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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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Carl Carlson / Frank Grimes / Clerk / Auctioneer (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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Matt Groening commented that the story also has a Zen quality to it. Homer is just himself and gets along fine. Frank Grimes is a Type-A personality who wants everything perfect, and he falls apart. Thus, Homer is the stronger person, despite his obvious faults. See more »

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Frank confronts Homer by telling him he lives "in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley." However, earlier in the episode, we see him standing on the front porch of a fixed house when he receives his diploma in nuclear science. 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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References Falling Down (1993) See more »

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Possibly my favourite episode of The Simpsons ever!
25 March 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

If I had to choose a favourite episode from The Simpsons, one of my all-time favourite TV shows, I'd probably say Homer's Enemy because not only is it funny, but it's also clever and dark as well.

We're introduced to a new character named Frank Grimes; a smart, hard-working but somewhat unfriendly guy who had to struggle for everything in life and had nothing handed to him. Homer Simpson, of course is the exact opposite to him; everything was handed to him, he has no idea about working hard or responsibility and is as dumb as, well Homer Simpson.

When Grimes comes to meet Homer, he becomes extremely confused and outraged that such a man as lazy, irresponsible and idiotic but also well-off as Homer can exist and wants to show to the world how big of a fraud he really is and prove that this isn't how life works. But the more and more Grimes tries to prove it, the more it leads to his downfall.

This episode is also interesting because Frank Grimes is pretty much the only real-life and down-to-earth character that sees how big an idiot Homer is and it makes you wonder what the show would be like if we had more characters like Grimes in the show.


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