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“I’ve never seen one, but that has all the earmarks of being a run,” taxi driver says. People are rushing down the street towards the Building and Loan. Aren’t we in like 1932? Is there any money left to run after? Some dumbass runs by and says, “If you’ve got any money in the bank, you’d better hurry.” George jumps out and runs to the Building and Loan – damn, Bedford Falls is like George’s own personal Bermuda Triangle.
George welcomes everyone to the bank and realizes it’s been locked up. What the hell? He goes upstairs and a buzzard greets him…no, it’s a crow. For now. Uncle Billy tells George that the bank called their loan an hour ago and they had to use all of their cash to pay it. Aren’t they supposed to have that and enough to cover all the savings people have? What the hell?
Uncle Billy says without having any money, he got scared and closed the doors. You moron, if you hadn’t done that, no one would have known for probably a few days – plenty of time to get to Mexico. The phone rings and it’s Darth Potter. He tells George he heard the rumor that they’ve closed their doors. Maybe because you started it, Dr. Evil!
Potter says that he’s guaranteed the funds the Building and Loan will need, but they have to close for a week then reopen. Because why now? Oh, yeah, so you can ruin this lousy business. He tells George to tell the customers to bring their shares to him and he’ll pay fifty cents on the dollar. What shares do they own? Don’t they just have money there? Or loans? Why did I major in marketing instead of finance, I’ve become useless!
George tells Potter to shove it all the way with a red-hot poker which would take some assistance since Potter’s in a wheelchair. Potter says if they don’t stay open until 6pm, they’ll be ruined. Why, is that the witching hour? Potter really needs a hobby.
Uncle Billy says, “George, was it a nice wedding? Gosh, I wish I could have been there.” George says, “Yeah,” then gestures to the string around Uncle Billy’s pinky finger. “You can take this one off now.” Yes, I would totally leave my money with these morons.
George heads out to the angry mob and tells them it’s not as black as it appears as sirens sound in the background. He tells them Potter has guaranteed the money but the bank won’t open until next week. Someone explain this to me! Why not just walk the goddamn money from Potter’s bank to the Building and Loan? They could take a taxi if they were worried about being robbed in those two blocks!
Everyone wants their money right there and then. George has to explain that the money isn’t there…it’s in everybody’s houses. “You’re lending them the money to build and they’re going to pay you back.” Well, we’re going to need the principal plus interest tout suite, George.