History Recap / TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy

9th Aug '17 8:37:00 PM infernape612
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* KafkaKomedy: Grimes tries his hardest to expose Homer as a fraud, liar, cheat, and incompetent employee -- only for fate to foil him at every turn. The coup de grace comes when Grimes tricks Homer into thinking a "Design Your Own Power Plant" contest is open to anyone, when its really for elementary school students only. When Homer wins and is praised and lauded for his efforts, Grimes reveals the truth. And when he is ignored and told to "lighten up", [[VillainousBreakdown Frank goes berserk]] -- [[DrivenToSuicide and it kills him.]]

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* KafkaKomedy: Grimes tries his hardest to expose Homer as a fraud, liar, cheat, and incompetent employee -- only for fate to foil him at every turn. The coup de grace comes when Grimes tricks Homer into thinking a "Design Your Own Power Plant" contest is open to anyone, when its it's really for elementary school students only. When Homer wins and is praised and lauded for his efforts, Grimes reveals the truth. And when he is ignored and told to "lighten up", [[VillainousBreakdown Frank goes berserk]] berserk -- [[DrivenToSuicide and it kills him.]]



* LethallyStupid: Grimes points out during one of his rants that ever since Homer took over as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, accidents in general have tripled and '''near-meltdowns''' have doubled. He even points to a graphic that shows a pretty frightening upturn in these figures.

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* LethallyStupid: Grimes points out during one of his rants that ever since Homer took over as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, accidents in general have tripled and '''near-meltdowns''' have doubled. He even points to a graphic that shows a pretty frightening upturn in these figures. Once Homer wins the "Design Your Own Power Plant" contest, Grimes himself becomes this, with fatal consequences.
10th Jul '17 5:16:32 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: Homer is upset that Frank Grimes hates him. Later, Moe tries to comfort Homer by saying that there are people who don't like him, too. Homer refuses to accept this.

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* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: Homer is upset that Frank Grimes hates him. Later, Moe tries to comfort Homer by saying that there are people who don't like him, too. Homer refuses to accept this. Grimes in turn becomes upset that [[InvertedTrope nobody else hates him]].
7th Jul '17 6:55:01 PM MarkLungo
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* ButtMonkey: Frank Grimes, and it ''isn't'' PlayedForLaughs, or at least it's not supposed to since his entire purpose in life is to suffer.

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* ButtMonkey: Frank Grimes, and it ''isn't'' PlayedForLaughs, or at least it's not supposed to be since his entire purpose in life is to suffer.



* DownerEnding: Played for incredibly dark laughs. Grimes has died, Homer (nor anybody else) has learned anything from it, and at his funeral Homer does something stupid and people decide to be more interested in that than trying to maintain respect. And even if he went through the entire episode saying that he hated being called "Grimey" (even pretty much roaring it to Homer's face in one scene), he's still called that on his eulogy.

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* DownerEnding: Played for incredibly dark laughs. Grimes has died, neither Homer (nor nor anybody else) else has learned anything from it, and at his funeral Homer does something stupid and people decide to be more interested in that than trying to maintain respect. And even if he went through the entire episode saying that he hated being called "Grimey" (even pretty much roaring it to Homer's face in one scene), he's still called that on his eulogy.



* {{Expy}}: Frank Grimes is based on Creator/MichaelDouglas' character, Bill Foster, from ''Film/FallingDown''. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Douglas was initially planned to voice Grimes]], though the role ultimately went to series regular Hank Azaria.[[note]]The main reason why Azaria got the role instead of Douglas is that it required extensive knowledge of the series, something Douglas obviously didn't have.[[/note]]

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* {{Expy}}: Frank Grimes is based on Creator/MichaelDouglas' character, Bill Foster, from ''Film/FallingDown''. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Douglas was initially planned to voice Grimes]], though the role ultimately went to series regular Hank Azaria.Creator/HankAzaria.[[note]]The main reason why Azaria got the role instead of Douglas is that it required extensive knowledge of the series, something Douglas obviously didn't have.[[/note]]
8th Apr '17 9:31:32 AM marcoasalazarm
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%%* BlackComedyBurst: A really unusual example for the show.

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%%* * BlackComedyBurst: A really unusual example for the show.show. Everything regarding Grimes (from his backstory up until his funeral) is a long HumiliationConga that nobody InUniverse can sympathize with (except for Homer, and Grimes hates his guts).
8th Apr '17 9:18:01 AM marcoasalazarm
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%%* DownerEnding: Played for incredibly dark laughs.

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%%* * DownerEnding: Played for incredibly dark laughs.laughs. Grimes has died, Homer (nor anybody else) has learned anything from it, and at his funeral Homer does something stupid and people decide to be more interested in that than trying to maintain respect. And even if he went through the entire episode saying that he hated being called "Grimey" (even pretty much roaring it to Homer's face in one scene), he's still called that on his eulogy.



* LethallyStupid: Grimes points out during one of his rants that ever since Homer took over as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, accidents in general have ''tripled'' and '''near-meltdowns''' have doubled. He even points to a graphic that shows a pretty frightening upturn in these figures.

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* LethallyStupid: Grimes points out during one of his rants that ever since Homer took over as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, accidents in general have ''tripled'' tripled and '''near-meltdowns''' have doubled. He even points to a graphic that shows a pretty frightening upturn in these figures.
8th Apr '17 9:09:41 AM marcoasalazarm
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* LethallyStupid: Grimes points out during one of his rants that ever since Homer took over as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, accidents in general have ''tripled'' and '''near-meltdowns''' have doubled. He even points to a graphic that shows a pretty frightening upturn in these figures.
1st Apr '17 12:18:08 PM N8han11
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* SelfServingMemory: Burns decides he's going to make Grimes the Executive Vice President because this hard-working, self-made man with a lifetime of adversity reminded Burns of himself, a spoiled brat who inherited his grandfather's plant.

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* SelfServingMemory: Burns decides he's going to make Grimes the Executive Vice President because this hard-working, self-made man with a lifetime of adversity reminded Burns of himself, a spoiled brat who inherited his grandfather's plant. Smithers even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it in a deleted scene.
1st Apr '17 12:13:23 PM N8han11
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* BlackComedyBurst: A really unusual example for the show.

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* %%* BlackComedyBurst: A really unusual example for the show.



* DownerEnding: Played for incredibly dark laughs.

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* %%* DownerEnding: Played for incredibly dark laughs.



* EpicFail: Ralph's model is not only ''not'' of a power plant (it is a Malibu Stacy dollhouse that had the word "nuclear" glued to it), but Ralph ''doesn't even knows what a power plant is''. [[TheCollector Smithers]] does take fondness to the design however.

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* EpicFail: Ralph's model is not only ''not'' of a power plant (it is a Malibu Stacy dollhouse that had the word "nuclear" glued to it), but Ralph ''doesn't even knows know what a power plant is''. [[TheCollector Smithers]] does take fondness to the design however.
28th Mar '17 12:37:27 PM Asue
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To Season 7's "Two Bad Neighbors", as a "normal" person (UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush / Frank Grimes) is put into the absurd world of Springfield, where he eventually comes into conflict with Homer, becoming declared enemies.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To Season 7's "Two Bad Neighbors", as a "normal" person (UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush / Frank Grimes) is put into the absurd world of Springfield, where he eventually comes into conflict with Homer, becoming declared enemies. However, the difference is that, in this one, Homer doesn't feel any enmity towards Grimes.



* WhosLaughingNow: Frank Grimes's EvilLaugh at Homer falling for the power plant contest abruptly stops when Homer rams Frank's car while leaving the plant.

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* WhosLaughingNow: Frank Grimes's EvilLaugh at Homer falling for the power plant contest abruptly stops when Homer rams into Frank's car while leaving the plant.
28th Feb '17 9:34:34 AM Briguy52748
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* KilledMidSentence: "I don't need to wear safety gloves because I'm Homer Simp ... ." ZAP! End of Frank Grimes. [[note]](This after he finally goes crazy rampaging through the plant, when he realizes he will never be able to prove Homer is the epitome of a bad employee.)[[/note]]
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