The thought for the episode got here from Matt Groening, who had needed to do an episode through which Mr. Burns was shot, which might be used as a publicity stunt. The writers determined to write down the episode in two elements with a mystery that could be used in a contest
Principal Skinner walks into faculty and discovers that the category gerbil, “Superdude”, has died. As Groundskeeper Willie digs a grave, he unexpectedly strikes oil. Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers lavishly consider methods to spend the varsity’s newfound wealth, taking many scholar requests, together with Lisa’s suggestion of hiring Tito Puente as a music instructor.
On the Springfield Nuclear Energy Plant, Homer is disturbed that Mr. Burns can by no means keep in mind his identify, even after working for him for ten years. He takes a suggestion from Marge’s and sends Mr. Burns a field of candies with a household image beneath the sweet; nonetheless, Burns and Smithers aren’t within the one sweet overlaying Homer’s face and discard the field. In consequence, Burns writes a “thanks” card solely to Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, additional angering Homer.
In the meantime, Mr. Burns learns of the varsity’s oil and instantly decides that he should have it, whilst Smithers voices his disapproval. After failing to persuade Skinner to provide him the oil by means of a poor deception, Mr. Burns establishes a slant drilling operation and beats the varsity to be the primary to faucet the oil properly. The varsity is informed they haven’t any authorized recourse, and Willie and Puente are laid off to cowl the varsity’s losses.
Mr. Burns’ drilling operation causes additional hurt and misery to many Springfield residents: Moe’s Tavern is closed because of the dangerous fumes from the drilling, leaving Moe and Barney enraged; the drilling wrecks the Springfield Retirement Fort, leaving Grampa homeless, forcing him to maneuver in with the Simpsons; and Bart’s treehouse is destroyed by a burst of oil from the rig, which additionally injures Santa’s Little Helper.
Mr. Burns then reveals to Smithers his grandest scheme: the development of a large, movable disk that can completely block out the solar in Springfield, forcing the residents to constantly use the electrical energy from his energy plant. A horrified Smithers lastly stands as much as Mr. Burns, insisting that he has gone too far; Burns fires him in response.
Later, Homer sneaks into Mr. Burns’ workplace and spray-paints “I’m Homer Simpson” on the wall in large letters. Mr. Burns catches him within the act, however but nonetheless seemingly doesn’t acknowledge Homer. In a rage, Homer assaults him and is hauled away by safety. All of the residents affected as a consequence of Mr. Burns’ mad schemes, together with Homer and even Smithers, swear revenge.
A city assembly is held to debate Mr. Burns’ actions. Mr. Burns arrives, armed with a gun after his encounter with Homer. Regardless of the entire city standing as much as him, he prompts the sun-blocking gadget, considering himself invincible. He walks into an alley, obscured from view, and says: “Oh it is you, what are you so joyful about? … I see. I feel you’d higher drop it.” He struggles with somebody till a gunshot is heard. He stumbles out into the open, wounded, and collapses in town’s sundial. The townspeople discover his physique and Marge tells all of them that since Burns has angered so many individuals not too long ago, nearly anybody may have been the shooter.
As Mr. Burns fights for all times on the hospital, the Springfield police are working to search out his assailant. Smithers wakes up the following morning and vaguely remembers capturing somebody the night time earlier than in a drunken rage. Guilt-ridden, Smithers heads for an area church, and is promptly arrested when the confessional seems to be a police sting. Whereas passing the media in his method to the police station, Smithers makes a witty comment that Sideshow Mel acknowledges from an episode of Pardon My Zinger that aired similtaneously the capturing. Mel realizes that Smithers should have watched it as properly, giving him an alibi. As Smithers’ reminiscence clears, it seems that he had truly shot Jasper in his picket leg.
With one of many prime suspects cleared, the police, aided by Lisa, get rid of different suspects, together with Tito Puente (whose revenge took the type of a “slanderous mambo”), Skinner (who was busy making use of what he thought was camouflage make-up on the time of the capturing), Willie (who can not hearth a pistol as a consequence of arthritis in his index fingers), and Moe (who’s cleared through polygraph check). After a surreal dream about Lisa, Wiggum finds an eyelash on Mr. Burns’ go well with which matches Simpson DNA. On the similar time, Mr. Burns wakes up from his coma and cries, “Homer Simpson!”
The police raid the Simpson house and discover a gun below the seat of their automobile, lined with Homer’s fingerprints and loaded with bullets that match the one fired into Mr. Burns. Homer is arrested for tried homicide, however escapes from the paddywagon when it overturns whereas the police are attempting to select up a Drive-Via meal. Smithers gives a reward for his seize.
On the hospital, it’s revealed that “Homer Simpson” is the one factor that Mr. Burns can say, suggesting that his supposed “accusation” could not have truly been one. Hoping to clear Homer’s identify, Lisa returns to the scene of the crime to analyze and figures out the id of Mr. Burns’ true assailant. On the similar time, Homer arrives on the hospital to confront Mr. Burns and demand that Burns exonerate him, regardless of being considerably impressed that Burns lastly remembered his identify. After a police bulletin reviews Homer’s location, the police, Lisa and plenty of different residents of Springfield all race to the hospital. Upon coming into Mr. Burns’ room, everybody finds an enraged Homer vigorously shaking Burns and demanding that he take again his accusation. Homer’s shaking him returns Mr. Burns’s capacity to talk usually, and he shortly asks who the particular person shaking him is. Apopleptic with fury at Burns once more not remembering who he’s, Homer grabs Wiggum’s gun and goals it at Mr. Burns’ face, demanding that Burns recant his accusations. Mr. Burns then laughs on the thought and confirms that Homer didn’t shoot him. He then reveals the true assailant: Maggie Simpson.
Mr. Burns reveals that, after leaving the city assembly, he got here throughout Maggie consuming a lollipop within the Simpsons’ automobile. Mr. Burns determined to attempt stealing sweet from a child, however Maggie wouldn’t let go of the lollipop, leading to a battle. As he lastly yanked it away, his gun slipped from its holster into Maggie’s fingers and fired at Burns. The gun and lollipop each then fell beneath the automobile seat; Homer would later unknowingly go away fingerprints on the gun whereas feeling round below the seat for an ice cream cone he by accident dropped. Lisa guesses that together with his final power, Burns should have pointed on the “S” and “W” on the sundial (with the “W” showing as an “M” from his perspective), to determine his assailant; Mr. Burns corrects that he was truly swallowing his gold fillings to guard them from being pilfered by the paramedics. The “S” and “M” had been purely coincidental.
Mr. Burns calls for for Maggie to be arrested for the crime, however he’s dismissed by Chief Wiggum, who says that no jury would convict a child for a criminal offense, besides “possibly Texas”. Marge additionally provides that the capturing should have been an accident, contemplating the truth that Maggie doesn’t know the right way to function a gun. The ultimate shot reveals Maggie’s with shifty eyes suggesting it might not have been an accident in spite of everything.