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Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)/References

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Season 6 Episode References
127 "Lemon of Troy"
"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)"
"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" 129

Cultural references[edit]

  • The episode title a clear reference to the 1979 Dallas cliffhanger "Who Shot J.R.?"
  • Mr. Burns' "monopoly" of the electric company, waterworks, plus the hotel on Baltic Avenue are all references to the boardgame Monopoly. Like all property name in Monopoly Baltic Avenue is named after a real street in Atlantic City, New Jersey which in turn was named after the Baltic Sea.
  • The music that plays over the "Springfield Animal Hospital" (a reused establishing shot from "Dog of Death") is from the theme to Ben Casey, a medical drama that aired on ABC in the 60s. The veterinarian taking care of Santa's Little Helper has the black hair, eyebrows, and body hair that were characteristic of Vince Edwards, who played Dr. Ben Casey on that show.
  • The artwork behind the couch in the waiting room at Springfield Animal Hospital is modeled on the painting, "A Friend in Need" from the Dogs Playing Poker series by American artist C.M. Coolidge.
  • Mr. Burns rhyming "Hello lamppost, what'cha knowing | I've come to watch your power flowing'" is a reference to the lyrics of The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) by Simon & Garfunkel: "Hello lamppost, what'cha knowing | I've come to watch your flowers growin'".


  • According to the DVD commentary for this episode, a college kid figured out who the shooter was just a few hours after the show aired and posted his results on the web. The staff couldn't give him the prize in the "Who Shot Mr. Burns Contest" because he didn't enter properly. They were going to send him something, but they couldn't find his online username anymore.
  • This is the first Simpsons story to be a two-parter: The tale concludes in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)", which was aired as the season 7 premiere, almost four months after part one.
  • Moe was given his surname, Syzslak, in this episode, and it was chosen in order to make him a stronger suspect. When Burns falls at the sundial pointing to W and S, it can be interpreted as M and S. According to the DVD commentary, the name "Syzlak" came from a phonebook.



  • In the episode "Lisa's Substitute", Bart's class is on the second floor. However in this episode, Lisa's class is on the second floor.
  • Groundskeeper Willie's shovel disappears.
  • Mrs. Krabappel's earrings are missing in some scenes.
  • When Bart runs at Mr. Burns at the town hall meeting, Bleeding Gums Murphy can be seen in the background even though he died two episodes earlier.
  • When Krusty is in the crowd shots at the end of the episode, he inexplicably looks identical to Homer dressed as him.

Season 6 References
Bart of Darkness Lisa's Rival Another Simpsons Clip Show Itchy & Scratchy Land Sideshow Bob Roberts Treehouse of Horror V Bart's Girlfriend Lisa on Ice Homer Badman Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy Fear of Flying Homer the Great And Maggie Makes Three Bart's Comet Homie the Clown Bart vs. Australia Homer vs. Patty and Selma A Star Is Burns Lisa's Wedding Two Dozen and One Greyhounds The PTA Disbands 'Round Springfield The Springfield Connection Lemon of Troy Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)