Without a Trace

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 2003 on CBS

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  • When past has not in easy..

    A old and important case returns for Jack when a copies of murders he was so involved start again - and it looks that it is very personal and so the question is - what it is really about.. as the original murder is still in prison. So copycat.. I most say the best part was the way it opened Jack's char.. that kind of deep look into his past, his failures.. like that being one hour late.. and then the heartbreaking scene in the end about his mother.. That was a stunning emotional atmosphere building.

    I really liked this one. Good one.
  • Jack fights a copycat killer who wants to destroy him.

    It would be safe to say that this episode is dedicated to Jack Malone and his forgotten past. He struggles to overcome his past - being incapable of saving the victims of a deranged serial killer's kidnapping case 12 years ago and not doing anything about his mother's suicide - brought up by a copycat killer in this episode. Jack and his buddy immediately notice that it's copycat's work when a married woman is kidnapped during the day. They, especially Jack, who couldn't find any victims alive before, desperately tries to catch the suspect before the woman is killed. But, at this time, unfortunately, the suspect is a man who knows everything about Jack's past that Jack has tried to put behind him. So, the suspect went for his jugular to mentally destroy him.
  • This starts as a possible kidnap/murder plot which is identical to those done years before by a serial killer now in jail. The idea that this is a copy-cat killing is quickly changed by a clever plot twist meant to bring Malone to his knees as payback by

    This episode shows a development in Malone's character--his inner anger at not finding a victim of a serial killer in time to save her, several years before the events of this episode. When a similar kidnaping takes place in the present time, Malone has to face some hitherto unknown demons. The copy-cat idea is only a twist on the actual theme, but it is clever. Malone is "played" by a sociopath and his anger, grief, and even fear for Malone's own wife and children, are the very thing that Spaulding wants to throw in Malone's face. Malone had earlier caught the deviant Spaulding, "ruining" his career (as a pedophile). The early murders by another felon are all done to the Arabian Dance from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker; however, the closed captioning says Bolero. Spaulding scorns the poor "operatic" choice, but Nutcracker is a ballet, which belies Spaulding's vaunted sophistication. Otherwise this was a superior plot. At the end, when Malone does save the kidnap victim of the copy-cat plot, and returns to his home and wife, you sense that despite his fears, he is more at peace with himself.You also get a slight gist of what will happen to Malone's marriage later in the series.