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Season 3 Episode 18

Fate

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 1999 on CBS
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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 and must figure out what he's done wrong so that he can save his life.moreless

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  • My favorite episode of the series

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    "Fate" is definitely my favorite episode of the series, and most people agree that it's one of the best. It is definitely one of the most powerful.



    This episode finally answers the question of how Gary would react when he fails to save someone. We've all been there before, we've all have dealt with failure. This episode is an important lesson to all of us that one failure does not erase all of the successes that we have had. Lucious Snow's line "Count the Living, not the dead" is one of the most powerful lines in the entire series, and is an important lesson to us all. And then when it shows the papers from Gary's past successes is one of the most powerful scenes, and it reminds me of "It's a Wonderful Life". For some reason, the paper from "Just One of those Things" is the one that hits me the hardest, perhaps since it was the most recent episode that has a flashback.



    I think CBS made a major mistake by airing this episode on Mar. 20, 1999, during March Madness, and not during sweeps. Because the basketball game ran late that night, the episode was delayed, and many people who taped it missed the end of it. It was also very unfortunate that "Early Edition" was preempted the following week, and that the week after was Holy Saturday when ratings would likely be weaker than usual.moreless
Robert Donner

Robert Donner

Lucius Snow

Guest Star

Cynthia Baker

Cynthia Baker

Emile Mason

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Amy Landecker

Amy Landecker

Newswoman

Guest Star

Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley

Det. Paul Armstrong

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Kristy Swanson

Kristy Swanson

Erica Paget

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