“Homer’s Enemy” is the twenty-third episode of the eighth season of The Simpsons. It was first broadcast on the Fox network in the United States on May 4, 1997. In the episode, Frank Grimes is hired as a new employee at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Despite Homer’s attempts to befriend him, Grimes is angered by Homer’s laziness and incompetence.
About Homer’s Enemy in brief
“Homer’s Enemy” is the twenty-third episode of the eighth season of The Simpsons. It was first broadcast on the Fox network in the United States on May 4, 1997. In the episode, Frank Grimes is hired as a new employee at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Despite Homer’s attempts to befriend him, Grimes is angered by Homer’s laziness and incompetence. He declares himself Homer’s enemy and tries to expose his flaws through public humiliation. The episode explores the comic possibilities of a realistic character with a strong work ethic hired for a job where he has to work alongside a man like Homer. Frank Welker guest stars as the voice of the dog whom Burns wants as his executive vice president. Bart buys an abandoned factory for a dollar at a foreclosure auction. He and Milhouse spend their days wrecking the building until it collapses one night during Milhouse’s watch, causing the rats in the building to swarm into Moe’s Tavern. At Grimes’s funeral, Homer falls asleep and talks in his dream, making Reverend Lovejoy and the attendees laugh as Grimes’s coffin is lowered into the earth. In an essay for the book Leaving Springfield, Robert Sloane describes the episode as “an incisive consideration of the world The Simpsons’s world’s known for its self-indulgence, laziness, and ignorance” The episode is considered to be one of the darkest episodes of the series, and it split critical opinion.
It is a favorite of several members of the production staff, including Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein and Matt Groening, but it is one the least favorites of Mike Reiss. The idea for the character Frank Grimes was first conceived by BillOakley, who thought that Homer should have an enemy who would either love him or hate him. He was partially modeled after Michael Douglas’s character in the film Falling Down. Hank Azaria voiced Frank Grimes and based some of the character’s mannerisms on actor William H. Macy. In its original broadcast, “Homers Enemy” acquired a 7. 7 Nielsen rating. It was viewed in approximately 7. 5 million homes, finishing the week ranked 56th. In the subplot, Bart buys a run-down factory for a dollar. Homer’s model wins the contest to design a nuclear power plant, but Grimes snaps and runs amok at the plant, mocking Homer’s stupid habits. When he grabs ahold of high-voltage wires without safety gloves, he is electrocuted to death. Grimes rants about Homer to Lenny and Carl, who insist that Homer is a decent person despite his many faults. At Moe Syzlak’s suggestion, Homer invites Grimes to his home for a lobster dinner, hoping to make amends.