Industrious Frank Grimes starts working at the plant beside Homer. He complains to the other employees about how useless Homer is, which causes them to wonder why Frank is being so troublesome.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Carl Carlson / Frank Grimes / Clerk / Auctioneer (voice)
Executive Vice-President (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)


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 ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Animation | Comedy


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4 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Steve Martin was originally asked to voice Frank Grimes, but he declined to do so. William H. Macy was also considered for the voice, as the design of the character was strongly influenced by him. Eventually, the producers gave the role to series regular Hank Azaria who gave a screen test that convinced them enough to allow him to voice the character. See more »


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 »


Frank Grimes: [Homer's back is turned to his workstation, where an alarm went off] Oh my God! Simpson, you got a 513!
[Homer checks his watch]
Frank Grimes: No! A 513! Don't you know your operational manual?
[Homer stares blankly and then checks his watch again]
Frank Grimes: Just look behind you!
Homer: [turns around and speaks casually] Oh, a 5*13*!
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References Falling Down (1993) See more »


Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Not The Least Bit Funny.
25 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As much as I enjoy The Simpsons, this was an episode which almost left me in a complete trauma. It was one of The Simpson's most darkest moments and was what showed Homer's antics go that bit too far. In this pathetic excuse for an episode, a young man called Frank Grimes is stressed at work, because he is distracted by Homer's idiocy and when SAVING HOMER'S FREAKING LIFE after Homer almost consumes a dangerous substance, Frank Grimes gets into trouble with Mr Burns. Frank Grimes plots his revenge and later on in the episode, by pulling the electric cables without any safety gloves with his own FOUR FINGERED hands, he is killed during the process of it. HOMER GETS FREAKING Electrocuted ALL OF THE TIME AND YET HE ALWAYS SURVIVES and the episode ends with Homer sleeping during Frank Grimes funeral and nobody giving a sh!t about Frank Grimes's tragic ending! Not for kids. What a piece of unessential crap! Avoid this episode if you have not seen it!

Overall Rating: 2/10! (1/5!)

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