Without a Trace

Season 7 Episode 10

Cloudy With a Chance of Gettysburg

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 16, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A TV weatherman arrives at work bleeding from his side and the team tries to beat the clock to find out what that has to do with his disappearance.

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  • a TV weatherman goes missing

    In this episode of Without a Trace, the following happens. A TV weather man by the name of Ben Coleman goes missing. The last time he was seen, he had a cut on his side which started bleeding whilst he was still on air. The team soon learn that Ben recently broke up with his fiancé, and he has recently sent another woman flowers. We soon learn that the guy, who was with the girl when she received the flowers, is one of Ben's friends. Ben sent her the flowers on behalf of his friend. We soon learn that Ben recently met up with an old friend from High School. They went to a re-enactment and his friend accidentally stabbed him. The team soon track down a con man who Ben was tracking down. Ben went to see him and collapsed when he met the con man. The team are then led to where Ben is, and he is alive but barely.moreless
  • As a television weatherman films his usual report, the camera crew notices that he is bleeding from his side. The weatherman disappears shortly thereafter. Jack and the team try to determine if the man's wound is related to his disappearance.moreless

    A sceond consecutive disappointmet for "Without a Trace." I found this episode to be very dull and uninteresting. Despite the fact that the weatherman admits he's a jackass, I had no sympathy for him. That being as it may, it's tough to route for him. When the cause of his disappearance was reaveled I wasn't surprised. After all, hints had been dropped about that throughout the episode. Plus the ending has been recycled countless times. Did anybody actually think he was not going to quit once that microphone was put in his hand? I hope things turn around in 2009.moreless
Kristina Anapau

Kristina Anapau

Emma Collins

Guest Star

William R. Moses

William R. Moses

Dale Harmon

Guest Star

John Sloan

John Sloan

Ben Coleman

Guest Star

Adriana DeMeo

Adriana DeMeo


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, Jack fires a cannon, a shell whistling through the air is heard, and then hits a car off camera. It's unlikely that re-enactors of war would have a live round in any of their firearms.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jack: Unless his bike has opposable thumbs, he lied about what happened to him.
      Sam: Well, maybe whoever cut him came back to finish the job.
      Jack: Just goes to show.
      Sam: What's that?
      Jack: Can't trust a guy in a bow tie.

    • Dale Harmon: Missing? Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
      Sam: You know, normally we like a little more contrition in our suspects.
      Dale Harmon: Suspect?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dale Harmon: I didn't do anything to that jackass.

    • Dale Harmon: Grow some balls. Catch a bad guy.
      Ben Coleman: I'm the weatherman.
      Dale Harmon: For now. Eventually, you'll be the guy that somebody younger, less talented replaces. Until then, try not to suck.

    • Sam: Let me get this straight. You sent him to confront a murder suspect?
      Dale Harmon: Yeah … It's probably not my finest moment.

    • Vivian: Well, why would Kirby set up Ben to do a phony exposé on his boss?
      Martin: For stealing his girlfriend. He was hoping Ben would get his ass kicked.
      Vivian: (scoffs) And that wasn't enough, so he stabs him and then maybe abducts him, all for this woman?
      Martin: Maybe she's really hot. (Vivian scoffs again)

    • Miss Collins: Apparently, because of the prank, Kirby got a nickname that followed him all throughout high school.
      Sam: And what was that?
      Miss Collins: Fruit of the Loom.

    • Danny: Yeah, I don't get it. I mean, all this because he got pantsed in front of his school?
      Elena: And in front of the girl that he had a crush on.
      Danny: Okay, does something like this really ruin your whole, entire life?
      Elena: (laughs) It might, if you were Kirby. But you were probably more of a Ben, so …
      Danny: Yeah. And you?
      Elena: I had a Kirby phase.
      Danny: Really?
      Elena: Awkward. Bad skin. Bad hair.
      Danny: I find that hard to believe.
      Elena: (laughs) It's true.

    • Jack: What'd you do to Ben Coleman?
      Kirby Morris: What do you mean?
      Jack: He's missing.
      Kirby Morris: He's missing? Where did he go?
      Jack: Well, if we knew that, he wouldn't be missing, would he?

    • Kirby Morris: I can explain that too.
      Jack: (sarcastically) Fantastic.
      Kirby Morris: All right. I stabbed him.
      Jack: (laughs) There you go, see? Great. Okay. That was so easy. Now, you tell us where he is, we can go home, and you go to jail.

    • Danny: This was an odd one, huh?
      Jack: Oh, man. Like being in a Salvador Dali painting.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland: February 6, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: March 11, 2009 on TV Nova
      Australia: October 28, 2009 on Channel 9
      Turkey: November 9, 2009 on CNBC-e


    • Jack: Oh, man. Like being in a Salvador Dali painting.

      Jack refers to the man who was perhaps the 20th century's most famous surrealist artist. The eccentric Dalí painted works which were capable of figuratively bending time and space and literally distorting the senses, such as his most famous work, The Persistence of Memory (sometimes called Soft Watches or Melting Clocks).