Early Edition: Horoscopes
"Knowing the headlines is one thing . . . Knowing the future is another."
Gary Hobson doesn't have to read his horoscope for today: all the headlines of tomorrow give him a good idea of how his day is going to turn out. That is, assuming that nobody messes with the stars. =P And this is where the first twist of the episode comes in . . .
There's more than one way to save a toddler
Gary changes terrible headlines into not-so-awful headlines every day. Can he really complain when someone else finds another way to do the exact same thing? LOL! I love him for being so uptight, though. For he's right that The Paper, which is the fifth main cast member (the fourth being The Cat), isn't something to be taken lightly. Everyone who disagrees with him has his opinion fastened the hard way. I refer to his best friend Chuck, who never stops trying to get the stock news . . . and to his new girlfriend Meredith, who is as hungry for a good scoop as the next reporter.
To Meredith's credit as a "woman of the 90s," she does try to keep her professional life and her love life separate. But whether this sort of compartmentalisation is actually an impossible ideal or curiosity just happens to be her fatal flaw (Oh, NOW I get why the show has a cat!), she glances at some of tomorrow's headlines and finds that she simply can't unsee them.
Did anyone else get the sense that The Paper doesn't like Meredith? That it's personal between them? I mean, it jerks her around in this episode, flat out lies to her, and tries to end her . . . like some jealous romantic rival or something--and no, I'm not projecting. =P There's a scene in which Gary explains to his level-headed friend Marissa that he can't be with a woman who gets between him and The Paper and Marissa points out that it's The Paper which is getting between him and a woman. (Hmmmm!) Of course, Marissa has no idea what stunts The Paper has been pulling. But she does find it amusing--as should we--that Gary should be clinging to The Paper as an excuse when he has been wanting to get rid of it for months.
The first time we met Meredith, I admitted that it's kind of cute that the man who knows tomorrow's news would end up falling for the woman who needs today's scoops. And when I stop turning everything into a Horror movie (Sorry, but it's October), I see that The Paper remains a moral challenge no matter who reads it--but because Chuck and Meredith's temptations are different from Gary's, they get different tests.
Now, notice that we're assuming Gary is passing his tests with flying colours. He saves lives all over the city and hasn't once tried to use The Paper for illicit gain--and he certainly looks heroic doing it! But what if he's actually swinging and missing as badly as his friends? What if his own temptation is to neglect family for the sake of strangers, to the point that he he never has a family at all? In that case, he's failing big time, isn't he?
Your Turn to Be the Hero: If you had to choose between saving countless innocent lives and marrying the love of your life, which would you pick?