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Old 12-29-2000, 10:23 PM
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So I was watching The Simpsons tonight, like I do every night. Tonight was "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (Spoiler here for those who haven't seen it. Though if you HAVEN'T seen it, you deserve to have it spoiled! )

Now, we all know Maggie Simpson shot Mr. Burns, when his gun fell out of the holster, and she grabbed it and shot him. We also know that Maggie witnessed a lot of horrible things happening to her family members because of Mr. Burns' selfishness. At the end, Marge says it was an accident and she didn't mean it...but then we see this spooky close up on Maggie.

It sure did LOOK like an accident. Maggie couldn't have known Mr. Burns had a gun on him. It wasn't as though she planned to kill him, and she is just a baby, albeit a smart one. My question is: WAS it an accident?

Did Margaret Simpson wound C. Montgomery Burns with malicious intent? That is up to the dopers to debate.

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Old 12-30-2000, 02:09 AM
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Maggie DIDN'T shoot Burns. If you watch, you'll see that she doesn't put a finger on the trigger (one hand is on the barrel, and one is on the trigger guard... wrong angle for her to pull the trigger). And the gun goes off the instant it falls into her hands.

Apparently, Burns' gun was so unstable that it'd go off if it was struck hard enough anywhere on the chassis by any object.
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Old 12-30-2000, 07:09 AM
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Yes, Zoggie, I think this is IMHO, not GD; so that's where it's going.

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Old 12-30-2000, 03:06 PM
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Fine, David. If that's how you feel.

Whoa. So really, NO ONE shot Mr. Burns?

After all. Can Matt Groening really expect us to believe than an infant could be capable of...attempted murder?
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Old 12-30-2000, 06:02 PM
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Yes, it was an accident. Or was it? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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Old 12-30-2000, 07:39 PM
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Of course she did. And she gets off scott free.Yea!
That's the root of all evil, stealing candy from babies.
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Old 12-30-2000, 07:51 PM
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Uh....Smiley face.

Are you sure she did it on purpose? I mean, is she THAT protective over her candy?

So we have:
She didn't do it at all! 1
She did but it was justified: 1
She didn't...or DID SHE?! 1

Will the world ever know?
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Old 12-30-2000, 08:16 PM
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If you factor in that in other episodes:
1) She has masterminded the overthrow of a daycare
2) She has been suspected of apparent attempted patricide as a result of her tv cartoon watching
then you may conclude that she's capable of sophisticated antisocial behaviour.
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How COULD she have done it? Her finger wasn't on the trigger.
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Old 12-31-2000, 01:35 PM
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Telepathy!!

Remember, her father is an alien.
(OK that was the Halloween ep whiich lacks continuity, but bear with me...)

Or perhaps...Maggie's patriarchy shouldn't come into questioning. Perhaps she's just a poltergeist, who can control things after enough concentration. (A la Mathilda.)

There are plenty of supernatural explanations, Bo. Just because she didn't touch, doesn't mean she didn't do. It.
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Old 01-01-2001, 02:38 AM
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I am so happy to find a thread on The Simpsons. I don't have a personal opinion on the shooting of Mr. Burns. I think that we are not really ment to know. Well I love the Simpsons (I believe I have every episode on tape), so if anyone wants to grill me on some Simpsons Trivia, I'm game. E-mail me.

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