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
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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
[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
No! A 513! Don't you know your operational manual?
[Homer stares blankly and then checks his watch again
Just look behind you!
[turns around and speaks casually
Oh, a 5*13*!
References Falling Down
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Performed by Dan Castellaneta See more