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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.


Jeffrey Lynch


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Package Forwarder #1 / Chemist / Kid From Springfield High School / Oil Worker / Barney Gumble / Grampa Simpson / Gate Guard / Mayor Quimby / Santa's Little Helper / Sideshow Mel / Krusty the Clown (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Kearney (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Package Forwarder #3 / Package Processor / Superintendent Chalmers / Guillermo / 'Oil ho!' / Veterinarian / Moe Szyslak / Male Scientist / Quimby's Aide / Crazy Old Man / Captain McAllister / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Snake / Carl / Chief Wiggum (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Montgomery Burns / Package Forwarder #2 / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Otto / Ned Flanders / Fainting Man / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Tito Puente ... Himself (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... 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) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene at the town hall, several citizens are seen stroking guns: Smithers and an unidentified woman in a pink dress have revolvers, Moe has a shotgun, Skinner has a semi-automatic pistol with a suppressor attached, and Barney has a derringer. Snake shows up with a revolver. See more »


During the town meeting scene, the position of Latin jazz great Tito Puente hops all over the room, frequently appearing in the background but from various angles. See more »


Lisa Simpson: [on the phone] Oh, no! That's awful, Mr. Puente. What? Oh, he owns the nuclear power plant. Yeah, I'd like to settle his hash, too.
[hangs up the phone]
Lisa Simpson: Dad, how can you work for a man like Mr. Burns?
Homer: Well, he's not all bad. He did send me this nice thank-you card.
Lisa Simpson: Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Dad, this doesn't have your name on it.
[Homer looks at the card and lowers it slowly; his pupils shrink in anger]
Homer: Kids, would you step outside for a second?
[Bart and Lisa run outside as Homer stands up]
Homer: [...]
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Alternate Versions

Lisa mentions The Three Stooges, in the Spanish Castilian version she mentions Laurel and Hardy. See more »


Referenced in South Park: The Simpsons Already Did It (2002) See more »

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Springfield does event television
14 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee 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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