Without a Trace: Season 2, Episode 1

The Bus (25 Sep. 2003)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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A bus full of students goes missing during the middle of its morning round. It becomes clear that the bus was hijacked. When it is finally located, it is empty save for one student who ... See full summary »

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A bus full of students goes missing during the middle of its morning round. It becomes clear that the bus was hijacked. When it is finally located, it is empty save for one student who explains that the hijackers were two of his classmates who want a large ransom. Written by Henrietta G. Molgardy

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Disappointing episode
19 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I didn't enjoy this episode as much as normal. I found it to be a little unrealistic. It started by showing an "uncool" teenage boy, Johnny, played Anton Yelchin (a very talented actor who wasn't as good as usual in his role because his character was not well-drawn and he seemed to make the character slightly autistic). He got on the school bus, which disappeared right after his stop and failed to arrive at school.

Of course people suspect the bus driver has taken the kids. But there seems to be no motive for him to have done so. All the parents are worried. The team seems to be getting nowhere. Eventually the bus is located, with Johnny bound on board and with a message for a ransom delivery.

There are several red herrings in this episode which keep you guessing a little. Luckily, the truth always comes out for our FBI agents, but it takes a lot of effort, and it's not quite what you expect. I found the problem with this episode to be the unrealism of the plot line, the strange motive for the real kidnapper, and the fact they created and tried to execute such a bizarre plan. Episodes are always fun to watch, to see the awesome agent Danny (who got to dress up as a gardener in this one), but the real mystery in this one wasn't very well-done.


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