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Without A Trace Season 3

From powerhouse executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes Without a Trace, a riveting procedural drama about the New York Missing Persons Squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The sole responsibility of this special task force is to find missing persons by applying advanced psychological profiling techniques to peel back the layers of the victims' lives and discover whether they've been abducted, are missing by choice, were murdered, have committed suicide or are simply accident victims. 

The team members construct a Day of Disappearance timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance, and they dig into every facet of the victim's life, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is. Series star Anthony LaPaglia won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance on Without a Trace.

Episode guide

  1. 01 - In the Dark

    The sole responsibility of the New York Missing Persons Squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is to apply advanced psychological profiling techniques to peel back the layers of the victims' lives and trace their whereabouts in an effort to discover whether they've been abducted, are missing by choice, were murdered, have committed suicide or are simply accident victims. The team members construct a 'Day of Disappearance' timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance, and they dig into every facet of the victim's life, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is.

    Jack Malone (series star ANTHONY LaPAGLIA), a tough but compassionate, seasoned and astute professional, knows all too well that every second counts when someone vanishes. The other squad members include Vivian Johnson (series star MARIANNE JEAN-BAPTISTE), a no-nonsense investigator with a special insight into victims' families; Samantha Spade (series star POPPY MONTGOMERY), an agent whose blonde good looks complement a tough, complex approach to her work; Danny Taylor (series star ENRIQUE MURCIANO), whose sensitivity is often covered up by his street smarts; and straitlaced Martin Fitzgerald (series star ERIC CLOSE), who joined thanks to his father's connections but has since earned his stripes.

    Vivian and the team search for a blind teen and her mobility instructor who were abducted during a camping trip. Meanwhile, Jack's wife, Maria (recurring guest star TALIA BALSAM 'L.A. Doctors'), informs him that she wants a divorce and is seeking sole custody of their daughters. The team members don't know about the marital difficulties Jack has experienced since he helped solve his final case as their leader.

    When the newly promoted Vivian reaches Samantha and Martin on their cell phones early in the morning to start the new case, the two are actually together - in Samantha's bed. Regarding the case, although the agents quickly become suspicious of the mobility instructor's brother, who was secretly dating the missing girl, they soon become intent on locating a waiter who was reportedly fixated on her as well.

    Recurring guest star TIMOTHY BUSFIELD ('thirtysomething,' 'The West Wing') appears as Ed Felder, Jack's attorney.

  2. 02 - Thou Shalt Not

    While searching for a missing nurse's aide, Maureen Grady (CLARE CAREY - "Coach"), who disappeared from a rural road while changing a flat tire, the team discovers that this seemingly all-American woman is actually a fugitive wanted for bombing an abortion clinic. After initially participating in the team's investigation, Maureen's husband, Nathan (MAX MARTINI - "The Division," "24"), goes into hiding when the agents discover Nathan's and Maureen's real identities along with their involvement in a deadly bombing 15 years ago. While attempting to obtain useful information from the couple's teenage son, Luke (JESSE HEAD), the squad explores whether the woman's abduction is connected to the bombing.

    Meanwhile, an awkward situation occurs when Jack resurfaces to assist the team--now under Vivian's leadership - as their superiors try to figure out the best way to deal with Jack's sudden decision to remain in New York.

  3. 03 - Light Years

    While searching for missing 37-year-old X-ray technician Teddy Cota (DAVID EIGENBERG), the team discovers that Teddy long believed that when he was a child, he was abducted by aliens. The missing man's pregnant ex-girlfriend explains that she ended her relationship with him after he confessed that he feared the extraterrestrials would return for him and their baby. After a friend at Teddy's alien abductees support group claims that he and Teddy had recently been trailed by two menacing "men in black," it seems the team's only normal lead is from a neighbor who saw Teddy let an agitated man into his apartment the night he disappeared. Meanwhile, Jack handles the awkwardness of displacing Vivian as the team's leader, and his lawyer, Ed Felder (recurring guest star TIMOTHY BUSFIELD), tells him that his estranged wife is planning to use his affair with Samantha to prove he's an unfit parent in their custody battle.

  4. 04 - Upstairs, Downstairs

    Jack and the team must determine if a missing nanny is a kidnapping victim or a suspect when she and the infant in her care disappear from her employers' home. Initially, nanny June (ESPERANZA CATUBIG) is the prime suspect in the baby's disappearance after the child's affluent parents inform the agents that they'd just terminated June for stealing. However, when a caller demands a ransom in exchange for the safe return of both June and the child, the team contemplates who may have kidnapped the pair, while also considering that June could be orchestrating the crime. Emmy Award winner CHAD LOWE ("Life Goes On") guest stars as Lawrence Pierce, the missing infant's father.

  5. 05 - American Goddess

    Lynette Shaw (ELIZABETH BERKLEY - "The First Wives Club," "Saved by the Bell"), the physically transformed winner of the popular surgical makeover reality show "American Goddess," disappears in the midst of a publicity event. Jack and the team soon learn that although Lynette was transformed from an average-looking restaurant bookkeeper to a stunning celebrity of sorts, she remained the fragile, insecure and lonely person she had always been. The agents attempt to identify and locate a man who left several messages on Lynette's answering machine prior to her disappearance, and they investigate the bitter "American Goddess" contestant whom Lynette inadvertently caused to be disqualified from the show. They also delve into whether or not any unstable fellow patients from the mental ward where Lynette once sought care have resurfaced and consider the possibility that the new beauty may have fallen prey to a charming yet dangerous suitor. EVAN HANDLER ("Sex and the City") guest stars as Bruce.

  6. 06 - Nickel and Dimed: Part 1

    The team searches for Colleen McGrath (recurring guest star AUDREY MARIE ANDERSON), a struggling, young, single mother who vanishes after leaving her 3-year-old son in his baby-sitter's care. The detectives create a profile of a loving mother who, despite working two jobs as a housecleaner and a retail-outlet clerk, has been barely able to afford her motel room or the baby-sitter. The team must determine if Colleen has simply run away from her troubles. However, further revelations about Colleen's nervous demeanor on the day of her disappearance, her suspicious windfall the week prior, allegations of illegal activities in her motel room and the disclosure that she had suddenly felt uneasy about cleaning for her current employer, lead the team to question how clean a life she's been living - and if she's been victimized.

  7. 07 - Nickel and Dimed: Part 2

    In a continued effort to find Colleen McGrath (recurring guest star AUDREY MARIE ANDERSON), a missing young mother who had recently been recruited as a drug mule (someone who swallows pellets of illegal substances that are wrapped in condoms or latex gloves, travels to another country and then delivers the drugs), Samantha goes undercover as a woman with similar grim financial circumstances hoping to be approached by the same drug traffickers. Soon after Samantha takes a job at the retail outlet store where Colleen worked, Danny connects the outlet store's manager to another drug mule who was killed two years earlier. After getting the manager to reveal the identity of his boss, Samantha takes a job at the plant where the drug trafficker is seeking recruits. Once there, Samantha convinces Jack to let her go deeper undercover after she is recruited to be a heroin courier.

  8. 08 - Doppelganger II

    When a homeless woman goes missing from a shelter linked to a previous case, Jack suspects Rick Knowles (recurring guest star TONY GOLDWYN - "The Last Samurai," "From the Earth to the Moon") - one of two identical twins - who manipulated his brother, Greg (also played by GOLDWYN), into confessing to the murders of several other homeless women.

  9. 09 - Trials

    Jack and the team search for Peter Dusek (JOSEF SOMMER), a wealthy, 72-year-old murder trial juror, whose disappearance could cause a mistrial. Although the agents initially suspect that the defendant may have orchestrated Peter's disappearance as a means of forcing a mistrial, they soon wonder if the juror disappeared of his own volition, since he tried to recuse himself with a note from his cardiologist the day after the defendant threatened a witness in the courtroom. Upon learning that Peter is a multi-millionaire who was in the process of adding someone to his will, the team suspects Peter's resentful adult son, while also considering that the missing man could have been kidnapped by someone seeking a hefty ransom.

  10. 10 - Malone v. Malone

    As part of the child custody battle, Jack endures a lengthy, brutal deposition by his wife's divorce attorney, during which his wife, Maria (recurring guest star TALIA BALSAM), unexpectedly arrives. Maria's cutthroat lawyer uses Jack's childhood traumas, his past affair with Samantha and his dedication to his job against him. Meanwhile, a noticeably distracted Samantha ponders whether or not she's responsible for Jack's current personal woes. Recurring guest star MARTIN LANDAU ("Mission Impossible" television series, "Ed Wood") appears as Jack's father, Frank, and recurring guest star TIMOTHY BUSFIELD appears as Jack's attorney, Ed Felder.

  11. 11 - 4.0

    Jack and the team search for Tara Patterson (MICHELLE HORN), a brilliant 16-year-old private-school student who was last seen by her friends at a bus stop. Tara appears to be the perfect daughter, but the honor student was buying drugs, and the agents wonder if her disappearance is related to the pills she uses. Tara was also selling research papers, and the team theorizes that a disgruntled customer could have been involved. One of her friends tells Jack that Tara was dating a married man, but when the team uncovers the truth, the agents discover they may have two lives to save. Series star Anthony LaPaglia's real-life wife, GIA CARIDES ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding"), guest stars as Stephanie Patterson, the missing teen's widowed mother.

  12. 12 - Penitence

    While searching for convict James "Mac" MacAvoy (JEREMY DAVIDSON), who disappeared during a prison yard fight, the team attempts to determine whether he's a cunning escapee or the victim of a sinister inside plot. Despite the prison warden's insistence that the missing man escaped with another inmate during a staged fight, Jack and his team reluctantly agree to investigate as a potential missing person case at the urging of Mac's despondent sister, Laura (ANNE RAMSAY - "Mad About You"). Laura steadfastly refuses to believe that her brother, who had been serving time for manslaughter, is a runaway, because he had "found God" and was scheduled to be paroled in two weeks. The investigators also wonder why Mac, a member of an Aryan prison gang, would plan a breakout with a black prisoner.

  13. 13 - Volcano

    Jack and the team investigate the disappearance of a 12-year-old autistic boy who ran away during a class trip to a museum. His father, Daniel Norville (VINCENT ANGELL), chaperoned the outing. Jack is suspicious of Daniel, who was seen yelling at the boy before he went missing. Vivian wonders why the child's school aide called in sick and can't be located. And Danny suspects a security guard who has a criminal record.

  14. 14 - Neither Rain Nor Sleet

    Jack and the team investigate the disappearance of Rosie Diaz (ELIZABETH PEÑA - "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "La Bamba"), a postal employee. When her truck is found abandoned and emptied of the $12,000 worth of videogames Rosie was delivering, the team wonders whether she is a victim of foul play or a willing participant in the theft. Rosie is initially labeled as a normal, likeable person and devoted foster mother, but doubts arise when the investigators learn that her two foster children were removed from her care after an anonymous tip of abuse. Also, a child-pornography DVD was subsequently found in her home. Meanwhile, Vivian attempts to keep a personal matter a secret from her colleagues, and Martin tells Samantha that he wants to go public with their relationship. TIMOTHY BUSFIELD ("The West Wing") directed the episode.

  15. 15 - Party Girl

    Jack and the team investigate the disappearance of Chelsea Prince (SOFIA SOKOLOV), a 23-year-old society girl known for her constant partying and headline-grabbing escapades. Her badly beaten limousine driver recounts how the limo was ambushed and Chelsea was taken. The kidnappers create a website poll encouraging people to vote on whether Chelsea should live or die. The team begins its investigation while entertaining the idea that Chelsea may have orchestrated the kidnapping to obtain publicity. The preliminary suspects include the married owner of several popular Manhattan clubs who was enraged when he learned that Chelsea secretly made a sex tape of them together. Also, a disheveled young man had interrupted one of Chelsea's recent book signings, ranting that his sister killed herself because Chelsea ignored the girl's fan letters. Suspicions arise when the investigators discover the heiress begged her business manager for $100,000 the month ago. The pressure really mounts when the majority of poll participants vote for Chelsea to die.

  16. 16 - Manhunt

    Martin is wracked with guilt when he fails to prevent Mike (MASAM HOLDEN), a 12-year-old boy, from being dragged into a car outside of the boy's school. Encouraged by Martin's description of the kidnapper, Brian Stone (DYLAN BAKER - "The Elizabeth Smart Story," "Kinsey"), and his vehicle, the team tries to ease Martin's anguish over failing to stop the boy's abduction, even though he jogged by Mike and the kidnapper just moments before the crime occurred. Although Mike's parents don't recognize the man from the sketch, the school's crossing guard reveals that she's seen the kidnapper with Mike after school over the past few months - a fact that is especially disturbing to the child's dumbfounded parents. Meanwhile, Martin is annoyed by Samantha's reluctance to tell their colleagues about their relationship.

  17. 17 - Lone Star

    Jack and the team search for a real estate agent who went on an appointment and never returned. While researching the missing man's business dealings, the investigators discover that he was involved in a sex slave ring and rented out his commercial property for brothels. After arresting the madam and rescuing the girls from the brothel, the team learns that their missing person is actually an undercover cop whose cover may have been exposed.

  18. 18 - Transitions

    Jack and the team investigate the disappearance of Stephanie (SANDRA NELSON), a singer in a church choir. Stephanie's choir director informs the agents that the missing woman had been unusually emotional at the last choir practice and requested to perform a particular hymn on Sunday but then failed to show up to sing it. She initially appears to be an ordinary churchgoing woman; however, her work history, multiple moves and a conversation with her recently estranged boyfriend soon lead the team to discover Stephanie's surprising secret. Now the agents try to determine if the secret played a role in her disappearance. Meanwhile, Vivian's symptoms make it difficult to hide her heart condition from her co-workers.

  19. 19 - Second Sight

    Vivian takes time off from work to deal with her health problems and tries to act brave before her family and colleagues. Her deeply concerned team members attempt to focus on their case of a missing psychic, Agnes (ALEXANDRA LYDON - "24"). The young woman's associate, Rebecca (NATACHA ROI), divulges that Agnes recently sought her professional guidance regarding how to handle a man who was angry with her. Jack, Samantha, Martin and Danny try to determine if he's the same man who burst into one of Agnes' readings and yelled at her. A neighbor reported that he heard Agnes get pushed down the stairs, furthering the theory that Agnes may have known her abductor. Even though the team doesn't have many leads, the agents are hesitant to investigate Rebecca's vision of a frantic Agnes in a van.

  20. 20 - The Bogie Man

    Thirteen-year-old Daisy Thorpe (ASHLEY ROSE ORR) goes missing in a small upstate New York town that remains shaken by the unsolved murder of the local cleric's 13-year-old daughter, Amber (MEGAN LUSK), seven years ago. The team tries to determine if the same person is responsible for both crimes. As Martin and Danny work from the office, Jack and Samantha are forced to contend with the town's territorial and ineffective local sheriff, whose lead suspect for both cases is Curtis Horne (JOHN KRASINSKI), the lowlife boyfriend of the murdered girl. The team wonders if the missing Daisy may have gotten too close to the truth of Amber's murder when the agents discover that she recently hounded Reverend Isaac Bryce (RANDY OGLESBY - "Enterprise") to discuss his now-deceased daughter. Daisy was obsessed with and outraged by the fact that Amber's killer had never been found. Meanwhile, Vivian remains home for health reasons, and Martin and Samantha's relationship reaches a defining moment.

  21. 21 - Off The Tracks

    The team helps Danny search for his missing, estranged brother, Rafael "Rafi" Alvarez (ALEX FERNANDEZ), a recovering drug addict and ex-convict who Danny grimly suspects may have lapsed into his illegal and destructive past habits. Danny is skeptical when Rafi's pregnant girlfriend, the mother of their 9-year-old son, tells him that Rafi has transformed himself into a responsible family man, who recently obtained a loan to open his own auto body repair shop. But Danny's investigation uncovers that Rafi has been seen with a convicted car thief, and his business loan didn't come from a bank. Although Jack explains that Rafi may have legitimate explanations for the suspicious circumstances, Danny braces himself for the very real possibility that his brother may have placed himself in danger.

  22. 22 - John Michaels

    A 71-year-old man goes missing. The team searches for the man who was last seen getting into a car with two guys. Academy Award winner MARTIN LANDAU ("Mission Impossible," "Ed Wood") reprises his role of Frank Malone, Jack's father.

  23. 23 - Endgame

    As Vivian undergoes open-heart surgery, Jack and the team search for a missing woman who may be the innocent victim of an identity theft ring. But further investigation reveals that she is linked to international terrorists plotting the assassination of a foreign dignitary.