History Recap / TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns

2nd Nov '17 2:19:14 PM marcoasalazarm
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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), 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), 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 to die in a well for previously pranking the town into thinking someone else fell into it]].
2nd Nov '17 2:18:04 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Smithers is Burns' HypercompetentSidekick, a hard-core YesMan and how much "evil" he actually is himself ''seriously'' lands on DependingOnTheWriter territory, but his temporal downfall stems from the fact that he thinks Burns' terrorizing of the entire town for the sake of getting more money (even before he showcases the solar blocker dish) is going too far.

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** Smithers is Burns' HypercompetentSidekick, a hard-core YesMan and how much "evil" he actually is himself ''seriously'' lands on DependingOnTheWriter territory, but his temporal downfall stems from the fact that he thinks Burns' terrorizing of the entire town for the sake of getting more money (even before he showcases the solar blocker dish) is going too far. After he becomes a jobless drunk, as well, people are ''[[FauxHorrific horrified]]'' that he's been brought so low that he spends all day watching Comedy Central.
2nd Nov '17 2:16:09 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Tito Puente, when interrogated as a suspect, answers that he's not a man who believes in violent revenge: after all, why shoot someone when they can create a slanderous EarWorm of a mambo that will probably outlive both men?

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** Tito Puente, when interrogated as a suspect, answers that he's not a man who believes in violent revenge: after all, why shoot someone when they he can create a slanderous EarWorm [[InUniverse of a a]] mambo that will probably outlive both men?
2nd Nov '17 2:14:37 PM marcoasalazarm
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* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Smithers is Burns' HypercompetentSidekick, a hard-core YesMan and how much "evil" he actually is himself ''seriously'' lands on DependingOnTheWriter territory, but his temporal downfall stems from the fact that he thinks Burns' terrorizing of the entire town for the sake of getting more money (even before he showcases the solar blocker dish) is going too far.
** Tito Puente, when interrogated as a suspect, answers that he's not a man who believes in violent revenge: after all, why shoot someone when they can create a slanderous EarWorm of a mambo that will probably outlive both men?



* CardboardPrison: Double subverted for Dr. Colossus: when he tries to escape the police precinct's prison with his "Colosso-Boots" after gloating, he's unable to punch though the roof and he asks for his lawyer, but when Sideshow Mel arrived and says that Wiggum has arrested an innocent man in error, Wiggum immediately assumes he's talking about Colossus and lets him go before Mel can say that he meant Smithers.



-->'''Smithers:''' Father, I'm not a Catholic, but...well, I ''tried'' to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade. But anyway, I've got a...rather large sin to confess. (''sniffles'') I'm the one who...shot Mr. Burns!\\

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-->'''Smithers:''' Father, I'm not a Catholic, but... well, I ''tried'' to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade. But anyway, I've got a... rather large sin to confess. (''sniffles'') I'm the one who... shot Mr. Burns!\\



* FairPlayWhodunnit: Even though the culprit did seem to come out of the blue, the clues were indeed all there, with the mystery even being drummed up as a contest to see who could figure it out..

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* FairPlayWhodunnit: Even though the culprit did seem to come out of the blue, the clues were indeed all there, with the mystery even being drummed up as a contest to see who could figure it out..out.



* FugitiveArc: Homer manages to escape police custody because of an accident en route to prison and goes on the lam, trying to demonstrate he wasn't the one who shot Mr. Burns... [[NotHelpingYourCase which unfortunately means that the cops find him almost shooting Burns for real because he's angry that Burns can only say his name.]]



* LetsGetDangerous: Although the plot eventually demonstrates that the "iron-clad" evidence was product of a bunch of highly circumstantial coincidences, Wiggum still manages to pull off a decent enough investigation (with some help from Lisa) when prompted that Homer's (wrongful) conviction was almost sure.



** 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 episode having been made back when Comedy Central wasn't as popular as it was now).

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** The first thing that clues Sideshow Mel in on Smither's Smithers' innocence is when he mentioned watching Comedy Central, which Mel took note of because it was unusual (this episode having been made back when Comedy Central wasn't as popular as it was now).


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* WhoMurderedTheAsshole: Downplayed in that Burns isn't ''killed'', but he does everything in his power to become such a colossal example of the AssholeVictim within a handful of minutes/a couple of days InUniverse that the ensuing mystery was treated pretty seriously because, yeah, even ''babies'' wished him dead.
* WouldHurtAChild: Once everything has been cleared and Homer is declared innocent, Burns immediately points out that things are not over yet and orders Wiggum ''[[DisproportionateRetribution to arrest Maggie (a baby) for his attempted murder]]''. Wiggum refuses because 1) it was very clearly an accident and 2) no jury in the world would convict a baby... [[TakeThat except maybe Texas]].
2nd Nov '17 10:01:52 AM tyrekecorrea
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''The residents of Springfield all look around, expecting someone else to step forward

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''The residents of Springfield all look around, expecting someone else to step forwardforward''
25th Sep '17 1:56:39 AM ergeis
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*** He's getting his detective advice from a fictional Creator/AgathaChristie novel.
20th Sep '17 11:34:17 PM marcoasalazarm
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* TheBore: After the GilliganCut from the Tito Puente interview, Skinner is taking a long time recalling where he was during the shooting, hemming and hawing all the way, and all of the policemen in the room are literally falling asleep from the boredom.
13th Sep '17 10:44:04 PM HotelCalifornia
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-->'''Burns:''' Take that, Bowlerama! Take that, convenience mart! Take that, Nuclear Power Plan-- [[IMadeMyselfSad Oh, fiddlesticks]].

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-->'''Burns:''' Take that, Bowlerama! Take that, convenience mart! Take that, Nuclear Power Plan-- [[IMadeMyselfSad [[MadeMyselfSad Oh, fiddlesticks]].
27th Aug '17 2:26:30 PM FastFuriousFan
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* AccidentalMisnaming: His name is not Lenny, Carl, or Guillermo, it's ''Homer!'' So Burns remembers the ''wrong'' names, but he can't remember the ''right'' one when he tries to say hello again, even though it says "Homer" on the name tag?!!?
27th Aug '17 7:00:26 AM RighteousFury
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* EntertaininglyWrong: Homer is falsely arrested for shooting Burns. The evidence against him seems pretty solid, but he turns out to be innocent. When Burns woke up from his coma, he shouted "Homer Simpson!", the gun Burns was shot with had Homer's fingerprints on it, and was found under his car seat, and the bullet that was removed from Burns matches the other bullets in the gun. However, "Homer Simpson" was the ''only'' thing Burns could say due to brain trauma, Homer didn't know the gun was there and left fingerprints on it without realizing it, the gun was Grampa's and Burns had stolen it prior to the town meeting, and it fell out of his pocket, into Maggie's hands and fired at him before ending up under the car seat (along with the lollipop Burns had tried to take from Maggie).

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* EntertaininglyWrong: Homer is falsely arrested for shooting Burns. The evidence against him seems pretty solid, but he turns out to be innocent. When Burns woke up from his coma, he shouted "Homer Simpson!", the gun Burns was shot with had Homer's fingerprints on it, and was found under his car seat, and the bullet that was removed from Burns matches the other bullets in the gun. However, "Homer Simpson" was the ''only'' thing Burns could say due to brain trauma, Homer didn't know the gun was there and left fingerprints on it without realizing it, the gun was Grampa's and the one Burns had stolen it bought after Homer had attacked him in his office prior to the town meeting, and it fell out of his pocket, into Maggie's hands and fired at him before ending up under the car seat (along with the lollipop Burns had tried to take from Maggie).
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