The Best Episodes of Without a Trace

Without a Trace is a fast-paced procedural drama about the Missing Persons Squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The sole responsibility of the special task force is to find missing persons by applying advanced psychological profiling techniques to peel back the layers of the victims' lives and trace their whereabouts in an effort to discover whether they have been abducted, been murdered, committed suicide or simply run away. The team reconstructs a "Day of Disappearance" timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is. Senior agent Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) heads the dedicated team that knows too well that every second counts when someone vanishes.

Hang On to Me

#1 - Hang On to Me

Season 1 - Episode 13

Chet Collins has been searching for his son since the boy was kidnapped four years earlier on a camping trip, and is the one case that Jack has never been able to forget. When Chet disappears, leaving behind only his wedding ring and the mountains of debt he had accumulated in his search, Jack will go to any lengths to find Collins and save him from himself.

star 8.41
63 votes
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Fall Out (2)

#2 - Fall Out (2)

Season 1 - Episode 23

When the team tries to plot a strategy after they find out that Samantha has been shot and that she might be critically injured in the hostage crisis situation. Jack makes a deal with Barry so that Sam can get help and Jack goes in there and takes Sam's place.

star 8.40
20 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
Suspect

#3 - Suspect

Season 1 - Episode 5

A 17-year-old vanishes from his private boarding school campus.In which he is last seen by the charismatic headmaster of the private boarding school that he attends .

star 8.38
58 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
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Bait

#4 - Bait

Season 2 - Episode 24

The team searches for a mother and her two children, who are last seen boarding a yacht which is later found adrift in New York's Harbor with only its dead captain aboard. Meanwhile, Malone gets ready to leave the team and move with his family to Chicago.

star 8.37
40 votes
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In the Dark

#5 - In the Dark

Season 3 - Episode 1

The team searches for a recently blinded girl and her companion who disappeared during a camping trip. Vivian takes over as the supervisor, while Jack struggles to say goodbye to his family.

star 8.35
44 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
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Upstairs Downstairs

#6 - Upstairs Downstairs

Season 3 - Episode 4

When a nanny, and the child she took care of, disappear from her employers' home after being fired by them, the team must determine if the nanny is a kidnapping victim, or a kidnapping suspect.

star 8.33
36 votes
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Lost and Found

#7 - Lost and Found

Season 2 - Episode 23

When the team searches whether foul play was involved in the adoption of a 16-year-old girl who went missing back in 1991 shows up at the FBI offices with an article she found online, which makes her believe she was kidnapped as a young child. Meanwhile, Jack tells the team he's moving to Chicago with his family.

star 8.29
38 votes
Directors: Hank Steinberg
Two Families

#8 - Two Families

Season 2 - Episode 21

When a father who goes missing while trying to prove that his son a death-row inmate who is scheduled to die in two days is innocence, The past 11 years of the missing Mans life have been devoted to proving that his son, was wrongly convicted of killing a young married couple in front of their daughter during a convenience story robbery. While the team does not rule out that the despondent man could have brought harm upon himself, the team members find themselves wondering if the man is right about his son innocence.

star 8.29
42 votes
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Trials

#9 - Trials

Season 3 - Episode 9

When a juror disappears, the initial belief is that his disappearance is connected to the trial that is being covered, where a young man named Terrell Brooks has accused of murdering Janelle Billingsley. When the team investigates further, they learn that not only did Ducek change his will to leave his younger lover a fortune, but he has been rather mysterious about a painting from his youth in Czechoslovakia. The team soon begins to believe that Ducek is really a former Nazi soldier named Klaus Reinhardt.

star 8.25
39 votes
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Legacy

#10 - Legacy

Season 2 - Episode 18

The team searches for a man who goes missing after leaving his wife's hair salon to deposit the day's earnings following an argument with her. Meanwhile, Danny resists getting pulled back into the life of his convict brother who is up for parole, and Martin's impending firearms qualifications test dredges up unsettling memories for him.

star 8.25
40 votes
Directors: Tim Matheson
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Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?

#11 - Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?

Season 1 - Episode 21

Jack's methods for investigation of child molester could result in the case being kicked out of court. Then on top of that, the Office of Professional Responsibility decides to investigate the team, but their real target is Jack

star 8.23
38 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
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Doppelgänger

#12 - Doppelgänger

Season 2 - Episode 19

The team investigates a missing woman's boyfriend, with whom she lived. However, they determine that he has a twin brother and quickly turn their attention to him.

star 8.23
40 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Underground Railroad

#13 - Underground Railroad

Season 1 - Episode 12

Jack and the team search for a pregnant woman, Kathy Dobson, who disappeared from a hospital before being told that she has serious complications. As the detectives race against time to find Kathy, their investigation gradually reveals that Kathy's seemingly happy life actually hasn't been going very well. She is eight-and-a-half months pregnant and, under the tight control of her husband Paul, has withdrawn from her family and friends. Paul's brother Ritchie, who has been following Kathy and providing Paul with addresses she visits, lists a woman who may be affiliated with an "underground railroad" that helps battered women. When the team members find the woman, they learn that she has been assaulted by Paul -- but she still refuses to lead them to Kathy.

star 8.21
67 votes
Directors: Tom McLoughlin
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Silent Partner

#14 - Silent Partner

Season 1 - Episode 6

The team investigate the disappearance of the VP (Erich Anderson) of an investment-banking firm who vanished at a San Diego airport and left behind her two empty suitcases behind in the airport.

star 8.20
64 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
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Between the Cracks

#15 - Between the Cracks

Season 1 - Episode 4

they investigate the disappearance of a 19-year-old model who left a half-packed suitcase on the bed in her apartment.

star 8.20
69 votes
Directors: Steve Gormer
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Blood Out

#16 - Blood Out

Season 4 - Episode 11

The team investigates when a young paramedic with gang ties disappears. Jack and Ann bond over their recent losses.

star 8.18
38 votes
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Risen

#17 - Risen

Season 2 - Episode 16

A new lead reveals details about a missing woman's sexual history.

star 8.18
38 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Fall Out (1)

#18 - Fall Out (1)

Season 1 - Episode 22

With the aftershocks of Sept. 11 and man named Barry , who lost his wife that day and then his job soon after. The man lashes out at her former boss an employment-agency owner. Blaming her for his wife's death and his own failure to find a job, Barry kidnaps the woman for ransom.Then he demands the money be exchanged at a bookstore, but when the cash is delivers Berry is provoked and takes the store's patrons hostage. Among them is Samantha,and given Jack's affection for her complicates the negotiations.

star 8.18
44 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Nickel and Dimed (1)

#19 - Nickel and Dimed (1)

Season 3 - Episode 6

A young mother disappears after leaving her three year old son with a babysitter.

star 8.18
40 votes
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Doppelgänger II

#20 - Doppelgänger II

Season 3 - Episode 8

When a homeless woman disappears from a shelter, the team is forced to re-examine the case of twin brothers Greg and Rick Knowles. Five months earlier (Doppelganger), Greg Knowles had confessed to a series of brutal murders, but the team was always convinced that it was Rick who had actually performed the killings. When Greg is released from jail and exonerated of the crimes, the team has to work against the clock to prove that Rick is the guilty party and to save one twin from the other.

star 8.16
36 votes
Gung Ho

#21 - Gung Ho

Season 2 - Episode 17

When a young soldier recently returned from Iraq disappears, Jack and Danny look into his disappearance only to learn that the soldier may have more secrets than they want to uncover.

star 8.15
39 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
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Requiem

#22 - Requiem

Season 4 - Episode 22

The team searches for Ted Jordano and his teenage children after the three turn up missing and their house is a veritable bloodbath.

star 8.15
34 votes
Directors: John Showalter
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Crash and Burn

#23 - Crash and Burn

Season 5 - Episode 21

A former soldier, now stuntman, goes missing and the team learns that he changed his will only short time before he went missing which makes them wonder who needed the money.

star 8.13
33 votes
Directors: John Polson
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Expectations

#24 - Expectations

Season 4 - Episode 19

Megan Sullivan is H.I.V. positive, pregnant and missing. Initially the team suspects that her husband, who seemed to be less than thrilled about the baby, is involved, but soon learn that Megan had received a call from a prison, and their search tracks them to a former lover, who gave her H.I.V., her husband's former mistress, who had seen her taking part in a tense conversation not long before she vanished, and her own H.I.V. specialist, who had recently given her bad news. Martin thanks Danny for his help, and tells him that he is continuing to seek counseling for his addiction.

star 8.12
33 votes
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Midnight Sun

#25 - Midnight Sun

Season 1 - Episode 10

When a man leaves his home in the morning with his daughter to take her to school and then to open his dry-cleaning store, but they both of they never make it there .

star 8.10
59 votes
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