His (ex) wife Marcia, stupid woman, dumped Gary on there wedding anniversary, threw his clothes, in a suitcase, right out the window; nearly hitting him. He then moved into the Blackstone Hotel, room 67. Not long after he starts receiving the paper. And the cat (Panther). After finding out that the guy who runs the newspaper stand near his job was hit by a car and he felt bad for "missing it" in the paper thus influencing his decision to use the paper for good...saving people, being the reluctant hero as it were. "I guess I was just at the right place at the right time."
He met veteran Police Detective Marion (Zeke) Crumb in the pilot and worked with him throughout the series. No matter how crazy Crumb thought Gary to be. He just didn't want to know how Gary knew what he knew.
It begins with only Gary's room in the whole hotel going up in flames, he woke up to late to prevent it. Meanwhile he helps the owner of McGinty's, McGinty himself, get his money and bar back from land developer Barney Kadison. Apparently McGinty signed a contract without looking at the fine print, his bar was going to be turned into a parking lot for some new building complex. GAry pulled it off, along with saving a foster home from being demolished by the same land developer. McGinty retires to New Mexico leaving the bar to Gary...and Chuck, sort of. Partners. Crumb was hired on as bartender at McGinty's during this season.
Chuck left at the end of season 2.
They brought in Erica (Kristy Swanson) and her son, Henry (Myles Jeffery), for the third season. He told her about the paper but she didn't believe him, at first. They left at the end of that season, she was stupid enough to break up with Gary. That left Gary and Marissa to take care of the bar, McGinty's...along with Patrick Quinn (Billie Worely), the frat boy bartender who also joined the cast during this season.
Gary had multiple run-ins with one Federal Marshal come Police Detective Antonia (Toni) Brigatti during this season. They briefly dated, or tried to, in season 4. Sadly it didn't work out for them. HE met Detective Paul Armstrong, after saving his pregnant wife from drowning, at the end of the season and continued to get in his way during season 4.
Gary and Marissa ran the bar sans Erica and all was well, with the bar. In the two part episode Fatal Edition
Gary is found kneeling next to the dead body of a Sun-Times columnist Frank Scanlon who was investigating Gary's presence at various crime scenes. Gary was arrested and charged with murdering Scanlon, He was innocent but he had no proof, other than the paper. He escaped police custody and went on the run, hiding out. He appealed to Brigotti but she wouldn't help him. He prove his innocence on his own despite overwhelming odds and being framed. Gary continued to help Armstrong throughout the season, getting on his nerves more times than not.
In the finale, Time
, Gary learned how he was chosen to receive the paper. Click here to read episode recap.
There's too much info for me to weed through and better detailed than my memory. The episode aired out of order...3rd
to last instead of last.