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FADE IN: Foreshadow of the Resolution: "..help my friend George Bailey…"
Meeting the Mentor: God, Joseph and Clarence.
Mentor's Challenge: will I get my wings?
Meeting the Hero: George as a kid.
Hero's Capabilities and Nature: George saves his kid brother, Harry Bailey.
Meeting the Antagonist: Potter.
Meeting the Romantic Challenge: Mary.
Meeting the Goddess' Competition: Violet.
Developing the Romantic Challenge: see stupid, don't you know where coconuts come from.
Hero's Inner Challenge: I'm going exploring some day.
Meeting the Loyal Ally: Uncle Billy.
Meeting the Mentor / Developing the Antagonist: Pa Bailey confronts Potter.
Hero's True Nature: George saves Gower from killing the boy.
Mentor likes the Hero: "...I like George Bailey…"
Preparing for a Journey: George buys a suitcase.
Mentor's Magical Gift: the suitcase is a present from Old Man Gower.
Meeting Allies: Cabbie Ernie and Officer Bert.
Meeting the Goddess' Competition: this old thing, I only wear it when I don't care what I look like.
Hero's Ordinary World: George at home having dinner with Dad.
Developing the Antagonist [through referencing]: he's [Potter] is a man with no heart or soul.
Developing the Hero: I want to do something big and important, build cities, travel.
Call to Adventure: why don't you stay behind and look after the Building and Loan?
Refusal: it's just not for me Pa.
Developing the Antagonist [through referencing]: this town is no place unless you're prepared to crawl to Potter.
Pushed to the First Threshold:
Outer Cave / Creatures of this World: at the party; meeting Sam, Violet etc.
Meeting the Romantic Challenge: George sees Mary.
Developing the Romantic Challenge: George dances with Mary.
Trial: the swimming pool opens up.
Middle Cave: Developing the Romantic Challenge: George offers to Lasso the moon; the big old house where Mary wants to live. Refusal: I'm going to see the world. Conflict: why don't you kiss her? Ahh, youth is wasted on the wrong people.
Pulled to the Inner Cave: George, come on home, your father's had a stroke.
Inner Cave: Peter Bailey dies; confronting Potter; Building and Loan will go to Potter unless George stays on.
Resisting the Physical Separation: Harry can take over the Building and Loan once he's finished college; Harry returns but is offered a job.
Pushed to the Physical Separation: Ma Bailey tells George to go and see Mary.
Misdirection: Violet is the wrong girl.
Resisting the Physical Separation: George resists Mary. Obstacles: Sam calls; Mother.
Pulled to the Physical Separation: George can't resist kissing Mary.
Physical Separation: George and Mary get married.
Pulled to the Transformation: $2k in their hands and something funny going on at the bank.
Trial / Transformation 1: George stops a run on the bank and stops Potter buying it by using his honeymoon money.
Celebrating the passing of the Trial: "…open the bottles …"
Developing Characters and Relationships: Bert and Ernie prepare the house; serenade.
World of the Transformation: welcomed into the big house.
Transforming: Bailey Park; Mr Martini moves in.
Developing the Antagonism / Foreshadow of Trial 2: Potter has to do something about Bailey Park.
Hero's Frustration: George and Mary meet Sam with his new car.
Trial / Transformation 2: Potter offers to pay George a heft salary.
Transforming: Mary is expecting.
Time Shift: more children and the war.
Transformation Complete: Harry becomes a war hero and George is well established.
Time Pressure: the bank examiner is here.
Seizing the Sword: Uncle Billy loses the $8k and Potter doesn't give it back.
Developing the Hero's True Nature: George lends Violet some money.
Time Pressure: the bank examiner is here.
Near Death Experience: George roughs up Uncle Billy; "…you silly stupid old fool…."
Near Death Experience: George is very angry at home.
Atonement with the Father: George begs Potter for the money; the reporters are waiting for him; George will go to jail.
Apotheosis: George is worth more dead than alive; George contemplates suicide.
Ultimate Boon: George preys.
Refusal: George gets punched in Martinis.
Magic Flight: George takes the car and crashes into the tree.
Rescue from Without: Clarence arrives and shows him what the town would have been like if he had never been born.
Crossing the Return Threshold: George prays to be back with his family; Bert recognises him.
Master of the Two Worlds: George appreciates Mary, the kids et al.
Freedom to Live: George's friends make a collection.
Mentor's Challenge Conquered: Clarence gets his wings.
by Kal Bashir