Without a Trace (season 7)

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Without a Trace (season 7)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2008 (2008-09-23) –
May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)
Season chronology
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List of Without a Trace episodes

The seventh and final season of Without a Trace began airing on September 23, 2008 and ended on May 19, 2009. There are 24 episodes in this season. It was announced on the morning of the season finale, May 19, 2009, that CBS declined to renew the show for an eighth season.[1]

For the 2008-09 U.S. television season the seventh season of Without a Trace ranked 18th with an average of 12.97 million viewers.[2]

The seventh season was not released on DVD in Region 1 until April 29, 2014.[3]



No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1371"Closure"John PolsonJan Nash & Bruce RamussenSeptember 23, 2008 (2008-09-23)11.28[4]
Ryan Mitchell, whose daughter Lindsey went missing years ago, also goes missing, and the team tries to connect his desire to help another couple with a missing son with his disappearance. Jack is trying to adjust to his new boss, Clark Medina.
1382"22 x 42"Greg WalkerByron BalascoSeptember 30, 2008 (2008-09-30)12.61[5]
Sara Kent, a rising executive, is abducted from a taxi after attending a rooftop party. The team also continues to learn to adjust to their new boss.
1393"Last Call"Karen GaviolaDavid Amann & Byron BalascoOctober 14, 2008 (2008-10-14)11.05[6]
Alan Reynolds, a white-collar criminal, goes missing on his way to testify against a former associate and the team must find out why.
1404"True/False"Martha MitchellDiego GutierrezOctober 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)11.63[7]
Will Duncan, the teenage son of a Secret Service agent, disappears and a long-festering secret that set a deadly chain of events in motion is discovered.
1415"Rise and Fall"Jonathan KaplanDavid AmannOctober 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)12.19[8]
Martin is left on his own to solve the disappearance of Arianna Murphy, a victim's advocate from the scene of a double homicide, when Agent Medina diverts the rest of the team to investigate the abduction of a little girl from a mall.
1426"Live to Regret"John F. ShowalterGwendolyn M. ParkerNovember 11, 2008 (2008-11-11)12.23[9]
Erin MacNeil, a bank manager, disappears and the team uncovers a dark secret during their investigations. Jack returns to his job as head of the department.
1437"Rewind"Karen GaviolaBruce RamussenNovember 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)11.85[10]
The squad discovers a shocking truth during an investigation of Chris Howe, a missing paraplegic recently injured in a car accident. The team also continues to adjust to normal with Jack back as the head of the department.
1448"Better Angels"Scott WhiteJan Nash & Greg WalkerNovember 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)10.42[11]
The team's latest case sends Jack and Sam to Los Angeles in search for Robb Simms, a man who went missing after his employee's funeral. Investigations in New York and California reveal a coast-to-coast mystery. Jack and Sam rekindle their relationship.
1459"Push Comes to Shove"John F. ShowalterDiego Gutierrez & Alicia KirkDecember 2, 2008 (2008-12-02)12.32[12]
Doctor Erica Loza goes missing shortly after treating a patient and the team suspects a secret from her past is connected to her disappearance.
14610"Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg"Scott WhiteStory by: Gwendolyn M. Parker & Amanda Segel Marks
Teleplay by: David Amann & Jan Nash
December 16, 2008 (2008-12-16)14.48[13]
TV weatherman, Ben Coleman arrives at work bleeding from his side and the team tries to beat the clock to find out what that has to do with his disappearance.
14711"Wanted"Marianne Jean-BaptisteAlicia KirkJanuary 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)13.13[14]
A case about Daphne Stevens, a missing teenager last seen with her bipolar mother, gets twisted when the team finds she has a secret life. Jack and Sam's relationship hits a bump.
14812"Believe Me"Paul McCraneJan Nash & Bruce RasmussenJanuary 13, 2009 (2009-01-13)12.42[15]
The team searches for Ken Gilroy, a bar owner, who goes missing shortly after his statue of St. Theresa cries. Brian's visit to Sam takes a new turn.
14913"Once Lost"Martha MitchellStory by: Diego Gutierrez & Roselyn Sanchez
Teleplay by: Diego Gutierrez & Jim Adler
January 27, 2009 (2009-01-27)12.76[16]
Elena is forced to face the consequences of her past as the team is put on the case to search for Bianca Gonzalez, Elena's former partner in the police force, who went missing during an undercover sting.
15014"Friends and Neighbors"John F. ShowalterAmanda Segel MarksFebruary 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)12.16[17]
The team searches for Julie Fisher and Cate Conelly. The two neighbours were abducted from their homes. The case twists and turns when the agents learn the identity of the kidnapper.
15115"Chameleon"Eric CloseByron BalascoFebruary 10, 2009 (2009-02-10)14.31[18]
Jay Lester, a man faking his identity and posing as a college student, disappears and the team must decipher his secrets in order to find him.
15216"Skeletons"Nancy Van DoornewaardStory by: Diego Gutierrez & Gwendolyn M. Parker
Teleplay by: Diego Gutierrez & Bruce Rasmussen
February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)12.10[19]
Kara Westfield and her son Hayden go missing from the local community centre after a fire alarm clears the building. The team tries to determine if any foul play is involved.
15317"Voir Dire"Jonathan KaplanAlicia KirkMarch 17, 2009 (2009-03-17)11.88[20]
Zack Porter, a trial consultant goes missing and the team narrows down the list of suspects as they investigate his disappearance. Martin has a dangerous encounter involving a juror on a trial with which the missing person was recently involved. Sam and Jack learn to deal with Brian spending more time with Finn.
15418"Daylight"Jeff T. ThomasGreg Walker & Jan NashMarch 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)12.53[21]
Justin Morgan, a psychologist, goes missing right after stopping a woman from jumping off of a building. The team believes that something in the life of the psychologist's brother might have played a role in his disappearance. Martin's relationship with Kim takes a spicy turn.
15519"Heartbeats"Martha MitchellTom DonaghyApril 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)12.15[22]
The suspect list keeps growing as the team investigates the disappearance of Lana Peters, a Russian matchmaker.
15620"Hard Landing"Michael AmundsonDavid RappApril 14, 2009 (2009-04-14)13.23[23]
Keith Anderson, a billionaire's son, disappears after crash landing a small plane in the woods. Kim Marcus returns and her relationship with Martin develops.
15721"Labyrinths"Jonathan KaplanDiego Gutierrez & Gwendolyn M. ParkerApril 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)12.35[24]
Molly Samson, a journalist, goes missing. The team looks for her after her hardcore exposés are published in an online magazine. They begin to suspect a politician, the subject of one of her latest entries. Meanwhile, Brian remains in Sam and Finn's life.
15822"Devotion"John PolsonStory by: Anthony LaPaglia & Ryan Tavlin
Teleplay by: Byron Balasco & Bruce Ramussen
May 5, 2009 (2009-05-05)11.83[25]
17-year-old Stacey Tan, last seen on video being agitated by her abductor, goes missing and the team must do all they can to find her before it's too late.
15923"True"Eric CloseAlicia Kirk & Jan NashMay 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)13.40[25]
Jack hesitates to assign the team to the case after Hannah's boyfriend, Shay Hanson (Kendall Schmidt) from Chicago disappears during his stay in New York.
16024"Undertow"Jeannot SzwarcDavid Amann & Greg WalkerMay 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)11.21[26]
After a late night dive, Derek Wilson disappears and the team tries to determine why. Danny and Elena prepare to make the next step in their relationship, their marriage.


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