The BEST Episodes of Without a Trace
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 3, 2020
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.
#1 - Fall Out (2)
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2003
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.
#2 - Little Big Man
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2002
Jack and the team search for teenager William Hope, who goes missing in a very bad neighborhood after a confrontation with a local bully. Considered a good kid, William was living in a foster home after 18 months on the street and seemed destined for a better life when he disappeared. The squad discovers that his older brother Aaron, recently released from juvenile hall, visited William, despite the fact that his foster family forbade Aaron from being in their home. Jack and the others then learn that William was seen getting into a car with Aaron immediately prior to disappearing, and they fear that the good kid may have gone bad.
#3 - Legacy
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 11, 2004
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.
#4 - Silent Partner
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 2002
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.
#5 - Volcano
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 3, 2005
When Ian Norville disappears on a field trip to a museum in Manhattan, the team gets involved, but it isn't long before Jack turns his suspicion to his father, Daniel, who soon admits that he didn't take the necessary precautions with his son, who happens to be autistic.
#6 - Bait
Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 2004
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.
#7 - Fall Out (1)
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2003
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.
#8 - Kam Li
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 13, 2003
They search for a retired U.S. Army officer who has disappeared right after a dinner that was given in his honor by former members of his Vietnam platoon
#9 - Victory for Humanity
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 10, 2003
They search for a young high-school teacher who disappeared after a night class in the Bronx, turning up contradictory information about the subject.
#10 - Suspect
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 24, 2002
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 .
#11 - Between the Cracks
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 2002
they investigate the disappearance of a 19-year-old model who left a half-packed suitcase on the bed in her apartment.
#12 - Hang On to Me
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 30, 2003
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.
#13 - Light Years
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 14, 2004
This time, the team searches for a delusional appearing Sci-fi fanatic who disappeared from his appartment after ranting on about those "out to get him" (before peeling back the tinfoil covering his windows). Jack also has to deal with the consequences of his actions in the affair and how it affected the rest of the team.
#15 - Two Families
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 29, 2004
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.
#16 - Chameleon
Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 10, 2009
The team uncovers a history of deception as they search for a man posing as a college student vanishes.
#17 - No Mas
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 24, 2003
The team find themselves up against the ropes as multiple mysteries arise in the case of a boxer. Dante Jones disappears moments before a bout with a $500,000 purse that which could have made him a title contender. Jack suspects it's stunt, but Vivian, a Jones fan, can't believe that the charity-loving, straight-arrow fighter would go doewn that low road. The search goes in a new direction when his younger brother who he is always bailing out of trouble, vanishes. Then it's learned he has made 2 million dollers in the past five years,but he only has $6000 in his bank account.
#18 - Rise and Fall
Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 28, 2008
The team must shift their attention from a case they are working on and hand it over to Martin, after a child is reported to have been kidnapped at a mall.
#19 - Snatch Back
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 2002
prominents assistant district attorney whose child vanishes from a park filled with suspects and twists.The 2-year-old daughter of an old friend of Jack's, ADA Angela Buckman , disappears while being cared for . Usually the team sets up a timeline and tracks the victim's whereabouts as evidence comes in, filling in pieces of the mystery as they go. But here, Jack and his agents have no clue what happened to the child beyond her swift disappearance.
#20 - There Goes the Bride
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 20, 2003
A bride disappears at her own wedding and suspicions of kidnapping. Meanwhile, the team explores the relationship between the newlyweds, who were lived together for a little while.
#21 - He Saw, She Saw
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 2002
Four different witnesses claim that a woman was abducted from a mall parking lot while her husband was standing just yards away with his back turned to her.
#22 - Push Comes to Shove
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 2, 2008
The team must decide whether or not a doctor's past is a factor in her disappearance.
#23 - True / False
Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 2008
The team discovers a long festering secret which sets off a deadly chain of events when they investigate the disappearance of the teenage son of a Secret Service man.
#24 - In Extremis
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2002
Dr. Anwar Samir, a third year resident at a New York hospital suddenly goes missing following a disagreement with his superior and the rejection of a proposal by his girlfriend. Given his Saudi Arabian background, almost inevitably suspicions arise of terrorist links. Witnesses and colleagues begin to question past "suspicious" behaviour, and disagreement manifests within the team itself as to the presumption of guilt as the Joint Terrorism Task Force also becomes increasingly involved.
#25 - Wannabe
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 2004
A 12 year old boy (Jake Thomas) goes missing. The team discovers that the boy had a rough 24 hours leading up to his disappearance. He disappeared in the middle of the school day, the only clues a broken miror, a discarded hall pass, and blood on the wall....until a picture of him is sent around the school.