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The Fourth Carpathian 

While trying to save a monkey in an abandoned theater, Gary becomes trapped on an elevated scaffold. The scaffolding is barely hanging from the vaulted ceiling, and being afraid to move or ... See full summary »


Gary Nelson


Bob Brush (developer), Patrick Q. Page (creator) | 3 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Kyle Chandler ... Gary Hobson
Shanesia Davis Shanesia Davis ... Marissa Clark (as Shanesia Davis-Williams)
Fisher Stevens ... Chuck Fishman
Tess Harper ... Lois Hobson
Ron Dean ... Det. Marion Zeke Crumb, Ret.
John Kassir ... Jersy Carpathian
Steven Hack ... Fyodor Carpathian
William Devane ... Bernie Hobson
Adam Bitterman ... Anatoly Carpathian
Jeff Still Jeff Still ... Karl Carpathian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Farrell Chris Farrell ... Detective


While trying to save a monkey in an abandoned theater, Gary becomes trapped on an elevated scaffold. The scaffolding is barely hanging from the vaulted ceiling, and being afraid to move or jostle it, Gary must lie quite still. The next morning Gary's father receives the newspaper and rushes into the city, hoping to save lives and prevent catastrophes, but he gets thrown in jail instead. The next morning Gary's mother receives the paper and rushes to the city, only to discover that Gary has been getting tomorrow's paper today for some time now. No one has seen Gary in two days, as they all band together in an attempt to find Gary before it's too late. Written by Clintessence

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Release Date:

18 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Per the title, "The Carpathian" was the ocean liner that rescued the survivors of the sinking of th RMS Titanic in April 1912 and take them to New YOrk City. See more »


Lois Hobson: Chuck, I have this condition; the doctors call it 'Crap Intolerance'. I can only take so much BS before I explode.
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A rather unspectacular episode of a great TV serial
4 December 2009 | by fastfood-1See all my reviews

Let's start with saying that personally I admire "Early edition". This is one of the greatest serials I have ever watched and it always gives me good mood and hope that IT IS possible to change the world for the better. In short, the main character Gary gets stuck in an abandoned cinema and needs help to get out. His parents get involved as Gary's dad suddenly gets the "Early edition" delivered to their home instead of McGinty's. Generally I would consider this episode rather uninteresting as Gary is just lying there in the cinema throughout all of the episode, on the other hand it's nice to get deeper information about his parents and their relationship. What I found particularly interesting in this episode, and it's the only reason why I write this comment, are the Carpathian brothers. In jail one of them claims to be from Latvia (country in the middle of the Baltic states in Europe). Carpathian is supposed to be a surname, however it derives from Carpathian mountains that are nowhere near to Latvia (roughly 600km or 370miles away). They talk gibberish among each other, however in the end you can see their village where the newspaper is in real Latvian language. The "Latvian landscape" shown there is totally wrong - in reality the land in Latvia is very flat and goats/sheep are not very common (by the way, I've never seen such brown ones before), and in the countryside you can find either brick or wooden houses (also 10 years ago). We do have a region with a notable polish minority, but living in a farm they would surely not read such a magazine in Latvian and wouldn't call "mamá" with such pronunciation. So my conclusion, it is an unspectacular episode when comparing to other ones from "Early edition" unless you are a Latvian, then you would probably find it amusing.

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