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Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 26, 2002
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network

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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.

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  • The original title of the show was "Vanished", but when CBS opted to pick it up the title was changed to "Without a Trace".
  • During each episode, a 15-second presentation appears, asking the public for help in finding real-life missing persons. The FBI provides a picture and descriptive information about the missing person to be displayed with a voice-over message recorded by one of the series stars.
  • A few episodes are based on real life disappearances.
  • Poppy Montgomery's character, Samantha Spade, is a play on the name of another famous fiction detective: Sam Spade. Sam Spade was created by famed novelist Dashiell Hammett in his book 'The Maltese Falcon' (and has been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart and Ricardo Cortez).
  • This is the first episode that we learn what happened to Danny's parents. It was established in other episodes that he was raised in the foster system after being orphaned. Danny tells Clare that his parents were arguing in the car when they were driving somewhere when he was 11. His father was yelling at his mother and Danny wanted him to stop, so he said something and his father turned around to yell at him. Because of this the car started to swerve.
  • The episode title refers to a line from the play "Hamlet" (by William Shakespeare), Act 2, Scene 2: "I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw."
  • This episode was loosely based on the book "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. The book investigated how millions of Americans survive on minimum wage to make ends meet.
  • This episode was loosely based on the book "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. The book investigated how millions of Americans survive on minimum wage to make ends meet.
  • This episode dedicated "In Loving Memory of Nicole De Huff".
  • The missing Girl, Daisy Thorne, is named after Poppy Montgomery's real life sisters, Rosie Thorne and Daisy Yellow.
  • Almost all of the guest stars in this episode, had guest starred in a previous episode as a different character.
  • The episode title means "Black Widow" in Spanish. Black Widow spiders are known for killing their mates.
  • Roselyn Sanchez was added to the main cast in this episode.
  • The episode title is from the song "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968), by The Rolling Stones: "Just as every cop is a criminal / And all the sinners saints".
  • The episode title is a reference to a poem by Emily Dickinson, which begins: "Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul, / And sings the tune--without the words, / And never stops at all ..."
  • Connor Trinneer had worked with both Enrique Murciano and Marina Sirtis on Star Trek: Enterprise, with Enrique appearing in "Enterprise" (2001) {Fusion (#1.17)} and Marina in "Enterprise" (2001) {These Are the Voyages... (#4.22)}.
  • 'Voir dire' is a legal term of art referring (in the United States) to the process by which prospective jurors are interviewed to determine whether they're prejudiced or otherwise unfit to try a case. 'Voir dire' can also apply to the process of interviewing witnesses to evaluate their suitability to testify.
  • According to Anthony LaPaglia, he sensed this could be the series finale, so he asked the producers, arguing they could do be a better finale. Producers assured him it wasn't the finale. LaPaglia knew about the cancellation visiting Spain to promote the series.
  • Last show of the series.

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