Gary gets the paper and initially there a lot of things he has to fix but when he gets there, there's nothing to fix. He thinks the paper is playing games with him so the next time the paper tells him of something he goes there and does nothing and someone gets hurt. Eventually Gary meets a guy from New York who also gets an "Early Edition" of his own.
Gary's parents visit Chicago and want to spend the day with him. Gary runs off to save ducks crossing the streets. When a cameraman snaps a picture, it shows up in the paper and starts a chain of reactions. Gary's parents are held hostage.
Chuck comes for a visit and offers to take Gary to a Cubs game wherein a promising rookie Pedro Mendoza is going to play. But Gary finds himself trying to help the owner of a restaurant who borrowed money from a loan shark who is demanding ownership in the restaurant as payment. And it seems that the owner of the restaurant and Mendoza are linked.
To stop something that's in the paper Gary assumes someone else's identity but it turns out that the identity he assumed was that of an undercover cop who's working with Brigatti. Gary has to continue being that person. Brigatti is searching for a jewel thief knows as the Iceman and she thinks it's a guy named Paul Kettler.
A pretty television weather girl seems to always forecast wrong, so Gary steps in to help. After days of helping, the newspaper stops giving the weather forecast, and the reporter gets fired just as a major storm is about it hit.
Things get hectic at McGinty's, and Marissa tells Gary he needs to start helping out at the restaurant. Gary tries to find a compromise between the restaurant and the newspaper. He is unable to help Marissa when she is hit by a car.
Gary meets a young girl who has real powers of knowing what is going to happen to someone she touches. The girl is a foster child who pushes her foster parents away because she thinks her power is a curse. Gary helps her accept her skills.
Gary witnesses two men trying to steal a car. And he learns one of them is Miguel Diaz's brother, who convinces Gary not to finger him which he does. But the paper tells him that he's headed down a bad road and tries to help him but his partner gets in his way.
Gary saves an actress during dress rehearsal from a falling light and encounters Crumb who is part of the amateur acting group. Gary later finds out the building is going to be burned down by an arsonist.
Teenagers are playing in an underground tunnel and find a live cannonball. While Gary saves them from an explosion, it blows up in front of Gary and he temporarily loses his eyesight. How can Gary save a young child when he cannot see?
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 Amber, the jewel thief he encountered a while ago and allowed to escape. 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's clothes are stolen by a robber as he tries to save someone. Gary takes a costume from someone and continues on his task, however he is later sent to court for stealing. The next day, he sees the robber and tries to stop him.
Gary decides to cut off one of the bar's regulars who is a moocher until he settles his tab, and the man warns him that it's not good to do that. And when he helps someone the paper tells him to, he ruins a woman's chances of winning the lottery. That's when she comes to him, telling him that he owes her. So she lets him stay with him and claims that they're engaged. She's Irish and her family is extremely traditional and they don't like her being alone in the U.S. Her brother shows up and drives Gary nuts. And when Gary's mother shows up and likes the girl. She ...