Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
According to this episode Jasper has a prosthetic leg.
It is revealed that Moe's last name is "Szyslak."
"El Barto" graffiti appears on the front steps of the police station.
In the the season 18 episode "Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times", Homer claims that he shot Mr. Burns and blamed it on the baby.
Mr. Burns' hospital room number is 2F20, the production code for this episode.
Goof: After Homer drops his ice-cream on the floor of the car, then he'd touched the gun with his right hand. But before this scene, the fingerprints are on his left hand.
Krusty: (seeing the news report about Smithers) Hey! That's my Madonna gag! That guy stole my gag!
Sideshow Mel: And you stole it from Friday night's episode of Pardon My Zinger!
Krusty: Stole, made up, what's the difference? (chuckles, then groans)
Sideshow Mel: Mr. Smithers must have seen that program, too; he never misses it. (holds up a pipe and smokes it) At the town meeting, he mentioned that he watches Comedy Central. I made sure to note that, as it seemed quite unusual... (pauses) Ye gods! To the police station, Krusty!
Mr. Burns: Homer Simpson?
Homer: So… you finally learned my name, eh?
Mr. Burns: (shakes head) Homer Simpson.
Homer: (scoffs) I've got no time for your demented parlor games! You won't be telling anyone else that Homer Simpson shot you…
Marge: Grampa, I found your cigar box dug up in the backyard, but the gun wasn't in there. Have you seen it?
Grampa: You accuse me of everything around here! "Who put slippers in the dishwasher?" "Who threw a cane at the TV?" "Who fell into the china hutch?"
Marge: I was just asking if you've seen it. There's no need for you to be a prickly pear. (Walks away)
Grampa: (Holds up gun and strokes it) Oh, your the bee's knees, baby. I missed you bad.
(Marge walks back in the room and Grampa hides the gun.)
Marge: Were you talking to me, Grampa?
(Marge shudders to herself.)
Mr. Burns: (wakes up) Homer Simpson!
Eddie: Bingo! The gunman has a name-o!
Sideshow Mel: (enters the police station with Krusty) I am Melvin Van Horne, and this is my associate, Hershel Krustofsky.
Krusty: Hey hey.
Sideshow Mel: Officers, you have arrested an innocent man!
Chief Wiggum: Really? Aww, jeez… (opens Dr. Colossus' cell) Okay, Colossus, you're free to go. But stay away from Death Mountain.
Dr. Colossus: But all my stuff is there! (walks away)
Sideshow Mel: (clears throat) I was referring to Waylon Smithers.
Marge: I guess it's never the most likely suspect…
Lisa: Actually, Mom, in 95% of the cases it is. The rest of the time it's usually some deranged lunatic who did it for no reason.
(Everyone looks at Homer.)
Homer: Hey! I had a damn good reason! He could never remember my name!
Jasper: (to drunk Smithers) The sidewalk's for regular walkin', not fancy walkin'.
Dr. Nick: Hi Everybody!
Mr. Burns: Ho, mer-Simp son!
Dr. Nick: (confused) Okay... That was... a little... strange... Umm... Tell me, how are you feeling today?
Mr. Burns: Homer... Simpson, Homer... D'oh... Simpson.
Dr. Nick: Hmm... That seems to be all you can say. When you were in that coma, did you feel your brain getting damaged?
Mr. Burns: (about stealing candy from a baby) But the maxim was wrong; taking the candy proved exceedingly difficult.
Apu: Be careful when we capture him! We cannot claim the reward unless we have 51% of the carcass.
Marge: The police have such a strong case against Homer! Mr. Burns said he did it, they found his DNA on Mr. Burns' suit.
Lisa: They have Simpson DNA; it could have come from any of us! Well, except you, since you're a Bouvier.
Marge: No! No, no. When I took your father's name I took everything that came with it, including DNA!
Lisa: Um...(Rolls her eyes) Okay, Mom. But like I'm saying, the evidence isn't as concrete as it seems. Like those fingerprints; they could have gotten on the gun some other way.
Groundskeeper Willie: I'm telling ya! I could nay have shot Burns!
(Willie uncrosses and re-crosses his legs ala Basic Instinct, which grosses out Chief Wiggum, Lou, and Eddie.)
Eddie: (holding a pistol) This is your last warning about that.
Groundskeeper Willie: It's impossible for me to fire a pistol! If you'll check me medical records, you'll see I have a cripplin' arthritis in me index fingers. (holds up his fingers) Look at 'em! I got it from Space Invaders in 1977.
Chief Wiggum: Ah, yeah. That was a pretty addictive video game…
Groundskeeper Willie: (surprised) Video game??
Homer: (pointing pistol at Burns) Say it, Burns! SAY I NEVER SHOT YOU…! Before.
Mr. Burns: Shot? (chuckles) By you? I'm afraid not, my primitive friend. Your kind has neither the cranial capacity nor the opposable digits to operate a firearm. The one who shot me was… (looks around the room and sees Maggie) Aah! Aah! Aah! M-Maggie Simpson! (points at her)
Mr. Burns: (telling what happened after he got shot) Stricken, I lurched forth in search of aid, but finding only slack-jawed gawkers, I immediately gave up hope, and I collapsed onto the sundial.
Lisa: Then, with your last ounce of strength, you pointed to W and S. Or, from your point of view, M and S: Maggie Simpson.
Mr. Burns: What? No! With my last ounce of strength, I sucked out my gold fillings and swallowed them. Those paramedics have such sticky fingers…
Marge: Well, I'm just glad you're back to full health and we can all get back to our everyday lives. And if Maggie could talk, I'm sure she'd apologize…
Mr. Burns: I'm afraid that's insufficient! (to Chief Wiggum) Officer, arrest the baby!
Chief Wiggum: (chuckles) Yeah, right, pops! No jury in the world's ever going to convict a baby. (thinks to himself) Maybe Texas…
Marge: Besides, Maggie didn't really mean to do it; it was an accident.
(Maggie looks around in the room and sucks on her pacifier, which sound like muffled gunshots.)
(The police barge into the Simpson home.)
Lisa: Hey! Chief Wiggum! What's going on? What are you doing?
Chief Wiggum: Sorry, kid. We found Simpson DNA on Mr. Burns' suit, and your father was identified by the old man himself.
(The Simpsons all gasp.)
Bart: (Scoffing) DNA, positive ID. Those won't hold up in any court. Run, Dad!
(Bart pushes Homer towards the door.)
Lou: (Holds up a gun) Hey, Chief! Look what I found underneath Homer Simpson's car seat.
(Lou and Eddie check the gun for fingerprints.)
Homer: I swear! I've never seen that gun before!
Eddie: Oh, really? Then why are your fingerprints on it, sir?
(Eddie holds up Homer's glass, which has the same fingerprints as the gun.)
Chief Wiggum: (Pulls out a bullet from the gun.) This bullet matches the one we took out of Burns! Homer Simpson, you're under arrest for attempted murder.
(Chief Wiggum handcuffs Homer)
Chief Wiggum: Yeah, that's what they all say. They all say, "D'oh."
Chief Wiggum: Okay boys, we've got a clue; the bullet they took out of Burns. Now, let's discuss the, um...[picks up Agatha Christie book] mo-tive.
Lisa: Mr. Burns is the richest man in town. Maybe it's about money.
Chief Wiggum: That's some good thinking, Lou.
Lou: Aw, thanks, Chief.
Lisa: Hey! I said that.
Lisa: (holding chart of suspects) Mr. Burns hurt all these people financially. Nightclub owner Moe Szyslak: his bar was closed because of Burns' negligence. Liquor connoisseur Barney Gumbel: when Moe's closed, Barney lost his only means of support - sucking coins from the Love Tester machine.
Eddie: That's a real good way to get sick.
Lisa: (continues) Dedicated educator Principal Seymour Skinner: his school lost millions when Burns pirated it's oil well. And grounds tender Groundskeeper Willie: he lost his job and his dream of owning a crystal slop bucket.
Chief Wiggum: Hey, what about that jazz teacher that got laid off? You know, uh, Mr. Samba? Senor Mambo? What was it?
Lisa: Tito Puente?
Chief Wiggum: Yeah.
Lisa: Well, he DID vow revenge, heh heh… But I can't see him doing something illegal; he's in show business! He's a celebrit-
Chief Wiggum: Let's roll, boys!
Smithers: (inside a confession booth) Father, I'm not a Catholic… Well, I tried to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade once… Anyway, I've got a rather large sin to confess. (begins to cry) I'm the one who…shot Mr. Burns!
Chief Wiggum: (pokes head and gun into the confession booth) That's all I needed to hear. (to himself) Boy, this thing works great.
Krusty: (after the sun-blocker falls over) Um, er… What town did we just crush?
Principal Skinner: Shelbyville.
Moe: (in a truck with other men) Hey, Homer! Us hotheads here is going to go tear down Burns' sun-blocking machine! You want to come with?
Homer: Sure; I have had it up to here with these damn rickets! (waddles toward the truck)
Mr. Burns: Smithers had thwarted my earlier attempt to steal candy from a baby, but, with him out of the picture, I was free to wallow in my own crapulence.
Lisa: Well, I don't think anyone in this family is capable of attempted murder.
Grampa: You never know what you're capable of. I never thought I could shoot down a German airplane, but last year I proved myself wrong.
Kent Brockman: Mr. Burns was admitted to a local hopsital where he was pronounced dead. He was then transferred to a better hospital where his condition was upgraded to "alive."
Smithers: (about Mr. Burns) And when he tried to steal our sunlight, he crossed the line from normal, everyday villainy to cartoonish super-villainy.
Dr. Colossus: Bah! He was a rank amateur compared to… Doctor Colossus! (activates his 'Coloso-Boots' while laughing evilly, which rise and smash his head into the ceiling) When is my lawyer coming in?
Tito Puente: Why would I wound his body with bullets, when I can set his soul on fire with a slanderous mambo?
Chief Wiggum: Um, hi… Can we take a look at your leg?
(Jasper takes off his wooden leg, which has a bullet sticking out of it.)
Jasper: Yeah, it's real spruce… You like it?
Smithers: (sighs in relief) Thank God! (to Jasper) Sir, I just hope you'll forgive me for shooting your wooden leg…
Jasper: You shot who in the what now?
Chief Wiggum: Alright, Smithers, you're free to go. (to Jasper) And you, one question… Do you know who shot Mr. Burns? Cause we are REALLY up the creek on this one… (chuckles)
(In his dream, Chief Wiggum is sitting on a stage eating a donut. Lisa appears from behind the curtain)
Lisa: (distorted) Chief... Wiggum... don't... eat... the... clues...
(Chief Wiggum notices that his donut has turned into a flaming Ace of Hearts. Lisa holds up a flaming Ace of Spades)
Lisa: This... suit... burns... better... Look!
Chief Wiggum: (confused) Huh?
Lisa: (holds the card closer) Better... Look!... Burns... suit...
Chief Wiggum: I'm not following you.
Lisa: Burns' suit! Burns' suit!
Chief Wiggum: (pause) Huh?
Lisa: (normal voice) Look at Burns' suit! Yeesh!
(Chief Wiggum wakes up)
Chief Wiggum: Huh? Huh! Huh...
Eddie: I have an idea, Chief. Why don't we check out that suit Burns was wearing when he got shot?
Chief Wiggum: Did you have the same backwards-talking dream with the flaming cards?
Eddie: (pause) I'll drive.
Lisa: Oh, Mr. Pigeon! I'd kiss you if you weren't swimming with disease.
(Moe is strapped to a lie detector)
Eddie: Did you hold a grudge against Montgomery Burns?
(The lie detector buzzes, indicating a lie)
Moe: Alright, maybe I did. But I didn't shoot him!
(The lie detector dings, indicating the truth)
Eddie: Checks out. Okay, sir, you're free to go.
Moe: Good, 'cause I've got a hot date tonight! (buzz) A date. (buzz) Dinner with friends. (buzz) Dinner alone. (buzz) Watching TV alone. (buzz) Alright! I'm going to sit at home and ogle the ladies in the Victoria's Secret catalog! (buzz) (ashamed) Sears catalog. (ding) Now would you unhook this already, please?! I don't deserve this kind of shabby treatment! (buzz)
One of the ideas by the producers for who shot Mr. Burns was Barney Gumble. The idea would be that Barney would be sent to jail as a change in the dynamics for one of the characters in the series; much like Milhouse's parents getting a divorce.
This episode was nominated for the 1996 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics for the song, "Señor Burns".
This episode was named number 92 in TV Guide's "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History" in 1996.
Blackboard Joke: I will not complain about the solution when I hear it.
Couch Gag: The family are in a police line-up.
Several conclusions as to who exactly did shoot Mr. Burns were made to stop the real identity of his attacker from being leaked out before this episode aired. Shots of these alternative conclusions are featured later in the season in "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular."
When Smithers wakes up at the beginning of the episode and sees Mr. Burns showering, this hints that it may have all been a dream, as was on the first episode of the tenth season of Dallas, with Patrick Duffy in the shower. Not to mention, the whole plot of this two-part episode is a parody of the famous Dallas episode, "Who Shot J.R.?"
When he's being questioned for the Burns shooting, Groundskeeper Willie uncrosses his legs, and it's obvious from the cops' disgust that he's wearing nothing under his kilt. This parallels the infamous scene with Sharon Stone in the film Basic Instinct. (1992)
The scene where Homer escapes from the paddy wagon is from 1993 film The Fugitive where Dr. Kimble runs from the train.
Cheif Wiggum: Did you have the same backwards talking dream with the flaming cards?
This is a reference to David Lynch's show Twin Peaks, in which FBI Agent Dale Cooper had mysterious re-occurring dreams about a backwards-talking midget in a room of red-curtains, using cryptic language to help him solve a murder case. (The lines were read backwards and the audio was reversed, for an interesting effect)
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