History Recap / TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns

15th May '17 6:12:22 PM kquinn0830
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* NotSoAboveItAll: Lisa's investigating is a big help to the police, but she completely dismisses the idea of Tito Puente being the shooter, despite the fact he has just as much motive as the other suspects, solely because she admires his music. He does turn out to be innocent but the police were right to investigate him.
5th May '17 3:53:08 PM Demetrios
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* NobleProfession: Spoofed. Lisa says that Tito Puente can't be a suspect in the case because he's a celebrity. Chief Wiggum doesn't think so.
9th Apr '17 9:15:50 PM kyatollah
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"Who Shot Mr. Burns" is ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s only multi-part episode. It was the end of season 6 and the opener for season 7. YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns here]].

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"Who Shot Mr. Burns" is ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s only first multi-part episode. It was the end of season 6 and the opener for season 7. YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns here]].
2nd Apr '17 3:09:48 PM totoofze47
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* TakeThat: The first thing that clues Sideshow Mel in on Smither's innocence is when he mentioned watching Comedy Central, which Mel took note of because it was unusual (this show having been made back when Comedy Central wasn't as popular as it was now).

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The first thing that clues Sideshow Mel in on Smither's innocence is when he mentioned watching Comedy Central, which Mel took note of because it was unusual (this show having been made back when Comedy Central wasn't as popular as it was now).now).
** When Burns demands Maggie be arrested for shooting him, Wiggum laughs it off by saying no jury in the world would convict a baby, except maybe Texas.
31st Mar '17 7:38:12 AM N8han11
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* DelegationRelay: Burns tries to send out a package through one of these. It ends up with Homer, who ComicallyMissesThePoint and brings the package ''back'' to Burns, who angrily tells him that his name is on the ''return address.''

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* DelegationRelay: Burns tries to send out a package through one of these. It ends up with Homer, who ComicallyMissesThePoint [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Comically Misses The Point]] and brings the package ''back'' to Burns, who angrily tells him that his name is on the ''return address.''
25th Mar '17 5:40:55 PM Asue
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* SternlyWordedLetter: Mayor Quimby's response is... to write a polite but firm letter, with the plan to send it to his underlings, in the hope they'll pass it along or "at least give him the gist of it".

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* SternlyWordedLetter: [[StronglyWordedLetter Sternly Worded Letter]]: Mayor Quimby's response is... to write a polite but firm letter, with the plan to send it to his underlings, in the hope they'll pass it along or "at least give him the gist of it".



* DeletedScene: [[http://pic.twitter.com/TcTBam7K8v A scene that never made it beyond the script]] had Dr. Hibbert remove the bullet from Mr. Burns to help Chief Wiggum's investigation. In the actual episode, the episode skips straight to Wiggum already having collected the bullet.
25th Mar '17 5:38:45 PM Asue
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--> '''Smithers''': But Sir, every plant and tree will die, owls will deafen us with incessant hooting; the town's sundial will be useless.

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--> '''Smithers''': But Sir, sir, every plant and tree will die, owls will deafen us with incessant hooting; the town's sundial will be useless.



*** Granted, Marge isn't on it either... [[RedHerring except]] Marge was out ''in front of'' town hall when Burns got shot ''behind'' town hall...

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*** Granted, Marge isn't on it either... [[RedHerring except]] Marge was out ''in front of'' town hall Town Hall when Burns got shot ''behind'' town hall...



* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Principal Skinner describes Mr. Burns as "this town's most prominent 104-year-old man."

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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Principal Skinner describes Mr. Burns as "this town's most prominent 104-year-old man."man".



* PayEvilUntoEvil: Subverted. Burns is portrayed as an opportunist with no moral restraint. When he decides to block sunlight from Springfield, a town hall meeting is called on the subject, and everyone brings a gun to the meeting. But when someone actually SHOOTS Burns (hid behind a Shadow Discretion Shot) he is perceived as a victim, despite his obviously evil nature, and the attempted murder is investigated anyway. This is VERY out of character for Springfield, the kind of town that would [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E13RadioBart leave a boy in a well for previously pranking the town into thinking someone else fell into it]].

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Subverted. Burns is portrayed as an opportunist with no moral restraint. When he decides to block sunlight from Springfield, a town hall meeting is called on the subject, and everyone brings a gun to the meeting. But when someone actually SHOOTS Burns (hid behind a Shadow Discretion Shot) Shot), he is perceived as a victim, despite his obviously evil nature, and the attempted murder is investigated anyway. This is VERY out of character for Springfield, the kind of town that would [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E13RadioBart leave a boy in a well for previously pranking the town into thinking someone else fell into it]].



** The sequence involving the package being delivered spoofed the advertising campaign for Federal Express, including Mr. Burns saying the slogan "it must absolutely be there overnight."

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** The sequence involving the package being delivered spoofed the advertising campaign for Federal Express, including Mr. Burns saying the slogan "it must absolutely be there overnight."".



Kent Brockman reports that Burns was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was then taken to a ''better'' hospital and pronounced "Alive, but barely." With Burns in a coma and the only witnesses to the shooting being Maggie and Santa's Little Helper, the police suspect Smithers. Smithers also suspects himself, because he has a gun that was recently been fired. Recalling shooting someone, a guilt-addled Smithers goes into a Catholic confessional to vent, which turns out to be a trap by Wiggum. On TV, Smithers makes a comment from an episode of 'Pardon My Zinger' that aired on the night of the shooting. Sideshow Mel realizes that if Smithers saw that episode he could not have been at the town hall to shoot Burns, and reports his thoughts. Smithers realizes that the man he shot was Jasper, but only in his wooden leg. Meanwhile, the sunblocker is torn down, crushing Shelbyville.

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Kent Brockman reports that Burns was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was then taken to a ''better'' hospital and pronounced "Alive, but barely." barely". With Burns in a coma and the only witnesses to the shooting being Maggie and Santa's Little Helper, the police suspect Smithers. Smithers also suspects himself, because he has a gun that was recently been fired. Recalling shooting someone, a guilt-addled Smithers goes into a Catholic confessional to vent, which turns out to be a trap by Wiggum. On TV, Smithers makes a comment from an episode of 'Pardon My Zinger' that aired on the night of the shooting. Sideshow Mel realizes that if Smithers saw that episode he could not have been at the town hall to shoot Burns, and reports his thoughts. Smithers realizes that the man he shot was Jasper, but only in his wooden leg. Meanwhile, the sunblocker is torn down, crushing Shelbyville.



* AppointmentTelevision: With the help of Sideshow Mel, this was the reason Smithers was proven to be innocent: He couldn't have been the one to shoot Mr. Burns, since his favorite television show was on at the time of the crime, and he never misses it.

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* AppointmentTelevision: With the help of Sideshow Mel, this was the reason Smithers was proven to be innocent: He he couldn't have been the one to shoot Mr. Burns, since his favorite television show was on at the time of the crime, and he never misses it.



** There were also some brief, insane shots of various Springfieldians killing Burns, including Santa's Little Helper!

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** There were also some brief, insane shots of various Springfieldians killing Burns, including Santa's ''Santa's Little Helper!Helper''!



-->'''Kent Brockman:''' At 3 PM Friday, local autocrat C. Montgomery Burns was shot following a tense confrontation at Town Hall. Burns was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. [[SubvertedTrope He was then transferred to a better hospital where doctors upgraded his condition to "alive".]]
** There's also a point later on in the episode where it's mentioned the aforementioned "better hospital" is the [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E4TheresNoDisgraceLikeHome Dr. Marvin Monroe]] Memorial Hospital, the implication being that the Simpsons' former family psychiatrist was KilledOffscreen some time during Season 6, a theory seemingly confirmed in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E10TheSimpsons138thEpisodeSpectacular subsequent]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily episodes]]. Like the Burns example above, this later turns out to be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]; He later appears complementing Marge's novel in Season 15's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E10DiatribeOfAMadHousewife Diatribe of a Mad Housewife]]", stating that he'd just "been very sick."

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-->'''Kent Brockman:''' At 3 PM 3PM Friday, local autocrat C. Montgomery Burns was shot following a tense confrontation at Town Hall. Burns was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. [[SubvertedTrope He was then transferred to a better hospital where doctors upgraded his condition to "alive".]]
** There's also a point later on in the episode where it's mentioned the aforementioned "better hospital" is the [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E4TheresNoDisgraceLikeHome Dr. Marvin Monroe]] Memorial Hospital, the implication being that the Simpsons' former family psychiatrist was KilledOffscreen some time during Season 6, a theory seemingly confirmed in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E10TheSimpsons138thEpisodeSpectacular subsequent]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily episodes]]. Like the Burns example above, this later turns out to be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]; He later appears complementing Marge's novel in Season 15's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E10DiatribeOfAMadHousewife Diatribe of a Mad Housewife]]", stating that he'd just "been very sick."sick".



* SherlockHomage: Sideshow Mel reaches the conclusion that Smithers must be innocent. While he ponders over the clues he lits a Holmesian pipe and orders Krusty (the Watson in this case) to come along with him to the police station.

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* SherlockHomage: Sideshow Mel reaches the conclusion that Smithers must be innocent. While he ponders over the clues clues, he lits a Holmesian pipe and orders Krusty (the Watson in this case) to come along with him to the police station.
23rd Mar '17 6:09:59 PM Scorntex
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: At the town meeting, everyone states their reasons for hating Burns, all of them legitimate reasons to hold a grudge. Except for Marge...

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
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At the town meeting, everyone states their reasons for hating Burns, all of them legitimate reasons to hold a grudge. Except for Marge...



* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Corrupt Politicians Have Standards]]: Mayor Quimby may be a corrupt mayor [[note]]which has been showed in episodes like being an admitted a womanizer in "Bart's Inner Child"[[/note]], but he even thought the idea of Burns blocking out the sun to force the people to pay for electricity was an outrage.

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* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Corrupt Politicians Have Standards]]: Mayor Quimby may be a an ''incredibly'' corrupt mayor [[note]]which has been showed in episodes like being an admitted a womanizer in "Bart's Inner Child"[[/note]], mayor, but he even thought the idea of Burns blocking out the sun to force the people to pay for electricity was an outrage.



* NoSell: When he tries to attack Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns can only flail ineffectually at him.



* PetTheDog: Mr. Burns is probably at his worst in this episode, but when he thinks the Simpsons have sent him a box of chocolates, he has Smithers send a thank you in response. For Burns, that's astoundingly polite (even if he did accidentally miss out Homer).



* SternlyWordedLetter: Mayor Quimby's response is... to write a polite but firm letter, with the plan to send it to his underlings, in the hope they'll pass it along or "at least give him the gist of it".



* TakeThat: After losing his job, Smithers now spends all his days watching Creator/ComedyCentral, leading a disgusted Dr. Hibbert to utter "My God!"

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* TakeThat: After losing his job, Smithers now spends all his days watching Creator/ComedyCentral, leading a disgusted Dr. Hibbert to utter "My God!"God!", and everyone else to look horrified.
13th Feb '17 5:53:18 PM BobSaget9
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** The last thing Homer does before the scene at Town Hall is shake him while repeatedly saying "My name is Homer Simpson!".


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* WouldHurtAChild: To prevent Bart from attacking him at Town Hall, Mr. Burns flashes his pistol.
6th Feb '17 4:51:19 PM cybertoy0
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* DelegationRelay: Burns tries to send out a package through one of these. It ends up with Homer, who ComicallyMissesThePoint and brings the package ''back'' to Burns, who angrily tells him that his name is on the ''return address.''
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