- “I'm not your buddy, Simpson. I don't like you. In fact, I HATE you! Stay the hell away from me, because from now on, we're ENEMIES!”
- ―Frank Grimes[src]
- “I'm saying you're what's wrong with America, Simpson. You coast through life, you do as little as possible, and you leech off of decent, hardworking people like me. Heh, if you lived in any other country in the world, you'd have starved to death long ago. You're a fraud, a total fraud.”
- ―Frank Grimes, referring to the Simpsons' house[src]
- “I can't stand it any longer. This whole plant is insane. Insane, I tell you! (Stammers, Screams)”
- ―Frank Grimes, just before losing it[src]
- “What's this? 'Extremely high voltage.' Well, I don't need safety gloves, 'cause I'm Homer Simp-!”
- ―Frank Grimes, just before his death[src]
Franklin "Frank" Grimes, Sr., also known as "Grimey", was an employee of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and the self-declared enemy of Homer Simpson. Frank Grimes was a hard worker, who had to earn everything the hard way. He was also irritable, grumpy, and easily annoyed, which means he may have had anger problems.
Frank Grimes was always a hard worker, who had to earn everything the hard way. He was also short-tempered, grumpy, and easily frustrated. Grimes was abandoned by his family at the tender age of four, and thus "never got to go to school." He spent the remainder of his childhood working as a delivery boy, presenting gifts to children from wealthy, loving families.
On his eighteenth birthday, Grimes was severely injured in a silo explosion. The episode never states what he was doing in the silo, nor how it exploded. He is simply seen running toward the silo, which then erupts. His recovery was long and painful.
Frank Grimes worked long and hard consistently, and what few spare moments he had, he used to study science by mail. His long years of toil and suffering appear to have left him bitter and resentful.
At age 35, Grimes received a degree in nuclear physics from a distant college. (A bird attempted to steal it from him when it arrived.) Grimes holds an integrated Masters degree in Physics (MPhys), and is a Chartered Physicist. (CPhys).
Job at the Springfield Power Plant
A week after receiving his college degree, Grimes was featured in an episode of "Kent's People", which highlighted his lifelong determination. After seeing the report, Mr. Burns insisted that Grimes be hired to work at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant as Executive Vice President. Unfortunately, just as Mr. Smithers found Grimes the next day, Mr. Burns saw another story on TV about a heroic mutt who saved a child from becoming road kill. Forgetting any admiration of Grimes, Burns awarded the position to the dog, and assigned Frank Grimes to work in Sector 7-G, with Homer Simpson.
Grimes took an intensely growing dislike to Homer Simpson, finding him idiotic and dangerous. Initially, Grimes minded his own business, but after Homer intruded upon Grimes's personal space with actions such as unintentionally stealing his lunch (Grimes was on a special diet) and Grimes' personalized stationery, this caused Grimes to increasingly despise Homer. Strangely enough, Homer started to admire him, even giving him the nickname "Grimey" (which he thinks Grimes liked, when in fact Grimes despised the moniker). When Grimes ended up accidentally destroying a wall after smacking a beaker full of acid Homer was about to drink out of his hands, Homer immediately pointed out Grimes was responsible for the damage (without explaining about how the man saved his life, or that it wouldn't have happened if he hadn't recklessly reached for the oddly placed beaker full of highly corrosive liquid, only pointing at Grimes and saying "He did" when asked who destroyed the wall), getting him in trouble and a severe pay cut, Grimes told Homer that they would be mortal enemies from that point on.
Homer attempted to patch things up by inviting Grimes to dinner at his house. He arranged everything to be absolutely perfect (much more than usual), telling his neatly-dressed kids to behave and having Marge cook an exuberant amount of lobsters. Unfortunately, it only served to further infuriate Grimes as he saw Homer's possessions as satisfying yet undeserved for an incompetent person like him. He has a wonderful life, a polite family, a genius daughter, a beautiful wife, a son who owned a factory (at the time), a dream home, two cars, could afford lobster for dinner, won a Grammy, toured with the Smashing Pumpkins, was friends with Gerald Ford and had even been to space. While Grimes had to struggle for everything all his life, was working two jobs and yet all he had to show for it was his briefcase, his haircut and an apartment wedged between two bowling alleys. He accused Homer of being a "total fraud" who leeched off hard-working people like him, being unjustly rewarded for a lifetime of sloth and ignorance while he himself had little material possessions. To enrage Grimes even further, it appeared as though none of the other employees seemed to mind Homer or care about how his actions have caused severe problems at the plant.
"Grimey" also isn't fond of a heroic dog Mr. Burns told Smithers to collect when he presented him to Mr Burns. During Grimes 's discipline by Mr Burns, the dog was continually barking at him angrily. Despite his animosity towards Homer, he held no grudge against the rest of his family, as he politelty told them that it was nice meeting them before storming out of their house.
Supposed DeathBack at work, in an effort to prove that Homer was a truly undeserving buffoon, Grimes tricked him into entering a nuclear power plant model-building contest intended for kids. When Homer won the contest with his own copy of the power plant, with a racing stripe added and received thunderous applause from the audience, Grimes snapped, declaring everyone in the plant to be insane. He ran through the plant, psychotically impersonating Homer in a mocking fashion, and ultimately spotted some high-voltage power cables, saying, "What's this? 'Extremely high voltage.' Well, I don't need safety gloves, 'cause I'm Homer Simp--" He touches the cables before he can finish his sentence and they electrocute him, making him enter into a coma that was confirmed in Simpsons Tapped Out.
Grimes was buried accidentally in Springfield Cemetery. Homer unintentionally managed to make a mockery of the funeral ceremony by falling asleep and, half waking up, telling Marge to change the channel in a drowsy voice, causing the entire funeral congregation (including Reverend Lovejoy) to erupt in laughter as the coffin was lowered.
Sometime later, Homer was subjected to repeated attempts on his life. It is revealed that these were carried out by Frank Grimes's illegitimate son; Frank Grimes, Jr.. Junior revealed the previously unknown fact that while his father never married, he did "happen to like hookers", leading the viewer to assume that one of them was his mother.
Junior was trying to avenge his father's death by killing Homer, but he ultimately failed and was arrested.
Behind the Laughter
Grimes was created as a surrogate for the audience, a real person with a realistic personality designed to highlight how absurd it would seem to a real world hard worker, just how lucky Homer is to be alive, let alone so well off. It also served to show how above average Homer's life really was despite being portrayed as the 'everyman'.
In an interview with Simpsons fansite "NoHomers.net", Josh Weinstein said:
- “We wanted to do an episode where the thinking was "What if a real life, normal person had to enter Homer's universe and deal with him?" I know this episode is controversial and divisive, but I just love it. It really feels like what would happen if a real, somewhat humorless human had to deal with Homer. There was some talk [on NoHomers.net] about the ending—we just did that because 1. it’s really funny and shocking, 2. we like the lesson of "sometimes, you just can't win"—the whole Frank Grimes episode is a study in frustration and hence Homer has the last laugh and 3. we wanted to show that in real life, being Homer Simpson could be really dangerous and life threatening, as Frank Grimes sadly learned.”
- ―Josh Weinstein
- His gravestone has been shown with several different inscriptions: Grimes ("Homer's Enemy"), Frank "Grimey" Grimes (Alone Again, Natura-Diddily) ("My Mother the Carjacker"), Frank Grimes (Homer's enemy) ("The Great Louse Detective"), and Frank Grimes (Treehouse of Horror XXII),
- He prepared himself a "special Dietetic lunch" each day (which Homer ate).
- While working at the plant he also had a second job, working nights at a foundry.
- If he was 35 years old when he died in 1997, he could have been born in 1962.
- When he received his diploma, the film showed him to be living in a small house on a terrace. However when in Homer's house, Frank says that he lives "in a single room above a bowling alley, and below another bowling alley".
- His appearance was similar to Noah Levenstein, played by actor Eugene Levy, in the American Pie film series. However he was originally based on the character William Foster (played by Michael Douglas) from the movie Falling Down.
- In the series Ugly Americans on Comedy Central, the police officer of the DOI is named Frank Grimes. The show was created by David M. Stern, a former writer for The Simpsons.
- His appearance and behavior are strikingly similar to Dr. Joel Fleischman played by Rob Morrow.
- Frank is the opposite of Homer: While Homer is fat, lazy, not smart but yet a nice friendly person, and bald, Frank is skinny, has hair, hard working, smart, and a bitter person. However, the common thing Frank and Homer have is they both have anger issues.
- Per Bill Oakley's Twitter feed, they originally sought out Steve Martin to voice Frank Grimes, but he declined.
- Hank Azaria felt that William H. Macy was better suited for the role of Grimes but it was ultimately decided that the person voicing Grimes needed to be someone intimately familiar with the Homer Simpson character to make it most effective. Azaria based his performance on as much of Macy as he could.
- In the high definition opening of The Simpsons, Ralph can be seen using his grave as a sandbox.
- When you purchase the premium item "Forgotten grave" in the app-based game The Simpsons: Tapped Out , it will unlock a quest in which you have to dig into Frank Grimes's grave and find him alive. Frank reveals that he was in a coma only, leading to him being buried alive.
- Episode – "Homer's Enemy" (only on-screen appearance)
- Episode – "Natural Born Kissers" (Tombstone & Funeral program)
- Episode – "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" (Tombstone)
- THOH – "Treehouse of Horror XII" (Face appears on Lord Montymort's wailing wall)
- Episode – "The Great Louse Detective" (Flashbacks from Homer's Enemy and name seen on tombstone)
- Episode – "C.E. D'oh" (Tombstone)
- Episode – "My Mother the Carjacker" (Tombstone)
- Episode – "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" (Tombstone)
- Book – The Homer Book
- Video game – The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Employees
|Charles Montgomery Burns ● Waylon Smithers, Jr. ● Canary M. Burns ● Al Simmons ● Executive 1 ● Executive 2 ● Executive 3 ● Burns' Dog|
|Homer Simpson ● Lenny Leonard ● Carl Carlson ● Blinky ● Inanimate carbon rod ● Charlie ● Karl ● Tibor ● Gummy Joe ● Joey Crusher ● Lowblow ● Eugene Fisk ● Stewart ● Pops Freshenmeyer ● Dr. Olberman ● Power Plant Employee (Simpson and Delilah) ● Power Plant Employee (Life on the Fast Lane) ● Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Employee ● Half-Bald Worker ● Bathroom Employee ● Mr. Mackleberry ● Giant Handed Man ● Ms. Finch ● Bernie ● Employee of the Month Model ● Employee of the Month Presenter ● Mr. Gammel ● Great Dad ● Late shift worker 1 ● Late shift worker 2 ● Late shift worker 3 ● Springfield Nuclear Power Plant employee ● Hazmat Employee ● Crane Operator ● Guy Who Watched Homer's Speech 1 ● Guy Who Watched Homer's Speech 2 ● Helburn ● Red Headed Employee ● Nuclear Inspector ● Male Nuclear Inspector ● Female Nuclear Inspector ● Dog (SNPP) ●|
|Marge Simpson ● Frank Grimes † ● Jack Marley ● Waylon Smithers, Sr. † ● Zutroy ● Mindy Simmons ● Ted ● Wayne Slater ● Larry Burns ● Chip Davis † ● Elon Musk ● Don Bookner ● Roz Davis ● Larry ● Opening sequence co worker ● Robert Marlow ● Queenie|
|Radioactive waste ● Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team ● Smilin' Joe Fission ● Plant Operations Center ● S.N.P.P. Cafeteria|