Mary leans over and asks him if this is the ear he can’t hear out of, which clearly he can’t because he’s not paying attention to you. “George Bailey, I’ll love you ’til the day I die,” Mary says. He just called you brainless – aren’t you setting yourself up for an abusive relationship there, Mary?
George tells Mary he’s going exploring when he gets older and will have both harems and wives. Apparently George is becoming a Mormon. Or a Duggar. George dumps a litterbox full of shaved coconut onto Mary’s chocolate ice cream and whistles loudly. Old Man Gower screams that George isn’t paid to be a canary, although it’s hard to understand what he says because he’s chewing on the oldest, fattest cigar ever. Worst pharmacist ever!
George looks down on the cash register and sees a telegram that reads, “We regret to inform you that your son Robert died very suddenly this morning of influenza.” It’s from Gower’s son’s school and I’m wondering if it would have killed them to call? Also, if the pharmacist at the school was anything like Gower, I think we all know how poor Robert really died.
Yeah, I think I’ll stick to Walgreens, thanks.
George gives Mary her ice cream and goes to check on Gower who is putting some pills in a bottle. Hope he mixed them himself! He tells George to take the pills to some lady but George realizes that Gower put something wrong in the pills…it’s like he has rat poison or something in a great big jar like we all do. George tries to tell Gower but is sent on his way. As he puts on his newsboy cap, he sees a sign in the window of a man smoking that reads, “Ask Dad, he knows.” We’ll see.
George heads over to the Bailey Brothers Building and Loan and sees Old Man Potter’s carriage out front. Why doesn’t he have a car? Didn’t they have them in 1919? George tries to go into his father’s office but his Uncle Billy stops him. Luckily, the bank examiner calls and like a shiny object catches Uncle Billy’s attention. He looks down at his hand that has pieces of string tied around two fingers and says, “I was supposed to call him yesterday.” Yes, now I feel much more secure about this man running a Building and LOAN.
George heads into his father’s office and hears Old Man Potter being a total dick telling Bailey Sr. to put pressure on people to pay their mortgages. Wait, that’s not being a dick, that’s being a good business person. Doyee. Bailey Sr. tells Potter a lot of people are out of work and Potter tells Bailey Sr. to foreclose. “Some of these people have children,” Bailey Sr. says. Then foreclose faster, I say! Potter’s like, “They’re not my children.” Do I see eye-to-eye with Old Man Potter? Unnerving and comforting at the same time.
Potter says WNAAAAHHH!