Without a Trace (season 6)

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Without a Trace (season 6)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2007 (2007-09-27) –
May 15, 2008 (2008-05-15)
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List of Without a Trace episodes

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.[1] 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,[2] but was first released in region 2 in Germany on November 20, 2009[3] on and in the UK on July 5, 2010.[4]



No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1191"Lost Boy"John PolsonByron Balasco & Greg WalkerSeptember 27, 2007 (2007-09-27)16.73[5]
Elijah Douglas, the four-year-old adopted son of a celebrity couple, is kidnapped, and the team must determine if the reason has to deal with the parents' status or the boy's own Sudanese origin. They are soon led to a man who was trying to extort the couple claiming to be the child's biological father.
1202"Clean Up"Chris LongGwendolyn M. ParkerOctober 4, 2007 (2007-10-04)14.20[6]
The team considers if Leo Cutler, a father who cleans crime scenes for a living, led to his disappearance with his daughter, Hannah. The case is linked to the daughter's possible sexual assault, and her self-esteem issues about being considered overweight.
1213"Res Ipsa"Greg WalkerGreg WalkerOctober 11, 2007 (2007-10-11)13.62[7]
The team looks into the disappearance of television reporter Christine Woods and learns that her disappearance is tied to her son's torture and death in a Guatemala prison. Jack is forced to bring in the CIA to help crack the case.
1224"Baggage"Scott WhiteDiego Gutierrez & Jan NashOctober 25, 2007 (2007-10-25)12.73[8]
Rhonda Brewer disappears after her boyfriend is killed in a police shooting. Agents believe the disappearance is connected to the girl's brother, a notorious gang leader who had a falling-out with her. Later, Sam learns she is pregnant after a one-night stand.
1235"Run"Kate WoodsJan NashNovember 1, 2007 (2007-11-01)14.58[9]
Kelly Schmidt, later identified as Sue Carlton, disappears after an office shooting, but the case is tied to a custody battle and accusations of molestation.
1246"Where and Why"Jonathan KaplanJan Nash & Greg WalkerNovember 8, 2007 (2007-11-08)21.68[10]

When a serial killer eludes capture in Nevada and escapes with his son to New York, Jack and the team pick up the trail with the help of CSI Las Vegas team leader Gil Grissom (William Petersen).

This episode concludes a crossover with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that begins on "Who and What".
1257"Absalom"Martha MitchellJose MolinaNovember 15, 2007 (2007-11-15)14.41[11]
When college student Tom Sweeney disappears after making racial remarks in a class that are posted on the web, the team wonders if those may be directly connected to his disappearance. But the case reveals about the student's racial identity and his real father.
1268"Fight/Flight"Jeannot SzwarcDavid H. GoodmanNovember 22, 2007 (2007-11-22)12.21[12]
The disappearance of ultimate fighter Brett Hendricks leads the team to investigate his background, where they learn the man had a number of enemies. They also learn about his motivation to become a fighter after he was beaten up in school and he was afraid he enjoyed the fighting too much. Sam tracks down her baby's father.
1279"One Wrong Move"Jeff T. ThomasGwendolyn M. Parker & Diego GutierrezDecember 6, 2007 (2007-12-06)12.68[13]
When single mother Lindsay Bynum goes missing, the team determines if the ex-con's past criminal activity (embezzlement) caused her to disappear after visiting a prison inmate. Agent Johnson gets a possible break in her case involving the kidnapping of a young woman in a sex trafficking case.
12810"Claus and Effect"Bobby RothAlicia Kirk & David AmannDecember 13, 2007 (2007-12-13)15.15[14]
Glen Beckett, a child prodigy turned store Santa, vanishes and the team wonders if he had criminal connections. They learn he is a brilliant mathematician who dropped out of college after having a crisis of conscience.
12911"4G"Eric CloseAmanda Segel MarksJanuary 10, 2008 (2008-01-10)13.83[15]
Malone and his team start off the new year investigating how private investigator Scott Lucas might have gone missing. They learn the investigator had a special bond with a teenager who had a terrible foster home life and the teenager tried to be like the PI.
13012"Article 32"Martha MitchellByron BalascoJanuary 17, 2008 (2008-01-17)13.29[16]
Laura Richards, a veterans-hospital worker who made the prosthetics for the injured soldiers, disappears. The team learns she was involved in an anti-Iraq war group who is planning a huge explosion, she tried to back out of it after hearing the stories of the injured soldiers.
13113"Hard Reset"John PolsonJan Nash, David Amann, Greg Walker & José MolinaApril 3, 2008 (2008-04-03)15.20[17]
Jack goes missing after taking a case into his own hands which soon becomes intertwined with a human trafficking prostitution case that Vivian is working on.
13214"A Bend In the Road"Jonathan KaplanDiego Gutierrez & Amanda Segel MarksApril 10, 2008 (2008-04-10)14.49[18]
While struggling to deal with the aftermath of Jack's accident, the team searches to find Diana Reed, a teen heart transplant recipient, believing her disappearance might be connected to her donor. They learn she was trying to find out as much about her donor as she could. Samantha talks to Brian.
13315"Deja Vu"Chris LongByron Balasco & David AmannApril 24, 2008 (2008-04-24)13.47[19]
The team searches for Jay McCann, a coma patient who had woken up after three years only to disappear. The team is led to another missing persons case in which the person disappeared on the same night the patient lapsed into a coma. Jack leaves the hospital and searches for a girl he saved from sex traffickers and then kills her abductor.
13416"A Dollar and a Dream"Martha MitchellDavid H. Goodman & David MonganMay 1, 2008 (2008-05-01)12.83[20]
After Lacey Moran, the latest lottery winner, goes missing, the team looks at her friends, family, job, and the people she knew. Along the way, the team becomes convinced that the lucky lottery winner wasn't so lucky after all and she might have stolen the ticket. Jack investigates Brian.
13517"Driven"John PolsonByron Balasco & Gwendolyn M. ParkerMay 8, 2008 (2008-05-08)14.67[21]
Connor Baynes, a man who recently saved a child from being hit from a bus, goes missing. The team is led to an old house fire that claimed the lives of two people while the police suspected Baynes set the fire. Jack's mental health is evaluated by a psychiatrist (Linda Hunt) and when Sam confronts Brian about his past he discontinues everything to do with her or his baby.
13618"Satellites"Jonathan KaplanGreg Walker & Jan NashMay 15, 2008 (2008-05-15)14.54[22]
When five people with an odd connection all are abducted from a local coffee shop, the team learns about an old case that involved child molestation by a counselor at a summer camp. Meanwhile, Sam gives birth while the department opens an inquiry on Jack, talks to his staff and demotes him because they feel he is unfit to lead the department.


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