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)
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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Animation | Comedy


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4 May 1997 (USA)  »

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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 »


[first lines of an episode]
Kent Brockman: ...which, if true, means death for us all.
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References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) 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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Superb, One of the Most Memorable Simpsons there is,
5 May 2015 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Homer's Enemy is a brilliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and it's a laugh riot from start to finish. Just another one of the fantastic episodes of the eight season (my favourite season), it is one of the most memorable ones of the entire series and without a doubt one of the best. Frank Grimes is a superb once off character and is one of the biggest reasons i loved Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein as show runners so much, because they took really bizarre stories nothing like what the show had done before, and opened it up to a wider array of adventures. I also enjoyed the side story of Bart buying an abandoned warehouse, though it did feel somewhat unnecessary as the main story was so good, but it was still entertaining nonetheless. I loved how Grimes questioned everything Homer does, wondering how he has succeeded in so many things despite making no real effort, it felt like a real human being had met him, someone who had to work hard to get where he is and still hasn't gotten that far, and is annoyed by the guy who simply got very lucky. Homers Enemy is a hilarious and very memorable Simpsons episode.

A new employee at the Nuclear Power Plant is shocked at how high up an imbecile like Homer has gotten in his career, and begins to discover more surprising things about him that he is very bothered by.

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