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Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One 

After Mr. Burns steals oil from Springfield Elementary, an unknown person, seemingly in retaliation, shoots him.



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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Himself (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Miss Hoover / Female Scientist (voice)


After he stole the oil underneath Springfield Elementary and blocked out the sun, the people of Springfield become fed up with Mr. Burns. The wily old miser has taken to carrying around a gun with him. The other town residents also have guns and, one fateful night, Marge finds Mr. Burns shot. Who did it? Homer? Grandpa? Barney? Moe? Maggie? Smithers? Dr. Hibbert? Bumblebee Man? Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

21 May 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The television set in Moe's tavern is playing an episode of Pardon My Zinger, with an outline of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) cast in the foreground. See more »


The Burns Slant Drilling Corporation sign changes every time the building is shown. See more »


Abe Simpson: [Bart finds Grampa's gun] That's my old Smith and Wesson. If you're gonna play with it, be careful, 'cause its loaded.
Marge Simpson: [Walking in] Argh! Bart, put that down! Guns are very dangerous and I won't have them in this house.
Abe Simpson: [Marge takes the gun away] How can you have a house without a gun? What if a bear came through that door?
Marge Simpson: I'm going to bury it in the yard where little hands can't get to it.
[Walks out]
Abe Simpson: Geesh! You should have fired into the air. She would have run off!
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Referenced in South Park: The Simpsons Already Did It (2002) See more »

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Springfield does event television
14 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Between siphoning off the oil beneath Springfield Elementary and threatening to blot out the sun, Monty Burns has cheesed off the entire town. So that big question mark that comes at episode's end, well that could be anyone. That does of unpredictability is exactly what makes this work.

I'd had the surprise spoiled for me a good 20 years ago, but I can tell you what kind of impact this had. I wasn't even watching the show in '95 and even I was aware of the cliffhanger. Everyone was talking about this; it was landmark TV.

Despite the ruined surprise, this still holds up beautifully because it's a well-crafted episode. Burns going supervillain feels appropriate; that, and the town in a lather brings everything to a fever pitch. It's funny, dramatic, and even after 20-odd years, it's a keeper.


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