The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 23

Homer's Enemy

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 04, 1997 on FOX
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  • Ahead of It's Time

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    A more real life, average, non cartoon, everyman comes to Springfield and is amazed that Homer Simpsons is able to do so well in life. Homer's Enemy is a character piece, opting for observations made my the Frank Grimes characters then on really out there set ups and gags. The whole episode is pretty flawless including a very nice Bart sub plot about him owning a factory. Milhouse and Bart scenes seem to work no matter what the context. The ending is pretty shocking Frank Grimes being electrocuted is a surprise considering it's a cartoon but it fits as he is suppose to represent a real life person (had it been anyone else from the Simpsons universe they would be fine). Homer's genuine attempt to make friends with Frank is very cute but is under cut by a very insensitive ending that leaves you feeling like Homer is a giant jerk. Homer Enemy came out long before subtle observational humor was the norm in prime time comedy and is a great example of the genius of the show.