The Simpsons: Season 8, Episode 23

Homer's Enemy (4 May 1997)

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Mr. Burns hires Frank Grimes (the human interest subject of Kent Brockman's report) as executive vice president at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Grimes meets the employees and is immediately stunned at Homer's lackadasial work performance and his co-workers are nonchalant about it. Grimes - already annoyed by Homer's habits - becomes horrified when he observes Homer nearly drink a flask ... See full summary »

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Mr. Burns hires Frank Grimes (the human interest subject of Kent Brockman's report) as executive vice president at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Grimes meets the employees and is immediately stunned at Homer's lackadasial work performance and his co-workers are nonchalant about it. Grimes - already annoyed by Homer's habits - becomes horrified when he observes Homer nearly drink a flask containing a toxic acid in absent-mindedness; however, Grimes is harshly reprimanded when he knocks the vial away and causes damage. Grimes tells Homer that they are "enemies," but Homer - still wanting to be friends - invites "Grimey" over for dinner. However, the attempt only makes matters worse when Grimes sees that Homer is living in a nice home and has a family. Resolved to expose Homer as a fraud once and for all, he hands out a flyer announcing a "design your own power plant" contest, which has all references to this being a contest for elementary school students. However, Homer easily ...

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Syndication cuts the scene in which Bart makes Milhouse the night watchman in his factory. See more »

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When Bart and Millhouse are playing on the "Wacky Shack" in one of the factory scenes, Millhouse points out to Bart the warning signs on it. There are three, but Bart only removes two and throws them out of a nearby window. When we see the shack again a few seconds later, all three signs have gone. See more »

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Frank Grimes: [Referring to the Simpson's house] THIS PLACE IS A PALACE! I MEAN, I LIVE IN A SINGLE ROOM ABOVE A BOWLING ALLEY and below another bowling alley!
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Music by Albert von Tilzer
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DEFINITELY My Favorite Episode of the Simpsons Ever
27 August 2014 | by (Pangea) – See all my reviews

I would give a testicle for John Schwartzwelder to write and create a show. Particularly "The Simpsons" *sigh* "Homer's Enemy" introduces Frank Grimes, a character to whom every bad thing that could possibly happen to a person has happened, causing Mr. Burns to hire him after seeing Grimes's story on TV. Of course, he forgets soon afterward, forcing Mr. Smithers to "stick him" in Homer's Sector 7G where Grimes meet Homer, the boorish oaf with a devoted wife, a brilliant daughter, and a family that loves him in spite of... well, everything. For this reason, I always thought this episode was John Schwartzwelder (far and away "The Simpsons'" best writer, bar none)'s commentary on the series as a whole, but nah, not that ambitious. Schwartzwelder was just so talented he could phone in an episode better than other entire series. When Grimes meets Homer, his sense of the unfairness of it all makes him declare Homer an enemy, to which gentle-hearted Homer goes out of his way to change his mind, with hilarious results.

Again, what boggles my mind is how many brilliant and genuinely funny, not just "clever," or "poignant" or "subversive" jokes there are in this episode. It's silly, it's amazing, it's downright transcendent. I could live to be 100 and never write anything as good as this. Schwartzwelder was a freakishly good talent, which is probably why he disappeared and has yet to be duplicated. "The Simpsons" in the '90's was by far the best show on television, and if not for the 2000's episodes and beyond, would go down in history as the best television show of all time. And I miss it SO MUCH.


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