Early Edition (1996) s01e21 Episode Script


CHUCK: What time is it? GARY: Just a few minutes more.
CHUCK: Black Mercedes.
GARY: Well, that's what the paper says.
(Chuck laughing) To think I gave up a date to sit here with you.
Maybe they're not going to show up.
Don't worry about it, they'll show up.
You sure about that? Yeah.
What time is it now? Well, gee, that would be just about almost 2:00.
They better show up.
I don't want us to be sitting out here freezing our buns off for nothing.
Chuck, don't worry about it.
They're going to show up.
If if they show up.
All right, what does that mean? Well, maybe they already fixed the flat tire.
Did you ever think of that? You read that? What does that say? "Motorists killed by hit-and-run driver.
Incident occurs while changing tire.
" Maybe the paper's wrong.
Did you ever think of that? And how do you figure the paper's going to be wrong? Maybe there's some atmospheric disturbance in the force.
Maybe the Hale-Bopp comet got in the way of the information highway.
What's your point? This stuff doesn't even surprise you anymore, does it? That's your point? Yeah.
Gee, here they come.
You know, I'm genuinely surprised.
Excuse me.
You got lucky.
Hey! You've lost faith in chance, my friend.
No, I just have more faith in this, friend.
That's the car.
Did you see that? Yeah, I saw it.
It didn't stop.
No flat tire.
That's impossible.
It says right here.
Yeah? Well, get in here before we freeze to death.
Now, let's go.
This doesn't make sense.
Gary, look out! (car horn honking) (tires squealing) Gare Gare? Gary.
Hey, he's hurt! I need an ambulance! Hey! Hey! Gare.
Come on, wake up.
Come on, wake up.
Gare? Come on, wake up.
Wake up.
(voice echoing): Wake up (theme music playing) (girl's voice echoing): Hello? Hello?! Who are you? Wait.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Easy, easy, easy, easy, easy.
Nurse, he's awake.
I'll get the doctor.
CHUCK: Welcome back to the world.
What time is it? You've been out for hours.
How are you feeling? What happened? You had a close call.
You don't remember? Uh I remember we were waiting.
We were The paper.
The paper.
The headline was wrong.
I need that paper.
And what paper is that? Pardon me, please.
Doc, I can't stay here.
And why is that? Because I've got things to do.
I'm fi I can see that.
Lie back, please.
Is he going to be okay? That depends.
Was he okay before this happened? Well, not particularly.
DOCTOR: Then no guarantees.
Got yourself whacked on the head, huh? Look, Doc, it's just a careless mistake.
I just need a few aspirin and that's it.
Nurse, get him down for a CAT scan right away.
Doc, I gotta go.
Why? Because we have your pants.
I'm not staying here.
I'm not staying here.
Looks like you're staying.
I don't like this.
Oh, it'll be good for you, a little R and R.
Besides, I saw this gorgeous nurse down the hall.
Not you.
Don't worry.
Hey, what about the you-know-what? It's supposed to be here by now.
Don't worry about it.
It's probably back at the hotel.
It'll be a few minutes.
Wait here.
Okay, Ms.
Look, do me a favor.
Go down to the hotel and see if it's there, huh? Why? You can't do anything.
Why don't you just let it go for the day, okay? Because I need to see it.
Promise me you'll get some rest, though.
I promise.
All right.
Let's go, Chuck.
I'll try to find you a pretty nurse.
(sighs) Psst.
Here I am.
Did you have to do that? Sorry.
You didn't hurt yourself, did you? Oh! Not at all.
You always that clumsy? Can I ask you a question? What were you doing under there? Hiding.
Hiding from who? I can't tell you.
It's classified.
I've been here since birth, living off scraps.
Okay, the truth? I'm your guardian angel, like John Travolta, except I don't smoke.
Any questions? Boy, I really did get hit in the head, didn't I? You know NURSE: Okay, I'll bring him in.
You're supposed to be lying down.
I fell off.
That's a first.
Lie down.
Huh? Okay, here we go.
As for you, little miss, get your butt back to your room before I call security.
Rats! Who was that? None of your business.
So, how's it look? Well, the good news is you've got a brain.
The bad news is it took a shot.
What were you doing standing on a bridge in the middle of the night? Fishing.
Good answer.
You're going to be all right.
Then I can go? I don't think so.
You were out for five hours.
That's nothing to fool with.
Stick around for the rest of the day.
Let's see what develops.
Look, Doc, I can't do that.
I've got things to do.
Don't worry, the fish will wait.
In the meantime, relax, enjoy the food, read a newspaper.
What do you mean, it's not there? CHUCK: Nope, not a sign of it or the cat either.
It's gotta be somewhere.
It's almost noon.
Yeah, well, it's not.
And by the way, I talked to the cops.
You ta About what? About the guy who almost killed you.
They said, unless you can remember a license plate number, there's absolutely nothing that they can do.
(Loud thud) Look, I don't know what the license plate number was.
Look, just keep an eye out for the paper, would you? Yeah.
Okay, I'm right on it.
I'm looking all over.
I'll call you back.
(cat meowing) Well, there you are.
Where's the paper? Hey.
WOMAN: Do you mind? Excuse me.
Have you seen a, uh a cat running around here? This is a hospital, sir.
There are no cats.
I know it's (cat meowing) Thank you.
(cat meowing) (meowing) Excuse me.
Where did you find that paper? Who wants to know? You didn't find that in my room, by chance, did you? I am a sphinx.
Look, kid, it's one thing to play Little Miss Commando around here; it's another thing to go into You look good in that gown, you know that? Weird, but good.
The paper.
Who says it's yours? I say it's mine.
Can't be.
For one thing your name's not on it.
And for another, it's not even today's.
It's tomorrow's.
How can you possibly own something that hasn't even come out yet? Listen, kid, I don't want to argue with you.
I just want my paper WOMAN: Something wrong? Oh, no, no.
Yeah, he called me a thief.
No, I didn't call her a thief.
We were just Fine.
I'll cop to the rap.
Put me in prison.
I'll be in my room.
Who is that? The question is: Who are you? Oh, uh, Gary Hobson.
Well, Mr.
Hobson, do you make it a point to argue with children? No, no.
I Then may I suggest you don't.
Excuse me.
Who are you? I'm a surgeon.
And do you make it a point to pass judgment on people who you don't even know? I'm sorry.
I was just wondering what the girl's name was.
Her name is Rachel.
And and what is she doing here? She's waiting for something.
A new heart.
A ventricular septal defect a hole in the heart.
And there's no way to fix it? Not in the long run.
How's the head? I don't know.
It's, it's fine.
Look, she's up on her feet.
She's walking around.
She's a remarkable kid.
She's determined not to let it get her down.
Most people think of a hospital as a place to be sick.
She sees it as a place to get well.
She spends a lot of time here for treatments, and I've never once heard her complain.
So that's all she can do, then, is wait? A compatible match is never a guaranteed thing.
We try to make her feel at home until the right one arrives.
And what if it doesn't? Then it doesn't.
Anything else? No.
Can I get dressed? Fine.
And go? Forget it.
Look, Doc, I May I see that? Your paper? I just want to check the scores.
It's, uh it's yesterday's.
I won't even ask.
CHUCK: All right, I got this one.
No problem.
No, no, no, no, no.
Bad idea.
Remember the last time you tried to fix something in the paper? Yeah, and I handled it beautifully.
Remember? MARISSA: Barely I don't have a choice.
CHUCK: All right.
This is a piece of cake.
Why don't I believe that? Look.
I'll be back in, uh, in an hour.
Hey, wait, wait, wait.
Marissa, you go with him.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
I need a baby-sitter? Come on.
Let's go.
All right.
Did you bring the pooper-scooper? Honey, all we're asking is that you slow down a little.
Mom, I can't just lie here all day.
Uh, I'm sorry.
Excuse me.
Who's this? Elmer Fudd.
It's an alias.
He's from the Witness Protection Program.
The crime he witnessed was just too horrible to even think about.
Right? Yeah.
That's, that's right, and I also happen to be a patient down the hall.
I'm Gary Hobson.
How do you do? Oh, the one that fell off the gurney? The one that fell off the gurney.
It wasn't me.
The nurses blabbed.
Hobson, I have to go speak to the doctors.
Will you see if you can talk her into staying where she is? Uh, I'll do my best.
How embarrassing.
You got any? (nervous laugh) Uh, listen, uh, Rachel.
Uh Oh, no.
They told you, didn't they? Huh? About me.
Somebody spilled the beans.
I can see it all over your face.
There goes a perfectly good romance down the tubes.
You married? No.
Okay, then.
Maybe there's still hope.
Now, come on.
Take my arm.
What? Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
Where you going? To seek out adventure, wherever it may be.
No, no, no, no, no.
Now, look.
I promised your mom that you were gonna stay right here.
I'm You said you'd do your best.
Yeah, but What are you, a man or a mouse? No.
Hey! Kid.
You got it? Like it? Yeah.
It's very nice.
There! The romance is back.
Don't you think I'm a little bit old for you? That depends.
What are you, 60? A-ha-ha-ha.
Actually, I'm already promised to my next-door neighbor, though he doesn't know it.
He's 21, and I'm 11.
So when I'm 20, he'll only be 30.
When I get my new heart, I'm gonna tell him.
I love this place.
It's high up, closer to you-know-who.
You don't believe in Him, do you? What makes you say that? Just a feeling.
You believe in things.
And what does that mean? It's that newspaper.
You don't like it out of your sight.
Well, no, this, uh That's okay.
It's just, for me, it's more like faith.
Knowing things will work out.
You oughta try it some time.
CHUCK: Okay.
We're here.
Now what? (ignition clicks off) Now we wait for 'em to show up.
Then what? Then I, uh I talk to 'em.
For the record, do you know what you're gonna say? Yeah, I know what I'm gonna say.
I'm gonna say whatever Gary says.
You got that written down somewhere? Yeah, I got it right up my sleeve.
Oh, okay.
Wait a minute.
I think this is them.
All right.
Here goes nothing.
There it is.
Go get it.
What if something goes wrong? You want the cash? Yeah! Then move your butt.
Hey! Gents.
Don't ask me how I know this, but, uh, I have some information that you're gonna jack this van.
I also happen to know that your plan is gonna backfire, so don't do it.
Okay? What are you? A cop? No, I'm just a concerned citizen.
And who asked you? Hey, don't cop an attitude, all right? I'm just trying to help.
Oh, you are, huh? Hey! Don't.
Look, punk, you want to get yourself killed? Go ahead.
Take the van.
See if I care.
It's no skin off my back.
As a matter of fact, I dare ya.
Steal it.
Drive it away.
Don't do it, man.
We came for a car.
Yeah, right.
And we're gonna take one.
Fine! Go ahead! Drive it away! See if I care.
We'll take yours.
Oh, no.
Nice work, Mr.
My car.
They took his car? He's at the police station now.
Well, what did he say to the guys? Trust me.
You don't want to know.
This is my fault.
I shoulda been there.
I knew you'd say that.
The paper needs me.
Or you need it.
Gary, you're hurt.
You need to rest up.
I mean, you've been at this for, what, almost a year? Maybe the paper sent you here so you'd have to let go for a while.
Yeah, well, I can't do that.
You mean you won't.
No, I don't mean I don't (pained cry) Gary? What's this? Oh, it's nothing.
I'm fine.
Then you won't mind spending the night.
Huh? Discussion's over.
So are visiting hours.
I'll see you out.
No, no, no.
Doc, listen, I I'll check on you later.
Pleasant dreams.
Hey! (moans) Rachel? I think we found a match.
We'll operate in the morning.
Here you go, a hundred.
Wait a minute.
I thought you said half.
I said half if you jacked the car.
You didn't.
If you want the pay, you've got to play.
Hey, look, man, my mom needs this money.
She's been working too hard.
Don't break my heart.
I'll call you.
(cat meows) I'd like to talk to my doctor, please.
Planning on going somewhere? Yes.
I have things to do.
(cat whines) Didn't I tell you about that cat? Don't worry.
He's going with me.
Well, you can't see the doctor right now.
He's down observing the transplant.
(meows) What transplant? The little girl.
They took her down an hour ago.
She got (loud screeching) Ow! Look.
You're really going to have to 86 that cat.
"Rachel Greenberg rejected the transplant and died last evening.
" Where is she? Who? Rachel, the little girl.
Where'd they take her? Where'd they take her?! They're finishing typing it now.
Let's get started.
Don't do it.
I beg your pardon? I think there's something wrong with that heart.
It's gonna kill her.
What are you talking about? They screwed up in the lab, something about the match, and she's going to reject it.
Look, you can't be in here.
Look, it's not your fault yet, but it's gonna be if you don't Doctor, she's prepped.
Shall we start? Absolutely.
All right.
Try this.
You're up for a directorship in a hospital in Albany, New York.
Yeah? You've been keeping it a secret.
You're gonna find out today, only you're not going to.
Not if you do this.
Because someone screwed up in a lab somewhere, you're going to lose your career, lady.
How did you know about Albany? The same way I know about this.
Hold everything.
You'd better be right about this.
Trust me, I am.
Well, you were right.
It didn't happen, Rachel.
It wasn't right.
Why? Why don't we fix it? MRS.
Honey Take her back to her room.
We'll talk in a while.
Why? Why? RACHEL: Why? I was gonna ask the same question myself.
Chen to Admitting.
Chen to Admitting stat.
Nothing wrong that I can see.
Of course there's not.
I'm fine.
Can I go? Doc! Depends.
On what? On what you tell me about what happened down in the Jo.
Oh, there's nothing to tell.
I find that hard to believe.
Look, what does this have to do with my health? A guy shows up at the hospital with a dent in his head.
He starts predicting the future.
Unusual, but it's happened before.
Hell, people mistake their wives for a hat.
But, in this case, the guy with the dent is actually right.
What is that, dumb luck? I I wouldn't know.
Therein lies my problem.
Look, you think I'm some sort of a nut or something.
I'm not.
I'm thinking I don't know what to think.
That paper you carry around what is that? Some kind of fetish? No.
That would be a Chicago Sun-Times.
Now, can I go now or not? I have no medical reason to keep you.
Hobson If you feel like you're in trouble, call me.
Okay? What kind of trouble? I'm a doctor.
Whatever you got.
Hey, I got ya got ya some flowers.
No, thanks.
I'll just, uh I'll just set them here on the table.
You were the one who told them, weren't you? Yeah, I had to.
Why? Because there was something wrong with that heart they were You don't know that! Yes, I do.
How? Was it that? Look, you see No! You had no right! I don't care what it says.
I could have made it work! I know I could! You don't believe that, do you? Do you? No.
Go away.
I don't want to look at you.
Listen, Rachel.
You don't have any faith! Leave.
Please go.
I don't understand.
You saved her life.
So why do you feel bad? Because she's so disappointed.
That's why.
Well, better disappointed than dead.
I'm not so sure she believes that.
I'm not even sure that's true.
Come on, Gary.
The newspaper said that it wasn't the right heart.
Look, that's not the point.
The point is, because of me, she missed her chance.
That's what the point is.
Because she didn't have one.
Gary, look.
The newspaper doesn't make things happen.
No, I do.
I read headlines, then I change things.
So what else could you do? I don't know.
Hey, guys.
They found it.
Found what? My car or what's left of it.
The rest of it's probably in Topeka, for all I know.
That's the last good deed I do.
You know what really irks me? The fact that those kids are getting high with my money.
Tommy, that you? Yeah, it's me, Mom.
Where have you been? Shopping.
Tommy, I need some more medicine.
You ran out? I can make it till morning.
No, it's okay.
I got it.
(phone rings) Yeah.
What? Tomorrow? No.
No, I'll be there.
Yeah, I'll be there.
God, can you hear me? This is Rachel in Room 464.
I don't mean to bug you.
I know you've got other things to do.
But don't forget about me, okay? And I won't forget about you.
(cat meowing) Oh Oh! (meow) Good morning.
Don't suppose you could hand that up to me, could you? (meows) (meows) Thank you.
What's up, G-man? Good news.
The Cubs finally won a game? They did? I don't know.
I'm asking you.
No, I No.
The little girl she got her heart.
Really? Great.
Yeah, well, I mean, she didn't yet, but she's going to tonight.
Well, that's great, Gary.
See? Everything works out in the end.
You know what the thing is, too? She said she was going to get it all along.
Excuse me.
Holy cow! Would you get out of? Whoa, whoa, whoa! That's one of the punks that stole my car.
"Youth killed in alleged robbery attempt.
"Gunshots rang out last night just after 7:00 "at the corner of Seventh and Main.
"The deceased was identified as 16-year-old Tommy Grasier, "a local Chicago youth.
" (gunshots) "Police as yet have no information "on who fired the shots, but the store owner was known to be armed.
" Figures.
But, Chuck, it hasn't happened yet.
All right, so I'll just find him, I'll I'll stop him.
What? No.
Gary, if they wouldn't listen to me, they're not going to listen to you.
There's no point for you to put your life on the line.
If you hadn't read that thing Yeah, well, I did.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
All right.
I'll just look him up in the phone book.
Let's see.
It's changed.
Well, I'm not going to play God.
I'm not going to play God.
Reduce the dosage to 15 milligrams.
I thought you were gone.
Yeah, I was.
I I Look, I need some information.
Is that so? Yes.
You have a library card? Use it.
Wait a second, Doc.
This is important.
It seems everything's important to you.
It's about Rachel's condition.
What about it? Okay.
Suppose you suppose you knew you were going to find a match tonight, but it didn't happen.
Now, how many days or weeks would she have before? Is this your idea of a joke? No.
The child doesn't have days or weeks, Mr.
She may not even have tonight.
Just a minute.
You can't come in here.
I'm sorry.
You have to leave, sir.
You cannot come in here.
Let's go.
Well, well, well.
Out one door and in another.
What happened? You miss the food? Mm-hmm.
Rumor has it you've been blocking traffic here since 9:00 this morning.
Is that true? Something like that.
She's in there, huh? Well, Marks is an excellent doctor.
Knows what she's doing.
She'll stabilize her as long as she can.
How long? Well, this is a hospital, despite the fact that it looks like a hospital.
And in hospitals, things happen.
You mean people die, Doc.
Something like that.
What if they don't have to? Is that a question? No.
You know something, don't you? I mean, in that way you know things.
I know that if I stay here until 7:00, that little girl's gonna live.
And if you don't? Then it will be someone else.
That's a hell of a burden.
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
You want some advice? Do what you have to.
What if that doesn't work? What if it does? I need to know.
Why? It's 7:00 in three hours.
I'm rooting for you.
WOMAN (over P.
): Dr.
Fitzgerald, WOMAN (over P.
): Dr.
Fitzgerald, Dr.
Fitzgerald, 861.
(EKG beeping) How is she? She's on dige, dopamine, and a triple-antibiotic- coverage I.
But how is she? Don't you have patients of your own to watch out for? I think that's what I'm doing.
(sirens wailing in distance) Ready for this? Yeah, I guess.
What does that mean? Are we down or not? Yeah, we're down.
Are you sure nobody's gonna get hurt? Of course, they aren't.
You walk into a store, take a guy's money, you think he's gonna be happy? There's gotta be a better way to get money.
Look, the only reason I'm doing this for you is 'cause you're my friend.
You don't want the cash, pass.
Hey, come on.
Have I ever steered you wrong? Everything's gonna work out.
Trust me.
What is it now? This is wrong, Eddie.
Man, I thought we were down.
This is crazy.
I've got responsibilities.
This is a hell of a time to be telling me that.
Hey! Maybe it's better now than later, huh? Not again.
Look, Tommy, go home before you get hurt.
Yeah, come on.
Hey, wait a minute.
How does he know your name? Is he a friend of yours? No! All right.
All right.
Get out of here now.
Look, I can't do that.
You're gonna be sorry you came.
Yeah, I know, for the rest of my life.
Listen, listen.
Put the gun down, all right? Hey, hey.
Put the gun down.
The hell I will.
Eddie, don't! Mister! Hey, mister! (car starts) Mister, wake up! Wake up! Hey, mister! You're gonna be okay.
Eddie! Eddie, come on! We gotta help this guy! Eddie Eddie! Eddie! Come on, man.
Wake up! Wake up! You're not hit! You're not hit! RACHEL: Hello? Hello? GARY: Hello? Jo.
Three, stat.
two minutes.
Watch out for the line.
Excuse me.
Excuse me.
Hey! Let's go! Scalpel.
Excuse me.
Rib retractor.
Is she all right? Excuse me.
They can't hear you.
I know.
You had to save that boy.
I understand.
There was nothing else I could do.
Then why are you feeling bad? Because it was If I let him go You couldn't.
That's all there is to it.
It was your last chance to live.
You don't know that.
Yes, I do.
Did you see the paper? It says I told you, you believe too much in things.
It says what's going to happen.
Things will work out.
You need to believe that.
Put down the paper.
(EKG steady tone) DR.
MARKS: She's flatlining.
Cardiac massage now.
Ventilate with 100% O2.
Now, people.
Move it! RACHEL: You have to have faith, Gary Hobson.
Put down the paper.
I can't do that.
You can.
You have to.
NURSE: Dopamine.
Let's try another pressing.
Second .
5 of atropine.
push now.
Increase the dopamine to four mikes.
Anything happening? Still nothing.
(EKG steady tone) (EKG beeping) We've have a pulse.
Sats are climbing.
Pressure's 108 over 62.
Heart rate is climbing It's about time.
I thought it was over.
I thought so, too.
NURSE 1: Sats now are what? NURSE 2: Great.
MARKS: So you like these long naps.
What time is it? I'd say almost 9:00.
What happened? I was gonna ask you.
That kid the kid saved my life.
Is he? He's all right.
He brought you in.
Maybe now you can get some rest.
Get this man a bed.
I need to see Rachel.
I'm sorry.
You can't.
She's in surgery.
They found her a heart.
How? Some kid downtown flipped his car off an overpass.
They said he was going over 90.
Which reminds me.
She left you a message for when you came back.
She said, "Told you so.
" Hmm.
CHUCK: Time's a great healer, especially when you're young.
A month later Thank you.
Rachel was ready for a new life.
She wasn't the only one.
Hold on.
Maybe it's chance that turns people's lives around.
Maybe it's something more.
Maybe it's believing what could be.
After all, some things you know some things you never will tomorrow's newspaper or not.
(ship's horn blows) Sometimes you have to leave it in other hands.
Sometimes you just have to go on faith.