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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An extended view of the writing/table read process for this episode is available at The Simpsons Archive website. Amongst other tidbits, the story where Bart buys an abandoned warehouse for $1 at an auction was given more screen time, a sight gag where Homer accidentally backs his car into Grimes' was added, and Hank Azaria improvised a line where Chief Wiggum says "Ralphie, get off the stage, sweetheart" in the show's final scenes. See more
The hole Frank Grimes makes in the wall with the acid keeps changing shape, bigger than the still-crumbling drywall can account for. For example, when it's first made, there is a much smaller hole in one corner that disappears completely. See more
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...which, if true, means death for us all.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Performed by Dan Castellaneta See more