Without a Trace

10 Best Episodes of Without a Trace

The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.

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#1 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 54 votes.

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#2 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 87 votes.

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#3 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 57 votes.

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#4 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 54 votes.

Without a Trace - S3E1

#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.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 65 votes.

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#6 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 62 votes.

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#7 - Risen (Season 2 - Episode 16)

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

The episode was rated 8.10 from 52 votes.

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#8 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 92 votes.

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#9 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 93 votes.

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#10 - 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 .

The episode was rated 8.06 from 93 votes.

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#11 - Check Your Head (Season 4 - Episode 17)

The team tries to track down a reclusive columnist who hadn't left her apartment in months and was communicating with numerous prisoners.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 52 votes.

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#12 - Wannabe (Season 2 - Episode 15)


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.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 61 votes.

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#13 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 66 votes.

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#14 - 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

The episode was rated 8.00 from 59 votes.

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#15 - Nickel and Dimed (1) (Season 3 - Episode 6)

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

The episode was rated 7.97 from 67 votes.

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#16 - In Extremis (Season 1 - Episode 9)


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.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 92 votes.

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#17 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 60 votes.

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#18 - Volcano (Season 3 - Episode 13)


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.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 60 votes.

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#19 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 29 votes.

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#20 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 57 votes.


Last updated: jan 08, 2023

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