List of It’s a Wonderful Life references
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Several AIO episodes have made references to the film It’s a Wonderful Life. Some are quite obvious to those who know the film, and others are more discreet. Known references are listed below.
|#9: “Doing Unto Others”||Whit and Connie talk about It’s a Wonderful Life being a great movie.|
|#54: “Peace on Earth”||After the Barclays are robbed, George Barclay says, "I've never seen anything like this!" and Jimmy Barclay says, "I saw something like it in a movie once."|
|#116: “Isaac the Benevolent”||See #9: “Doing Unto Others”, above.|
|#121: “Missing Person”||Isaac Morton dreams that Rodney Rathbone never existed.|
|#126: “Wishful Thinking”||Donna Barclay wishes that Jimmy Barclay never existed and sees how that would be like for a day.|
|#150: “Home Is Where the Hurt Is”||Curt Stevens's address is 4631 Potter's Park, a clever combination of "Bailey Park" and "Potter's Field."|
|#173: “A Thanksgiving Carol”||Terrance Clodbody, the name of the one ghost who visits Ebenezer Stooge, is a reference to "Clarence Oddbody," the angel who visited George Bailey in the film.|
|#216: “Like Father, Like Son”||Eric Myers says, "It's what I get for praying," and says it's from "an old movie".|
|#239: “The Power”||Isaac Morton quotes It's a Wonderful Life, saying "It's what I get for praying."|
|#253: “A Time for Christmas”||Courtney says that she'll watch It’s a Wonderful Life to get into the Christmas sprit.|
|#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 It's a Wonderful Life.|
|#312: “Rewards in Full”||The character of Harry Wainwright comes from two characters in It's a Wonderful life: Sam Wainwright, played by Frank Albertson and Harry Bailey, played by Todd Karns. The character of Harry Wainwright owns a plastics factory, just like Sam Wainwright.|
|#514: “Room Enough for Two”||The opening scene and general premise of this episode may have been inspired by the similar scene in the movie when Harry Bailey arrives home from the army on the train and surprises his family with his new bride. Here Mark Horton comes home and surprises Liz and the others with his fiancé Natalie.|
|#582: “Silent Night”||In a flashback to an early Whittaker Christmas when Jana, Jerry, and Jason are all young, the Whittaker family gift is a bell, "Just like the bell in the movie!" In the same scene, a young Jana quotes the line "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!"|
- The names of the entire Barclay family were references to "It's a Wonderful Life", as revealed in an interview released on CD.
- In the film, the main characters are George and Mary Bailey. George and Mary are the first names of George and Mary Barclay.
- The actors who play the main characters in the film are Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, from whom Jimmy and Donna derive their names.
- When the Barclays have another child, they name him Stewart Reed after the last names of the two principal actors.