Without a Trace

Season 3 Episode 20

The Bogie Man

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 04, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Seven years ago, a thirteen-year-old girl named Amber Bryce went missing, and suspicion fell on her boyfriend, then-seventeen-year-old Curtis Horne. When Daisy Thorpe, who had become obsessed with getting justice for Amber's death, also ends up missing, the team is called in to investigate. While Martin and Danny work from the office, Sam and Jack work in the field, starting their investigation with the local cleric, Amber's father, and trying to find out why Curtis Horne has stayed in town all these years. While Vivian is home having troubles with Reggie, Martin makes a decision about his relationship with Sam.moreless

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  • When a young girl goes missing, suspicion immediately falls on a guy who was thought to have killed another young girls years earlier.

    I really enjoyed this episode, and there are some SPOILERS in what follows.

    The murder of a young girl years ago, blamed on her boyfriend, but never proven. He's now a loner, living in the woods in a cabin. The police immediately blame him for the disappearance of another young girl, who was the same age as the first, and obsessed with who might have been responsible for her death.

    There are so many questions to ask yourself in this episode. How quick are we to judge something we fear, rather than looking at the truth? How do you really spot a bad guy? Why is mob mentality able to rule us? In the UK, after a famous paedophile case, a group of people actually went to the offices of a paediatrician and destroyed it!!

    It's kind of obvious that the one most suspected isn't going to be the one who's guilty, and what happens to him is heartrending. He's a totally innocent man, nearly framed by the police, suspected for years as a monster, but actually a quite gentle young man who tries to help and is killed for his efforts by a supposedly law-abiding citizen who's been molesting a young girl!

    It's one of those dissatisfying endings again, but for all the right reasons. It might have been nice if we could have had the first murder solved, but actually not having it solved proves just how wrong the law enforcement guys were in the first place.

    And of course we have the Samantha/Martin ongoing affair, which is now not presumable to go on. I really didn't care either way.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The missing Girl, Daisy Thorne, is named after Poppy Montgomery's real life sisters, Rosie Thorne and Daisy Yellow.

    • Goof: When Daisy talks to Samantha at the bus stop, Samantha doesn't tell Daisy about the conversation between Curtis and Daisy's dad. Since Samantha also doesn't explain how they found her there, it's unlikely that Daisy expects Curtis to have kept quiet about her whereabouts.

    • Goof: Although the agents claim they don't know which parent of Daisy has blood on the knife, DNA analysis would confirm whether it's from the dad or mom.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Danny Taylor: Blonde hair?
      Martin Fitzgerald: And blue eyes.
      Danny Taylor: Oh, sounds like your type.

    • Samantha Spade: Hey. Brought you a bagel. (holds up brown paper bag)
      Martin Fitzgerald: Ah. Thank you.
      Samantha Spade: Listen. I was thinking about your cousin's wedding and, um, I would like to go. (Martin looks at her in surprise) I mean I'm a little nervous to meet your family, obviously, but I think you're right, I think it's time.
      Martin Fitzgerald: I already booked my flight.
      Samantha Spade: Oh, well I can --
      Martin Fitzgerald: Actually, that's not true. I didn't, but I'm going to and I'm going to go by myself.
      Samantha Spade: Is something wrong?
      Martin Fitzgerald: No, I just, I don't want to do this anymore.
      Samantha Spade: What?
      Martin Fitzgerald: I'm just tired of playing games and frankly I'm not interested in waiting around while you figure out your problems.
      Samantha Spade: My problems? So ... what are you saying? We're done?
      Martin Fitzgerald: Well, not just like that, but yeah. I am.

    • Samantha Spade: So it's still unsolved?
      Martin Fitzgerald: I guess some cases aren't meant to be.
      Samantha Spade: You wanted me to fight harder didn't you?
      Martin Fitzgerald: It shouldn't have to be a fight.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Initially slated to air on 28 April 2005, this episode was pre-empted for the president's speech about oil, and aired on a special night and time on Wednesday, 4 May 2005.