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Homer's Enemy 

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)
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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(seasons 3-19)|


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Homer's Enemy" is about Homer and his stupidity that drives Frank Grimes to lose his sanity. 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 »


Frank Grimes: Gah! I've had to work hard every day of my life and what do I have to show for it? This briefcase and this haircut! And what do you have to show for your lifetime of sloth and ignorance?
Homer: [Stares blankly] What?
Frank Grimes: [Enraged] E - Everything! A dreamhouse, two cars, a beautiful wife, a son who owns a factory, fancy clothes and...
Frank Grimes: lobsters for dinner! And do you deserve any of it? NO!
Homer: [Gets worried and gasps] What are you saying?
Frank Grimes: I'm saying you're what's wrong with America, Simpson. You coast ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) 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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DEFINITELY My Favorite Episode of the Simpsons Ever
27 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I would give a testicle for John Schwartzwelder to write and create a show. Particularly "The Simpsons" *sigh* "Homer's Enemy" introduces Frank Grimes, a character to whom every bad thing that could possibly happen to a person has happened, causing Mr. Burns to hire him after seeing Grimes's story on TV. Of course, he forgets soon afterward, forcing Mr. Smithers to "stick him" in Homer's Sector 7G where Grimes meet Homer, the boorish oaf with a devoted wife, a brilliant daughter, and a family that loves him in spite of... well, everything. For this reason, I always thought this episode was John Schwartzwelder (far and away "The Simpsons'" best writer, bar none)'s commentary on the series as a whole, but nah, not that ambitious. Schwartzwelder was just so talented he could phone in an episode better than other entire series. When Grimes meets Homer, his sense of the unfairness of it all makes him declare Homer an enemy, to which gentle-hearted Homer goes out of his way to change his mind, with hilarious results.

Again, what boggles my mind is how many brilliant and genuinely funny, not just "clever," or "poignant" or "subversive" jokes there are in this episode. It's silly, it's amazing, it's downright transcendent. I could live to be 100 and never write anything as good as this. Schwartzwelder was a freakishly good talent, which is probably why he disappeared and has yet to be duplicated. "The Simpsons" in the '90's was by far the best show on television, and if not for the 2000's episodes and beyond, would go down in history as the best television show of all time. And I miss it SO MUCH.

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