Without a Trace

CBS (ended 2009)
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  • Without a Trace is a fast-paced procedural drama about the Missing Persons Squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The sole responsibility of the special task force is to find missing persons by applying advanced psychological profiling techniques to peel back the layers of the victims' lives and trace their whereabouts in an effort to discover whether they have been abducted, been murdered, committed suicide or simply run away. The team reconstructs a "Day of Disappearance" timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is. Senior agent Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) heads the dedicated team that knows too well that every second counts when someone vanishes. His squad includes Samantha Spade (Poppy Montgomery), an agent who doesn't let her good looks get in the way of being tough; Vivian Johnson (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a no-nonsense investigator; Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano), an intense and private agent; and Martin Fitzgerald (Eric Close), the newest member of the team, considered a lightweight by the squad because his only experience involves fighting white-collar crime. In six seasons, much has happened. Martin Fitzgerald is no longer considered the lightweight he once was, having earned the respect of the team through his solid work. Jack Malone has been through many ups and downs and now finds himself in a bad position following the mishandling of a case. Vivian Johnson has proven herself, and a new agent has been welcomed into the ranks -- Elena Delgado (Roselyn S├ínchez), a Hispanic female agent who came on in the program's fourth season as the squad faced ever-increasing demands on its time and resources. A former member of the NYPD, she is already known to Danny and their connection grows as the series progresses. Without a Trace aired Thursday nights on CBS from its premiere in 2002 until the 2006-2007 season. CBS moved it to Sunday nights for one season, before moving it back to its regular Thursday slot for season six. The program now airs in its new timeslot of Tuesdays at 10 P.M. Viewers can catch the seventh season of the program in this timeslot beginning September 23, 2008. Repeats of [i]Without a Trace[/i] also air regularly on TNT. The first and second seasons of the program have been released on DVD in the United States, with latter seasons available only in other markets.moreless

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  • S 7 : Ep 24


    Aired 5/19/09

  • S 7 : Ep 23


    Aired 5/12/09

  • S 7 : Ep 22


    Aired 5/5/09

  • S 7 : Ep 21


    Aired 4/28/09

  • S 7 : Ep 20

    Hard Landing

    Aired 4/14/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony LaPaglia

    Jack Malone

  • Roselyn Sanchez

    Elena Delgado (Seasons 4-7)

  • Poppy Montgomery

    Samantha Spade

  • Eric Close

    Martin Fitzgerald

  • Enrique Murciano

    Danny Taylor

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  • Quotes (416)

    • Samantha Spade: Why'd you leave the apartment the way you did, unlocked with everything on? Maggie Cartwright: I don't know. I honestly don't know. It was like I was in a dream or something. Jack Malone: You wanted to be found.

    • Samantha Spade: You think a fresh change of clothes will make up for a lost nights sleep? Jack Malone: If I looked as good as you in black I wouldn't need to change.

    • Jack Malone: Legat London get a lead on him? Vivian Johnson: They do now. I had to read them the Riot Act to get them to put down their fish and chips.

    • Samantha Spade: You don't go to Carmine's unless it's Valentine's Day or if you're going to propose. Jack Malone: How would you know?

    • Jack Malone: I was surprised your father didn't call me about you. Martin Fitzgerald: I asked him to stay out of it. I don't want any preferential treatment. Jack Malone: Good, because you're not getting any.

    • Danny Taylor: Two years working white collar in Seattle and he gets this assignment? Samantha Spade: Doesn't hurt to be Victor Fitzgerald's kid. Danny Taylor: No wonder he's smiling. Samantha Spade: Not a bad smile either.

    • (Commenting on the reactions of Maggie's boss, Ricardo.) Martin Fitzgerald: I think he's sleeping with her. The way he talks about her and she's climbing that corporate ladder pretty quick. Jack Malone: He may be in love with her, but he's not sleeping with her. Never even thought about it. (Martin shoots a questioning look at Jack) He's gay. Martin Fitzgerald: What, because he called her a 'fireball'? Jack Malone: No, 'cause he was checking you out.

    • Jack Malone: Hey, Frankie. How you doing? Frankie: Ah, bum knee, too much alimony ... Other than that, I'm peachy.

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    Notes (285)

    • Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer offered a role on the show to Enrique Murciano after the two previously worked together in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down.

    • Guest star Thom Barry (Frankie) went on to star on Cold Case, another CBS drama produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

    • Music: "Rally" by Tarmac

    • Original International Air Dates: Brazil, Latin America, and Spanish speaking countries: Wednesday, November 6, 2002

    • After each episode, a 15-second presentation will air, asking the public for help in finding a real-life missing person. The FBI will provide a picture and descriptive information about the missing person to be displayed with a voice-over message recorded by one of the series stars. The first presentation featured an alert for missing Georgia Tech student Joseph W. Morse whose disappearance was solved in July 2004.

    • The original title of the show was Vanished, but when CBS opted to pick it up the title was changed to Without a Trace.

    • The new set, that is introduced in this episode, and is used for the rest of the show is filmed on was designed for easy camera movement. It was designed, so that a camera could fluidly follow characters throughout the office, bullpen, hallways, etc. The entire set was custom built.

    • The end of the episode featured an alert for missing child Jahi Turner. His disappearance remains unsolved (more info).

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    Trivia (111)

    • Goof: The geography of the New York subway system is incorrect. First, there is no part of the subway system where consecutive stations are 57th street and 66th street -- the station south of 66th street is 59th street. Second, the station just before Yankee Stadium (from Manhattan) is underground.

    • Martin Fitzgerald is lactose intolerant.

    • Jack Malone moved around a lot as a kid because his father was in the military.

    • Samantha was briefly married for a few months when she was eighteen.

    • Goof: The sign for the restaurant that William works at clearly says Jim's Charbroiled Burgers, but later Samantha calls it Jim's Barbecue Burgers.

    • Goof: There are Thanksgiving decorations plainly visible in the restaurant and the foster home, but William's boss gives him time off to study for the regents, which are held in January and June, not November.

    • Goof: The Imam should not be available for questioning during prayer since it's his responsibility to lead the prayer.

    • Goof: In episode "Birthday Boy," Jack Malone says that his two daughters are 8 and 6, but he now says his younger daughter is only turning 6. However, she should be turning 7 in this episode.

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    Allusions (93)

    • The name of the character Samantha Spade is an homage to Samuel Spade, the main detective character of the 1920s novel The Maltese Falcon written by Dashiell Hammett. He was later immortalized in the 1941 film of the novel being played by Humphrey Bogart.

    • Samantha: Paul's still single and lives in Alphabet City. Alphabet City is part of Manhattan, in New York.

    • Frankie: We checked the hospitals, psych wards, morgues. No Maggie Cartwrights, and no 'Jane Does'. Jane Doe is a name typically assigned to unidentified females. It is the feminine version of the more well-known John Doe. Unidentified bodies brought into hospitals, psych wards and morgues are typically referred to as John Doe or Jane Doe until they are identified.

    • Danny: This would never have happened at Shea. Shea Stadium is located in Queens, New York, and the homefield for the Mets. It is named for New York attorney William A. Shea, although the original name proposed for the stadium was Flushing Meadows Park.

    • Vivian: It's so sad how bitter Mets fans are. The New York Mets are a professional major league baseball team based out of New York, formed in 1961.

    • (When discussing Mr. Muller's possible kidnapping partnership with his business partner, Jeff Blye) Jack: It's Frick and Frack now. According to World Wide Words, "Frick and Frack remains a fairly common [phrase] in North America for any two people who are closely linked in some way, especially through a work partnership." This term originally referred to two Swiss skaters who started a comedy routine in the 30's, and they took Frick and Frack as their stage names.

    • Title: "He Saw, She Saw" The title of this episode is a play on the phrase 'He Said, She Said'.

    • Samantha: Eve Cleary as J-Lo. Eve Cleary as Britney. Who the hell are we looking for? J-Lo is a reference to actress/singer Jennifer Lopez and Britney is a reference to singer Britney Spears.

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  • Fan Reviews (142)

    By KaylaHayman, Dec 15, 2012

  • Really Good.

    By gracielove, Nov 07, 2012

  • A good idea for a show...

    By emeraldcity, May 17, 2012

  • Well written, great actors, great stories...

    By T_VFan, Apr 07, 2012

  • Simply amazing! The best crime show on tv!

    By anacarina, Jun 16, 2008