Without a Trace

Season 5 Episode 4

All for One

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 15, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team investigates when Malia Norton, a teenager at a detention center, disappears after being threatened by one of the other residents. Malia had been involved in a drinking and driving accident that had seriously injured her sister's boyfriend and killed another young man. The investigation at the detention center uncovers a lot of secrets that some of the residents would prefer to keep well hidden.moreless

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  • Troubled teen targeted!

    A troubled teen in a detention center goes missing and

    That there are secrets that the center wants to keep

    Private from the feds. As the feds realized that the young teen missing, is being attacked after she ran over someone and now that person whom she ran over wants to pay for what she did. Trying to kill her. Great show.
  • Without A Trace is no accident

    You know a show is great when Jack Malone becomes emotional. His response in this episode to the guard\'s denial of any involvement with the prostitue ring was brilliant. I love it when you cannot tell that someone is acting, it was that good. I found in this episode that the flashback scenes were lengthy, and although this can detract from the performances of the main cast, the flashbacks were so well done, and quite emotional themselves that it didn\'t matter. There is a reason why CBS put this on prime time Sunday night, this was this season's, and perhaps this show's best episode.moreless
  • A troubled teen is not what she seems.

    On other boards people weren't too fond of this epi, but I liked it. I thought it had a nice twist that the so-called "perfect" sister was actually the real criminal and the "bad" sister who took the blame for the car accident only did so because she didn't want the "perfect" sister to ruin her life. Seeing all of the abuse the "bad" sister took that she didn't deserve was heart wrenching. The storyline reminded me vaguely of that movie Brokedown Palace, how Claire Danes character admitted to the charges so that her friend could get out of prison and get back to the states. Martin looked like he really took the "perfect" sister's drug use/destruction to heart.moreless
  • Real moral muscle; but pulls up short.

    It may sound hackneyed – one sister taking the rap for her

    elder sibling's crime – but Katie Walder and Hallee Hirsch make Clare and Malia so convincing that you'll never suspect Malia isn't the guilty sister. Even Jack admits "I didn't see that coming."

    It's a twist that gives the episode moral depth, with Clare's proxy, the ill-disciplined Malia, finding redemption through her vicarious punishment, even as guilt-stricken Clare succumbs to despair and drug addiction. That it's Clare's boyfriend—rather than Clare—who betrays Malia, and that Malia is found alive not dead (or brain damaged), is where the episode pulls its punches. But those quibbles aside it's a competent dissection of sacrifice, redemption and the burden of guilt.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Martin stated that everyone was in their assigned seat at the time of the note-passing, but the seating plan shows Malia's seat to be second from the front in the left row. However, every shot of the classroom shows Malia seated at the front of the room in the left row.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Doug Barry: I thought she was still in juvie serving her sister's time.
      Jack Malone (confused): What are you talking about?
      Doug Barry: Malia should've never got locked up. She wasn't the one driving when they wrecked that car.
      Jack Malone: I didn't see that one coming.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Doug Berry: Malia went all Aeon Flux on me.

      This is a reference to the 2005 film Aeon Flux in which the title character is female secret agent/assassin in a dystopian society.