Without a Trace

Season 5 Episode 2


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 01, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Cindy Peterson, a mother who had become a stripper to support her family, goes missing after work one night, and Jack sends Elena in undercover at the strip club to learn what she can. Danny moves in to keep an eye on her after someone catches on to her spying, while Vivian discovers that Jim Peterson hasn't been completely honest with them. Jack faces censure from Olczyk over his relationship with Ann, and is angry with Ann after she admits to him that she thinks he let their relationship cloud his judgment in the Davis investigation.moreless

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  • Stripper Mom and Stripper Elena

    I didn't particulary like this episode. "Without a Trace" has better story lines.

    A mother who has to work as a stripper is a sad story unless she wants to do it BUT I did like the fact Danny and Elena turn things up! LOL!

    I have always liked the couple and the sexual tension now is really ON!
  • Jack gets in trouble and Elena strips

    Could have been a much better episode. Danny and Elena getting it on was funny. He has been in love with her since she first came on. The story was sad in that she died because she didn't have enough money on her to satisfy a junkie. Hate the fact that Jack is in a relationship with that woman.
  • Wife/Mother by day....Hot MAMA by night!

    I missed the season opener. I'll have to check CBS/Innertube to see if it's still available to watch.

    I have to admit that I missed probably 1/2 the episodes from last season. I can't believe this is the 5th season of WaT!

    This was another great episode. Cindy is a wife and mother by day but since her husband spent all their money on a business that ultimately was failing, she was forced to become a stripper named Candy so they could pay the bills. She was obviously very good at it because she made a lot of money and her so called "friend" (who worked with her) kept borrowing money for her boyfriend Kyle. This led them to kidnap Cindy and force her to lend them money she just didn't have anymore (she had paid $14k in credit cards already) and eventually, Kyle shoots and kills Cindy. I was sorry the ending had to be grim especially because she had a son. She was trying to help the family get back on its feet because of her husband's mistake and it cost her her life. I don't want it to sound like it was the husband's fault because opening their own business is a great idea but you gotta know what you're getting into....anyway, he couldn't have forseen the disaster that the business would bring so I wouldn't fault him for the events. Still, Noah is left without a mother. It was sad.moreless
  • Strip clubs can be very scary!

    Strip clubs can be very scary when a mother who becomes one in order to support her family disappears into the night.

    Elena becomes one in order to go under cover but when her cover is about to be blown, Danny then goes under cover to make sure that things run smoothly. Sexual tension arises between the two "enemies!"

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Elena is in the strip club changing room, we see her peel off the tape with "Candy" written on it off the locker and throw it in the trash. Seconds later, there's a flashback of Candy in the changing room, and the tape is back.

    • Goof: When Vivian is sitting with the husband and receives a text message from Danny -- it rings. However, when she flips open the phone to read the text message, the phone is set on silent and vibrate.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Olczyk: And exactly how long had you and Agent Cassidy been dating at the time of this incident?
      Jack: Six months.
      Olczyk: Did, ah, all the members of your squad know about this relationship?
      Jack: We weren't hiding it.
      Olczyk: I didn't know.
      Jack: We didn't send out a bulletin. We weren't hiding it. What's this got to do with anything?
      Olczyk: The suspect disarmed you, shot up the FBI and took your girlfriend as a hostage. You didn't inform me about this relationship. You continued to lead the investigation and you eventually shot and killed the suspect in question.
      Jack: Look, I didn't shoot the guy because he had my girlfriend hostage. I shot him because he was pointing a gun at me.
      Olczyk: If you had told me about the relationship, you wouldn't have taken the shot and we wouldn't be having this situation.
      Jack: It was a good shoot.
      Olczyk: I want you to take responsibility, Jack, for a critical lapse in judgment.
      Jack: How 'bout if I offer to replace all the glass in the office?

    • Samantha Spade (referring to Danny's outfit): Whoa, hey! Someone forget to give me the Casual Tuesdays memo?
      Danny Taylor: No, I'm going to the club. Undercover.
      Samantha Spade: Uh oh.
      Jack Malone: They make those jackets for men? (Sam laughs)

    • Samantha Spade: Okay, tiger, put your lips away.

    • Vivian Johnson: Now don't get fired before I get back. I don't want to miss the drama.

      Jack Malone: Can't make any promises.

  • NOTES (3)