Early Edition: Season 1, Episode 2

The Choice (5 Oct. 1996)

TV Episode  |  PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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Gary must choose between stopping a fatal plane crash or saving the life of one girl.



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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Marcus
Amanda Bailey
Gino (as Alex C. Skuby)
Bystander (as Edward Jemison)
Mary Seibel ...
Mindy Bell ...
Pregnant Woman
Desk Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Mulvihill ...
Policeman in ER


Gary must choose between stopping a fatal plane crash or saving the life of one girl.

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi





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5 October 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gary, Marissa and Chuck are walking on the platform of the L just before deciding not to catch the train, the leash appears to go right through Gary as Marissa and the dog pass him. See more »


Chuck Fishman: The greatest boon to mankind since nontaxable income, and who does it come to? A guy who buys lottery tickets and doesn't cheat.
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References Jack (1996) See more »

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Hobson's Choice
8 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're not familiar with the premise of this show, Former stock broker Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) starts receiving the Chicago Sun-Times, delivered by an orange cat every morning. However, it is TOMORROW'S edition, hence the moniker of Early Edition for the series. This particular episode was easily the most memorable story in the entire series. I was stunned by the plot device employed to resolve the situation. It's likely that I'll never forget it. I will not give away any details; suffice it to say that if you enjoy irony and plot twists, you'll love this as much as I. When Gary receives tomorrow's paper today during this second episode of the CBS series, he's faced with the choice of saving a little girl from dying of injuries resulting from a hit-and-run accident or try to prevent a plane crash which will end the lives of nearly 200 people. These two tragedies occur in the same afternoon, and Gary cannot be in both places at the same time. A true 'Hobson's Choice'.

Highly recommended that you rent or buy this as it's now been released on DVD.

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