Without a Trace

Season 1 Episode 9

In Extremis

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 21, 2002 on CBS
8.9
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103 votes
10

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Episode Summary

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A doctor of Saudi Arabian descent with an exemplary record mysteriously vanishes, and Martin is quick to think that he is a terrorist.

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  • Amazing Episode!

    10
    This episode kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!



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    At the end, I was shaking my head and thinking, "No, Jack, don't give the green light to shoot if the sniper gets a clear shot"! Then I was just hoping the guy would put down his gun and walk out of there safely with Martin and then he started waving his gun around and . And poor Martin right after the guy, dead before he even hit the ground. Martin's reaction to the man being killed tore me up inside (even though he's probably my least favorite character on the show). If only Martin or Sam could have told Jack what the guy was saying, but, damn, why didn't he just drop his gun! And after that I just sat on my bed stunned, shaking my head. Goes to show you what some Americans think, feel and believe after 9/11.moreless
  • Living in fear in world of stereotypes..

    9.2
    Oh.. This episode was really moving and a really powerful message - in what kind of world we live. It is so hard to brake out of what people think you are and this case just proves it - arabic man goes missing and everyone is seeing terrorism and noone gives him a change to explain, even thought in the end they probably had all the facts to figure out the story - his friend made a bomb and he tried to stop it all.. and the way they took him down in a first change.. and how team reacted to this case.. I most say first time I saw some team interaction, some emotions.. in most of the episodes, they are just cold..



    So.. moving story..moreless
  • Controversial from beginning to end, this episode will not leave a single dry eye.

    10
    Thought-provoking from the start, this show focuses on how stereotyping affects everyone involved, not just the victims. It also shows just how difficult it is to fight the stereotype, and how prejudice never completely disappears. Dr. Anwar Samir is a perfect example. A well-respected doctor, he disappears and is immediately a suspect in terrorist activities. He casts doubt and suspicion to all people around him, beginning with nothing more than a phrase taken out of context. This episode grabs the viewer's attention from the opening credits, and doesn't let go until the heart-wrenching finale. It definitely hits close to home, and will perhaps have you re-evaluating all your beliefs. Not a single viewer is left unaffected by this wonderfully written episode.moreless
  • Excellent and well written!

    10
    In my opinion, this episode was one of the more controversial episodes of Without a Trace. This is what makes this show so successful. The team works together so well, even though they sometimes have their disagreements. Martin intially suspects the missing person as a terrorist and locks horns with other memebers of the team, which is actually nice to see once in a while. You were able to see how Martin's character developed, and this case clearly affected him in the end. This episode was definitely gripping and during the finals scenes, you were left torn by the song that played.moreless
  • This was an excellent episode. Well written and thought provoking, it serves to break down stereotypes of Muslims, Arabs, and other people of color.

    10
    This episode is movie-quality. From beginning to end, it's gripping, and you really don't know what to think. The ending is fabulous; it really makes one think about how easy it is to judge others based on stereotypes. Excellent episode! I would recommend this to teachers to show in history classes, ethnic studies courses, media, drama, and literature courses. Stop before the truth is told about Dr. Anwar Samir, and ask the class to write and/or discuss whether or not they think he is a terrorist. It'll make for good discussion in any class. It would make a great lesson plan!moreless
Heather Stephens

Heather Stephens

Lindsay Randall

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Karen Pavlick

Karen Pavlick

Student

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John Finn

John Finn

Abner Harrington

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Searching through books, arguing with Martin about profiling the Saudi Arabian doctor.)
      Samantha Spade: Oh, look, pediatrics. Maybe he's a pedophile.

    • Patient's Father: Thanks a lot , Doc. Man, I don't know how to thank you. Wait a sec, you like the Mets, right? I got season tickets.
      Dr. Samir: At Shea? You kidding? That place is a nightmare. All that jet noise. They ought to blow up that place, (nurse passes by) start over, and build a new one like Wrigley Field.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Patient's Father: Thanks a lot , Doc. Man, I don't know how to thank you. Wait a sec, you like the Mets, right? I got season tickets.
      Dr. Samir: At Shea? You kidding? That place is a nightmare. All that jet noise. They ought to blow up that place, (nurse passes by) start over, and build a new one like Wrigley Field.

      Shea Stadium is located in Queens, New York, and was the homefield for the Mets until Citi Field opened in 2009. Wrigley Field is located in Chicago, Illinois and is the home statidum of the Chicago Cubs.

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