6x25 Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1)
First Aired: May. 21, 1995 on FOX
Summary: In the first part of this groundbreaking suspense story, Mr. Burns develops a sun-blocking machine that prevents any sunlight from reaching Springfield. With the town immersed in darkness, Mr. Burns' Power Plant can make even more money. In addition to blocking the sun, Burns has also…
Main Characters in this Episode
Chief Wiggum: Just a minute! This isn't Mr. Burns at all! It's a mask!
Chief Wiggum: Wait, it is Burns. [chuckles] His wrinkly skin looks like a mask.
Marge Simpson: I don't think we'll ever know who did this. Everyone in town is a suspect.
Doctor Hibbert: Well, I couldn't possibly solve this mystery. Can you?
Chief Wiggum: Yeah, I'll give it a shot. I mean, it's my job, right?
Abe Simpson: [Whining] I want a bib too!
- Goof (continuity error): The Burns Slant Drilling Corporation sign changes every time the building is shown.
- Goof (continuity error): 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.
- 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 just for the sake of red herrings: Seymour Skinner's name was revealed as M. Seymour Skinner (it's written on a diploma behind his head in one scene); Moe the Bartender became Moe Szyslak; and Sideshow Mel's name was revealed as Melvin van Horn, presumably to eliminate him (although it could have still been interpreted as not MS but SM - Sideshow Mel).
- The television set in Moe's tavern is playing an episode of Pardon My Zinger, with an outline of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast in the foreground.