Without a Trace

Season 3 Episode 10

Malone v. Malone

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 09, 2004 on CBS
8.3
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Things with Jack and Maria's divorce are getting nastier as Maria's attorney forces Jack to relive not only his childhood traumas, but also throw his affair with Sam in his face and attack his dedication to his job.

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  • Attempt at character development falls flat.

    3.5
    In this episode, Jack's life is picked apart by his ex-wife and her seedy lawyer. He sits and takes all the abuse they dish out and in one great swell, he lashes out.

    The rest of the crew are at the station, celebrating holiday as well as celebrating that they don't have any missing people to find.

    Both of the story lines here fall flat. First, to see the Jack character sit and do nothing as his life is being split open is not only typical of the civil wars but pretty silly. He's usually a very outspoken person who tells everyone that his children are the light of his life, yet has no response to any of the lashing he's getting from his accusers. I mean, this is to gain rights to see his children and he sits there like a bump on a pickle? Pretty stomach turning. Probably my least favorite of the series, that along with the episode "John Michael" both focusing on Jack's torment over his divorce and custody battle. People this emotionally unstable shouldn't be out there trying to recover missing people, they should be in intense therapy and under 24 hour surveillance.

    As for the office tree trimming party, pretty much had nothing to offer, must've been a writers strike going on or something.moreless
  • Jack's story and past

    7.0
    So.. first episode without a real case and all around Jack - about his marriage, his past, his family and the way he has been influenced by all that plus his work and how all that would influence the kids if he could rise them.



    In so many ways it was cruel episode and even if the managed to open up Jack little bit more, I felt in the end, that it was little dull episode. There were great moments like the peak when Jack throws chair trough class but.. overall, I did not liked this episode so much. It was supposed to be a christmas episode? If that, then it was even sadder.moreless
  • Jack and his bitter wife Maria go threw a painful divorce.

    9.5
    Jack and his wife Maria go threw divorce proceedings, which turn up secrets on Jack's part. This episode felt so real, you could really see how everything affected both Jack and his wife, as well as Sam. Anthony LaPaglia was extraordinary in this episode. You could feel Jack's pain especially when Maria's attorney brought up Jack's mother, and the possibility that he tried to commit suicide himself. It was especially painful when Jack through his chair through the glass window. What his wife put him through pushed him over the edge and he soon realized that he would never be able to have full custody of his daughters. If you are a fan of Jack, I would watch this episode.moreless
  • A rude divorce for Jack...

    8.9
    I felt really sorry about Jack. All these mistakes Maria used to take the girls... Actually not everything was his mistake. It wasn't his fault that his mother killed herself. It wasn't his fault also that the cases affected him. This is normal.

    His biggest mistake probably was his affair with Sam. Actually I think that Sam still have feelings about him. And maybe her feelings didn't even change. I think that Sam always saw in Jack her father but she has no clue about that. I also think that she went astray this is love but she start to understand that it wasn't. All memories are back and make her realize her true feelings about Jack - like to a father. Sam also realize that she is happy with Martin. And that's the beginnig of her change.moreless
  • Jack's divorce gets worse as his wife brings some past mistakes that Jack made to her defense along with memorie of his mother. Samantha tells Martin how she is happy with him/how he makes her happy.moreless

    10
    I was frustrated by Jack's wife. Chyeahh I totally do not like her. Especially how she was rude to Sam. It's understandable to be angry at Sam for that but atleast she apologized. I felt soo bad for Jack. All these mistakes were being thrown in his face and he tried to keep his cool but in the end couldn't handle it. He did way better than I would have lol. But that wife has just got to go! Ughh the way Jack was going to move to Chicago with his family and then she just unloaded this huge slap to the face on Jack. All though it was an overall negative vibe episode the Sam and Martin thing had a positive. Sam saying she is happy with Martin and all. Brightened the episode a little.moreless
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L.B. Tracey

Young Jack

Guest Star

Michael Papajohn

Michael Papajohn

Unshaven Man / Tom

Guest Star

Kimberly Cass

Kimberly Cass

ND Agent

Guest Star

Eric Scott Gould

Eric Scott Gould

Chuck

Recurring Role

Talia Balsam

Talia Balsam

Maria Malone

Recurring Role

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Frank Malone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Sam enters the break room to get a half-gallon of milk for the eggnog. Maria Malone is at the soda machine.)
      Samantha Spade: Hi.
      Maria Malone: Hello.
      Samantha Spade: (Awkward pause.) I know you probably don't care, but for what it's worth, I really am sorry.
      Maria Malone: You're right. That's not worth much.

    • Samantha: I wanted to tell you something.
      Martin: Sure. What's up?
      Samantha: I'm happy.
      Martin: Okay.
      Samantha: I mean you make me really, really happy.

    • (In regards to the Katan case, where Maria and the girls were confronted.)
      Bernard: Let me ask you -- if you were to get sole custody of Hanna and Kate, how could you be sure that something like that would never happen again?
      Jack: I can't be. Anymore than you can be sure you won't be hit by a bus when you walk out of here.
      Bernard: So you're not concerned about it?
      Jack: About you being hit by a bus? Not really.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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