Edition 1st Season Episode Guide
- September 28, 1996 - Premiere
Gary Hobson is a stockbroker whose world falls apart
when he's thrown out by his wife and given an ultimatum by his boss. His
luck begins to change, however, when a mysterious cat brings him a
newspaper - with tomorrow's news. At first Gary's advance access to race
results and game scores impresses his friends, but when Gary fumbles the
opportunity to avert a near tragedy, he discovers his gift's true
magnitude and the obligation that comes with it. (Sherman: Milo O'Shea.
Marissa: Shanesia Davis. Chuck: Fisher Stevens.)
- October 5, 1996 - The Choice
Dual disasters - a plane crash and a girl's
hit-and-run death - are slated to occur on the same day at the same time,
leaving Gary with a choice impossible to make. (Amanda: Mae Whitman.
Marcia: Rya Kihlstedt.)
- October 12, 1996 - Baby
Gary's ex-wife, Marcia finds his new confidence
appealing and invites him out to dinner. But before he decides how he
feels about it, there's another crisis; a terrified Chuck must deliver a
baby. (Sheila: Cynthia Nixon. Amy: Jane Krakowski)
- October 19, 1996 - The Paper
Gary's investigation into the origins of his special
subscription leads him to the offices of a Chicago newspaper, where he
learns about his predecessor - and falls for the paper's star reporter.
(Leslie Hope, Joe Grifasi)
- October 26, 1996 - Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog
In trying to deal with the headline "Thief
Swipes Mayor's Dog," Gary befriends Chuck's odd Uncle Phil, who's
grieving over his own dog's death. Meanwhile, a $20,000,000 lottery
jackpot has Chuck seeing dollar signs.(Mayor Garfield: Max Wright Directed
by Susan Seidelman ("Desperately Seeking Susan"))
- November 2, 1996 - Hoops
After Gary learns a high-school basketball star (Sharrieff
Pugh) has a life-threatening condition, he jumps through hoops to convince
him to stay on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Marissa is reunited with an old
flame (Michael Warren). William Gates and Arthur Agee ("Hoop
Dreams") have cameos.
- November 9, 1996 - After Midnight
Two newspaper stories, one about an abandoned baby
and one about a young woman's suicide, lead Gary to a desperate teen
mother (Virginia Keehne) who will go to any length to support her child.
- November 16, 1996 - Gun
Gary's efforts to prevent a child's shooting death
lead him to befriend a divorced mother (Ashley Crow) of two, who keeps a
gun in her house to protect herself from her abusive ex-husband. Bryce:
Mason Gamble. Tommy: Joe Bianchi. Ms Flaste: Mary Beth Fisher.
- November 23, 1996 - His Girl Thursday
A love struck Meredith Carson (Leslie Hope) returns
to Gary's life, and the two strike up a tentative romance after she makes
a solemn promise not to sneak peeks at the paper. But it's a temptation
that proves too hard for her - and for Chuck - to resist. Boswell: James
- December 7, 1996 - The Wrong Man
Gary tries to be gracious after learning that his
ex-wife, Marcia (Rya Kihlstedt), is remarrying, even after he discovers
the identity of her fiance. But a problem involving a troubled former
co-worker could put an end to Marcia's romance - for good. Roger Harrison:
Time Winters. Mr. Pritchard: Marc Vann. Sam: Jim True. Mr. Roberts: Ned
- December 21, 1996 - Christmas
On Christmas Eve, Gary tries to prevent a public
bombing, but has a jolly tough time convincing the police that there's a
problem. Meanwhile, Chuck's holiday turns not-so-merry when he's arrested
for being a scofflaw and thrown in jail - with a big guy (M. Emmet Walsh)
in a red suit. Det. Crumb: Ron Dean.
- January 11, 1997 - Frostbit
Even with Chicago in the middle of a deep freeze,
Gary can't justify to himself taking a day off from helping others - until
he rescues one too many ingrates. Street Kid: Jonathan Tucker. Pete: Ken
- January 25, 1997 - Mob Wife
When the paper predicts a mob hit, Chuck tries to
convince Gary to steer clear. But Chuck's plan goes off course when he
falls for the intended target - a wise guy's girl (Pauley P.) Frank
Peretti: Leo Rossi, Kellaher: Neil Flynn
- February 1, 1997 - The Wall Part One
Gary attracts the suspicions of a Secret Service
agent who's covering security for an upcoming Presidential visit. But
Gary's got other things on his mind: he's just learned his predecessor was
somehow involved in the Kennedy assassination. Hawks: Joe Grifasi
- February 8, 1997 - The Wall Part Two
Conclusion. Suspected of killing Hawks, Gary tries
to prove his innocence by establishing the identity of Kennedy's real
assassin. Hanratty: Lou Rawls. Dobbs: Josef Summer.
- February 22, 1997 - Bat Masterson
Gary befriends a former cop (Philip Bosco) who
believes he's Bat Masterson. Trouble is, "Bat" is itching for a
showdown with the man he thinks killed his partner 10 years ago.
- March 8, 1997 - The Jury
Eleven angry people---and Gary---serve as jurors in
the trial of an ex-con charged with embezzlement. But an accidental
glimpse at the early edition causes Gary to learn something about the case
his sequestration prevents him from acting on.
- April 12, 1997 - Psychic
After Gary saves her life, a phony clairvoyant
(Kathy Najimy) tries to recruit him for her "business." But he
has a hunch she's more than she seems when they both learn - in different
ways - that a child is in danger.
- April 13, 1997 - The Cat
The cat's illness leads Gary to a veterinarian's
office. There, he befriends the doctor's mother, a fun-loving
globe-trotter (Marion Ross) whose cheery disposition belies a dark secret.
Roger Ebert has a cameo. Dr. English: Talia Balsam
- April 19, 1997 - Phantom At The Opera
Gary saves the life of a museum employee and falls
in love at first sight. But just as the relationship is getting underway,
the paper reveals that the woman will be reunited with her long-lost
love--leaving Gary to ponder whether he should alter fate for his own
self-interest. Emma: Adrienne Shelley
- April 26, 1997 - Faith
A head injury lands Gary in the hospital, where he
winds up trying to help a teen (Emily Ann Lloyd) awaiting a transplant.
Meanwhile, Chuck takes over Gary's heroics.
- May 3, 1997 - Dad
Gary's newly retired dad (William Devane) delights
in helping prevent bad news.
- May 17, 1997 - Love Is Blind
Gary races to save World Champion figure skater Tara
Lipinski (as herself) from being injured in a skating mishap. Later, Gary
tries to prevent Marissa's psychology professor (Patricia Kalember) from
being killed in a bomb blast, but soon finds the professor in yet another
life threatening situation. The attempted murders turn out to be linked to
Marissa's study partner (Jeffrey Sams), with whom she has fallen in love.