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"The Simpsons" Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One (TV Episode 1995) Poster

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When Homer shouts the F word, it is censored by a church Organ playing an F minor chord.
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Back when this episode first aired, there was a big contest over the summer to see who could guess the shooter.
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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.
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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.
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Almost every clock is set at three or nine o'clock. The point of the clocks was to teach the viewer to view the sundial at the end upside down.
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As Mr. Burns collapses on the sundial, it is seen that the gun he was previously carrying has gone missing. This was inserted as an intentional freeze frame clue to show that he had been shot with his own gun - but it would also mean that regardless of the weapon a character might be seen with, they could still have shot him.
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This is the first time a character shouts out a swear word in front of Ned Flanders which is unknown to the audience. It again happened in "The Simpsons: You Kent Always Say What You Want (2007)."
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The budget proposals are: a crystal bucket and new blanket (Groundskeeper Willie), new kitchen staff (Lunchlady Doris), Tito Puente jazz class (Lisa Simpson), chocolate microscopes (Ralph Wiggum), double guitars (Otto) and more rubber stamps (Principal Skinner).
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Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were unfamiliar with Tito Puente and wrote him into the episode because Matt Groening is a fan.
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Just before entering Mr. Burns' office to spray paint his name, Homer passes in front of the words "ONLY IN" on the pavement (upside down from the viewer's perspective), and very briefly blocks all of the letters except "NO" and a small arrow pointing at him.
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When Santa's Little Helper is at the vet's, the dogs playing poker artwork is on the vet's wall.
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The idea for the episode came from Matt Groening, who had wanted to do an episode in which Mr. Burns was shot, which could be used as a publicity stunt.
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During the storyboard portion of development, after Homer is dragged off by Burns' security screaming "you're dead, Burns," Burns would've taken this literally, wondering why everyone kept saying that, and tried mussing up his hair to look more alive.
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This episode shows that Jimbo has concern for other people, this is seen when Mr. Burns is is about to collapse after being shot from someone (which turns out to be Maggie) and Jimbo asks Mr. Burns if he is okay.
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Jimbo Jones is present at the town hall and unlike the other townsfolk who look suspicious, he looks nervous. Burns stole his clothes earlier to impersonate him, and we don't see what happened during that period. There's no J on a sundial anyway.
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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.
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At the end of the closing credits of the episode, the Gracie Films logo sequence ends with a gunshot sound, referring to the very mysterious atmosphere of the episode.
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When Mr. Burns asks who has the guts to stop him, everyone looks away except for Maggie.
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The biggest clue to the classic 'whodunit' - and the actual solution - is revealed at 7:46. When Mr. Burns and Smithers are eating the chocolates sent by Homer, the first person to be revealed in the photograph underneath the chocolates is Maggie. The second is Santa's Little Helper, who was the other occupant of the car when Mr. Burns was shot.
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