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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.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)| Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Syndication cuts the scene in which Bart makes Milhouse the night watchman in his factory. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank Grimes: Man, he eats like a pig!
Lenny: I don't know. Pigs tend to chew, I say he eats more like a duck.
Frank Grimes: Well, some kind of farm animal anyway. And earlier today, I saw him asleep inside a radiation suit. Can you imagine? He was hanging from a coat hook!
Lenny: He had three beers at lunch, that would make anybody sleepy.
Frank Grimes: I haven't seen him do any work around here, what is his job, anyway?
Lenny: Safety inspector.
Frank Grimes: That irresponsible oaf? A man who of all rights... should have been killed dozens of times by now?
Lenny: Hmm... 316 ...
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Connections

References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Possibly my favourite episode of The Simpsons ever!
25 March 2013 | by colm-hearne365See all my reviews

If I had to choose a favourite episode from The Simpsons, one of my all-time favourite TV shows, I'd probably say Homer's Enemy because not only is it funny, but it's also clever and dark as well.

We're introduced to a new character named Frank Grimes; a smart, hard-working but somewhat unfriendly guy who had to struggle for everything in life and had nothing handed to him. Homer Simpson, of course is the exact opposite to him; everything was handed to him, he has no idea about working hard or responsibility and is as dumb as, well Homer Simpson.

When Grimes comes to meet Homer, he becomes extremely confused and outraged that such a man as lazy, irresponsible and idiotic but also well-off as Homer can exist and wants to show to the world how big of a fraud he really is and prove that this isn't how life works. But the more and more Grimes tries to prove it, the more it leads to his downfall.

This episode is also interesting because Frank Grimes is pretty much the only real-life and down-to-earth character that sees how big an idiot Homer is and it makes you wonder what the show would be like if we had more characters like Grimes in the show.


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