Without a Trace

Season 5 Episode 13

Eating Away

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Barry Rosen goes missing shortly after being poisoned with bleach in a chili eating contest. While investigating Barry's disappearance, the team soon learns that he had been approached to throw the eating contest, and also that he had been spending a lot of time with a local prostitute in an effort to learn how to act around women. Danny is caught in the middle when Carlos asks him for a letter of reference in an upcoming custody review, and Elena informs him that Carlos is actually suing her for sole custody of Sofie. Danny warns Carlos that he is not going to be caught in the middle.moreless

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  • good episode...

    The team investigates the disappearance of a professionsal food-eater. Apparently, he was getting help from a prostitute on being with women and his brother was pissed at him becuase it was a prostitute which reminded him of his mother. It was really sad seeing what their mother did for a living. How could any mother just do that with kids in the house? Anyways, the story took plenty of twists and turns and I really liked the story; it was original and interesting. The guest characters were also well-developed. Overall, this episode had a good story, good characters, and an unpredictable outcome.moreless
  • To add spontaneity to the story line, the writers have added a new romance.

    Though the missing persons story in the episode was interesting and kept you on the edge of your seat, the real intruiging event, for me, was the budding romance between Danny and Elena. Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano) has always been my all-time favourite of the cast in this series, and until now, he didn't have much of a personal background. If it wasn't for Martin's addiction, we wouldn't have known about Danny's involvement in AA, and until then all we knew was that he was an orphan.

    The promise of a new relationship between newcomer, Elena, and Danny was evident from the frist episode she arrived, as he had seemed to know her. Now, with the steamy kiss, I'm excited to see what'll happen next.moreless
  • An eating contest champ gets more than what he bargained for.

    K, I hate to say it, but the MP story this week just didn't pull my hearts strings the way it should have. I will say though, the MP and his brother actually looked like they could be brothers in real life.

    What made the episode good for me were the personal stories. I was really impressed with Roselyn this episode as far as acting, I had no idea she had it in her. Not Oscar worthy of course, but the best I've seen her since she signed on to the show. Danny...awwww. I'm sorry, I am happy to see him get a little action. And I LOVE Spanish speaking Danny Very little Jack/Sam = good episode. Now for my Marty update, not a lot caught my attention with him except 1) How CUTE was he admiring the train? Got the year and model down to a T 2) His hair rocks. 3) He didn't make the "addiction" mention, which was kind of a let down.moreless
  • Great show as usual!

    Very interesting show yet once again and that it features

    A eating champion contest winner who was approached to throw

    The challenge as well as also trying to improve his relatinship with women while seeing a prostitute. On the personal front, Elena whom I am really beginning to like after not liking her at first, wants Danny to help her win custody of her child. I didn't know that she had a child.moreless
  • The writers and Director built a very good story. BUT, it\'s THE CAST THAT SHINES in \"Eating Away\".

    The cast, the regulars and the guests, in the episode \"Eating Away\" have all created believeable characters in this episode. The characters appear as complete people, with lots of person coming through. The story presents the difficult subjects of the problems of \"contest eating\" and flaws in all the characters.

    The credits at the end of the show flash much too quickly on the screen. And with voice-over ads, spoken at eighty-seven umti-ba-jillion words a minute, it just feels too crammed full, hurried, harried, rushed and frenetic, thus insulting all the materials at the end of the show. Maybe some \"focus group\" responds in a way that the network and the producers like, but this reviewer is disgusted with the ram-jam \"ads for the next program that will air\" shown at the end of the program. If there are people who think the way the ending minute or so of the show is presented, then this viewer is fortunate to know none of them. This reviewer is a new viewer of the show and is grateful that a production of such high quality is available which reflects very well on the sponsers and the entire production company. It\'s the network\'s behavior with the ending credits that causes me to feel attacked and affronted by the fast voice-over ad for the next program. I\'m glad the announcer gets paid for his work, which should not be used to disparage other good parts of the program. Why a network would wreck a viewing experience in its last words that are such horrible ram-jam watch-the-next-show-mam behaviour is beyond this viewers belief in human reasoning.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Elena Delgado: What are you still doing here?
      Danny Taylor: I wanted to talk to you.
      Elena Delgado: About what?
      Danny Taylor: Well, I told Carlos that I wasn't going to be able help him.
      Elena Delgado: Wow, thank you.
      Danny Taylor: And I also wanted to tell you that if you and Sofie need anything I wanna help. You want me to write a letter, I'll do it. Want me to mail it, stamp.
      Elena Delgado: Well that might be hypocritical after I told you to, (sigh) I don't know Danny, just keep, just stay out of it, you know.
      Danny Taylor: I don't want to stay out of it.
      Elena Delgado: Why not? (Danny kisses Elena)

    • Danny Taylor (holding up his phone): You had me til the very end.
      Elena Delgado: What?
      Danny Taylor: What does T-T-Y-L mean?
      Elena Delgado: Talk to you later.
      Danny Taylor: Oh.
      Elena Delgado (laughs): I learned it from Sofie.
      Danny Taylor: She's seven!
      Elena Delgado: You want to know who taught it to her?
      Danny Taylor: Who?
      Elena Delgado: My mom.

    • Samantha Spade: If it was self-defense, why'd you run?
      Ivy Morris: I've seen what they do to wives who fight back. They go to jail. Think anyone cares about a prostitute?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: September 25, 2009 on Nrk1
      Slovakia: October 25, 2010 on Markiza

    • This episode featured a missing person's alert for Bryan Santos-Gomez. He was abducted near his home in Fort Myers, Florida, on December 1, 2006. Bryan was abducted along with his mother, but while the mother was released, the kidnapper kept the young boy, who was just under a month old at the time he was taken.