Without a Trace

Season 4 Episode 18

The Road Home

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team searches for 18-year-old Brandon Parker only to learn that 15-year-old Matt Jameson had stolen his former teammate's identity in order to get a job to support his three younger siblings after his mother had taken off. They manage to connect Matt to an old friend from a former foster home, Casey Miller, and soon realise that Matt has gotten in over his head while trying to keep his younger sisters and brother together. Sam starts to get suspicious of Martin's behavior and confronts him on his drug addiction. She goes to Danny looking for help, but Danny is reluctant to get involved in Martin's problems.moreless

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  • Lazy writing. The writers are dragging out the addiction story, just as they did last year with the lame affair. And it detracts from the interesting missing-person story. Really disappointing.

    Not credible: Someone would have noticed long before Danny finally does. They ARE detectives!

    Someone as levelheaded as Martin would have gotten help. And he wouldn't still have the pills he stole a month ago! [Or did he conveniently leave the empty bottle around for snooping Samantha?]

    Samantha is not Martin's boss - it's Jack's place to check on his whereabouts and welfare. She also couldn't just walk up to his apartment - in that neighborhood someone has to buzz you in!

    Danny is unsympathetic and actively hostile - he's been avoiding Martin all season. Why? The writers obviously decided to isolate Martin emotionally within the team so he WOULD disintegrate - so they could have Samantha ride to the rescue.

    She now knows shameful things about Martin that give her more of the upper hand in their relationship. That's not good for him.

    He really needs to grow a backbone and tell the blond bulldozer to stop pushing him around.moreless
  • A teenager goes missing and the team discovers that he is not who he has pretended to be. Behind him lies a heartbreaking secret that needs to be taken care of. Meanwhile Samantha confronts Martin and apparently it's working. Danny doesn't want tomoreless

    God this episode was so painful. The case was really heartbreaking and I think Jack was right in saying that that kid deserved a medal, he does!

    Taking care of his younger brothers and sisters and giving up his life for them was absolutely amazing. It made me cry, and I'm not easy at tears usually.

    I just couldn't believe that something like that could happen and I admire that kid's selflessness.

    Going down the roads he did is not an option though, he would be far better off with keeping his jobs and contact his aunt sooner.

    About Martin, and I can't really get around mentioning him. Seeing him like this is killing me big time. I was happy to see Sam around and taking care of him.

    I understand Danny for not wanting to get involved too much, but he should. He really should pull himself together and go help Martin.

    Just like Sam said, Martin needs Danny's help. She can be there for him in one way, but Danny's been down that road before and is the best to help.

    The scene in the end where Martin goes to a meeting and Danny moves the paper beside him so Martin can sit there, was heart breaking. It was good to see that Sam's words were working on both of them.

    She's just such a hero, next they need to be there for her. Because I am sure she's got problems too, and a heavy luggage in her past.

    So tough episode to watch but even though it brought me into tears it was a good episode, well written. I could have wished for some more of the moment where Sam confronts Martin, but I guess they didn't know how to do that.

    I am sure Sam and Martin will end up together again, my guess is the end of season 5 or beginning of season 6. They will end up together, I know!moreless
  • Sam and Martin!

    The episdoe seem to have been a summary of similar episodes done before, but I liked the fact that Jack's presence was kept at a minimum during it.

    I loved Martin and Sam's scene....why and when are the writers going to but these people back together? Although, I understand Danny's hesitation to help.....he was still behaving like a ahole.

    Overall, bad plot-story, but great drama scenes among the regular cast members.

Will Rothhaar

Will Rothhaar

Matt Jameson

Guest Star

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro

Casey Miller

Guest Star

Katy Selverstone

Katy Selverstone

Nadine Jameson

Guest Star

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

James Mackeroy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jack: You know, all that kid wanted was to keep his family together.
      Vivian: What you going to do? We solved the case.
      Jack: Yeah. But we don't live with the consequences.

    • Danny: Are you gonna start the car, or are you going to hang out until we get a parking ticket? (Samantha looks at him) Put the key in the ignition...

    • Martin Fitzgerald: What do you want from me?
      Samantha Spade: I want to help you.
      Martin Fitzgerald: I don't want your help. I don't need anybody's help. Ok.
      Samantha Spade: Martin please. Tell me how I can help you.
      Martin Fitzgerald: (after a long pause) I don't know Sam. I don't know.

    • James Mackeroy: You know, I used to sideline these in high school, making them for buddies. It's a lot harder now with digital technology.
      Jack Malone: Did you put that on your F.B.I. application?
      James Mackeroy: (chuckles) Don't ask, don't tell.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: May 13, 2009 on Nrk1
      Slovakia: December 8, 2009 on Markiza

    • Music:
      "See The World" by The Kooks
      "Reason to Mourn" by Ben Harper

    • This episode featured a missing person's alert for Anthony J. Luzio Jr., who disappeared on July 4, 2005. Luzio, who was last seen at a party at 4:00 A.M. on the day he went missing, is the son of Columbus, Ohio, police sergeant Tony Luzio Sr., but the authorities do not believe his father's profession was involved in his disappearance.


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