Without a Trace

Season 6 Episode 3

Res Ipsa

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 2007 on CBS
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Res Ipsa
The team searches for a missing mother who they believe may be searching for her son, who is also missing.

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  • I was hoping for more of the story on human traficking they started at episode one. thats the only reason i have been watching this show...

    And obviously they have decided to drop that line, so i guess i am not going to keep watching. As for the story here. It didn't bother me all that much about the torture. After all, considering what other countries do, its not even worth being upset about. Why should our enemies get to torture our agents and soldiers like they were pieces of meat, but we should play nice?
  • nerve-wrecking, extremely exciting storyline; somewhat disturbing but interesting behavious of jack´s character; an ending to cry for -so to speak

    I have to say, I was absolutley blown away by this episode. I haven´t seen such an intriguing episode in a long time except when Sam´s past was revealed.

    I felt very bad for the missing reporter and I was devastated when she found out her son was in fact dead and then she was killed by a seemingly nice girl. For me it was painful that from all possible perpetrator it was the girlfriend of her son who killed her.

    I am sad that she saw no other way and had no trust and faith in the reporter (what´s her name?)or the goverment of the US who - I am sure- wouldn´t have treated her treated badly after all- at least not as badly as the guatemala goverment did.

    About Jack - he´s always been willing to go to great lengths to catch a bad guy or rescue someone. We have seen that as early as in suspect and in many other cases, but this was a whole new thing.

    I was shocked when he went along with this CIA- guy. Did he really believe the man would only threaten to cut sonething off Hourtagez (or what was his name?) Well whatever he thought, the moment the CIA guy began to physically tortue the man, he vehemently stopped him.

    I guess that was a wake-up moment.

    I think it was especially pointless as the man really didn´t know anything else and I think you could already see that back at the headquarters.

    But everybody makes mistakes and Jack is a good man even though he has a tendency to cross lines.

    All in all an episode that made time fly and had an unpredictable realistic ending.

    God, how much I wished they would find her alive. *sighs*moreless
  • good episode...

    The team investigates the disappearance of a tv reporter and it leads to the mystery of the death of her son and the illegal that lives in her house. It turns out that the illegal woman killed her and dumped her body in the water. I really liked the case in this episode. The whole torture stuff was a little disturbing and it really showed that Jack has changed. He allowed the CIA agent to torture the man, though he did eventually stop him. I wonder what's next for his character. Overall, good story and good character development so a good episode.moreless
  • Jack and the team investigate the disappearance of a female televison reporter who was searching for her son who disappeared himself while doing volunteer work in Guatemala.

    I selected the classification "Painful to Watch" for this episode but not in a negative way. I felt that classification was appropriate because wile this episode is actually quite good, it is also, in my opinion, one of the saddest episodes of this series. The viewer really feels for the reporter who is desparately trying to find her lost son. Seeing where her story ultimately leads to will bring some emotions to the surface. Anthony LaPaglia gives what I believe is his best performace to date. This episode is well worth your time, but it's still tough to watch.moreless
  • Torture case!

    We all know about the Guantanamo Bay torture thing as it fits well into the Without a Trace show. We see a missing mom who goes after her son, who is also missing. Very disturbing. As it nearly also gets very graphic. The show is known for being straight on and by the book. Which I like when they aren't dealing with the agents lives. But Jack I thought, was a jerk. Sure he can be that way time to time. But he also has a lot on him. Really didn't like the way he allowed a suspect to be tortured, which should had been a big no-no! Unexcusable on his part.moreless
Lindsay Frost

Lindsay Frost

Christine Woods

Guest Star

David Starzyk

David Starzyk

Will Rogan

Guest Star

Owen Beckman

Owen Beckman


Guest Star

Ty Miller

Ty Miller

Tech Agent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Will Rogen: (after Jack punched him) You have no idea what you're getting yourself into.
      Jack: That's the first thing you've said today that's made any sense.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 22, 2008 on TV3+
      Czech Republic: May 21, 2008 on TV Nova
      Turkey: September 22, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Belgium: September 23, 2008 on 2BE
      Norway: March 12, 2010 on NRK1
      Slovakia: November 15, 2010 on Markiza


    • Title: "Res Ipsa"

      The title of this episode is a reference to the legal term Res ipsa loquitur from the Latin meaning literally, "the thing itself speaks". Here, abbreviated, Res ipsa means "the thing itself".

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