Without a Trace

Without a Trace is an American police procedural television drama series that originally aired on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009, following the cases of a Missing Persons Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in New York City. On May 19, 2009, CBS announced the cancellation of the series after seven seasons.[1]

Without a Trace
Without a trace logo
Created byHank Steinberg
StarringAnthony LaPaglia
Poppy Montgomery
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Enrique Murciano
Eric Close
Roselyn Sánchez
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes160 (list of episodes)
Production
Production location(s)New York City, New York, U.S.
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Jerry Bruckheimer Television
CBS Productions
(2002-2006)
(seasons 1-4)
CBS Paramount Network Television
(2006-2009)
(seasons 5-7)
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 26, 2002 –
May 19, 2009

Premise

Each episode followed the search for one individual under tight time constraints. The stories also focused on the personal lives of the team members and illustrated how their experiences gave them insight into cases. The team consisted of Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia), Samantha Spade (Poppy Montgomery), Vivian Johnson (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano), Martin Fitzgerald (Eric Close) and Elena Delgado (Roselyn Sánchez), the last of whom joined the cast in the fourth season. The real FBI does investigate missing persons; specifically, they have the authority to help in any "mysterious" disappearances of children abducted by nonfamily members. The groups that investigate these crimes are called Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams.[2] They get involved in other missing persons cases as needed but do not have a dedicated unit. One element that set the series apart from other TV police dramas was the display of information about real-life missing persons at the end of most episodes. This resulted in a kidnapped brother and sister being found on July 25, 2005.[3] At least five people have been found as a result of those announcements.[4] Occasionally, such information was replaced with other public-service announcements, such as an episode about an attempted suicide which presented information on a suicide help line. Showings outside the United States tend to omit missing persons information; however, Australia's Nine Network usually showed Australian cases, and in Hong Kong, the TVB Pearl showed information about local missing persons during the first two seasons. Without a Trace took place within Jerry Bruckheimer's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation universe. A crossover episode in 2007 featured characters Gil Grissom from CSI and Jack Malone from Without a Trace working together to solve the same case.

History

Without a Trace debuted as part of the CBS fall line-up in 2002, created by Hank Steinberg and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It was the first show to achieve strong ratings opposite longtime NBC hit medical drama ER which, like Without a Trace, is produced by Warner Bros. Television. The first two showrunners were Steinberg and Ed Redlich. Between seasons two and three, Redlich moved away from active participation in the series, with staff writers Jan Nash and Greg Walker taking over. In the middle of season four, Steinberg left to produce the series The Nine, while remaining executive producer. The show is the only primetime U.S. drama to feature two Australians (LaPaglia and Montgomery) and a Briton (Jean-Baptiste) playing Americans in the regular cast. In 2003, the TNT Network acquired syndication rights to the series for US$1.4 million per episode. As of January, 2018, Without a Trace can be seen on the basic cable channel POP and the digital TV channel ESCAPE. It apparently airs every day in large blocks, with episodes being shown in the order of their original air dates. Info as to when the show was added to the POP line-up is currently unavailable. Without a Trace ran on Thursdays at 10 pm until September 2006, when it was moved to Sundays. In the 2007–2008 season, it swapped timeslots with Shark, returning it to its old timeslot on Thursdays. However, this lasted only until the 2008–2009 season, when it moved to Tuesdays at 10pm. On May 19, 2009, the morning the series finale aired, it was reported that the series would not be returning for an eighth season.[1]

Main cast

Name Portrayed by Occupation Position Main cast Guest cast
John "Jack" Michael Malone Anthony LaPaglia Special Agent - Missing Persons Unit, FBI Supervisory Agent, Head of MPU Seasons 1–7
Samantha "Sam" Spade Poppy Montgomery Special Agent - Missing Persons Unit, FBI Field Agent, MPU Seasons 1–7
Vivian "Viv" Johnson Marianne Jean-Baptiste Special Agent - Missing Persons Unit, FBI Senior Field Agent, MPU Seasons 1–7
Danny Taylor, né Alvarez Enrique Murciano Special Agent - Missing Persons Unit, FBI Field Agent, MPU Seasons 1–7
Elena Delgado Roselyn Sánchez Special Agent - Missing Persons Unit, FBI Field Agent, MPU Seasons 4–7 Season 4 (prior to
joining the regular cast)
Martin Fitzgerald Eric Close Special Agent - Missing Persons Unit, FBI Field Agent, MPU Seasons 1–7

Season synopsis

Season 1

In the first season, the team is introduced to the viewers.

Season 2

As the team continues to track down missing people, Jack and his wife slide towards divorce, while Jack must also care for his father (Martin Landau) who has Alzheimer's disease. The team members' life histories are revealed, including the fact that Martin was practically raised by his aunt and uncle, and Danny is an orphan whose estranged brother Rafael (Alex Fernandez) is a convicted felon. Martin fatally shoots a child sex trafficker, and both Vivian and he must keep quiet to keep their jobs. Jack makes a last-ditch attempt to save his marriage by moving to Chicago with his family, giving Vivian a long-awaited promotion to his post, but at the last minute, his wife Maria (Talia Balsam) leaves without him, taking their daughters Hannah and Kate (Vanessa and Laura Marano) with her.

Following a campaign by the conservative group the Parents Television Council, CBS was fined a record $3.6 million for indecency for the sixth episode "Our Sons and Daughters", which centered around a teenaged orgy. CBS argued that the episode "featured an important and socially relevant storyline warning parents to exercise greater supervision of their teenaged children."[5]

Season 3

Vivian loses her promotion when Jack returns to his job, causing some commotion among the team. She also experiences heart trouble that endangers her life and her career, and undergoes risky surgery. Martin and Samantha begin a secret office romance, and because of disagreements between them on whether or not to reveal it to the rest of the team, it ends badly. Jack undergoes a brutal custody battle with his ex-wife. Danny has to confront his traumatic past, and Rafael. The season ends with a cliffhanger as a hired mercenary opens fire on Martin and Danny's car while they transport a prisoner.

Season 4

After barely surviving the gun battle that ended season three, Martin must recover from near-fatal gunshot wounds while Danny battles post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Stretched for help, the team gets a new member, Elena Delgado, a former NYPD vice-squad officer with an aggressive, streetwise attitude. She has a past connection to Danny, the nature of which is unknown until season five. Martin develops an addiction to painkillers, and Jack begins a romance with Anne Cassidy (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), the widow of a former mentor killed in the line of duty.

Season 5

Anne miscarries and abruptly ends her relationship with Jack. Danny and Elena begin to date each other, while her ex-husband Carlos Aguilar (Jsu Garcia) sues for custody of their daughter Sofie (Ashlyn Sanchez), and later abducts her. More about Samantha's difficult past is revealed, including her strained relationships with her mother Patricia (Tess Harper) and older sister Emily (Molly Price). Jack is abducted and tortured by a psychotic woman, but initially appears to show few effects. At the end of the season, Carlos is freed, leaving the team worried about Elena's safety, and a serial kidnapper appears to be preying on young women.

Season 6

Vivian is put in charge of a task force to locate the serial kidnapper, who is part of a sex-trafficking ring. Samantha discovers that she is pregnant from a one-night stand with a bartender at the time, Brian Donovan (Adam Kaufman), and by the end of the season, he waives paternal rights because of what Jack digs up on him and Sam confronting him about it, and she gives birth to her son named Finn. Jack begins a pattern of roughing up suspects and intimidating people to make them talk, which appears to be related to PTSD. He also gets into a dangerous situation without backup and is nearly killed, and becomes overly involved in the life of a teenager he saved from the sex traffickers. In the season finale, he is demoted and put in mandatory therapy with Dr. Clare Bryson (Linda Hunt).

This season also contained a two-part crossover episode with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as Jack and Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and their teams track down a serial killer responsible for the disappearance of a boy six years ago. Both episodes are included on the DVD collection for CSI's eighth season.

Without a Trace completed 12 episodes of season six before the 2007-2008 WGA strike.[6] Because the show's writing staff all joined the strike, no more new episodes were made until the issue was settled. Once the strike ended, the show returned on April 3, 2008, with six episodes.[7]

Season 7

Episodes

Crossover with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

In "Where and "Why", Gil Grissom comes to New York to help the FBI track down a serial killer after Jack Malone comes to Las Vegas to help the CSIs with a murder victim in "Who and What".

Reception

The series received generally positive reviews during its original broadcast.[8]

U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Without A Trace on CBS:

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1st Thursday 10:00 pm / 9:00 C September 26, 2002 May 15, 2003 2002–2003 #15 15.09[9]
2nd September 25, 2003 May 20, 2004 2003–2004 #11 16.74[10]
3rd September 23, 2004 May 19, 2005 2004–2005 #8 18.68[11]
4th September 29, 2005 May 18, 2006 2005–2006 #7 18.7[12]
5th Sunday 10:00 pm / 9:00 C September 24, 2006 May 10, 2007 2006–2007 #16 14.7[13]
6th Thursday 10:00 pm / 9 C September 27, 2007 May 15, 2008 2007–2008 #20 13.10[14]
7th Tuesday 10:00 pm / 9:00 C September 23, 2008 May 19, 2009 2008–2009 #18 12.86[15]

List of Awards and Nominations

During the series run it received 4 Creative Arts Emmy award nominations, 1 Golden Globe award nomination, 1 Primetime Emmy award nomination, and 3 Screen Actors Guild award nominations.

Year Association Category Nominee/Recipient Results
2003 Creative Arts Emmy award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Charles S. Dutton Won
2003 Creative Arts Emmy award Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series Aaron Osborne

Jeannie Gunn

Won
2003 Image award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marianne Jean-Baptise Nominated
2003 Satellite award Best Television Series - Drama Nominated
2003 Young Artist award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor David Henrie Nominated
2004 Gold Derby award Best Drama Series Nominated
2004 Gold Derby award Best Lead Actor Anthony LaPaglia Nominated
2004 Gold Derby award Best Supporting Actress in a Series Marianne Jean-Baptise Nominated
2004 Gold Derby award Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Martin Landau Nominated
2004 Gold Derby award Best Episode of the Year "Wannabe" David Barrett

Hank Steinberg

Nominated
2004 Golden Globe award Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Drama Anthony LaPaglia Won
2004 Gracie Allen award Outstanding Entertainment Program - Drama Won
2004 Primetime Emmy award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Anthony LaPaglia Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Martin Landau Nominated
2004 Satellite award Best Lead Actor in a Series - Drama Anthony LaPaglia Nominated
2004 Young Artist award Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Aria Noelle Curzon Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Anthony LaPaglia Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Eric Close

Marianne Jean-Baptise

Anthony LaPaglia

Poppy Montgomery

Enrique Murciano

Nominated
2005 Creative Arts Emmy award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Martin Landau Nominated
2005 Satellite award Best Lead Actor in a Series - Drama Anthony LaPaglia
2005 Screen Actors Guild award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Anthony LaPaglia Nominated
2005 Young Artist award Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Loren Berman Nominated
2006 GLAAD Media award Outstanding Individual Episode "Transitions" Nominated
2006 Gold Derby award Best Supporting Actor Martin Landau Nominated
2006 Gold Derby award Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Laurie Metcalf Nominated
2006 Image award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Marianne Jean-Baptise Nominated
2006 Young Artist award Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Masam Holden Nominated
2006 Young Artist award Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Ashley Rose Nominated
2007 ALMA award Outstanding Supporting Actress - TV Series, Miniseries or Television Movie Roselyn Sanchez Nominated
2007 Image award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Roselyn Sanchez Nominated
2007 Image award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marianne Jean-Baptise Nominated
2007 Young Artist award Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest StarringYoung Actor Darian Weiss Won
2008 ALMA award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Enrique Murciano Nominated
2008 ALMA award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series Roselyn Sanchez Won
2008 ALMA award Outstanding Writing for a Television Series Jose Molina Nominated
2008 Image award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marianne Jean-Baptise Nominated
2008 Young Artist award Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Ashley Sanchez Nominated
2009 ALMA award Actor in a Television - Drama Enrique Murciano Nominated
2009 ALMA award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Roselyn Sanchez Nominated
2009 Australian Film Institute award Best Actor Anthony LaPaglia Nominated
2009 Young Artist award Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Haley Ramm Nominated

Home media

Season releases

DVD name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete 1st Season September 14, 2004[16] January 10, 2005[17] December 15, 2004[18]
The Complete 2nd Season March 13, 2007[19] January 16, 2006[20] November 16, 2005[21]
The Complete 3rd Season May 15, 2012[22] July 24, 2006[23] May 2, 2007[24]
The Complete 4th Season September 11, 2012[25] July 14, 2008[26] July 1, 2009[27]
The Complete 5th Season November 27, 2012[28] February 22, 2010 N/A
The Complete 6th Season May 7, 2013[29] July 5, 2010 N/A
The Complete 7th and Final Season April 29, 2014[30] N/A N/A

Without A Trace Season 1 has been released on Region 1, Region 2 and Region 4 DVD. Season 2 (region 1 DVD) was released on March 13, 2007.[19] Seasons 3 and 4 were released on Region 1 DVDs in 2012 under the Warner Archive "Manufactured On Demand" model. Season 5 was released in Region 1 on November 27, 2012. Season 6 was released in Regions 1 and 4 on May 7, 2013. Season 7 was released on April 29, 2014 on Region 1. All seven seasons are not available in Canada.

Seasons 1–6 have all been released under Region 2 encoding, while Seasons 1-4 have been released under Region 4 encoding.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Without a Trace cancelled". TV Series Finale. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation – Crimes Against Children – Nonfamily Child Abductions
  3. ^ For the First Time, a Kidnapped Brother and Sister Are Found as a Direct Result of a Tip from a "Without a Trace" Viewer Who Saw the Missing Boy Profiled During the July 21st Broadcast of the CBS Series, The Futon Critic, July 25, 2005. Accessed July 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Missing 18-Year-Old Woman Is Found After Being Featured in a Public Service Announcement During the June 1 Broadcast of "Without a Trace", The Futon Critic, August 8, 2006. Accessed July 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Finn, Natalie (March 15, 2006). "CBS Fined for "Trace" of Indecency". Eonline.com. E!. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
  6. ^ The TV Grid: Is your show coming back?, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  7. ^ "CBS Sets Series Return Dates". Retrieved February 13, 2008.
  8. ^ Without a Trace Reviews Metacritic.
  9. ^ "2002-03 Ratings". Retrieved May 25, 2007.
  10. ^ "SEASON TO DATE PROGRAM RANKINGS - part 1 FROM 09/22/03 THROUGH 05/30/04" (Press release). ABC Medianet. June 2, 2004. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  11. ^ "SEASON PROGRAM RANKINGS - part 1 FROM 09/20/04 THROUGH 05/29/05" (Press release). ABC Medianet. June 1, 2005. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  12. ^ "05/06 series". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on December 8, 2006. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  13. ^ "06/07 series". The Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  14. ^ "Season Program Rankings" (PDF). ABC Medianet. May 28, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
  15. ^ "SEASON RANKINGS FROM 09/22/08 THROUGH 05/31/09" (Press release). ABC Medianet. June 2, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
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  18. ^ "Without A Trace - Season 1 (Special Price) DVD". www.dvdorchard.com.au. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
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  20. ^ "Without A Trace: Season 2: 4dvd: Box Set". HMV.com. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
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  25. ^ "Amazon.com: Without a Trace: The Complete Fourth Season: Anthony Lapaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano, Roselyn Sanchez, Eric Close: Movies & TV". Retrieved May 27, 2015.
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  29. ^ "Amazon.com: Without a Trace: The Complete Sixth Season: Anthony La Paglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano, Roselyn Sanchez, Eric Close: Movies & TV". Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  30. ^ "Amazon.com: Without a Trace: The Complete Seventh Season: Anthony La Paglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano, Roselyn Sanchez, Eric Close: Movies & TV". Retrieved May 27, 2015.

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Anthony LaPaglia

Anthony M. LaPaglia (, Italian pronunciation: [laˈpaʎʎa]; born 31 January 1959) is an Australian-American actor.

He played the role of Joe in the coming-of-age comedy Empire Records and John in the film Autumn In New York, as well as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American television series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.

He also appeared in eight episodes of Frasier as Daphne Moon's alcoholic brother Simon.

LaPaglia starred in the Australian films Looking for Alibrandi, Holding the Man, Lantana and Balibo. For the latter two films he won AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2001 and 2009.

Enrique Murciano

Enrique Ricardo Murciano (born July 9, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his role as FBI agent Danny Taylor in the CBS mystery drama series Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009.

Eric Close

Eric Randolph Close (born May 24, 1967) is an American actor, best known for his roles in television series, particularly as FBI agent Martin Fitzgerald in the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace (2002–2009) and Teddy Conrad in the ABC musical drama Nashville (2012–2017).

Gil Grissom

Gilbert Arthur Grissom (born August 17, 1956), Ph.D. is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by William Petersen. Grissom is a forensic entomologist and, for the series' first nine seasons, a CSI Level III Supervisor employed by the Las Vegas Police Department. He appeared in 198 episodes, and was replaced by Laurence Fishburne and, later, Ted Danson.

Jack Malone

Special Agent John "Jack" Michael Malone is a character in the CBS crime drama Without a Trace, portrayed by Anthony LaPaglia. He was the lead agent for the New York City FBI missing persons case squad. His departmental title is Supervisory Special Agent of New York District Unit C-8. He appeared on a crossover episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation called "Who and What".

Laura Marano

Laura Marie Marano (born November 29, 1995) is an American actress and singer. She starred in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally as Ally Dawson. Marano was one of the five original classmates in Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. She starred in Without a Trace for three seasons and also Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. Marano starred in the indie film A Sort of Homecoming. Marano also starred in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh-Allyn Baker.In 2015, she signed with Big Machine Records and released her debut single "Boombox" on March 11, 2016 and "La La" later that year. On October 5, 2018, Laura Marano released the single Me as an independent artist.

Laura is the younger sister of actress Vanessa Marano, who starred in Freeform's Switched at Birth.

Linda Hunt

Lydia Susanna Hunt (born April 2, 1945), better known by her stage name Linda Hunt, is an American actress. After making her film debut playing Mrs. Oxheart in Popeye (1980), Hunt's breakthrough came playing the male character Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first person to win an Oscar portraying a character of the opposite sex.

She has had great success in films such as The Bostonians (1984), Dune (1984), Silverado (1985), Eleni (1985), Waiting for the Moon (1987), She-Devil (1989), Kindergarten Cop (1990), If Looks Could Kill (1991), Rain Without Thunder (1992), Twenty Bucks (1993), Younger and Younger (1993), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Relic (1997), Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998), Dragonfly (2002), Yours Mine and Ours (2005), and Stranger than Fiction (2006).

Hunt has also had a successful television career. She played Rose in the television movie Basements (1987) and narrated in the television movie The New Chimpanzees. She guest-starred on Hallmark Hall of Fame in both 1978 and 1987, Space Rangers in 1993, Carnivale in both 2003 and 2005, Without a Trace in 2008, The Unit in 2008, and Nip Tuck in 2009. From 1997 to 2002, Hunt played the recurring role of Judge Zoey Hiller on The Practice. She currently portrays Henrietta "Hetty" Lange on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, a role she has played since 2009, for which she has received two Teen Choice Awards. She is also the narrator for the Greek era of the God of War video game franchise.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste (born 26 April 1967) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in the film Secrets & Lies (1996), for which she received an Academy Award nomination, and on the television series Without a Trace (2002–2009).

Poppy Montgomery

Poppy Montgomery (born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donaghue; 15 June 1972) is an Australian-American actress. She played FBI agent Samantha Spade on the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009, and played Detective Carrie Wells on the CBS/A&E police drama Unforgettable from 2011 to 2016.

Roselyn Sánchez

Roselyn Sánchez (born April 2, 1973) is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. On television, she is best known for her roles as Elena Delgado on the CBS police procedural Without a Trace (2005–09), and as Carmen Luna on the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–16). In film, Sánchez has appeared in Rush Hour 2 (2001), Boat Trip (2002), The Game Plan (2007), and Act of Valor (2012).

Samantha Spade

Special Agent Samantha "Sam" Spade is a fictional character portrayed by actress Poppy Montgomery on the CBS television drama Without a Trace.

Samantha is a Special Agent in the New York City FBI missing persons case squad led by Special Agent Jack Malone. She was raised in a poor, troubled home in the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin and as a result is particularly empathetic to kids in troubled situations. She was very unhappy as a teenager and tried to run away when she was sixteen, but was stopped by her mother and a policeman. She had a short-lived marriage when she was eighteen. She has had an on-again-off-again romantic relationship with Jack Malone, that began with an affair while he was married. She also had a secret office romantic relationship with Martin Fitzgerald, which ended because of disagreements between them on whether or not to reveal it to the rest of the team. She has a son, Finn, with her ex-boyfriend Brian Donovan, who is played by Adam Kaufman, Montgomery's real-life boyfriend at the time.In Episode 18 of Season 5, Sam's estranged older sister, Emily (Molly Price), visited. When Samantha was fourteen, she killed her mother Patricia (Tess Harper)'s then-boyfriend (Joe Henry) with a shovel because she caught him sexually abusing Emily (Episode 19). They buried him in the woods next to the cabin and eventually grew distant from each other. Samantha learns that as a result of this abuse, Emily had a son, Randy, who now has cancer so she sought a bone marrow donor. Sam is not a match but her mother is a possibility.

Spade received her name because her mother was a fan of fictional detective Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon, created by Dashiell Hammett.

Trish Thuy Trang

Trish Thuy Trang (born December 15, 1980) is a Vietnamese American singer and songwriter.

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Nicole Marano (born October 31, 1992) is an American actress. She has starred in television movies and had recurring roles in such series as Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Scoundrels, Grey's Anatomy and The Young and the Restless. From 2011-2017, she starred as Bay Kennish on the Freeform television series Switched at Birth.

Vivian Johnson

Special Agent Vivian "Viv" Johnson is a fictional character played by British actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste on the CBS TV drama Without a Trace. Vivian is second in command of the FBI missing persons case squad in New York City. The squad solves a new missing persons case every week.

Vivian Johnson has had conflict with her boss, Agent Jack Malone, because she lost out on a promotion after Jack decided against transferring to the Chicago field office and asked for his old job back. In the third season Vivian underwent open heart surgery. Vivian is married and is the mother of a teenage son named Reggie. At work, she is shown to have a good friendship with Jack. Vivian is Jack's right-hand man and is seen giving him advice and comfort during hard times. Even though Jack often dismisses her caring nature she is always loyal and there for him. Vivian understands Jack the most out of all the agents and is often like him, which leads to their bumping heads.

Vivian can speak French and has problems with her brother who works at the 43rd Precinct.

Without a Trace (film)

Without a Trace is a 1983 American drama film. It is based on the novel Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon. The film stars Kate Nelligan, Judd Hirsch, David Dukes and Stockard Channing. The story is partly based on the disappearance of Etan Patz.

Without a Trace (season 1)

The first season of Without a Trace premiered September 26, 2002 on CBS and concluded on May 15, 2003. There are 23 episodes in this season. It was released on DVD in region 1 on September 14, 2004. In region 2, the first season was released on DVD in the UK on January 10, 2005 and in Germany on February 25, 2005. In region 4 the first season was released on December 12, 2004

Without a Trace (season 4)

The fourth season of the television drama Without a Trace premiered September 29, 2005 on CBS and ended on May 18, 2006. There are 24 episodes in this season. Roselyn Sanchez joins the cast as Elena Delgado in this season.

The fourth season of Without a Trace has not had an official release on DVD in region 1, though it is available as an MOD. It was released in region 2 in Germany on May 15, 2008 on and in the UK on July 14, 2008. In region 4 the fourth season was released on July 1, 2009

Without a Trace (season 6)

The sixth season of Without a Trace began airing in United States on September 27, 2007. Twelve episodes had been completed before the WGA Strike. A further six episodes were produced after the end of the strike, making this the shortest season of Without a Trace at 18 episodes.

This season included a cross-over with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation involving Jack and Gil Grissom tracking a serial killer from Las Vegas to New York. This established Without a Trace as part of the same fictional universe as the trilogy of CSI shows and Cold Case.

The sixth season of Without a Trace was not released on DVD in region 1 until May 7, 2013, but was first released in region 2 in Germany on November 20, 2009 on and in the UK on July 5, 2010.

Without a Trace (season 7)

The seventh and final season of Without a Trace began airing on September 23, 2008 and ended on May 19, 2009. There are 24 episodes in this season. It was announced on the morning of the season finale, May 19, 2009, that CBS declined to renew the show for an eighth season.For the 2008-09 U.S. television season the seventh season of Without a Trace ranked 18th with an average of 12.97 million viewers.The seventh season was not released on DVD in Region 1 until April 29, 2014.

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