List of Early Edition episodes

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The episode list for the American drama television series Early Edition. The show premiered in the United States on CBS on September 28, 1996. A total of 90 episodes were produced over the course of the show's four seasons, with the last original episode airing in the United States on May 27, 2000.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 23 September 28, 1996 May 10, 1997
2 22 September 27, 1997 May 23, 1998
3 23 September 26, 1998 May 15, 1999
4 22 September 25, 1999 May 27, 2000


Season 1 (1996–97)[edit]

The first season contains a total of 23 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from September 28, 1996 to May 17, 1997.[1][2]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" Michael Dinner Bob Brush & Ian Abrams September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)

After being kicked out of his house by his wife, Marcia, stockbroker Gary Hobson is forced to move into a hotel room. There, he starts to receive a mysterious newspaper that is delivered to his door with a yellow cat. At first Gary doesn't think anything of it, but after a while, he realizes that it is tomorrow's edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. This gives Gary the opportunity to use the Paper for his own gain or to use it to help people, such as when a bank robbery endangers the life of his friend Marissa Clark. Ultimately he stops the robbery by talking to the robber and after accepting his destiny, plans to send him a winning lottery ticket to help his financial troubles.

Guest Stars: Felicity Huffman, Ron Dean, Neil Flynn, and Marc Vann.
2 2 "The Choice" Michael Dinner Bob Brush & John Romano October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)

Gary As rampant traffic jams prevent him from getting to the airport to stop a plane destined to crash, Gary tries to save a 6-year-old girl (Mae Whitman) hit by a car by getting her the necessary attention at the hospital..

Guest stars: Ron Dean and Rya Kihlstedt.
3 3 "Baby" Randall Zisk Bob Brush & Alex Taub October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)

After the newspaper shows Chuck delivering twins on the L, Gary and Marissa try to convince him to go through with it. Meanwhile, Gary searches for a mysterious blonde woman.

Guest Stars: Cynthia Nixon, Jane Krakowski, and Rya Kihlstedt.
4 4 "The Paper" Michael Nankin Bob Brush & John Romano October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)

While searching for answers about the Paper, Gary investigates at the Chicago Sun-Times office building and becomes involved with one of the paper's reporters, Meredith Carson, who is suspicious of his apparent knowledge of a certain story. Gary has to prevent her from discovering the fact that he receives tomorrow's edition of the paper.

Guest Star: Leslie Hope
5 5 "Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog" Susan Seidelman Bob Brush & Robert Rabinowitz & John Romano October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)

Gary tries to prevent and understand why someone would want to kidnap Mayor Mike Garfield's dog. While doing this, Gary uncovers a lottery scheme.

Guest Stars: Fyvush Finkel and Max Wright
6 6 "Hoops" Rick Rosenthal Bob Brush November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)

Gary tries to stop a popular basketball player with a life-threatening heart condition from risking his life on the court and dying. While this is happening, Marissa runs into an old flame. Chuck tries to keep his brand-new sports car out of peril.

Guest Stars: Michael Warren and James Tolkan.
7 7 "After Midnight" Michael Toshiyuki Uno Deborah Joy LeVine November 9, 1996 (1996-11-09)

A woman plans to abandon her baby and take her own life, so Gary attempts to reunite her with her parents, which fails and he starts running out of time to help her. Meanwhile, Chuck uses the Paper to get a date with an attractive woman, Lenore, with whom he shared a taxi.

Guest Stars: Peri Gilpin and Ron Dean.
8 8 "Gun" Jace Alexander Robert Rabinowitz & Alex Taub November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)

The Paper reveals that a young boy, Tommy Porter, will accidentally shoot his older brother, Bryce Porter, with a handgun. However, Gary's actions to prevent this leads to the Paper changing to the children's mother, Nikki Porter, being murdered by her abusive ex, Kurt Porter. Gary stops the attack and Kurt is arrested, but Tommy out of fear hides in his treehouse with a gun and nearly shoots Bryce. Gary, reading this in the Paper, pulls him out of the way just in time and convinces Tommy to give him in the gun. Seeing one of his sons nearly die shocks Kurt and he seems to come to his senses.

Guest Stars: Ashley Crow and Mason Gamble.
9 9 "His Girl Thursday" Stephen Cragg Jeff Melvoin November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)

Meredith re-enters Gary's life and she and Chuck use Gary's Paper for personal gain, with disastrous results.

Guest stars: Leslie Hope and Marc Vann.
10 10 "The Wrong Man" David Jones Alex Taub December 7, 1996 (1996-12-07)

Gary learns that his ex-wife, Marcia, is getting married to his old boss, Phil Pritchard. Later, the newspaper reveals that Pritchard is going to be murdered.

Guest stars: Rya Kihlstedt and Marc Vann.
11 11 "Christmas" Daniel Attias Bob Brush December 21, 1996 (1996-12-21)

Gary seeks Detective Crumb's help in stopping a bomb that will kill 20 ice skaters. Meanwhile, Chuck gets arrested and plots a with a man who believes he's Santa.

Guest Stars: M. Emmet Walsh, Stanley DeSantis, and Ron Dean.
12 12 "Frostbite" Lee Bonner Alex Taub & Deborah Joy LeVine & Bob Brush January 11, 1997 (1997-01-11)

During a save, Gary becomes stranded in an abandoned building with a homeless boy in 20 below zero weather and it's up to Chuck to save him.

Guest Stars: Jonathan Tucker and Caroline Aaron
13 13 "Mob Wife" Rick Rosenthal Dusty Kay & Norman Morrill & Alex Taub January 25, 1997 (1997-01-25)

Gary and Chuck get mistakenly involved with the mob after they save a gangster's ex-fiancée, Theresa Laparko, from being shot and then Chuck falls in love with her.

Guest stars: Pauley Perrette and Neil Flynn.
14 14 "The Wall (Part 1)" Michael Dinner Bob Brush February 1, 1997 (1997-02-01)

The Paper reveals that Gary will murder the U.S. president on his upcoming visit to Chicago.

Guest stars: Ron Dean and Josef Sommer.
15 15 "The Wall (Part 2)" James Quinn Bob Brush February 8, 1997 (1997-02-08)

While evading the Secret Service, Gary attempts to prevent the presidential assassination.

Guest stars: Ron Dean and Lou Rawls.
16 16 "Bat Masterson" Rick Wallace Dusty Kay February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)

Gary meets an ex-cop who believes that he is Bat Masterson. The ex-cop sets out to find the person who killed his former partner. Gary helps him solve the case and he starts to put his life back together.

Guest Stars: Philip Bosco and Ron Dean.
17 17 "The Jury" Stephen Cragg Norman Morrill & Matt Dearborn March 8, 1997 (1997-03-08)

Gary is chosen to serve as a juror in the trial of a man accused of stealing money from his company and is unsuccessful in trying to avoid serving and is even elected foreperson. Gary is suspicious as the man, Phil, acts strangely and isn't sure of his guilt. While Gary originally votes guilty, as he's about to read the verdict, the Cat delivers the Paper to him in the courtroom and he learns that Phil's wife holds the key to proving him innocent, causing him to change his vote to not guilty. As the judge sequesters the jury as a result, Gary sends Chuck to talk to Phil's wife who agrees to talk to Gary, but nobody else. With the help of Chuck, Gary escapes and meets up with the wife, but their plan is found out when one of the other jurors, Linda, sneaks in to see Gary and finds Chuck. Phil's wife reveals that Phil had learned of the embezzling scheme while at work and began investigating it. His boss, the head of the company, Prosky was stealing profits from himself and framed Phil for it and has been making threats against his family. She's unwilling to testify and reveals that the only other person who would have, Gus, is too scared after being beaten up at the beginning of the trial before Gary saved him. When Gary returns with this information, he learns that his deception was found out and is kicked off the jury. After learning that Phil will kill himself, Gary and Chuck track down Gus and convince him to testify. They arrive as the jury is about to declare a guilty verdict and while the judge initially refuses to even hear from Gus, after seeing how scared he is of Prosky, he listens to Gary. While the judge refuses to allow Gus to testify, he declares a mistrial instead and asks the courts to make it so that Gary will never be called for jury duty again. At the end, Prosky is tried for his crimes and found guilty and Gary's fellow juror Linda drags him off for a drink.

Guest stars: Mike Starr.
18 18 "Psychic" Mel Damski Alexander J. Taub & Gina Wendkos April 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)

Gary partners with a psychic, Claire, whom he at first believes to be phony, to save a young child who has been kidnapped.

Guest Star: Kathy Najimy.
19 19 "The Cat" Daniel Attias Norman Morrill April 13, 1997 (1997-04-13)

The cat starts delivering the Paper to a dying woman.

Guest Stars: Talia Balsam, Marion Ross, and Roger Ebert
20 20 "Phantom at the Opera" Jan Eliasberg John J. Sakmar & Kerry Lenhart April 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)

Gary falls for an artist he saved. However, Gary faces a tough decision when he learns that she will reunite with an old flame.

Guest Star: Adrienne Shelly.
21 21 "Faith" John Kretchmer Bob Brush April 26, 1997 (1997-04-26)

Gary is hospitalized after being run over by a car and suffering a head injury. At the hospital, Gary meets a young girl named Rachel who is in need of a heart. Gary faces a moral dilemma when he learns that he could save Rachel's life by missing a save. Gary chooses to save the kid, Tommy, and is shot, causing the kid who shot him, Eddie, to drive away at high speed. Gary has an out-of-body experience where he communicates with Rachel's spirit who convinces him to drop the paper and rely on faith as she apparently dies. It's shown that Gary nearly dies himself, but is revived and the doctors reveal that Rachel did get a heart: the kid who shot Gary, Eddie, flipped his car and died and she got his. Gary and Rachel recover and Chuck makes peace with Tommy who had helped Eddie steal his car which he never recovered.

Guest stars: Robert Picardo.
22 22 "Dad" Randall Zisk Alex Taub & Bob Brush May 3, 1997 (1997-05-03)

Gary's father, Bernie, temporarily moves in with his son after Gary's mom kicks him out. After learning about the Paper and enjoying helping others, Bernie decides to stay permanently.

Guest Star: William Devane.
23 23 "Love Is Blind" Michael Lange John J. Sakmar & Kerry Lenhart May 10, 1997 (1997-05-10)

Gary attempts to stop the murder of a college professor, Dr. Price, who thinks that Gary is stalking her. Gary suspects Marissa's college study partner, Jeffrey Craig, is the culprit.

Guest star: Tara Lipinski.

Season 2 (1997–98)[edit]

The second season contains a total of 22 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from September 27, 1997 to May 23, 1998.[1][2]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
24 1 "Home" Mel Damski H. Wiggins September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27)

Gary finds out that a greedy businessman wants to purchase McGinty's and an orphanage in order to demolish them and build a parking lot. Meanwhile, Gary must also find a new place to live after his hotel room burns because of an electrical fire and forces him to move out.

Guest stars: Alex Rocco, Liz Vassey, Paul Dooley.
25 2 "The Medal" Daniel Attias Sean Clark October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)

Gary must help a Vietnam vet who has the Congressional Medal of Honor when a ceremony in his honor triggers guilt and flashbacks because of a mistake he made in the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, Chuck falls in love.

Guest stars: Louis Gossett, Jr.
26 3 "The Wedding" James Quinn Carla Kettner October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)

McGinty's is asked to cater the wedding of Gary's ex-girlfriend and high school sweetheart, who still has some romantic feelings for Gary. Meanwhile, her father has been under police's witness protection for three weeks and the paper warns of trouble at the wedding.

Guest stars: Brian McNamara, Peter Burns, Neil Flynn.
27 4 "Jenny Sloane" Gary Nelson Alex Taub October 18, 1997 (1997-10-18)

Gary must help a young boy who is ill with leukemia, but who is refusing to undergo treatment. Gary tries to get him to meet Jenny Sloane, Chicago's sweetheart who is ill with cancer.

Guest stars: Robyn Lively, John Spencer.
28 5 "Downsized" Mel Damski Nick Harding October 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)

An old co-worker and friend of Gary and Chuck's, Fred Meanwell, is having a mid-life crisis and Gary and Chuck must stop him having a fatal plastic surgery to impress his girlfriend and enhance his career.

Guest stars: Richard Gilliland, Karin Anglin, Romy Windsor, Barbara Howard.
29 6 "Angels and Devils" Gary Nelson Sean Cholodenko November 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)

Gary and Chuck become involved with a night basketball program at a local church for inner city youth, where they meet a young nun named Sister Mary. Gary helps stop Sister Mary from abandoning her call after a young man involved with the basketball program is killed during a convenience store robbery attempt, which Gary had failed to stop.

Guest stars: Judy Greer, Nia Peeples, and Vicellous Reon Shannon.
30 7 "Redfellas" John Kretchmer Carla Kettner November 8, 1997 (1997-11-08)

The newspaper arrives with an article written in Russian. Gary saves a cab driver who is able to read the Russian article to Gary. Gary then must save a beautiful Russian violinist, Paulina Rosanova, from being murdered and bring her together with her long lost father.

Guest stars: Stephanie Romanov, Mike Nussbaum.
31 8 "March in Time" Robert Ginty Randy Feldman November 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)

After learning that a leader of a white supremacist's movement, Darryl Foster, will be assassinated during a march, Gary begins to debate whether he should save his life or let him die. Marissa manages to convince him to save him. The situation is further complicated when the leader's son, Lance Foster, befriends a young African-American kid.

Guest stars: Emile Hirsch and Nick Searcy.
32 9 "A Regular Joe" Mel Damski Jeff Melvoin November 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)

Gary is stressed out, and just wants a regular life. He is having recurring dreams about a psychiatrist encouraging him to take Sundays off from the paper, advice that Gary takes. Unfortunately, he finds out that he needs to convince a famous quarterback for the Chicago Bears, Joe Damski, to stop playing in order to avoid a serious injury. Meanwhile, Chuck and Marissa clash over the management of McGinty's bar.

Guest stars: Dick Butkus, Charles Durning, Emily Procter, Scott Adsit.
33 10 "A Bris Is Just a Bris" Scott Paulin Alex Taub December 20, 1997 (1997-12-20)

Gary comes between his cook and an accident-prone librarian, the latter of which falls in love with him for saving her. Chuck turns truthful while dating a Rabbi.

Guest stars: Jessica Hecht, Stephanie March.
34 11 "A Minor Miracle" Jim Charleston Randy Feldman January 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)

Gary's search for a missing child makes him a suspect in her disappearance. When the police refuse to listen to him, Gary goes into a flooding underground sewer to try to rescue the little girl before it's too late.

Guest stars: Bill Nunn, Tim Kazurinsky, John Beasley, Taylor Momsen.
35 12 "Romancing the Throne" Gary Nelson Carla Kettner January 17, 1998 (1998-01-17)

After she hides in the backseat of his van, Gary must deal with Princess Sibella, who is believed to be missing after she runs away from her privileged and rigid lifestyle.
This is an homage to the 1953 film, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn.

Guest stars: Hayley DuMond, Paxton Whitehead, Scott Adsit.
36 13 "Walk, Don't Run" Richard Heus Sean Clark January 24, 1998 (1998-01-24)

Gary is nominated to fill in a vacant City Council seat and he tries to get a street light installed at a dangerous crossroad where a lot of street accidents occur, but he's told that first he has to vote with them on a project that Gary learns will displace a lot of people. So Gary decides not to vote with them and they decide not to back Gary's project. Gary has to get help from Molly Greene and a former and honest Council member.

Guest stars: Don Stark, H. Richard Greene, George Murdock, Mimi Lieber.
37 14 "The Return of Crumb" Gary Nelson Randy Feldman January 31, 1998 (1998-01-31)

Gary has to keep a soon-to-retire Detective Crumb from being arrested due to a blackmail investigation after he becomes the target of a ruthless District Attorney out to prove police corruption.

Guest stars: Ron Dean, Michael Shannon.
38 15 "Mum's the Word" John Patterson Robert Masello April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04)

Marissa is cursed by earrings her new boyfriend stole from a mummy exhibit.

Guest stars: Karina Lombard, Brian George, Shaun Toub, Héctor Elizondo, Jayne Brook and Rocky Carroll.
39 16 "Where or When" David Crossman Shannon Dobson April 11, 1998 (1998-04-11)

In a "Rear Window" style plot, Gary is injured in a fall and becomes housebound while his broken leg heals. He watches people in the apartment building across the street and is attracted to a new neighbor who seems to have been the victim of a murder almost 50 years ago.

Guest stars: Ron Dean, Andrew Rothenberg, Caitlin Hart, Alexondra Lee and George D. Wallace.
40 17 "The Fourth Carpathian" Gary Nelson Alex Taub April 18, 1998 (1998-04-18)

Gary's parents receive the paper when Gary is trapped in an abandoned theatre after trying to save a monkey.

Guest stars: Ron Dean, William Devane, and Tess Harper.
41 18 "The Quality of Mercy" Fisher Stevens David T. Levinson April 25, 1998 (1998-04-25)

The paper tells Gary that a man, John Hernandez, is going to die in a road accident, so he saves the man, but afterwards, the paper changes and says that the man is going to kill Rachel Stone. Gary tries to warn the person, who is a judge, because the man is a recently released convict and the judge was the one who sentenced him. After Gary refuses to tell her how he knows about this, the judge dismisses him.

Guest stars: Luis Guzman, John Beasley and Ron Dean.
42 19 "Show Me the Monet" Mel Damski Nick Harding May 2, 1998 (1998-05-02)

Gary learns that a British person who assisted him with a mission is actually a forger with many enemies. He is willing to return a stolen masterpiece in exchange for help breaking into a museum.

Guest stars: Ian Ogilvy, Sherry Miller.
43 20 "Don't Walk Away, Renee" Gary Nelson Sean Clark & Alex Taub May 9, 1998 (1998-05-09)

Criminals force Gary to turn over a revolutionary computer program made by one of his childhood friends, Renee, by kidnapping Gary's parents.

Guest stars: William Devane, Tess Harper and Lori Heuring.
44 21 "Hot Time in the Old Town" Gary Nelson Carla Kettner May 16, 1998 (1998-05-16)

Gary reads in the paper that a pylon at a construction site drops and knocks over a nearby building, killing thousands. Gary tries to prevent the disaster from happening only to get knocked out when he gets knocked in the head and wakes up two days before the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. He meets Morris, who looks like Chuck, and he also meets Jesse, a young boy who is the brother of a woman, Eleanor, who is a singer at a saloon, and looks exactly like Marissa, and who is a victim of racism. Gary must help Jesse and Eleanor and try to stop the Chicago fire, too.

Guest stars: Scott Bryce.
45 22 "Second Sight" Daniel Attias H. Wiggins May 23, 1998 (1998-05-23)

Marissa sees a vision and believes that her sight is returning. Chuck witnesses a mob murder and Gary, Chuck, and Crumb are taken hostage, leaving Marissa to save them.

Guest stars: Ron Dean.

Season 3 (1998–99)[edit]

The third season contains a total of 23 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from September 26, 1998 to May 15, 1999.[1][2]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
46 1 "Blackout" Gary Nelson Star Frohman September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)

During a blackout which covers all of Chicago, Marissa attempts to save two trapped teenagers, while Patrick, a new bartender at McGinty's, helps Gary out.

Special Guest Star: George Takei
47 2 "Collision" Randy Zisk Alex Taub October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
Chuck has left McGinty's in financial chaos and Marissa advertises for a pub manager in the paper without telling Gary. Gary has his hands full because he must find a way to prevent a collision that kills anywhere from 9 to 16 people, but has no definitive cause. He then has to decide whether or not to try to stop the crash or to save an 8-year-old, Henry Paget.
48 3 "A Horse Is a Horse" Lee Bonner Carla Kettner October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)

After Henry witnesses Gary rescue a clown from a falling bucket, he discovers one of Gary's newspapers and misuses the information contained in the paper to make friends in school and to provide his dad with the winning horses at a race track. Henry's father thinks he has a "gift" and wants to continue using him as a way to make a quick buck.

Real-life filming locations: Hawthorne Racetrack[3]
49 4 "Lt. Hobson, U.S.N." Mel Damski Sean Clark October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)

To stop an explosion, Gary poses as a Navy Lieutenant, but before he can get off the base, he attracts the attention of an admiral who wants Gary to take his daughter to a dance. However, things don't go as planned and Gary ends up imprisoned in a Naval Jail. While in jail, Gary receives the paper and learns that McGinty's is going to blow up. Meanwhile, Henry gets the chance to impact global politics.

Guest Stars: Leslie Bibb, Ronny Cox
50 5 "Saint Nick" Jim Quinn Jeff Melvoin October 24, 1998 (1998-10-24)
Gary becomes jealous when Erica reunites with a childhood friend, Nick Sterling, who is a philanthropist and beloved by everyone. He reads in the paper that Nick will propose to Erica and that the hospital Nick recently completed construction on is going to catch fire at the opening party.
51 6 "Halloween" Gary Nelson Bob Brush October 31, 1998 (1998-10-31)
Gary is abducted by two witches that he saved from a fire. They believe that Gary is a warlock and that Gary can help them free their sister who has been locked up for close to 200 years. Gary needs to escape to prevent poisoned candy being handed out to some kids.
52 7 "Up Chuck" David Grossman Alex Taub November 7, 1998 (1998-11-07)

Gary is suspicious when Chuck makes a surprise visit from California with a surprisingly new attitude, claiming that he is very successful in Hollywood. Gary soon learns that Chuck is paying someone to follow him and film his heroic acts in hopes of getting a movie deal.

Guest Star: Jerry Springer
53 8 "Deadline" Scott Paulin Sean Clark November 14, 1998 (1998-11-14)
The paper tells Gary that a man, named Ricky Brown, is going to be executed the next day. Gary learns that the previous recipient of the paper, Lucius Snow, tried to help Brown, but couldn't. He did leave some clues for Gary about the case. With help from reporter Molly Greene, Gary tries to prove Brown's innocence and clear his name hours before his execution. They start by talking to the victim's sister, whom Brown had been seeing.
54 9 "In Gary We Trust" Ian Barry Carla Kettner November 21, 1998 (1998-11-21)

When Gary interrupts a federal investigation by trying to save a towel boy from being shot in a sauna, he is placed in the Witness Protection Program. It turns out that the people who were going to kill him are mobsters and the spa worker is actually an FBI agent working on a case to bring the mobsters down. He is assigned an attractive-but-surly agent, Toni Brigatti, to watch over him around the clock, which puts off Erica, whom he just got the courage to ask out and makes it difficult for Gary to fulfill his duties with the paper.

Guest Star: Constance Marie
55 10 "Nest Egg" Gary Nelson Alex Taub & Sean Clark December 5, 1998 (1998-12-05)

Much to his surprise, Gary runs into his mother in the middle of Chicago. He shadows her and sees her drinking champagne with a strange man. Gary first suspects that she is having an affair, but soon learns that the stranger has tricked her into investing her retirement money in a fictitious company. The two of them try to recover not only her funds, but also those of the con artist's other victims.

Guest Star: Tess Harper
56 11 "Teen Angels" James Quinn Laura Doyle December 19, 1998 (1998-12-19)
Gary is mistaken as a high school substitute teacher in order to prevent a school shooting. However, when his newspaper is torn up and lost, he is unable to pinpoint who the shooter is.
57 12 "Slippity-Doo-Dah" Fisher Stevens Carla Kettner January 9, 1999 (1999-01-09)
Gary catches a snake that was going to bite a bingo player who faints and knocks her head. Turns out she is supposed to be Henry’s babysitter. Gary takes over for her, but Marissa warns him that he can't handle both the paper and Henry. While babysitting for Henry, Gary encounters a woman who has tendency for ambulance chasing.
58 13 "The Last Untouchable" Randy Roberts Sean Clark January 16, 1999 (1999-01-16)

Gary gets in the middle of a feud between a former Untouchable, Capone’s last living major gang member, who was just released from prison, and a retired T-Man who helped put him away.

Guest Stars: Ernest Borgnine. Joseph Campanella
59 14 "Just One of Those Things" Gary Nelson Alex Taub February 6, 1999 (1999-02-06)

Gary begins to experience medical problems stemming from his frequent lying to Erica about his whereabouts. He decides to come clean and tell her about the newspaper and his heroic acts. However, she has a tough time believing him after his paper gets switched when Patrick, who is looking for an apartment, accidentally takes Gary’s paper.

Guest Star: Tom Bosley
60 15 "Funny Valentine" Adam Nimoy Jeff Melvoin February 13, 1999 (1999-02-13)

While in town to discuss a major deal with the Chicago Cubs, star ball player Andy Miller escapes serious harm when Gary saves him from being severely injured in a freak accident. Andy does bruise his shoulder during the incident and Gary takes him to the hospital where Andy winds up falling in love with his physician, Dr. Suzy Pietro. Andy decides to accept the Cubs lucrative offer so he can stay in Chicago and be with Suzy. Unfortunately, Andy's agent doesn't want him to sign with the team and he soon learns that Suzy is contemplating a marriage proposal from another man. Meanwhile, Marissa becomes acquainted with a man named Emmett Brown.

Guest Star: Paul Ben-Victor, Ray Toler
61 16 "Number One with a Bullet" David Petrarca Attica Locke February 20, 1999 (1999-02-20)

Marissa's old friend, Julius, aka C-Roc, is in town for a CD signing and Gary has to prevent him from being killed at a concert.

Guest Stars: Coolio as Julius "C-Roc" Ruby,[4] Tone Loc
62 17 "Two To Tangle" Jim Quinn Rick Mittleman February 27, 1999 (1999-02-27)
A couple is fighting with each other over their lingerie company and Henry befriends their daughter.
63 18 "Fate" Gary Nelson Carla Kettner March 20, 1999 (1999-03-20)

A homeless man plummets to his death while Gary tries to save him. Gary is rattled by his inability to prevent the tragedy and questions his involvement with the paper. When Gary refuses to prevent the next day's bad news, he winds up being forced to confront his own fate when he reads his obituary in the paper.

Guest Star: Michael Whaley
64 19 "Crumb Again" Mel Damski Sean Clark April 3, 1999 (1999-04-03)

Crumb is about to publish a manuscript about police corruption in Chicago, when he becomes the target of someone who doesn't want the book to come out. Gary and Crumb then narrowly escape a drive-by shooting. Federal Agent Brigatti, who recently transferred to the Chicago detective squad, takes on the case and attempts to track down Crumb's potential killer.

Guest Star: Ron Dean, Constance Marie
65 20 "Pinch Hitters" Todd Pfeiffer Dan Freudenberger April 17, 1999 (1999-04-17)

Gary tries to prevent an accident involving a rare monkey, but he gets bitten by the animal and is forced into quarantine until it can be determined whether or not he has contracted a rare disease. In the meantime, Gary enlists Marissa's help in preventing an elderly man from being injured in a variety of dangerous mishaps. With the help of her new boyfriend, Emmet, she attempts to save the man.

Guest Star: Red Buttons
66 21 "Home Groan" Scott Paulin Alex Taub May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01)

While Gary is able to prevent a robbery attempt by dangerous criminals, he is unable to convince the local sheriff that the convicts are hiding out in his little town. It turns out that the sheriff, Joe, is an envious old high-school classmate of Gary's who decides to throw him in jail for causing a ruckus. While behind bars, Gary reads in the paper that his mother will be killed by the convicts. When he's unable to convince Joe to stop by his parents house to prevent the impending tragedy, Gary's dad, Bernie, comes to his rescue and they both rush to save Gary's mother.

Guest Stars: William Devane, Tess Harper, Robert Duncan McNeill (known for playing Tom Paris)
67 22 "Play It Again, Sammo" Gary Nelson Sean Clark May 8, 1999 (1999-05-08)

Together with Sammo Law (appearing in a crossover role from Martial Law), Gary works to recover a priceless Chinese helmet and also protect a thief and his niece from being murdered. Real Life Filming Locations: Navy Pier[5]

Guest Stars: Sammo Hung as Sammo Law,[6] Martina McBride as herself,[7] Lauren Tom
68 23 "Blowing Up Is Hard to Do" David Grossman Jeff Pinkner & Carla Kettner May 15, 1999 (1999-05-15)

Gary saves Detective Armstrong's wife from drowning at a gym. The Armstrongs invite Gary and Erica to dinner at their house, but Detective Armstrong is suspicious about Gary saving his wife, and accuses him of trying to kill her. Later, Erica decides to end her relationship with Gary and Gary must prevent two buildings from being blown up.

Guest Star: Tamara Taylor, Michael Whaley

Season 4 (1999–2000)[edit]

The fourth and final season contains a total of 22 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from September 25, 1999 to May 27, 2000.[1][2]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
69 1 "The Out-of-Towner" Gary Nelson Alex Taub September 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)

Gary meets a man from New York, Sam Cooper, who receives tomorrow's edition of the New York Daily News. However, unlike Gary, Sam hires other people to complete the rescues and uses the paper's knowledge to make money.

Guest Star: Willie Garson
70 2 "Duck Day Afternoon" Randy Roberts Carla Kettner October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02)

In an effort to avoid spending time with his parents, who've decided to move in with him because their town was ravaged by a storm, Gary races off to save a group of ducks and draws the attention of inquisitive Chicago Sun-Times photojournalist, Miguel Diaz. When Gary pleads with Miguel not to run the photo he took of him – so his parents won't find out that he's intentionally avoiding them – the photographer becomes more curious. He realizes that Gary's name keeps popping up in connection with many rescues.

Guest Stars: William Devane, Tess Harper
71 3 "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Reza Badiyi Sean Clark October 9, 1999 (1999-10-09)

Chuck comes for a visit and offers to take Gary to a Cubs game where a promising rookie, Pedro Mendoza, is going to play. Gary finds himself trying to help the owner of a restaurant who borrowed money from a loan shark, who is now demanding ownership in the restaurant as payment. Meanwhile, Chuck inadvertently changes the course of the day's events by taking a cab from Mendoza.

Guest Star: Amaury Nolasco
72 4 "The Iceman Taketh" Scott Paulin James Stanley & Dianne Messina Stanley October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16)

Gary and Detective Toni Brigatti have to pretend they are a couple for an extended amount of time in effort to catch a jewel thief, while also searching for the gas leak that will cause a ship to explode on Lake Michigan.

Guest Stars: Kimberley Davies, Constance Marie, Paul Satterfield
73 5 "Camera Shy" Reza Badiyi Eric Tuchman October 23, 1999 (1999-10-23)

Feeling bad that he helped get Miguel Diaz fired from two jobs, Gary tries to find him another job. When Miguel photographs a criminal thought to be dead, he believes that he has a chance at getting his job back at the Chicago Sun-Times. However, things don't go as planned and Gary must save Miguel from being killed.

Guest Star: Gregory Itzin
74 6 "Wild Card" Kevin Dowling Josh Applebaum & André Nemec October 30, 1999 (1999-10-30)
Gary tries to relax with his obligation to the Paper, but Patrick keeps causing problems when he keeps following Gary around, trying to find a way to tell Gary that he is leaving. When Patrick's actions lead to an explosion at a Halloween rave party, Gary instructs him not to move a muscle – a directive that backfires when Patrick attempts to help and winds up in a life-threatening situation.
75 7 "Fatal Edition, Part 1" Gary Nelson Jeff Pinkner November 6, 1999 (1999-11-06)

Gary is arrested and charged with murder after he is found standing right next to the slain body of a man who had earlier threatened to investigate him after the Paper mis-publishes the time of a reporter's murder. Later, Gary becomes a fugitive.

Guest Stars: Michael Whaley, Constance Marie
76 8 "Fatal Edition, Part 2" Gary Nelson Doris Egan November 13, 1999 (1999-11-13)

Gary is on the run from the police after the murder of Frank Scanlon. Gary learns that at the time of Scanlon's death, he was about to break a story on a murder-for-hire ring. With the help of Chicago Sun-Times photographer Miguel Diaz, Gary attempts to clear his name. Meanwhile, Detective Brigatti uncovers some evidence of her own, which proves Gary's innocence and implicates someone with whom she works closely in the department, which puts her life in danger.

Guest Stars: Constance Marie, Michael Whaley
77 9 "Weather Girl" Mel Damski Alex Taub November 20, 1999 (1999-11-20)

Gary provides precise weather forecasts to an attractive TV weather personality, Rebecca, who becomes renowned for her accurate forecasts, until the paper shows up at his doorstep one morning without a trace of the next day's weather and the weathergirl quits and is unable to warn of a coming disaster. Meanwhile, Uncle Phil keeps getting fired from one job after another.

Guest Star: Fyvush Finkel
78 10 "Run, Gary, Run" Scott Paulin Carla Kettner December 18, 1999 (1999-12-18)
When Gary ignores Marissa's repeated requests to help her manage the workload at McGinty's, the Paper plays a dangerous trick on him: he reads that his friend will be struck and killed by a car.
79 11 "Rose" Julia Rask Lorin Wertheimer February 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)

Crumb tries to caution Gary that a woman, Rose, who has amnesia, may appear sweet and innocent, but is probably trouble. Gary ignores his warning, even when evidence surfaces that she has a criminal record. When he believes her explanation that an old boyfriend is after her, Gary agrees to loan Rose $25,000 to get rid of him and is stunned when she suddenly runs off with his money.

Guest Star: Ron Dean
80 12 "Snow Angels" Sander Stern Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec February 26, 2000 (2000-02-26)
As a blizzard sweeps across Chicago, Gary encounters two men, Earl Camby, a reformed criminal who now devotes his life to helping those less fortunate than himself, and Cliff Mourning, a sleazy motel operator. As Gary tries to save Earl's life when a building collapses on him, he reads that Cliff is going to succumb to a heart attack. Torn between leaving Earl alone to die while he saves an ungrateful human being, Gary contemplates a decision that could ultimately tie the two men's lives together.
81 13 "Gifted" Kevin Dowling Dianne Messina Stanley & James Stanley March 4, 2000 (2000-03-04)

After preventing Nikki from being injured in a school bus accident, Gary meets the tough-talking 13-year-old and learns that she is clairvoyant and also knew about the accident before it almost happened. Gary has to try to help her realize her abilities are a gift.

Guest Star: Daniel Roebuck
82 14 "Performance Anxiety" Gary Nelson Doris Egan March 11, 2000 (2000-03-11)

Gary's Paper is stolen by Clams, the former recipient of tomorrow's New York paper whose paper stops coming.

Guest Star: T.J. Thyne
83 15 "False Witness" Ian Barry Eric Tuchman March 25, 2000 (2000-03-25)

Gary is placed in a difficult situation when Miguel's brother, Joey, steals a car. However, Gary's decision to deny knowing Joey ultimately leads to a life-threatening situation.

Guest Star: Michael Whaley
84 16 "The Play's the Thing" Deborah Reinisch Michael Katz April 8, 2000 (2000-04-08)

Gary joins an amateur acting troupe where he finds former detective Crumb participating and later learns that the theatre will be burned down by an arsonist.

Guest Stars: Ron Dean, Timothy Omundson
85 17 "Blind Faith" Jim Quinn Jeff Pinkner April 22, 2000 (2000-04-22)
Gary temporarily loses his sight while trying to prevent three teens from being blown up by an old cannonball. While at the hospital, Gary meets a young kid named Nate Calvin, whose mother is ill. The next day, without being able to see, Gary must save Nate Calvin, who is trapped in an abandoned building by bullies.
86 18 "Occasionally Amber" Kyle Chandler Lawrence Meyers April 29, 2000 (2000-04-29)

Chuck comes back to Chicago and announces he's engaged to a girl named Jade. When Gary meets her, he's shocked because Jade is really Amber, the jewel thief he encountered a few months back and allowed to escape. Gary confides in Marissa who tells him that he must inform Chuck. Gary's not sure what to do, especially when Detective Brigatti, whose career was nearly ruined by her, learns she's back and wants to take her down. Gary confronts Jade, who tells him that she truly loves Chuck and that she is really Jade. He decides not to tell Chuck what he knows. However, the next morning's paper says that a large diamond will be stolen from an auction.

Guest Stars: Kimberley Davies, Constance Marie
87 19 "Mel Schwartz, Bounty Hunter" Todd Pfeiffer Alex Taub May 6, 2000 (2000-05-06)

Gary runs into a robber who strips him of everything. The next day, Gary recognizes him and starts to pursue him, but so does a man named Mel Schwartz, an accountant that is trying to become a bounty hunter, whom Gary has to rescue after he gets in over his head.

Guest Stars: Jerome "New Jack" Young, Tom "Tommy Dreamer" Laughlin
88 20 "Time" Mel Damski Carla Kettner May 13, 2000 (2000-05-13)

Gary learns that Lucius Snow, the previous recipient of the Paper, saved his life when he was eleven years old and during the encounter Gary unknowingly became Snow's heir to the Paper.

Guest Stars: Charles Durning, Tess Harper, Michael Whaley, Janelle Ginestra
89 21 "Everybody Goes to Rick's" Gary Nelson James Stanley & Dianne Messina Stanley & Lorin Wertheimer May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)

Gary travels back in time to 1929 to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in order to try to save someone. Eventually after returning to his own time and saving Crumb, Gary learns that the man he saved was Crumb's father.

Guest Star: Ron Dean
90 22 "Luck o' the Irish" Gary Nelson Sean Clark May 27, 2000 (2000-05-27)

When Gary meets an Irish man, bad luck begins to center around him, including making a young Irish woman lose her chance at the million dollar lottery when Gary swipes her dollar with which she was going to buy the winning ticket. Gary ends up pretending to be engaged to her while she dodges an INS agent and looks for the man she loves, Nigel, while her brother plans their wedding. Ultimately the woman, Karen, learns that she was just deluding herself about Nigel and he's actually married and she and Gary reveal the truth to her family before Gary has to chase after a dump truck to stop the agent from being killed by accident. There, he learns that the agent, a man named Frank, was actually tracking down Karen because he was a childhood friend of hers and is in love with her and due to her brother's intervention, lost touch with her. In the end, Frank and Karen get married and Gary sends them a winning lottery ticket to make up for the one he cost her, and Gary restores the Irish man's tab, ending his streak of bad luck.

Guest Stars: Henry Gibson, Tess Harper


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