The Simpsons

Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)

Season 6, Ep 25, Aired 5/21/95
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  • Episode Description
  • The entire town of Springfield is enraged at Mr. Burns after he steals oil from the school, destroys the retirement home, closes down businesses and plans to block out the sun. After the town meeting, Mr. Burns is found shot. Who was the gunman?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Josh Weinstein

  • Jeffrey Lynch

  • Bill Oakley

  • Tito Puente


  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • The sixth season ends with Springfield Elementary striking oil. However Mr. Burns soon plans to steal the newly discovered riches.

    By meathead704, Jan 02, 2014

  • "Who Shot Mr. Burns" was a big deal for SIMPSONS viewers. Not only was it a cliffhanger (the only one in the show's history) it was genuinely funny with an epic plot involving Burns and his plan to blot out the sun.

    By VeryAware, Jun 21, 2011

  • The school becomes rich when oil is found underneath it, until Mr. Burns taps the oil deposit, then blocking out all sun to Springfield, in the process earning him the hatred of the town. At least until he gets shot in the end, creating a cliffhanger.

    By plumber-man, Aug 25, 2006

  • Loved this episode!!!

    By Sami5118, Oct 24, 2010

  • Really good episode with a nice drama effect

    By Southparkfa, May 29, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (At Moe's) Barney: These fumes aren't as fun as beer. Sure, I'm all dizzy and nauseous, but where's the inflated sense of self-esteem? (A man at the end of the bar slumps to the floor.) Moe: Hey, if you guys are getting loaded off them fumes I'm gonna have to charge you. (Two scientists walk into Moe's Tavern wearing gas-masks.) Male Scientist: Man alive! There are, uh, men alive in here. Female Scientist: (Holding a beeping detector) I'm detecting over twenty different toxins in the air. (Barney belches and the detector beeps faster.) Male Scientist: All right, everybody out! As long as Burns is pumping oil, this bar is closed! Moe: Damned Burns. Let me just get one thing. (Pulls shotgun from behind the bar.) Barney: Me too! (Pulls gun from his side.) Ah, now there's the inflated sense of self-esteem!

    • Captain McAllister: Arr...Burns, yer scurvy schemes have earned ye a one-way ticket to the boneyard. Ned: Uh, I'd like to hear from Sideshow Mel. Sideshow Mel: I'll see to it that Mr. Burns suffers the infernal mechanations of Hell's grim tyrant! (Holds up a switchblade) Otto: Yeah!

    • (Burns has a gun under his jacket) Mr. Burns: I decided to take the liberty of protecting myself after being attacked in my office by some unidentified assailant. Homer: (off-screen) D'oh!

    • Bart: Yuck, what reeks? Nelson: Smells like one of Van Houten's. Milhouse: It does not!

    • Groundskeeper Willie: What in the name of St. Episiocritus?

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    Notes (2)

    • A few hours after this episode had aired, a college student found out the identity of the shooter and posted his theory on the internet. The staff couldn't give him the prize in the "Who Shot Mr. Burns Contest" because they weren't allowed to contact him during the contest (as he hadn't entered) and afterwards, he couldn't be identified.

    • Blackboard Gag: This is not a clue...or is it? Couch Gag: The family run across a repeating panning shot of the couch and TV.

    Trivia (7)

    • Groundskeeper Willie is seen reading a Weekly Reader magazine.

    • While Mr. Burns is walking in the twilight following the town meeting, comments made and shots shown reveal who is missing and leads the viewer to believe that they are prime suspects: -Carl says that Smithers left his jacket behind. -Otto states that Skinner left his mother behind. -Marge doesn't know the whereabouts of Bart, Lisa, Homer, and Grampa. -Grampa's buried gun has been dug up in the front yard.

    • Grampa's gun is an old Smith and Wesson.

    • Mr. Burns is dressed as Jimbo Jones when he tries to convince Skinner to give the oil money to the nuclear plant.

    • The students and faculty make the following suggestions for spending the oil money: - Groundskeeper Willie: Crystal bucket for his slop water, a brand new filthy blanket. - Lunchlady Doris: A new staff - Lisa: A jazz program for the music department with Tito Puente as the instructor. - Ralph: Chocolate microscopes - Otto: Double guitars - Principal Skinner: More rubber stamps - Bart: Bring the Three Stooges back to life. (This idea was rejected)

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    Allusions (4)

    • Simon and Garfunkel The 1966 song "59th St. Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)," from Simon and Garfunkel, is referenced with slightly different lyrics. Mr. Burns sings, "Hello lamppost, whatcha knowin'? I've come to watch your power flowing." The original song is "flowers growing" instead of "power flowing".

    • Goldfinger The model of Springfield that comes out of Mr. Burns’ floor is a reference to the 1964 James Bond movie, Goldfinger, when Goldfinger explains his plans to raid Fort Knox.

    • Mr. Burns: "I own the electric company, the water works, and that hotel on Baltic Avenue!" These are all pieces on the board game "Monopoly." And Skinner's follow-up: "That hotel's a dump", is correct. Baltic Avenue is the cheapest property on the board.

    • Dallas The whole idea of this episode is a spoof on the 1991 episode of Dallas entitled: "Conundrum (1)." The character, J.R., is shot and the episode ends as a cliffhanger. The catchphrase "Who Shot J.R.?" was used all summer. This is where the episode title "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" alludes from. There were also many other elements of the story which are similar to the ones found in the classic TV series Dallas: Mr. Burns gets everyone angry by stealing the school's oil, as JR gets people angry by shutting down someone else's oil field to make his own. Smithers is afraid that he shot Mr. Burns in a drunken stupor, like Sue Ellen was. Homer's fingerprints were found on the gun, like Sue Ellen's were, and the search is narrowed down to someone close to the Ewing family, like it was with the Simpson family. Also, Smithers' dream sequence in which Mr. Burns is in the shower is taken from an episode much later in the Dallas series where Bobby is brought back from the dead and the entire previous season turned out to be a dream.

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