Without a Trace

Season 7 Episode 8

Better Angels

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 25, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Samantha interviews the older man, the camera gives us a front view and she has her legs crossed; but when the camera pans out and gives us a side view, her legs are uncrossed.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: If Rob was feeling guilty, and went on a bender, I can't find any proof of it in his financial records.
      Jack: You know, it would be so much easier for us to solve cases if drug dealers would just accept credit cards.

    • Martin: Now, look, Mr. Liccardi, you may or may not have anything to do with Rob's disappearance, but one thing I know for sure - your company is in trouble. And the last thing you want in your life right now is the FBI.
      Liccardi: I may be able to help you in one aspect. This is where you'll find Dale Kinecki. He's working at the Trenton-Mercer Airport. I sent him there a couple of days ago to calm his ass down.
      Martin: You sure it wasn't to hide him?
      Liccardi: Well, I'd look pretty stupid giving him up to you now, wouldn't I?
      Martin: You said it.

    • Elena: Why didn't you say that to the cops that found you?
      Kinecki: They had bad manners.
      Elena: You know, you can go straight to the holding cell if you want to. You want to do that? Because if you're actually innocent, I think it's a better idea if you talk to me.

    • Vivian: One of the L.A. suspects claims that he found Rob's bag in the street.
      Elena: Just lying there?
      Vivian: That's what he says, who knows? Anyway, LAPD is going to focus their canvass in that area.
      Elena: All right. Well, that cop Rob was hunting down is being taken to Interview 1.
      Vivian: Maybe he'll tell us the truth.
      Elena: I love it when you get optimistic.

    • Jack: I have a feeling whoever took Rob, it wasn't the L.A. welcome wagon.

    • Martin: Yeah, but what's motivating this guy to come forward after 15 years?
      Danny: Guilt over the dead mechanic?
      Martin: Oh, come on.
      Danny: Look, I know it's very Psych 101, but … it's the best I got.

    • Jack: All right, which one do you want? Murdering father? Or kidnapping best friend?
      Sam: How about I take whoever's telling the truth?
      Jack: All right. Rock, paper, scissors.
      (A perturbed Sam just stares at him and gets out of the car)

    • Charlie Simms: Things got out of hand.
      Jack: Oh, you think? You only stabbed them 15 times.

    • (Jack leans over and kisses Sam)
      Sam: Umm …
      Jack: I really want this to work. I would like to be all the things that you need me to be … but there's a lot of stuff in my life that I need to clear up.

    • Jack: It scares the crap out of me. Every time somebody I care about relies on me, I just shut down.
      (Sam leans over, kisses Jack, and sighs)
      Sam: You can do anything that you set your mind to.
      Jack: That's just the sunstroke talking.
      (Sam laughs)
      Sam: No. No.
      Jack: What if I screw it up?
      Sam: You won't. You can't. You have to figure it out this time, Jack, because … your daughter's depending on you.
      Jack: And for you and your son?
      Sam: Yeah, there's that.

    • Sam: The most boring car the U.S. government can provide.
      Jack: Well, a convertible's no good for you. You get sunburn. Bad for your skin.
      Sam: Yeah, but good for our soul.
      Jack: Uh-huh.
      Sam: Where are we staying tonight?
      Jack: Some motel chain down by the airport. The paperwork's in the car. The room is reserved.
      Sam: Room-ah?
      Jack: Well, you know, with the government cut backs and everything … Kidding, kidding. Rooms-ah. Plural.
      Sam: Just checking.

    • Jack: LAPD. All roads lead back to La-La Land.
      Sam: Okay, so you're asking me to go to Los Angeles.
      Jack: I'm asking us to go to Los Angeles.
      Sam: Do you have any idea how that would look, Jack?
      Jack: Like two colleagues investigating a case.
      Sam: Two colleagues?
      Jack: I could invite some others if you want.
      Sam: No, you and me is fine.

    • Sam: I'm just saying that if we had GPS, we would have gotten here twenty minutes ago.
      Jack: What, men don't ask for directions? That is a cliché that is beneath you.
      Sam: (laughing) You got lost.
      Jack: If you say so.
      Sam: You got lost!

    • Jack: Uh, Samantha, umm...Are you, uh, doing anything tonight? (Samantha, looking confused, starts to reply) I thought that I would, um, you know, pick up some Chinese and come over and ...
      Sam: I told you my mom was in town all week to see the baby, right?
      Jack: Yes, you did. I've just been in denial about it.
      Sam: Rain check?
      Jack: Absolutely.

    • Sam: What are we doing here, Jack?
      Jack: We're, you know ...uh, standing here in L.A., waiting for somebody to tell us where to go.
      Sam: As a metaphor, that's fine; as an answer, it stinks.
      Jack: Then I would go with the metaphor.
      Sam: You didn't bring me 3,000 miles to drink bad coffee and wait around.
      Jack: Probably not.
      Sam: You know how I feel about you, right? How I've always felt about you. And the truth is, before I had a baby, it would've been fine for us to come here and have a … a good time. But our good time always ends up messy, and it's too hard to pick up the pieces.
      Jack: I'm not trying to make it hard.
      Sam: I need stability, consistency … I don't even it need it. My child needs it. (Jack's phone rings) Don't answer that. Look, two seconds, you can call them back. Lets finish this conv ...
      (Jack stares at Sam as he answers the phone. She looks away)
      Jack: Malone.

  • Notes

    • Music:
      "Falling Through" by Ray LaMontagne

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland: January 23, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 25, 2009 on TV Nova
      Australia: October 14, 2009 on Channel 9
      Turkey: October 26, 2009 on CNBC-e

  • Allusions