financier decides a little intimidation is in order.
Written by: Alexandra McNally & Jim Campolongo ˇ Directed by: Russell Lee Fine
Ratings: 3.472 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.1 / ? among adults 18-49
43 ~ Neighborhood Watch
31 January 2012 : 3 December 2012
When Peter leaves some surveillance equipment lying around, Elizabeth overhears a conversation that leads her to believe that their new neighbor, Ben Ryan, is planning a heist. Elizabeth warns Peter, but when nothing comes of the tip, the concerned FBI agent worries that his wife may still be shaken up from her run in with Keller.
But Elizabeth won't be pitied, and she won't be denied. Determined to get to the bottom of things, she turns to two people who know a little something about illegal activity: Mozzie and Neal. The threesome soon finds evidence that confirms her suspicions, and after an awkward dinner date with Ben and his wife ends with Elizabeth sneaking around the Ryan home, Peter finally agrees to look into their new neighbor. Sure enough, Peter's investigation pulls up a rap sheet that includes a recent stint in prison for armed robbery, and thanks to Elizabeth's poking around, they have an idea of his next target.
Written by: Jeff F. King ˇ Directed by: Andrew McCarthy
Ratings: 3.042 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 1.0 / ? among adults 18-49
44 ~ Pulling Strings
7 February 2012 : 10 December 2012
With Elizabeth's parents coming to town for her birthday, Peter has a little surprise to keep Neal busy for the weekend: the energetic con will be lending his considerable talents to his ex-girlfriend, Sara Ellis. It seems that a Stradivarius violin has been stolen from the symphony, and Sara's main suspect is her boss, Bryan McKenzie - who, as it happens, was once Sara's fiancé. Sara and Neal quickly make some headway, but when Sara uses her old relationship to gain an inside track with Bryan, Neal can't help but feel a little jealous.
Back at the office, Agent Kramer arrives to do some due diligence before Neal's commutation hearing. Peter's former mentor assures Neal that his appearance will just be a formality, but Kramer's questions start to give the impression that he has something else up his sleeve.
Written by: Channing Powell ˇ Directed by: Anton Cropper
Ratings: 2.469 million viewers ˇ - in households ˇ 0.8 / ? among adults 18-49
45 ~ Stealing Home
21 February 20121 : 10 December 2012
With the commutation hearing only a week away, the arrival of legendary con man Gordon Taylor stirs up fresh doubt about Neal's judgment. It seems that Taylor is in town on a contract job to hit Yankee stadium, and the renowned thief is considering Neal as a possible point man. Normally, Peter would jump at the chance to have a man inside, but Neal's excitement at the prospect of working with Taylor has the anxious agent contemplating whether his longtime CI is really ready to choose between his past and his future.
Of course, Peter isn't the only one dwelling on priorities. With Agent Kramer asking questions around the office, both Diana and Jones are considering just where, exactly, their loyalties lie, especially when it appears that Kramer may be keeping things from Peter. At the same time, talk of the upcoming hearing spurs Sara to assess what lies ahead for she and Neal.
Story by: Mark Goffman & Jim Campolongo ˇ Teleplay by: Mark Goffman ˇ Directed by: Tim DeKay
Ratings: 2.313 million viewers ˇ in households ˇ 0.7 / - among adults 18-49
46 ~ Judgement Day
28 February 2012 : 17 December 2012
The day of Neal's commutation hearing has finally arrived, but while Neal and his friends and colleagues are slowly called before the commutation panel, Peter must deal with a disturbing new development. It seems that for all his digging into old files, Agent Kramer isn't looking to put Neal back behind bars; he wants Neal with him in D.C., permanently. And to Peter's dismay, his old mentor has turned up information regarding Sara's missing Raphael painting that may be enough to extend Neal's sentence indefinitely. All Kramer needs is a final piece of evidence from Sara's files.
However, unbeknownst to either of them, Neal has overheard everything. Trying to stay a step ahead, Neal admits the truth to Sara in the hope that she can slow Kramer down. Unfortunately, Kramer is closer than Neal realises, and when Sara is caught off guard, she lies to the agent in a desperate play to buy time.
Written by: Jeff Eastin ˇ Directed by: Russell Lee Fine
Ratings: 2.547 million viewers ˇ in households ˇ 0.7 / - among adults 18-49