Early Edition

Season 1 Episode 2

The Choice

1
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 1996 on CBS
9.6
out of 10
User Rating
53 votes
5

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
The Choice
AIRED:
Gary is faced with a difficult decision: stop a plane from crashing or save a little girl.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Friday
No results found.
Saturday
No results found.
Sunday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • When faced with life's choices, how do you decide? Do you let other people do it for you? ("Don't you know to never lift an accident victim? Don't you watch 'Chicago Hope'?"moreless

    10
    This episode is a wonderful example for everyone. Gary has a choice that seems so blatantly obvious--the one with the biggest numbers. But he somehow can't let that little girl go uncared for, and when he realizes it, and turns to the small task immediately at hand, he finds, after a time of guilt-stricken remorse, that if he just takes care of the (small) job at hand, that he can reach and affect not only the lives of hundreds of people, but the thousands of people whose lives they are involved with. He also learns that, in the end, he must rely on HIS OWN heart, beliefs, and conscience, not anyone else's, even the best intentioned.moreless
  • What will Gary do?

    9.5
    The second episode of the series picks up on Gary's struggle to make responsible choices about the paper. Its right out of spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility. On one hand he doesnt want to stand idly by and watch horrible things happen, and yet he also doesnt want to turn his life over to serving the future. This is a great episode and shows the conflict that plagues Gary throughout the series. It's not like there will ever be an end to it. What would you do? The two storylines of the crashing plane and the girl killed in a car accident provide awesome drama and pull Gary in two directions.... An awesome episode all aroumd.moreless
  • What will Gary do?

    9.5
    The second episode of the series picks up on Gary's struggle to make responsible choices about the paper. Its right out of spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility. On one hand he doesnt want to stand idly by and watch horrible things happen, and yet he also doesnt want to turn his life over to serving the future. This is a great episode and shows the conflict that plagues Gary throughout the series. It's not like there will ever be an end to it. What would you do? The two storylines of the crashing plane and the girl killed in a car accident provide awesome drama and pull Gary in two directions.... An awesome episode all aroumd.moreless
  • What will Gary do?

    9.5
    The second episode of the series picks up on Gary's struggle to make responsible choices about the paper. Its right out of spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility. On one hand he doesnt want to stand idly by and watch horrible things happen, and yet he also doesnt want to turn his life over to serving the future. This is a great episode and shows the conflict that plagues Gary throughout the series. It's not like there will ever be an end to it. What would you do? The two storylines of the crashing plane and the girl killed in a car accident provide awesome drama and pull Gary in two directions.... An awesome episode all aroumd.moreless
  • Definitely THE classic episode of the series

    10
    "The Choice" is definitely THE classic episode of the series, is a great introduction to what Early Edition is all about, and is the episode that got most longtime fans of the series hooked. We can all relate to making choices in our lives and not knowing which choice is right or the effects that one seemingly-unrelated event has on another. And we can all relate to how you might feel that you are failing and that things aren't working out, but that things are happening for a reason, and that things often do work out for the best.



    If you are new to Early Edition, "Pilot" and "The Choice" are definitely the episodes to start with. If you liked this episode, you will also like "The Choice", "Up Chuck", and "Snow Angels" since they also deal with Gary having to make a choice. And "Deadline" deals with Lucious Snow once having to make a choice in the past.moreless
Rya Kihlstedt

Rya Kihlstedt

Marcia

Guest Star

Morgan McCabe

Morgan McCabe

Nurse

Guest Star

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Amanda Bailey

Guest Star

Ron Dean

Ron Dean

Detective Marion Zeke Crumb

Recurring Role

James Deuter

James Deuter

Boswell

Recurring Role

Mark Morettini

Mark Morettini

Desk Sergeant

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Newspaper Articles:

      Friday September 13
      - Piano accident on Wacker Drive: Woman and Child Injured
      - CHA out to trim Taylor Homes: HUD grants sough for 4 projects

      Saturday September 14
      - Traffic Jam Snarls city - Worst Ever changes to Chicago Jetliner down; 190 killed changes to Traffic Jam Eases - City Officials At Loss To Explain
      - U. of C., NU get $75 million
      - On the Ropes
      - 6-yeard-old Victim of 911 neglect; Officials Blame Traffic changes to 6-year-old Victim of Hospital Neglect; Epidural Hematoma Goes Undiagnosed
      - Nothing Shouts Clout Like City's Honorary Signs
      - Argentine President Meets the Sun-Times
      - Are You The Guy For Di?
      - Frank Thomas Fields Your Questions

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Amanda: What happened?
      Gary: You were in an accident, honey.
      Amanda: Uh-oh. Anyone hurt?
      Gary: Well...
      Amanda: It was a new bike. My dad got it for me. Do I know you?
      Gary: No, not exactly.
      Amanda: But you know me.
      Gary: Kind of.
      Amanda: I got it.

    • Amanda: You have to be somewhere, don't you?
      Gary: What?
      Amanda: Someone else to save?

    • Chuck: The greatest boon to mankind since non-taxable income, and who does it come to? A guy who buys lottery tickets and doesn't cheat.

    • Chuck: (closing monologue) Like the man said—I think it was me—everybody makes choices. Some you make because you want to. Say Abe Lincoln for president. No-brainer. Mostly though it's a matter of guesswork. Going with your gut. It's hard on the nerves. Really, all you can do is give it a shot... and hope to God it turns out right.

    • Chuck: (opening monologue) Everybody makes choices. That's the American way. It's in the constitution. Every shlub has a vote. You get up in the morning, you decide what to wear. What to eat. What to waste your money on. You go with what you know, which usually ain't much. But what if you knew what you knew before you actually knew it? If that's confusing, so is getting tomorrow's paper today. The point being, sometimes the choice is easy... and sometimes you don't have one at all.

  • NOTES (3)

    • There is an error in the continuity of the series.



      This episode takes place a week after Gary first received the newspaper (as Chuck mentions in the episode). The date on the newspapers in the episode are from September 13th and 14th. In the pilot, the newspapers were dated November 12th, 13th and 14th.

    • The role of Gary's ex-wife, Marcia, was recast after the pilot. She is now played by Rya Kihlstedt.

    • Awards and Nominations

      1997 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) (nominated)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Chuck: Listen, I don't have time to explain. I got to be somewhere. You got to get her to the Emergency Room.
      Bystander: No. You're supposed to leave the victim right there. Don't you ever watch Chicago Hope?
      A reference to CBS' Medical drama Chicago Hope that aired from 1994 to 2000.

    • Chuck: Psst. Hey, Starsky.

      A reference to a 1970's cop show, Starsky & Hutch, that ran from 1975 to 1979.

More
Less
  • 8:00 pm
    Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon Octane
    NEW
    NBC
  • 10:00 pm
    20/20
    NEW
    ABC