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Homer's Enemy 

Industrious Frank Grimes starts working at the plant and becomes irritated by Homer's laziness; Bart buys a run-down factory for a dollar.



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Episode cast overview:
... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble (voice)
... Marge Simpson (voice)
... Bart Simpson (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Carl Carlson / Frank Grimes / Clerk / Auctioneer (voice)
... Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Kent Brockman / Rev. Lovejoy / Lenny Leonard (voice)
... Executive Vice-President (voice)
... Milhouse Van Houten (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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Release Date:

4 May 1997 (USA)  »

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(seasons 3-19)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fact that Frank Grimes comes across as very normal in his behavior and especially his increasingly angry and unhinged reactions to Homer's actions is not an accident. The show always intended Grimes to a "one shot" character who would show what would happen if a regular human from the real world found himself in "The Simpsons" universe, with the idea of showing that such a person would not be able to handle it (which is why Frank is driven by Homer to lose his mind and then accidentally kill himself). 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 »


Bart: [over a loudspeaker after seeing Milhouse slacking at his factory] Get to work!
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References The Simpsons: Homerpalooza (1996) 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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Super, super, super meta
20 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

First: the producers explain that the idea behind this episode was to have a character from "outside the Simpsons universe" encounter Homer and have the same reaction we'd all have if we met somebody that crass, dumb, lazy and lucky.

Frank isn't quite "outside" the Simpsons universe -- his life is Simpsony tragic (he lives above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley, which around here is called a "Swartzwelder Condo") and his exaggerated aghast reactions can only have come from Hank Azaria.

And of course, the big joke is that Homer's behavior (which is really amped up to 11 in this episode to help draw the parallel) is what people in the town of Springfield want. They choose crass, dump, lazy and lucky, and it drives the fish-out-of-water so crazy he kills himself.

Dripping with irony, tons of funny little gags, amazing over the top Homerisms and the bizarre moral that sometimes people don't want success or intelligence or hard work, they just want a good honest dunce.

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