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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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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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21 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Mr. Burns collapses on a sundial pointing his arms at S and W - which to his eyes look like M and S - identifying the initials of the shooter. This resulted in several characters having their names permanently expanded solely for the sake of red herrings: Seymour Skinner's name was revealed as M. Seymour Skinner - this is written on a diploma behind his head in one scene - while Moe the Bartender became Moe Szyslak, and Sideshow Mel's real name was revealed as Melvin van Horn, presumably to eliminate him, though it could still have been interpreted as not MS, but SM, Sideshow Mel. See more »

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

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Ralph Wiggum: Chocolate microscopes?
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Simpsons Episodes (2012) 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.

8/10


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