Without a Trace: Season 2, Episode 15

Wannabe (12 Feb. 2004)

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The FBI investigates the disappearance of Eric Miller, a middle school student who disappeared during a bathroom break. He was only away for about ten minutes, so either he or his suspected... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Miller
Karen Miller
Emily Levine
Brandee Case
Loren Berman ...
Darren Levine
Lisa Potter
Walter Miller
School Psychologist
Matteo Crismani ...
Billy Hopkins
Brandee Case's Mother


The FBI investigates the disappearance of Eric Miller, a middle school student who disappeared during a bathroom break. He was only away for about ten minutes, so either he or his suspected kidnappers may have known what would happen. The investigators learn that Eric had low self-esteem and saw himself as part of the loser crowd at school. When his friend tells Agent Johnson about a bullying incident and they also locate a surveillance video from a local arcade showing an older boy pushing him, they realize they may have something other than a kidnapping. Written by garykmcd

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Stunning and fantastic!
10 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Wannabe" has got to be the best episode of "Without a Trace" and one of the best episodes to ever be shown on television. It begins with the mysterious disappearance of a school student, Eric (Jake Thomas), from the school bathroom. The team immediately interviews his fellow students and find themselves submerged into a school atmosphere where there is violent bullying, emotional manipulation and above all the need to lie and the fear of being viewed a tattletale. In the "Without a Trace" style, the story is shown through interviews and flashbacks, which all make for a very entertaining, if heartbreaking, story. The episode is well-written with some nice dialogue and of course there is superb acting. All the regular cast of "Without a Trace" is excellent, in particular Enrique Murciano whose final scene was stunning. The guest stars are mostly young teenagers, always a risk, yet they all manage to give extremely strong performances (save for one weak scene by Alexa Nikolas). In particular Kasha Kropinski and Jake Thomas were excellent. This episode manages to present a thoughtful account of school bullying and through good use of music and cinematography, is extremely powerful and touching. I highly recommend this to all fans of "Without a Trace" and people who have never seen the series before!

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