HeadScratcher No. 64: 'Trace' Elements

155520__alp_lSo, what do performers Kirstie Alley, Chad Lowe, Maria Menounos, Masi Oka, and Amber Tamblyn have in common? Is it that they were all in Star Trek movies, as one reader suggested? (Uh, I don’t think so.) Or that they’re all 5’7"? (Really? Wow. Don’t know, haven’t measured their heights.) That they all suffer from low self-esteem? (Don’t know; haven’t measured that either. That’s funny, though.) That they’ve all played characters with a sexually transmitted disease? (WHAT??) That they all started on soaps? (Perhaps, but we try to keep things topical here at HeadScratcher headquarters.)

No, the answer was that they’ve all guest-starred on Without a Trace (the show that reader Connie L. Chilton calls "the final component of CBS’ rhyming Sunday lineup" — after Amazing Race and Cold Case). Bonus points to those of you who recognized that we devised this question to mark the 100th episode of the Anthona LaPaglia (pictured) series, which aired last night and guest-starred the appropriately long-MIA Eriq LaSalle.

"I thought this week’s [HeadScratcher] had to do with these actors connecting with a higher being," wrote the aptly named Dan Priest, who had this week’s most entertaining wrong answer. He explained, "Kirstie fought for her right to be in heaven in Toothless, Chad got him some lovin’ from Della in Touched By An Angel, Amber talked to God in Joan of Arcadia, Masi was in something called God Wears My Underwear, and of course, Maria worked for God in the flesh, Bob Goen, on Entertainment Tonight."

Dan was just kidding; he knew the right answer. So did Connie, who wondered acidly, "Did you call them ‘performers’ because you were unable to categorize Menounos as an ‘actor’ or was that a stab at Kirstie Alley for transforming herself from a ‘fat actress’ to Jenny Craig spokesperson?" No, it was the former, but we’re not dissing La Menounos, who, as Dan points out, is closer to God than the rest of us are.

(See the names of those PopWatchers who cracked the case after the jump.)

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Elizabeth Allen
Alexis Behan
Quentin-Alexandre Brigaud
Melissa Carstens
Connie L. Chilton
Mick Corman
Devin Fuller
Ginny Haensel
Tianne Haines
Shannon Hampp
Brian Horsham
Stephanie Jungkeit-Casey
Tamara S. Klein
Jennifer Knight
Darren Kumasawa
Heather Laird
Jennifer Levine
Kerin Lou
Scot Manning
Dalyn J. McDougle
Bubbles McGee
Jen Morris
Alex Navissi
Glenn Oke
Mary Ott
Kryss Peterson
Dan Priest
Nicole Raymond
Mary Beth Revesz
Harold Reynolds
Fredric Joss Shelley
Jill Stevenson
Andrew Stinger
Todd Sweeney
Wendy Swiggett
Darrell Thomas
Josh Vogel
Jana Walker
Adam Wanderman
Jan Willemsen
Patrick A. Yearout
Rafe Zimmer

Thanks for playing, everyone! Come back Friday afternoon for another HeadScratcher…

Comments (4 total) Add your comment
  • Brett Colbo

    ‘Without a Trace’ is CBS’s strongest procedural show. Too bad it hasn’t been able to steal Grey’s Anatomy’s audience when it was relocated this fall. I do think though, given time, people are going to realize that you MUST turn to CBS after Mary Alice starts her weekly “Yes, secrets can (fill in the blank)” tangent to endcap Desperate Housewives.
    P.S. Maria Menounos seriously isn’t an actress. If you call the worst acting job on the now defunct WB acting, so be it (She was the coat-rack excuse of Keith’s lover on Season 2 of ‘One Tree Hill’). Plus, her role in ‘Fantastic Four’ was less than. If we are going to go that far down the ranks to find a common thread, it should have at least been Dr. Green’s wifey from ‘E.R.’ that could have been the last HeadScratcher, as she put in a FINE performance on ‘Without A Trace’.

  • will Holston

    what about the head scratcher that came before this that had maria bello, elisabth shue, and alison lohman in it?

  • Connie

    What happened to Mickey O’Connor?

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