Without a Trace

Season 5 Episode 8

Win Today

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 12, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Promotional spots for this episode included a missing person's alert for Jack Malone that gave his date of birth as January 14, 1959, his missing date as November 12, 2006, age as 47, height as 6'0", weight as 190 lbs, hair and eyes and brown, and 'last seen' location as New York, New York.

    • When the team were betting on how Jack would do, Danny, Elena, Vivian and Martin all bet that he would lose everything. No one bet that he would lose half, and Samantha gave him the benefit of the doubt by betting that he would break even.

    • Jack had his appendix taken out when he was 32. He tells Cynthia it was removed at St. Vincent's, but it isn't clear if that was part of his cover.

  • Quotes

    • Jack Malone: Heard you took the long odds on me.
      Samantha Spade: I'm glad I was right.
      Jack Malone: Me too.

    • (Sam threatens the guard at the club for Jack's whereabouts.)
      Guard: I got nothing to say.
      Samantha Spade: I'm going to ask you one more time have you seen him?
      Guard (looks at her gun): You won't do it.
      Samantha Spade (quietly): You have no idea what I will do.

    • (Cynthia believes Jack was sent to kill her, and tells him to contact the people who sent him.)
      Jack Malone: What if they tell me to put a bullet in you?
      Cynthia: Then that's what I do with you.

    • Martin Fitzgerald: I'd be more than happy to go in. (Silence from Jack and Vivian.) What?
      Jack Malone: Do you remember the last time you played poker? You went all in with a 7, 2.
      Martin Fitzgerald: Sometimes it hits.
      Jack Malone: Yeah? When?
      Vivian Johnson: Then who, she asks, already knowing the answer.
      Jack Malone: Hey, the next time we investigate an illegal chess operation it will be your turn, okay?

    • Samantha Spade: Wow. Jack can't seem to catch a break, huh?
      Elena Delgado: You're the only one who's backing him. Do you really think he's that good?
      Samantha Spade: Honestly, I just figured I'd go for the long shot.

    • Elena Delgado: (to Martin) So we're doing a pool. How much money Jack is going to lose when he's under. So what can I put you down for?

    • (Jack is going undercover at an illegal gambling parlor.)
      Vivian Johnson: Just be careful with the government's money.
      Jack Malone: Why? They're not.
      (Martin and Vivian both laugh.)

    • Danny Taylor: (on his cell phone) I want to change my bet about Jack.
      Elena Delgado: (in the office on speakerphone) Nope, sorry, you can't. I wrote it in Sharpie. Bye. (disconnects)

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: August 26, 2009 on Nrk1
      Slovakia: October 18, 2010 on Markiza

    • This episode contained a missing person's alert for Tariq Elsafi, who was kidnapped in 2003 by his father, Ahmed Elsafi. Elsafi shared joint custody of Tariq and his sister Sarah with their mother, and did not return the children after a scheduled two-day visit. It is believed that Elsafi may have left the country with his son and daughter.

    • This episode included the following information at the beginning:


  • Allusions

    • Jack Malone: Lady, I'll put the lotion in the basket, whatever you want. This line, coming soon after Cynthia kidnapped him, is a sarcastic reference to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

    • Cynthia Neuwirth: You know what Joe Torre says.
      Jack Malone: Oh, I don't know, what? Go Yankees? Cynthia Neuwirth: Win today. And all he's got is George Steinbrenner to worry about.

      At the time of this episode, Joe Torre and George Steinbrenner were the manager and owner of the New York Yankees respectively. "We play today, we win today" is being attributed to Torre in this episode, but it is actually a term coined by Mariano Duncan.