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
Principal Skinner: That strange, I don't have a secretary... or an intercom, but send him in.
Mr. Burns: [Mr. Burns enters dressed as a student] Ahoy there, dean. I understand that you're taking suggestions from students. Well, me and my fourth-form chums think it would be quite corking if you were to reinvest that money back into the local energy concern.
Principal Skinner: [clears throat] Mr. Burns...
Principal Skinner: It was naive of you to think I'd mistake this town's most prominent 104-year-old man for one of my elementary school students.
Mr. Burns: Won't... dignify that... with response.
- 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.
- Goof (continuity error): The Burns Slant Drilling Corporation sign changes every time the building is shown.
- 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.