- All of the names of the Barclay
family come from It's a Wonderful Life (IAWL). The movie starred
Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as Mary Bailey.
Barclay isn't too far off Bailey and George, Mary, Jimmy, and Donna
are the family member's first names. Baby Stewart Reed combined
the last names of the actors.
- In 54:
Peace on Earth, after the whole town helps out the Barclays after
they were robbed, George says, "I've never seen anything like this!".
Jimmy responds, "I saw something like it in a movie once."
- In 116:
Isaac the Benevolent, Connie and Whit discuss the plot of IAWL and
Whit says its a great movie.
- In 121:
Missing Person, Isaac dreams that Rodney never existed. This
may be a vague reference to George's wish to never have been born in
- In 126:
Wishful Thinking, Donna wishes that Jimmy never existed and gets
her wish. She sees how her life would be different without Jimmy.
This is similar to the plot of IAWL.
- In 216:
Like Father, Like Son, Eric Myers says, "It's what I get for
praying," and attributes the line to "an old movie,"
which was of course IAWL.
- In 239:
The Power, Isaac Morton also says the line above, although he doesn't
attribute its source.
- In 253:
A Time for Christmas, Courtney says that she'll watch IAWL to get
in the Christmas spirit.
- In 278:
The Fifth House on the Left, Part 1, as Bernard is telling a Bible
story to Mr. Smith-Hammer's daughter, she asks if it's an angel like
- In 312:
Rewards in Full, the character of Harry Wainwright comes from two
characters in IAWL Sam Wainwright, played by Frank Albertson
and Harry Bailey, played by Todd Karns.
- In 340
& 341: Pokenberry Falls, R.F.D., PartS 1 & 2 and 385
& 386: It's a Pokenberry Christmas, Parts 1 & 2, Barry Lionel,
the rich man in Pokenberry Falls, is a parallel of Mr. Potter in IAWL.
In the movie Mr. Potter was played an actor named by Lionel Barrymore.
- Also in those shows, Pokenberry
Falls parallels Bedford Falls.
- The entire double episode of
It's a Pokenberry Christmas (385 & 386: It's
a Pokenberry Christmas, Parts 1 & 2) is a parody (or borrowing)
of the movie. The characters in the story actually seem to know
they are in a parody because they continually correct each other's lines.
Among the references:
- Donna falls through the ice
while sled-riding, just like the beginning of IAWL.
- George's speech to Barry
Lionel is a parallel of his counterpart in IAWL, including the phrase
"warped, frustrated, old man", and the word "rabble".
- When George refers to the
town in adjectives, Jimmy tells him he left out measly. George
- When George comes home
and sneezes, Mary says "God Bless You", and Jimmy follows up with
"God Bless us, every one". Donna reprimands him with the line, "Wrong
movie." (Thanks to Jonathan)
- Jimmy is practicing the same
song for the church that Geroge Bailey's child is practicing in
IAWL. George asks why he has to play it. Jimmy, just
as in the movie, is practicing for church. Later, when George
uses the same line from the movie to reprimand Jimmy for "playing
over and over", Jimmy sarcastically says "O, Daddy!"
- Ellis looses the money for
the church and George looks for it and then he goes to beg Mr. Lionel
for money and they both repeat many of the same lines as the movie.
- George's line: "Somebody's
going to Rupert and it isn't going to be me."
- The subplot about Stewart's
bike being broken, Stewart hurting his knee, George talking to the
boy's mother on the phone, the boy's father kicking George out,
- The scene where George jumps
off the bridge to save Eugene/Clerance.
- After George says that
he wishes he had never become a pastor, Eugene says that that is
a familiar concept. In the same scene, George mentions he can't
hear out of his ear, and attributes it to the icy water. In IAWL,
his character can't hear because of a accidental swim in icy water
as a kid, and after the swim to save Clarence, he can hear again.
(Thanks to Jonathan)
- "Every time a clock sounds
a pastor comes around." vs. "Every time a bell an angel gets
his wings." (Thanks to Stephen for the catch and fix!)
- Of course, the entire second
half of the show where George sees the world without him is very
similar to IAWL's plot.
- Eugene and Clerance share
a few lines such as, "One man's life touches so many others,
when he's not there it leaves an awfully big hole."
- The ending where town's folks
help out the Barclay's and where George loves his wife and children
are parallels of IAWL.
- At the end, Eugene thanks
George "for the wings," and then clarifies "the buffalo