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: Just a minute! Quiet everybody! Quiet, quiet. Now get this, it's from London. Ma Bailey
: Oh! Ernie Bishop
: [Reading the telegram in his hand
] Mr. Gower cabled you need cash, stop. My office instructed to advance you up to twenty-five thousand dollars, stop. Hee Haw and Merry Christmas! Sam Wainwright.
] Mr. Emil Gower
: I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father. Giuseppe Martini
: Joseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend, Mr. Bailey. Ma Bailey
: Help my son, George, tonight. Bert
: He never thinks about himself, God, that's why he's in trouble. Ernie Bishop
: George is a good guy. Give him a break, God. Mary
: I love him, dear Lord. Watch over him tonight. Janie Bailey
: Please, God, something's the matter with Daddy. Zuzu Bailey
: Please bring Daddy back.
: First Harry, now George. Annie, we're just two old maids now. Annie
: You speak for yourself, Miss B.
: [speaking of Mary Hatch
] Why, she lights up like a firefly whenever you are around. Besides, Sam Wainright is off in New York, and you're here in Bedford Falls... George Bailey
: And all's fair in love and war, right? Ma Bailey
: [fixing his collar
] Well, I don't know about war...
[in the alternate 'Pottersville' universe, George knocks on the front door of his former house which is now a run-down boarding house. His terribly-aged, unhappy mother opens the door
] Ma Bailey
: [hostile tone
] What? What! Who are you? Wadda want? George Bailey
: Mother? Ma Bailey
: Mother? I'm Ma Bailey! If you want a room... we're all full up. Get out of here! George Bailey
: Mother, don't you remember me? I'm your son, George. Ma Bailey
: George who? I've never had a son, named George! Get out of here before I call the police! George Bailey
: No... please Ma... I mean, Mrs. Bailey. Can't you let me come inside? It's cold out here and it's Christmas Eve. I'm in trouble and I'm going through something awful now. Can't you let me in for just a few minutes, for a cup of coffee or tea? It's just until I get over it. Ma Bailey
: Get over what? I don't let strangers into my house, not unless they're sent by someone I know. George Bailey
: But I know everyone you know! Like... your brother-in-law, Uncle Billy. Ma Bailey
] You know him? George Bailey
: Of course I do. Ma Bailey
: When'd you see him last? George Bailey
: Today, over at his house. Ma Bailey
: That's a lie! He's been locked up in an insane asylum upstate every since he lost his business! And if you ask me, that's where you belong too!
[Ma Bailey slams the door in George's face as he looks on with shock
: [kisses George
] That's for nothing.
: Looks like she
] Ma Bailey
: can keep Harry on his toes. George Bailey
: Keep him out of Bedford Falls anyway.