Without a Trace

Season 6 Episode 13

Hard Reset

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 03, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Jack goes missing after taking a case into his own hands which soon becomes intertwined with a human trafficking prostitution case that Vivian is working on.

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  • great episode...

    I love Jack episodes and this one did not disappoint. Jack goes off and takes the case into his own hands, but it all goes wrong when he gets shot and dumped. Vivian and the team struggle to find where he is and who shot him. I really liked the flashbacks in this episode and the choppiness of it. My favorite part of the entire episode was when Jack was in the diner talking to the girl and then the water comes in. Awesome! He was halucinating - like between life and death. I also loved the end when he was in the car with Vivian talking about whether he would live or not. Great episode with great character development!moreless
  • A Jack episode again!

    Again despite Jack being hard-headed, he really did himself nearly in as he made a promise to a girl and that he tries to solve this one on his own. With the human trafficking that Vivian is trying to capture. Jack is nearly left for dead after being nearly fatally shot. The team must get the one that is doing the trafficking and save Jack from near death before it is too late. As they must solve two cases all at once. Really glad that the show is back on Thursdays and that the show is back to getting better again!moreless
  • Hard Reset This is a wow episode I mean what can I say, you see Jack entering a building on his own then gun shots start fire ring at him,

    I then thought had I missed something but as you watch the rest of the program as it progresses you see what happens, it was a bit of a dark episode especially what happened to poor old Jack getting shot and then getting kicked in the head, it then went to the team begging to start on a case Viv asks Sam the 20 on Jacks phone Sam says he's not answering his texts or his phone Viv says they cant wait for him, but its not until they get to the clinic that they fined out that Jack had been there but hasn't been seen snits ,then there's the scene with Martin and Sam questioning the women who was in the building with Jack when the shooting started , Martin says to the women that Sam is hormonal I wouldn't mess with her funny pun by Martin, so you see it has its moments when it can be quiet sad and dark but has some funny moments as well, the women explains what happened and that was the last time she saw Jack by that time it had been the following afternoon when they had questend her now the team start to worry about Jack .Sam starts to remember back About the talk that she and Jack had about parenthood. Sam is looking at a vending machine at work with snacks in it she's thinking should she or shouldn't she have a snack, Jack comes up to the machine and starts to push some buttons and then gives it a bit of a bang what falls out is a bag with a smiley face on it Jack says to Sam my treat thought that was a nice touch. They then speak to Newton Row mars layer, they then set a trap for Row mar and capture him, Viv asks him what they did with Jack .Viv and the team find Jack unconscious.moreless
  • Jack goes missing and the team have to try and find him.

    This episode starts off with Jack in a warehouse and with him being shot. Jack has returned to the series which a lovely sort hair cut. Jack goes missing and team are looking for him (including a very pregnant Sam)

    It's all about the previous episodes when Viv was tracking down the people behind the human trafficking. It focused a lot on the girl (Joana) who Jack found in a cage before the strike. Eight months have passed since then.

    Sam's hormones must have been playing up as she played nasty to a suspect, which is so not like Sam.

    Sam has a brilliant flash back of a Sam/Jack scene. It is worth watching the episode just for that one scene. They are so cute together.

    Viv kicks some serious butt to find out where Jack is.

    They find him, but is he alive?

    Continued until next week.

    Nice episode to watch but didn't have me on the edge of my seat. Although at the end with Jack being found did make me feel a little better about the episode as it wouldn't have been nice to have him waiting to be found for another week.moreless
  • Jack is haunted by promise he made to a girl he rescued from abduction. The abductor works for the man Viv is trying to arrest. Jack heads out to find the kidnapper and disappears. Viv's felon, shoots Jack and leaves him for dead in a toxic site.moreless

    I liked this episode because it finally showed some continuity. We knew Jack was upset at finding the girl in the cage and again at promising her she would be safe. We have seen him steadily fall apart; more anger outbursts, more general emotion. I wish that Viv's story line had followed the same arc. What happened to her partner? He was angry that she was annoyed when he used her authorization code for a SWAT hit in Baltimore and then POOF! he's gone.

    Still the team was strong and everyone had alot of screen time. I did enjoy Jack trying to figure out, ala John Michael Malone, what is going on and what is he going to do.

    gotta watch it again to see what I missed.moreless
Nick Wechsler

Nick Wechsler

Joe Guisti

Guest Star

Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff

Dr. Cappell

Guest Star

William Ragsdale

William Ragsdale

Robert Newton

Guest Star

Haley Ramm

Haley Ramm

Jen Long

Recurring Role

Adriana DeMeo

Adriana DeMeo


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

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  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      "My Baby Come To Me" by Vince Jones (Jack's mind's)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: June 1, 2008 on Network 9
      Denmark: April 15, 2008 on TV3+
      The Czech Republic: July 23, 2008 on TV Nova
      United Kingdom: August 21, 2008 on More4
      Turkey: December 8, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: November 30, 2010 on Markiza


    • Title: "Hard Reset"

      In computing and electronics in general, a hard reset refers to cutting power to a device abruptly and then having it start up again, without doing a proper shutdown process. In computing, this would generally be accomplishing by hitting the device's "reset," button, rather than choosing the "restart" option from the operating system menu.

      In this episode, the program undergoes its own "hard reset" of sorts, starting off with Jack Malone going missing after the program's having been in repeats for over three months due to the television and film writers' strike.