Early Edition (1996–2000): Season 1, Episode 12 - Frostbit - full transcript

The city is suffering from a severe cold-snap and Chuck's apartment loses its power. He moves in with Gary for the day and takes over the entire hotel room with his pet gold fish and various possessions, frustrating Gary to no end. Out on the street, Gary keeps running into the same homeless kid begging for money and then reads that the kid is going to freeze to death. Gary finds the abandoned building where the kid is living and they both become trapped and in danger of freezing to death. Chuck sees the paper and reads that both Gary and the homeless kid freeze to death, so he rushes to the rescue but he's worse than useless.

It just goes
on and on and on.

It's the same dream
night after night,

something falling,

something disgusting,
but I can't move.

It's horrible.
I know, I know.

All right, all right,
calm down, Mr. Nelson.

You know that you're
perfectly safe here, right?
Are you sure?

I'm positive.
Now, tell me when...

Excuse me?

Get away from that skylight!

I beg your pardon.
There's something falling!

Sir, sir, sir, sir,
sir, can I help you?

Uh, it's blue ice
from an airplane.

Frozen? Uh, blue ice
from the lavatory?

You got it!
That's very

You're here
to save us?
I-I can't move.

Get him off the couch!
I-I can't move.

How long have you
had this fantasy?

This hero complex.

Hero complex?
Look, lady...

I-It's coming.

Maybe we should
talk about it.
Get him off the couch!

It's coming.
I would be happy
to treat you,

but you have to make
an appointment.

What are you doing,
sir? My God...


(doctor screams)

(theme music playing)

♪ ♪

Good morning.

It's a cold Tuesday in Chicago.

Someone turned the heat off
in Chicago,

and this cold front's
here to stay.

Expect highs today
in the negative tens,

and that's in the sun.

Some schools are closed, and
authorities are asking people

not to go outside
unless you have to.

Take the day off, my friends--
stay in bed.

(clicks off radio)

(cat yowls)
(paper thuds against door)

Oh, come on, didn't
you hear the weather report?

(cat meows)

(knocking at door)

Who is it!
Me! Open up!


What are you doing here?

I'm moving in.

(cat yowls)
I was gonna
give you that.

Middle of the night, the heat
goes off in the entire building.

Within 15 minutes,
my apartment's the North Pole.

Poor Sparky's bowl
starts to ice up.

Can't you call someone?

What about the
condo association,
why don't you call them?

No, I called 'em.

They're not coming in today.

It's too cold.
Listen, Chuck...

When I woke up this morning,
my toes were frozen.

I couldn't move 'em.

You should see 'em.

They started turning blue.

That's the first sign
of frostbite,

you know that?

First they turn blue,

then they turn black,
then they fall off.

You want to see?
No, I don't want
to see your toes.

I don't want to s...


Hey, Chuck, why don't
you get a hotel room?

Because... you already have
a hotel room.

That's what friends
are for, right?

Come on, Gare, it'll
be just like college.

You and me,
roomies again.

Chuck, do you know why
I graduated a semester early?

'Cause you and your stuff,
it's got a way of, uh,

taking over a room.

Come on, Gare,
have a heart.

I'm no Eskimo,
and poor Sparky here

is starting to turn
into a frozen fish stick.

His bowl is cracking.

(tapping ice)
All right,

if you can find a corner to put
your stuff-- and you pick one--

y-you... stay one night.

You won't even
know I'm here.

Why'd you just do that?

You don't want that.

I got the good stuff.

I grind my own beans.

Kenyan Supreme.

(pops lips, sighs)



What is that?

Tools of the trade.

You're not going
to work today, are you?

Getting to work,
that's the problem.

So, I decided to buy and sell
at home today.

What home? My home?

Yeah. You don't mind, do you?

You're a real pal.

Ah, Boswell, bring it on in.


(wry laugh)




Where you going?

You can stay one day.


One day?

That's not very generous,
is it?

Trust me, one day with Chuck

is more like one year.

But he's your
best friend.
Yes, he is my best friend,

and I would like
to keep it that way.

So, what are you gonna do?

It's a little cold
for the beach.

I'll tell you what
I'm gonna do, I'm gonna...

sit here, and I'm gonna...

play some pool...

and have a few drinks...

Read the paper...

I already read the paper,
cover to cover,

and there's nothing in it.



Nothing that needs
you to be there?


You sure about that?

Yep. Positive.

(slow blues playing)

There is... there is
one little thing.

It's tiny, it's on page 13.

A guy gets broken... car.

Wh-What was that?

A guy gets hit by a car
and breaks his leg,

but I'm telling you,
it shouldn't even be in there.

But it is.
Yeah, but listen,

I don't need to go
out there and fight...
Look, I know,

I know-- you don't
want to go out;

I don't want to go out.

I understand.


(clears throat

Thank you.

On the other hand,
it is in there.

Please don't do that.


Not another word.

I got to go out.
Good luck.

That's him.

Hey, mister, you
got any change?

Yeah, sure.

Got some right here.

It's not for me, you
know, it's for my mom.

She's sick.

Does she need some help?

Your mom--
you said she was sick.

No, she's fine.

It's just the
money, you know?

You look cold.

You got it or not?

Yeah, look,
that's about all I got.


Hey, mister!

Look out, you're about
to get hit by a car.

Go away.

(horn honking,
brakes screeching)

You jerk!

You idiot.

You heard me.

You just screwed
the whole thing up.

You were going to be
hit by that car!

Of course I was,
till you showed up!

That car was going
to break your leg.

Do you know what
this leg is worth?

70 grand, maybe
a hundred grand

if the guy wants to
make a settlement.

Now I got to start the
whole thing over again.

I hope you're proud of
yourself, Mighty Mouse.

Get away.

Thanks for nothing.

Just what I need,
a guy with a hero complex.

Thanks for nothing.


so the guy
was a fake.

You couldn't
know that.

No, but I should have.

My nose is frozen stiff.

Well, besides, the guy was
going to break his leg.

The paper didn't lie.


But it did send me

on some kind of wild,
stupid goose chase.

Well, maybe
so, maybe not.

Maybe there was a reason
it sent you there.

Like what?

Maybe it needed you there
at that time and that place.

Who knows?

Look, anyway, you did
what you had to do.

So now you can spend the rest
of the day inside, right?

You betcha.

Whereas I have to go visit
my mother, in which case I...


What is it?

It's another one
in the same spot.

"Woman overcome by smoke."

I'm not doing it.


It says she recovers.

This isn't
a life-and-death situation.

I don't have to go out there
for this.

As you wish.

I do wish.

I don't want
to go out there.

I don't have to go out there.

I tell you,
I'm not going out there.


No, I mean it.


I got to go.
Good luck.

Get out of the
way, please.

Let's get another
hose going over there.

Make sure the
pressure's up!

You got
everybody out?

All of 'em.

That's good, let's
move 'em back, come on.

Excuse me.

You missed somebody.

Uh, third floor,
312, Lydia Rossmore.

Who are you, her husband?
No, I'm not her husband, I...

Chief, got a flare-up
in the back.

Okay, are you sure you got
everyone out of the building?

There's nobody
in there.

Look, could you just check?

Yeah, we'll do that.

Everybody wants
to be a fireman.

Hey, mister, you
got any change?

Do I know you?

Yeah, I just gave you money
an hour ago.


You got any more?

It's for my sister;
she's sick.

Oh, yeah?

How's your mom doing?

She's better.

A dollar will do.

I thought you said
you wanted change.

You don't have any.


You gave it all away.

I really
appreciate this.


Just don't think
you can do--



Come on, everybody,
let's go.

Come on, let's move back.

Did you find out...
Sir, you got

to step back,
now, come on.


Hey, the woman in 312.

MAN (in distance):
He's got one up there!

Mrs. Rossmore?

Mrs. Rossmore?

Mrs. Rossmore? Mrs. Rossmore,
you got to get out.

Leave me alone.

Mrs. Rossmore,
open the door now!

Not till my stories are over.

Mrs. Ross... Mrs. Rossmore?

Mrs. Rossmore, I'm serious!

Me, too. I'm not going
anywhere till my story is over.

Now, quiet!

There's an emergency.

Shh! It can wait.

Mrs. Rossmore,
there's a fire.

Shh! I'm not leaving
until I know how
this ends-- now, shh!

So I'm to understand
that you're the one who needs...

Mrs. Rossmore,
what are you watching?

The Young and the Restless.

At least I'm honest enough
to ask you to your face.

All right. The Young
and the Restless.

You want to know
how it ends?

All right. "Tony learns
that Victoria is actually

"the heiress to
the Newman fortune.

The police close
the hit-and-run case."

You satisfied?

You lie!

Phyllis can't
get away with this.

I know she hit them
on purpose.

She hates Chris,
and always has.

Everyone knows it.

What? I don't write them, lady.


I can't get out.

So I heard.

I got half a mind
to leave you in there.

There he is!

That man's a liar!

Oh, that's great, lady.

That's really great.

Doesn't anyone ever
say thank you anymore?

For what, having
a hero complex?

Come on, I'm
taking you down.

What? You're not
carrying me down.

Yes, I am.

No, you're not.
I'll climb down myself.

Get on.



Fine with me.

Boys, get the net!

Coming right up, sir!

The net?
What... what net?

(bell dings)



Mr. Hobson.

What are you doing?

Room service.

For who?

Mr. Fishman.

He said to put it
on the room.

I'm telling you, it's
the chance of a lifetime.

Uh-huh. That's right.
Everyone else is selling,

but I'm not everyone else,
and neither are you.

So, come on, chief,
what do you say?

Take a risk, huh?

What is this?

Okay, look, I'll
tell you what.

You think about it,

and I'll get
right back to you.

Hey, how you doing, Gare?

Look, don't get up or anything.

Just make yourself
feel right at home.

When I work, I need a nest.

Is the door closed?
It's freezing in here.

Thank you for reminding me.

I'll get that right away.

Need to seal those windows
while you're at it.

Yeah, I'll
remember that.

So what
happened to you?

What happened to me?

I'll tell you
what happened to me.

I almost got run over,

and then I got in a fight
with this elderly lady,

then I had climb out
of a burning building.

Other than that,
I had a very normal...

What's this?

His bowl cracked.

Well, get him another bowl.

Okay, you want
your sink back, fine.

Thank you.
Cranky today,
aren't we?

Okay, come this way.

You know,
I go out today,

in the cold,
to help people out

who... who really
don't want any help.

What are you doing?
That's-that's my glass.

I rinse my mouth out
with that glass.

I'll wash it.


How's my baby?

This cannot be good
for my health.

Then do what I do.

Yeah, what's that?
Live off your friends?

That's not very nice, Gare.


Do your business by phone.

It's 20 below
out there.

Do you think that newspaper
expects you to freeze to death?

Hey, you might be right.

Of course I'm right.

We're going on the 21st century.

Plug in. Sign on.


(high-pitched whine)

What's wrong
with this?

Oh, uh, it's not gonna
work right now.

It's attached
to the fax line.

Just until tomorrow.

Let me use your phone.


Except that, uh,

I have a very important client

on hold right now.



One day.

And get that fish
out of my glass!

I got to call you

right back, okay? Thanks.

(door opens and closes)

Hey, buddy.

Aw, now don't look at me
like that.

I got frozen
out of my house, too.

(glass shatters)

Oh, no... Sparky?

Okay. Okay.

Okay. Okay.

I'm telling you.

Release the pressure
on the steam valve,

the storage tank's
gonna blow up.

Yeah, that's what I said.

(dial tone)

Look, lady, he may be a spaniel,

but he doesn't know how to swim.

Well, I... never mind
how I know, I...

Can you hang on a second?

Hey, there are people
waiting here.

Yeah, yeah, hang on a second,
would you?

Hang on.

Yeah, hello? Hello?

Mrs. Sameno?
Yes, ma'am.

Is your husband by any
chance in the kitchen

working on a toaster
with a screwdriver?

Yes, ma'am.

Well, you need
to unplug it.

Not the tool,
the toaster, Mrs. Sameno.

Hey, Hobson,

give someone a chance,
would you?

Hang on a second.
I'm busy.

Get another phone.

What if we don't want to?

Look, the Christmas
tree catches fire

when a cigarette ash
accidentally falls...



Hey, mister...



(sighing wearily)

This is the last...

Is that all you got?

What do you mean
is that all I've got?


(phone rings)


No, I don't owe you 85 cents.

And don't tell me
"Have a nice day," lady.

Oh, no.

I don't need this.

You're wasting
my time.

I'm done for the
day, got it?!

Cold enough

for you, Mr. Hobson?
Skip it.

Glad to.
Thank you.

(cat meowing)

Oh, no.

What are you doing here?

(elevator bell dings)

Problem, Mr. Hobson?

How did this get here?

The cat?

The paper.

Beats me.

(cat meows)

(cat yowls)

Is he still up there?

Oh, yes, sir.

But he asked not to be disturbed

for at least an hour.




(Chuck moans)

Are you married, Inga?

Ah, that's good.

Oh, yeah.





What? Oh, hey, buddy.

Ah. How you doing?

Oh, you could use one
of these.

It'll loosen you right up.

Did you happen to pick up
any milk while you were out?

We don't have much left.

Mmm! A little lower,
huh, Inga?

You and I got to talk.

What? Newspaper's getting
you down, huh?

No, no, no.
Paper's gone.

You and I got to talk
about you being here.

Oh, I know exactly
what you're gonna say,

and I want you to know,
I understand completely.


You do?

I'm sorry I cleaned out
your refrigerator.

I promise to replace

And that bottle of wine

that Marsha's parents gave you
for your anniversary--

I had to give it to a client
who came by.

But, uh,
don't worry about it,

it was older than I was.

Mmm. Mmm.

Ooh. Yeah.

That's my problem spot.


Do you cook, too?
Swedish meatballs?

Oh, hold on
a second.


Hey, uh, Gare?

Something wrong?

No, nothing's wrong.

I just wanted
to come home

and have a hot

something to eat,
go back to bed.

But that's okay.

Because I'm
moving out.

That's right.

I'm getting myself
a room.

In another hotel.

What's wrong with this one?

What's wrong with
this one?

I'll tell you what's
wrong with this one.

(toilet flushing)

You're in it.

You, Sparky,
and Inga.

I'm sorry.

How do you like that guy?

Comes home,
yells at me,

goes to the bathroom,
and then leaves.

He went to the bathroom.

He flushed the toilet.

My goldfish.

Sparky? Sparky?!


Got another three blocks to go.

(wind whistles)

Hey, what are
you doing?

Hey, kid, you all right?


Oh, my wallet!


(wind whistling)

Oh, no.

What are you doing here?

I don't want this!

You hear me?!

Burn this, would you?


Hey, taxi? Hey!

Hey, taxi!


(wind whistles)

This doesn't say where.

Hey! Hey, wait, stop!

Hey! Hey!

Hey, you crazy?

You're gonna
burn yourself.
I need to get it back.

Buy a new one.
They sell 'em all over town.

Not this one, they don't.

Total fruitcake.

(pipes rumbling, growling)

You got to find my Sparky.

Well, that's that.

No sign of him anywhere.

I'm afraid your fish is
toast, Mr. Fishman.

Any chance he made it out?

Maybe down to the lake?

Where that stuff goes,
it ain't the lake.




Have you seen it?
Did it come back?

No, it didn't come back.

It's dead.

What, the paper?

My fish.

No, no the paper--
I need it.

What about
Sparky's needs?

Did you ever
consider those, huh?

Look, this is important.

Might I at least see
a little remorse here, huh?

Marissa was right.

was right.

It was right in front of my
eyes and I didn't see it.

And now I sent the
damn thing away.

You know, I used to think
that you and I

had a real friendship here,
but, obviously, I was mistaken.

I've got to find that kid.

Unless I see a real effort
on your part

to patch this thing up,

it's gonna be hard for me
to continue.

I got to go!

Well, got your
toilet back together.

You always got me, pal.

95 bucks?!

(no audio on dialogue,
wistful theme music plays)

(no audio)

So let me get
this straight.

You want to report
a missing kid.

But you don't know
what his name is...

and you think
he's in trouble?

No, I know he's in trouble.
He's a street kid.

You know how cold it is
out there, right now?

Maybe he went to a shelter.

No, he-he... he's not the...
he doesn't... he won't.

Look, I know this kid.
I know what he looks like.

Don't you have a, uh...
a sketch artist or a...

Even if we had a photo of him,

there's hundreds of runaway
missing kids in this city.

We'd need an army
to find them,

if we knew where to look.

It's too bad,
but kids like that,

they disappear, die every day.

Doesn't even make the papers.

So that's it.

I can't help you.


(cat meows)

Come on, be what I need.

Hey, that's my paper.

Oh, I'm sorry,
it was, uh...

Go get your own paper.

(cat meowing)

Can I get a cup
of coffee, please?



(door bell jingles)

Hey, kid!

Hey! Stop!

(dog barking in distance)

My wallet.

I got to find a better way
to spend my nights.


Hey, kid, you in here?

If you're in here,
I'm not gonna hurt you.

Hey, kid, come on, you in...?

(crashing in distance,
boy yells)

Hey, kid.

(weakly, from distance):
Over here.

Hold on.

You all right?

What does it look like?

I walked in here and the
whole thing came down.

Can you get it off me?

All right, hold on, hold on.



They don't make these
buildings like they used to.


Now that you got me,
are you gonna turn me in?

Look, kid...

let me get you
out of here, all right?

What is it?

I can't... I can't
feel my right leg.

All right, look,

I'm gonna go get someone, okay?

I guess I don't have to tell
you to stay put, huh?

I guess not.

All right.

All right.

What's happening?

It's blocked.

There's got to be another
door or window, huh?

Not down here. That's it.

It's the only way in,
it's the only way out.


Looks like we're gonna
be here for a while.

Unless you brought
some friends.

What's your name?

None of your business.

What's yours?

Gary. Gary Hobson.

So, Gary Hobson...

...are we gonna die?

Spring rolls,
moo goo gui pan,

chicken kung pao,
sweet and sour... okay.

I eat a lot
when I'm depressed.

I lost my goldfish today.

Flushed him
right down the pipes.

Do you have any pets?

Fine. Be that way.

$19.86, huh?

There's a 20.

You keep the change.

Try to stay warm
out there, huh, big guy.

I don't care when he gets back,
I'm not saving him any.

Let him get his own.

Hey, kid, how you doing?



Nah. Brisk, maybe.

I been colder than this.

Yeah, colder than this.

There's got to be
another way out.

Get somebody in here
in a minute.

Yeah, well, nice try.

How about a night watchman

or security guard?

They don't come down here.

It's too dangerous.

That's why it's safe.

If I had a crowbar or something
I could work with.

Yeah, well,
I left my tools

in the master bedroom.

I'm sorry.

For what?

For taking your wallet.

You wouldn't be here
if I hadn't, right?


Then why'd you come?

Why'd I come?

I don't know.

'Cause I did.

Then you're out of your mind.



I can't believe I ate all that.


Get away from there.

Gotta save some for Gary.


Even though
he doesn't

deserve it.


Where the hell is he, anyway?

Geez-- getting late.

(tapping keypad)

(phone ringing)


Hey, Choo-choo. It's Chuck.

Is Gary around?

No, he's not here.

You sure?

Well, yeah, I'm sure.

Can you look around.

Do you have any idea
what time it is?

I know it's late, but...

We're closed!

All right.
Have a nice night.



I buy him dinner
and the guy doesn't show up.

Well... that's just
like him, now, isn't it?

Well, not really.

"Today you will do
a good deed."

Yeah, right.

I even got
his fortune cookie.

Wait a minute.

What is this?

It's tomorrow's.

Oh, my God.

(cat meows)

Hold it! Taxi!

Stop! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

No, no, no, no.

Learn how to drive!

Where is everyone?

It's 2:00 in the morning.

The night is still young!

(frustrated growl)



Okay. Okay. Hold it!




What do you think
you're doing?

Look, this is an emergency.

It's a matter
of life and death.

I'll explain everything
when we get there.

Okay. But I'll tell you,
it's gonna be cold.

You just drive.
I'll worry about

the climate control.

Brisk, huh?



Instead of "cold"
you said "brisk."

My dad used
to say that.

Went camping this one
time, my dad and I.

Up at this lake.

That was cold.

You ever been camping
in the wintertime?

What do you call this?

Yeah... yeah.

How'd you get here?

You mean here,
under this pipe?

You got an answer for
everything, don't you?

If you want to survive,
you have to.


Okay, I'll tell you.

Um, let's see.

Where'd I come from?

A lot of places
I never wanted to be,

a lot of places I
never want to talk about.

Where are
your parents?

I got grandparents.

They live in Arizona,

but I haven't seen them
since I was 12.

I've been out
of their house since then.

You've been on your own since
you were 12 years old?

I do fine.

How about you?


You don't have anyone
either, do you?

What makes you say
something like that?

I know people.

How much longer
that thing gonna stay lit?

A couple hours.


We'll be out of
here by then.

You really believe that?

Yes, I do.

No wonder you got
your wallet stolen.

(rock music blaring)

This is it.

This is what?

Where I'm going.

What do you mean?

You don't understand!

You were supposed to
take me to that place.

I got the address
in here somewhere.


Sorry, I ain't going there.

Whatever happened
to life and death,

and emergency and all of that?

Call a cab.

Call a cab?!

Where am I gonna get a cab?

There are no cabs here!



You asked me my name.

That's it.

Sounds kind of strange.

I haven't heard
it for a while.


that's a good name.

It was my grandfather's.

From Arizona.

How'd you know that?

You told me.

I did?

Hm. I don't remember.

Tell me about what
happened at home.

Like you want to hear.

Yeah, I do.
Come on, tell me.

Come on.

Don't stop.

(dog barking in distance)

One foot
in front of the other.


I'm coming!


Walk, damn it.

(siren whoops)

(indistinct police radio

You're here.

Hey, buddy,
you okay?



Hey! Buddy!

All right, that's about it.

Things go wrong,
and you can't get them back,

so I left.

Got on the bus,

never looked back,
till now.

Then what?


What happened next?

It's... It's getting warmer,
isn't it?

No, it's not.
Come on, tell me more.

Yeah. Sure it is.

It's like someone
turned on the heat.

It feels good.

I'm getting sleepy.

Funny thing, you know,

you don't think about
things for a long time,

and then you do.

Maybe it's time I went back.

I'm getting
real tired.

No, come on, kid.

Look, come on.


It's not time to go back.

Come on, we got to get
out of here first.

Come on, don't go to sleep.

S-Sure, man.

Hey, no, come on...
come on, stay awake.

Hey, come on.

Hey, kid,
come on, stay awake.

Come on, open your eyes,
stay awake.

Kid... all right, come
on, listen, I'll talk.

You just keep your
eyes open, huh?

Come on.

Come on,
keep your eyes open.

Stay awake.


Come on, don't do this to me.

Don't do this to me.

Come on, don't...

Don't do this to me! Come on!

Come on!

(cat meowing)

(cat meowing)




(cat meowing)

Which... Which...



(cat yowling)

Oh, okay...

(cat's meow
echoes from distance)

(Gary grumbles)

Hey... Hey!


(indistinct radio

Hey! I've got a kid in here,

and he's trapped under a pipe.

He needs help.

Wait-- wait
right here.

Gary! Gary!

Gary! In here!

DISPATCHER (over radio):
The third floor.



See, I told you I'd save you.

So, uh, how you doing?

Come with me...
Come on!

(Gary grunts)

Hey, Gary?



(moans quietly)

How you doing?

Better. You?

I'm doing a lot
better now, too.


Do you really think
Arizona might be okay?

I don't know, but I sure bet you

it's gonna be a hell
of a lot warmer.

(laughs quietly)

Hey, don't forget
you owe me 20 bucks.

(ambulance doors close)

Hey, you didn't see
an orange cat

running around
the building, did you?

Are you sure?

(ambulance siren whoops)


You got everything?


Listen, uh, you could
stay another night

if you wanted.

It's okay. They said
the heat would be back on

in my place by noon.

Good. Good. Good.
Good. Good. Good.

Hey, uh, last night
and all, uh...


Yeah. It was nothing.


I'm sorry about Sparky.


Is the... Is that kid
gonna be okay?

Oh, yeah, yeah.

He's flying home
this morning.



Well, I guess
I'll see you.

Yeah, buddy-buddy.
Take care.


Boswell will be by
for the rest of...

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah,
I'll take care of that.
Don't worry about that.

Did you, uh, really mean

what you said
before about staying?


We're okay, right?



I was, um...

(lock clicks)

(cat meowing)

It's about time you showed up.

Hey, you know anything
about this hero complex?