Sam Tyler hears his mother's voice from his own time (2006) telling him that his life-support system will be switched off at 2:00, unless he shows signs of brain activity. Almost immediately, a report comes in of a man holding hostages at the Manchester Gazette offices. The man says he will start shooting people at 2:00, leading Sam to believe that resolving the crisis will save his own life. However, Sam's efforts to follow modern procedures are frustrated by Gene's cowboy tactics and meddling from DCI Litton. Seconds from execution by the gunman, Sam thinks back to a happy fourth birthday with his family, and smiles. He is saved (in 1973) when DCI Litton and the other officers burst in, and (in 2006) when his mother refuses to switch off his life support after she believes she sees him smile.
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