- For Frank Grimes' son, see Frank Grimes, Jr.
| Frank Grimes MPhys CPhys|
|Occupation||Nuclear Power Plant employee (Sector 7-G)|
|Relatives||Son: Frank Grimes, Jr.|
|First Appearance||Death: Homer's Enemy|
|Voiced By||Hank Azaria|
- “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.”
- ―Frank Grimes, referring to the Simpsons' house[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
Franklin "Frank" Grimes, Sr. 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 short-tempered, grumpy, and easily frustrated.
Frank Grimes was a hard worker, who had to earn everything the hard way. He was also short-tempered, grumpy, and easily frustrated. He 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 rather bitter and excessively resentful.
At 35 years old, Frank received a degree in nuclear physics from a distant college (which a bird attempted to steal from him when it arrived). A week later, he was featured in an episode of "Kent's People", which highlighted his lifelong determination; Mr. Burns saw the report and insisted that Frank be hired to work at the Power Plant as Executive Vice President. However, Burns changed his mind, and instead awarded the position to a dog featured on TV, and instead put Frank Grimes to work in Sector 7-G. Frank holds an integrated Masters degree in Physics (MPhys), and is a Chartered Physicist. (CPhys).
Job at the Springfield Power Plant Edit
Frank Grimes originally caught Mr. Burns' attention when he saw Frank's story on "Kent's People" and thought there could not be a better candidate for Vice President of the nuclear power plant. Unfortunately, when Mr. Smithers found Frank the next day, Mr. Burns changed his mind and nominated a heroic mutt who saved a child from becoming road kill. He then faced his fate when he was placed with neighboring co-worker, Homer Simpson.
Frank took a growing dislike to Homer Simpson, finding him idiotic and dangerous. At first, Grimes minded his own business, but when Homer intruded upon Frank's personal space with actions such as stealing his lunch (Grimes was on a special diet) and Grimes' personalized stationery, this caused Grimes to increasingly dislike Homer. Strangely enough, Homer took a shine to him, even giving him the nickname "Grimey" (which he thinks Frank liked, when in fact Grimes despised the moniker). When Frank ended up destroying a wall after smacking a baker full of acid Homer was about to drink out of his hands, Homer immediately pointed out Frank 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 Frank and saying "He did" when asked who destroyed the wall) got him in trouble and a severe pay cut, Frank told Homer that they would be mortal enemies from that point on.
Homer tried to patch things up by inviting Frank to dinner at his house. He arranged everything to be perfect (much more than usual), telling the neatly-dressed kids to behave and having Marge cook an exuberant amount of lobsters. Unfortunately, it only served to further enrage Frank as he sees Homer's possessions as satisfying yet undeserving for an incompetent person like him. He has had 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 overly rewarded for a lifetime of sloth and ignorance while he himself had little material possessions. To infuriate Grimes even further, it appeared as though none of the other employees seemed to mind Homer or care about how badly 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 Frank's discipline by Mr Burns, the dog was continuingly barking at him angrily.
Death EditBack at work, in an effort to prove that Homer was an undeserving buffoon, Frank tricked him into entering a nuclear power plant model-building contest for kids. When Homer won the contest and receiving thunderous applause from the audience, Frank snapped. 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; they electrocute him.
Frank was buried 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 is subject to repeated attempts on his life. It is revealed that these were carried out by Frank Grimes' 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 ultimately failed and was arrested.
Behind the Laughter Edit
Frank 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),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 (Homer eats it).
- 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".
- Frank Grimes shares his name with Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) leader-founder Frank J. Grimes.
- 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.
- Episode – "Homer's Enemy"
- 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
Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Employees
|Charles Montgomery Burns ● Waylon Smithers ● Canary M. Burns ● Al Simmons ● Executive 1 ● Executive 2 ● Executive 3|
|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 ● Power Plant Employee ● Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Employee ● Half-Bald Worker ● Bathroom Employee ● Sherri and Terri's Father|
|Marge Simpson ● Frank Grimes ● Jack Marley ● Waylon Smithers, Sr. ● Zutroy ● Mindy Simmons ● Ted|
|Radioactive waste ● Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team|