Without a Trace (2002–2009)
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White Balance 

Two teenagers go missing at the same time - a black boy and a white girl. The team is faced with the difficult task of finding both teens, which is made incredibly difficult by all the media coverage given to the white teen.


Jeff T. Thomas


Hank Steinberg (created by), Greg Walker | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Jack Malone
Poppy Montgomery ... Samantha Spade
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Vivian Johnson
Enrique Murciano ... Danny Taylor
Roselyn Sanchez ... Elena Delgado
Eric Close ... Martin Fitzgerald
Viola Davis ... Audrey Williams
George Newbern ... Ross Garner
Marin Mazzie ... Karyn Grant
Scout Taylor-Compton ... Emily Grant
Arjay Smith ... Darnell Williams
Johnny Whitworth ... Miles Sussmann
Kevin Jackson ... Curtis Cook
Scott Lawrence ... Carl Williams
Joshua Gomez ... James Mackeroy


The team simultaneously looks for two missing school teens. The media make a lot of fuzz, generating a flood of spontaneous 'tips', about the white girl, who met the wrong people including a lover boy pimp whose debts landed them with a creepy abusive client. Colored Darnell Williams's mother pathetically blames Jack that far less attention goes to her son, a jock who recently met and started spending time with his terminally sick biological father Franklin Earl Wilson. Written by KGF Vissers

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11 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Review of episode White Balance
13 May 2006 | by sid155See all my reviews

I have been a fan of Without A Trace from the premier episode. I really cannot express my disappointment in the episode last week. This is a REAL problem that far too many Afican-American families have dealt with and continue to deal with. The lack of media coverage crucial in the first 48 hours has been documented by a recent study. Law enforcement including local , state, and federal are also complicit. What was the purpose of advertising this subject matter and then copping out on the ending? Seemingly, television can deal with almost ANY subject matter EXCEPT RACE. This is shameful.Get it together or don't explore it next time.

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