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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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
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
[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!
References Falling Down
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Performed by Dan Castellaneta See more