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 ... See full summary »



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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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The character of Frank Grimes was a synthesis of actor William H. Macy and Michael Douglas. See more »


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Frank Grimes: Can you believe that guy? He fell asleep inside a radiation suit.
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First: the producers explain that the idea behind this episode was to have a character from "outside the Simpsons universe" encounter Homer and have the same reaction we'd all have if we met somebody that crass, dumb, lazy and lucky.

Frank isn't quite "outside" the Simpsons universe -- his life is Simpsony tragic (he lives above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley, which around here is called a "Swartzwelder Condo") and his exaggerated aghast reactions can only have come from Hank Azaria.

And of course, the big joke is that Homer's behavior (which is really amped up to 11 in this episode to help draw the parallel) is what people in the town of Springfield want. They choose crass, dump, lazy and lucky, and it drives the fish-out-of-water so crazy he kills himself.

Dripping with irony, tons of funny little gags, amazing over the top Homerisms and the bizarre moral that sometimes people don't want success or intelligence or hard work, they just want a good honest dunce.

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