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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.


Jim Reardon


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Carl Carlson / Frank Grimes / Clerk / Auctioneer (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Kent Brockman / Rev. Lovejoy / Lenny Leonard (voice)
Frank Welker ... Executive Vice-President (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Russi Taylor ... 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) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)| Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Josh Weinstein disliked the episode because he felt it was too dark, lacked humor and that Homer was portrayed as overly bad-mannered. See more »


When Bart and Millhouse are playing on the "Wacky Shack" in one of the factory scenes, Millhouse points out to Bart the warning signs on it. There are three, but Bart only removes two and throws them out of a nearby window. When we see the shack again a few seconds later, all three signs have gone. See more »


Frank Grimes: [Referring to the Simpson's house, speechless] Good Heavens! This... This is a palace! How in... How in the world can you afford to live in a house like this, Simpson?
Homer: [Stares blankly] I dunno... Don't ask me how the economy works.
Frank Grimes: Yeah, but look at the size of this place! I... I live in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley.
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Featured in The Simpsons: The Great Louse Detective (2002) 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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This episode was brilliant and Stressed Eric got it all wrong.
4 September 2017 | by adampkalbSee all my reviews

The only way I can imagine anybody seeing Stressed Eric as a Simpsons ripoff is because it messed up this episode, which came out the year before it and Eric has the same VA as Frank in the American re-dub. I will explain why Homer's Enemy is the Stressed Eric dynamic done right.

In Stressed Eric, everything exists just to torment Eric and he doesn't deserve it. Eric is a nice person and we root for him. The main villain of the show is Ray Perfect, the condescending neighbor who's better off than Eric Feeble. The reason why Stressed Eric failed at being an entire show made from Homer's Enemy is because in Homer's Enemy, the roles are reversed because while Frank Grimes is miserable and Homer Simpson is much better off, he is also a lot nicer than Frank Grimes and tries to make things right with him. Frank resents Homer for being lazy, while at the same time more successful. Whenever Homer actually does something right to impress Frank Grimes, Frank still sees Homer as a fraud, and because Frank Grimes is a jealous jerk, that makes it funny to see bad things happen to him. Stressed Eric would be a more successful show if Eric was a jerk and Ray was nice to him.

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