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WITHOUT A TRACE
Air Date: Thursday, September 23, 2004
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: (#301) "In the Dark"
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THE TEAM SEARCHES FOR A BLIND TEEN AND HER MOBILITY INSTRUCTOR WHO WERE KIDNAPPED DURING A CAMPING TRIP, ON THE THIRD-SEASON PREMIERE OF "WITHOUT A TRACE," THURSDAY, SEPT. 23 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Timothy Busfield ("thirtysomething," "The West Wing") Joins the Series as a Co-Executive Producer and Guest Stars as Jack's Attorney

"In the Dark" -- Vivian and the team search for a blind teen and her mobility instructor who were abducted during a camping outing, while Jack tries to make sense of the bombshell that his wife not only wants a divorce but also seeks sole custody of their daughters, on the third-season premiere of WITHOUT A TRACE, Thursday, Sept. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Paul Holahan directed the episode written by series creator and one of the series' executive producers, Hank Steinberg.

Timothy Busfield ("thirtysomething," "The West Wing") joins the series as a co-executive producer and guest stars as Jack's attorney.

None of the team members know what Jack's been through since he helped solve his final case as their leader the night prior. Additionally, the newly-promoted Vivian doesn't suspect that upon reaching Samantha and Martin on their cell phones early in the morning to start the next case, the pair is actually together´┐Ż in Samantha's bed. Concerning the case, though the team quickly becomes suspicious of the mobility instructor's brother who was secretly dating the missing girl, they soon become intent on locating a diner waiter who was reportedly fixated on her as well.

WITHOUT A TRACE is a procedural drama about the New York Missing Persons Squad of the FBI. The sole responsibility of the special task force is to find missing persons by applying advanced psychological profiling techniques to peel back the layers of the victims' lives and trace their whereabouts in an effort to discover whether they have been abducted, been murdered, committed suicide or simply run away. The team reconstructs a "Day of Disappearance" timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance and digs into every facet of the victim's life, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is. Senior agent Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia), a tough but compassionate, seasoned and astute professional, heads the dedicated team that knows too well that every second counts when someone vanishes. His squad includes Samantha Spade (Poppy Montgomery), an agent whose blonde good looks belie a tough, complex approach to her work; Vivian Johnson (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a no-nonsense investigator with a special insight into victims' families; Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano), whose sensitivity is often covered up by his street smarts, and the strait-laced Martin Fitzgerald (Eric Close), who joined the team as a result of his father's connections but has since earned his stripes. As the agents work on varied and complicated cases, details about their own lives continue to unfold.

WITHOUT A TRACE is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Productions. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Hank Steinberg are executive producers.

Jack Malone: Anthony LaPaglia
Samantha Spade: Poppy Montgomery
Vivian Johnson: Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Danny Taylor: Enrique Murciano
Martin Fitzgerald: Eric Close
Kelly Corcoran: Angela Goethals
Luisa Cruz: Iyari Limon
Trent Barker: Chris Owen
Lott Mardell: Matthew Boylan
Wendy Corcoran: Mary Mara
Bruce Corcoran: Paul Schulze
Hanna Malone: Vanessa Marano
Kate Malone: Laura Marano
Maria Malone: Talia Balsam
Alberto Cruz: Carlos Cervantes
Tito Cruz: Francis Capra
Mrs. Barker: Brooks Almy
Manager: Kathleen Gibson
Doctor: Roy Abramsohn
Reporter: Kristin Carey
Ed Felder: Timothy Busfield
Monica: Gabrielle Christian

RATING: TV14-LSV

(ADVISORY: Due To Violent Content, Parental Discretion Is Advised)

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