It starts to dawn on George that something is amiss. Clarence says, “There is no George Bailey.” Wow, it’s like he works at my company – non-existent! Clarence tells him to look for Zuzu’s petals in his pocket. They aren’t there! George thinks he’s having a dream and he wants to go home. Good luck with that!
George walks through town which is now known as Potterville – it’s full of saloons, dance clubs, strip clubs, and probably an antique store run by the local gay couple. Walking by one bar he sees the cops pulling Violet from the bar and putting her into a police car. Turns out the Building and Loan is a dance hall. Bet they make more money that way!
Girls Gone Wild: Bedford Falls!
George hails the cab and asks to be taken home, giving him the address of his big old house. He tries to ask the taxi driver about his life but the taxi driver has no idea who this is. He motions to a police officer as he drives George “home” because he’ll need backup once there. Did George have any money to pay for this taxi ride?
George gets out of the car and his house is a rotted, deserted mess, much like his life. The policeman shows up to see what’s up as George makes his way through the maze that is clearly a crack house. Clarence shows back up and tells him there’s no Mary or kids. George asks Bert the police officer and Ernie the taxi driver – wait, Bert and Ernie? If they know where his wife and kids are. The policeman grabs Clarence in an attempt to get to George and George runs away, then Clarence disappears while in the policeman’s hands. Oops!
George stops by his mother’s house and she’s running a boarding house. She doesn’t know who George is, won’t take in strangers (honey, it’s a BOARDING HOUSE, that’s how it works), and tells George Uncle Billy has been in the insane asylum (as opposed to the sane one) since his business failed. And that’s where George belongs!
Aren’t you Ma Joad from when I was in Grapes of Wrath?
No, wait, that was Henry Fonda.
George suddenly realizes he was never born! Clarence tells him how strange it is that one man’s life could affect so many others. “When he’s not around it leaves an awful hole,” he says. George decides to go to Bailey Park to see his Italian friend. He must need some comfort food. However, it’s not Bailey Park, it’s Potter’s Field and Cemetarium.
And speaking of dead people, George wasn’t around to save Harry – he died when he fell through the ice (although one could argue that Harry wouldn’t have been in that park because clearly those boys were George’s friend and Harry was just part of the entourage). George sees Harry’s tombstone showing he died when he was nine…which also means all those men in the war died since Harry wasn’t there to shoot down the planes that almost hit the transport. Did George’s existence cause Hitler to rise to power too? Damn!
George, get your college money back from him!
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