Without a Trace: Season 3, Episode 22

John Michaels (12 May 2005)

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An old man estranged from his wife and two daughters goes missing after last being seen ready to jump from the roof of his building. Jack gets personally involved in the case and trying to find the man.

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An old man estranged from his wife and two daughters goes missing after last being seen ready to jump from the roof of his building. Jack gets personally involved in the case and trying to find the man.

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28 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Many fans have written disparaging remarks about this episode. I think probably because they have refused to accept the premise that at this point in the story Jack Malone is a seriously stressed individual. His home life both that concerning his now ex-wife and his daughters, plus his relationship with his father is awful; there have been umpteen problems at work which has placed them all under extreme scrutiny (and as boss the buck stops at Jack); he's sleeping badly, we see him asking the police doctor for tablets to alleviate this situation, he still seems sensitive to Sam's comings and goings. The guy has to explode at some stage. If the writers had allowed Jack the luxury of a fall blown breakdown he would have been removed from the job - is this really what the writers would have wanted for their lead character? So instead they plumped for the bad dream scenario, which on the whole they carried of remarkably well I thought. As to the bad make-up, may I point out again, without wishing to being pedantic about it, but IT WAS A DREAM! Things are like that happen in dreams, at least in mine they do! Overall I thought Mr LaPaglia as always did a great job. Interestingly did any of you notice that in the same way that this episode started and finished with a man standing on the edge of a high building with his arms outstretched, so did the film "Commandments" in which Anthony LaPaglia starred with Aiden Quinn and Courteney Cox. In that film it is Mr Quinn who stands precipitately close to the edge at the start of the film and Anthony LaPaglia who takes up a similar pose at the end of it. Curious, huh?


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