Early Edition (1996–2000)
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The Choice 

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


Michael Dinner


Bob Brush (developer), Patrick Q. Page (creator) | 4 more credits »

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Episode credited cast:
Kyle Chandler ... Gary Hobson
Shanesia Davis Shanesia Davis ... Marissa Clark
Fisher Stevens ... Chuck Fishman
John Rubinstein ... Dr. Marcus
Rya Kihlstedt ... Marcia Hobson
Ron Dean ... Det. Marion Zeke Crumb
Morgan McCabe ... Nurse
Mae Whitman ... Amanda Bailey
James Deuter ... Boswell
Alex Skuby ... Gino (as Alex C. Skuby)
Eddie Jemison ... Bystander (as Edward Jemison)
Mary Seibel Mary Seibel ... Receptionist
Mindy Bell Mindy Bell ... Pregnant Woman
Mark Morettini ... Desk Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Mulvihill 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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Release Date:

5 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gary reads the page about the 6 year old girl being hit by a car, the first and third times the headline is complete, the second time 'officials blame traffic' is missing. 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 Outbreak (1995) See more »

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Hobson's Choice
8 July 2008 | by stump69See 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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