Without a Trace

Season 5 Episode 9

Watch Over Me

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 19, 2006 on CBS

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  • This episode was about reflection. After the huge impact of what happened to Jack when he went under cover, he is still nursing his wounds and emotionally scarred. A missing social worker is emotionally scarred too and puts his life in danger.

    Jack is so scarred mentally and physically he can hardly function. Yet he still tries to carry on making decisions about his work and personal life. He may be able to focus on the work but he doesn't see Anne's pain, particularly when he tells her he has told Sam about them and their baby. Anne is very stressed and tries to deal with the mundane things of moving into a new home; this stress is in turn causing problems with her pregnancy.

    The social worker, Eric, came from a home that suffered domestic violence and he took the job in order to right the wrongs done to children like himself and his sister. Danny tells Sam that he himself was a victim of the foster care system and criticises Eric for being unprofessional and using his job to work through his own personal issues. Sam asks Danny "isn't that what we do?"

    This episode was quite dark but a necessary insight into the failing government system that is supposed to look after children. It shows how some social workers do more than their best whilst others are cold and unfeeling - a required quality in order to survive the traumas of the job. It also highlighted the obscene and heartless trade in buying babies, delivered in a cardboard box at the back of a car - its only function to provide money for the buyer and seller.

    This was an excellent episode, thoughtfully produced. It was a good balance to last week's frantic storyline about Jack. We were probably horrified at the heartless way Jack was tortured. Well this week it was a different form of torture. Will it change anything in the way the system is run - of course not. But I bet it made you stop and think and reflect about it for a little while and if it did that then it was a job well done.
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