Welcome to the Lifestyles of the Springfield Rich & Famous… errr… well, to a site writing about a new rich people expansion in TSTO. In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?
So the Springfield Heights expansion brought us lots of new items with confounding leveling up of buildings, real estate values and tap-tap-tappery. Of course, it also brought lots of new stuff to find in the Best. Show. Ever. The first building to kick off the entire Springfield Heights madness was of course Burns Slant-Drilling Co. But when and where did this appear in the show? Let’s head off into the murky oil of The Simpsons and find out.
“Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part One)” (S6:E25)
Oh the classics! If you don’t remember this episode, back in the early days, the writers and showrunners decided to do a two part episode to bridge seasons 6 and 7. Of course, the title parodies the famous “Who Shot J.R.?” episode of Dallas in 1980. The only two-parter in Simpsons history, I can keenly remember wondering over the summer of 1995 who shot Burns and coming up with my own theories. Of course, the reveal was a big one but this origin post isn’t about that wee detail… it’s about a crooked oil derrick in the Best. Show. Ever. Let’s find out what we can friends.
The beloved 4th grade gerbil Superdude bites the big one and as Willy is burying the poor guy, he strikes oil.
Springfield Elementary is now potentially the richest school in the state. When evil Mr. Burns hears about it though, he won’t stand for a non-profit having so much oil. Also the origin of a familiar 60 second task for Burns and Smithers.
Burns tries to get Skinner to turn over the oil well to the local energy concern posing as Jimbo but Skinner refuses to help him maintain his monopoly. The school is looking forward to all the new stuff they’ll earn like new cafeteria workers, Tito Puente teaching jazz, more rubber stamps, double guitars and chocolate microscopes.
Burns in undeterred though. While Springfield builds a derrick, Burns starts construction on his own project next door…
Well… next door to Moe’s. You don’t have to be right next to something to steal oil a la There Will Be Blood. Burns steals the oil and ends up forcing Springfield Elelmentary to stop nonessential programs like music and sanitation. He also damages Bart’s treehouse with an oil burst, closes Moe’s due to oil fumes and causes an earthquake that damages the Springfield Retirement Castle.
So there you go friends… the origin of Burns Slant-Drilling Company and the beginning of lots of people wanting to kill Mr. Burns.
Best part of the building is we all got it for free and it only took 6 seconds to build and start polluting our TSTO towns. What do you think of it? Did you place it right next to Moe’s? R.I.P. Superdude. Sound off and stay classy party people.
TTFN… Wookiee out!