Posts Tagged ‘Homer’s Enemy

13
Mar
19

Quote of the Day

“Wow! You’ve got pencils with your name on ’em, just like a pencil company executive! I’d give anything for one of these.” – Homer Simpson
“Any office supply company can have ’em made up for you.” – Frank Grimes
“Can I have this one?” – Homer Simpson
“No.” – Frank Grimes
“Can Lenny have it?” – Homer Simpson
“No.” – Frank Grimes

27
Jan
19

Quote of the Day

“Smithers, I’ve just seen the most heroic dog on television. He pulled a toddler from the path of a speeding car, then pushed a criminal in front of it! Find this dog. I want to make him my executive vice president!” – C.M. Burns

04
May
18

Quote of the Day

“Then, on his eighteenth birthday, he was blown up in a silo explosion. During his long recuperation, he taught himself to hear and feel pain again.” – Kent Brockman

02
Jan
18

Quote of the Day

“Simpson, do you know who chewed my…” – Frank Grimes

17
Jun
17

Ad Hoc Beer Marathon

“Hey, Homer, you busy?” – Lenny
“Yes.” – Homer Simpson

I used to do these with more preparation, but it’s Saturday, I’m sick and tired of being responsible, and my fridge has a lot of beer in it. May the Lord bless and keep the VLC random play function…

The Last Temptation of Homer

– Bart’s parking line prank is one of his best. Especially since the punchline is the psychological frailty of the faculty.

– Look how bored Burns is when Charlie describes the fake emergency exit. He’s not even mad yet, and he’s always kinda mad.

– That plane crashed on his property!

– “Your appearance is comical to me.”

– “Hey, Joey Joe Joe!” Great throwaway joke.

– There’s such wonderful layers to Homer’s “Foul temptress! I’ll bet she thinks Ziggy’s gotten too preachy too!” It’s eleven words, moves the plot, and there’s like three jokes.

– God I miss Phil Hartman. He has one line in this whole episode, and it’s perfect.

– Fucking Season 5, I could write a whole post about almost every scene.

– Stewart callback!

– There’s no way to do the porter’s many sex sounds in text. You can’t even really quote it well. But it’s awesome.

– “Hey, kids, did anyone pray for giant shoes?”

– Simpsons Did It

– I love the immediate and unbridled hostility of the energy convention MC’s “No” when Homer asks if he can get out of dinner with Mindy.

– The ending of this episode is a great example of how the show handled real conflict and emotion with speed and humor. We get right up to Homer thinking he might cheat on Marge with Minday (who’s in the room), which cuts immediately to the reveal that it’s actually Marge in his room, which cuts immediately to her noticing that there’s a turkey behind the bed. On Zombie Simpsons that would take a minute and a half and Homer would explain how he’d been thinking about cheating on her.

Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily

– Love the 1960s Batman sound when Marge wraps the sandwiches. #RIPAdamWest

– Count Homer’s test drive would be so much worse on Zombie Simpsons. They’d probably make it a montage instead of just using “gently massages your buttocks” as a punchline.

– “See you in hell, you wingless bloodsuckers!” (Also more great sound effects with the lice squeaking pathetically as they’re incinerated.)

– Stupid baby

– Now that’s a quick sign gag.

– The “turn tape over” gag is a piece of history now.

– “I don’t judge Homer and Marge. That’s for a vengeful God to do.” Maude Flanders was really an awful human being and it made her a great foil for Ned.

– This isn’t the goriest Itchy & Scratchy, but it is one of the most straight up horrifying. “Why? Why? My only son.”

– Homer in front of the judge is hilarious. He actually does love his kids, but way, way less than he’s annoyed by them. His unthinking default is that he doesn’t want to be around them.

– “I want wintergreen!”, “Unflavored for me.”. On a related topic, I’ve been watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Mrs. Mad Jon’s Hulu login.

– “Put your garbage in a garbage can, people. I can’t stress that enough.”

– The scene where Bart and Lisa watch the Flandereses put Maggie to bed is another example of how ruthlessly efficient the storytelling used to be. It sets up Maggie as the one Simpson who might like it next door, has several jokes, and shows us how much Bart and Lisa both hate it there and miss home. It takes like ten seconds.

– The Vulgate of Saint Jerome! That’s The Simpsons, an obscure, fourth century bible translation as a punchline.

– “Ned, have you thought about one of the other major religions? They’re all pretty much the same.”

– More great storytelling, the way Maggie instantly bails on the pond soaked Homer, Bart, and Lisa for the Flandereses, only turning aside when Marge shows up. It’s perfectly in character and fast.

 

In Marge We Trust

– Late 90s French nuclear weapons test were a gift from God to the Simpsons writers room

– “In that case, he should’ve made the week an hour longer. Lousy God.”

– As someone who spent far too many weekend hours in un-air conditioned churches, I really identify with Lovejoy’s constancy sermon.

– “No, no, I don’t feel like going to a trash pile today.”
“It’s your life.”

– Season 8 isn’t the first time we see A and B plots that are completely unrelated, but it does seem like where it becomes kinda standard.

– “Do you know thanks to you I’ve rediscovered a form of shame that’s gone unused for 700 years?”

– Lovejoy’s decades long irritation with Flanders is a pretty solid foundation for an episode. “I think I may be coveting my own wife.”

– “Hi, it’s me again. I got another problem. This one’s about my cat.”

– Great fourth wall joke with Marge insisting that nobody is watching them right now.

– Gotta love the librarian as Homer starts clearly dialing Japan.

– I don’t know if “You’re just lucky God isn’t here” is a George Meyer line, but it feels like one.

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– “Awesome power”

– I love Season 8, but it has a bad tic of weird endings, the ape fight in this one definitely included. (See also: fan man, phony kidnapping, rocket house, The Eliminator…)

– “She taught me that there’s more to being a minister than not caring about people.”

– And then it ends on a much more entertaining, but completely a-religious sermon. It’s the little things that make this show so rewatchable. (Eat me, spellcheck, “rewatchable” is too a word.)

 

The Springfield Connection

– Upper lower middle class types. Heh.

– “You’re giving three card monty a bad name!”, mumbled punchlines are a great way to say something really stupid and make it even funnier than it otherwise would be. The finger thing means the taxes.

– Homer just assuming Marge is a hysterical woman saved by the police is typical of how the show made fun of sexism without getting preachy like Ziggy. At it’s most basic, sexism is stupid, and Homer is it’s perfect unthinking adherent. Look at her face here!

– Ditto the cops laughing when she says she wants to be a police officer.

– “Forget about the badge, when do we get the freakin’ guns?!”

– I think I mentioned this on the Season 6 beer marathon, but I’ve never been able to get those Magic Eye things to work.

– I watched Zootopia recently. Great movie co-directed by Simpsons alum Rich Moore. The police briefing scene there is a lot like the one here. I mean, police briefing scenes are pretty well trod ground (and this whole thing is a Hill Street Blues parody), but the way the jokes flow is very similar here.

– “This padding’s so easy on the knuckles, I could punch all day.”

– Homer and the police tape. It builds and builds and builds right up to Flanders nearly cracking as Homer wallows in his own crapulence.

– The extremely bleak politics of the show shines through when Lisa asks Marge about the police enforcing the status quo for the wealthy elite. That’s “woke”.

– Love the light flicker after Moleman gets executed.

– Poor Antoine Bugelboy

– Homer’s reflexive sexism pops up again when he tells Herman to “leave the girl out of this!”.

– The show even sneaks in a quick parody of the end of all those detective and mystery shows when Homer asks Marge how she figured it out.

 

Brush With Greatness

– Minor point, but Bart and Lisa holding hands about what a “great week” it’s been is pitch perfect in the way networks/channels try and get people to believe they were there for something.

– I wanna go to Mount Splashmore. Take me take me take me take me now! Now! Now! Now! Now! Now!

– Another wonderful Homer moment when his first reaction to Marge’s heartfelt tale of quitting painting and going to art class is, “Do I have to do anything?”.

– Only 35 calories . . .

– Jon Lovitz never had a Troy McClure or Lionel Hutz, but he was one of the greatest recurring guest stars. He nailed every voice.

– Case in point: “Marge, please, I don’t take praise very well!”

– “And as the wife of an employee she’ll be easily intimidated.”

– Carl with Lenny’s voice, ah, Season 2.

– Ringo on “Gear!”, remember when the show gave celebrities fun things to say?

– “Thank goodness. Another day in this suburban nightmare and I would’ve needed half a white Valium.”

– Marge’s brief painting montage is another little moment of character display. We see her painting, but we also see 1) the whole family watching, then 2) only Lisa and Maggie watching (and Lisa yawns), and finally 3) just Maggie there, asleep in the background.

– He’s no art critic, but he knows what he hates.

04
May
17

Quote of the Day

 

“Frank Grimes, or Grimey, as he liked to be called, taught us that a man can triumph over adversity. And even though Frank’s agonizing struggle through life was tragically cut short, I’m sure he’s looking down from Heaven right now…” – Reverend Lovejoy
“Change the channel, Marge!” – Homer Simpson
“That’s our Homer!” – Lenny

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Homer’s Enemy”! Original airdate, 4 May 1997.

25
Jan
17

Quote of the Day

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“That’s my degree in nuclear physics. I’m sure ya’ll have one.” – Frank Grimes
“Oh, yeah, Carl and I each have our master’s. Course, old Homer, he didn’t need a degree! He just showed up the day they opened the plant.” – Lenny
“I didn’t even know what a nuclear panner plant was.” – Homer Simpson

24
May
16

Quote of the Day

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“And earlier today, I saw him asleep inside a radiation suit. Can you imagine that? It was hanging from coat hook!” – Frank Grimes
“He had three beers at lunch. That would make anybody sleepy.” – Lenny

16
Nov
15

Quote of the Day

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“Way to go, Homer!” – Carl
“You’re number one, Homer!” – Lenny
“But this was a contest for children!” – Frank Grimes
“Yeah, and Homer beat their brains out.” – Lenny

Happy birthday, John Swartzwelder!

23
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

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“Look at the size of this place!  I live in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley.” – Frank Grimes
“Wow.” – Homer Simpson

25
Apr
14

Quote of the Day

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“Hey, you okay, Grimey?” – Homer Simpson
“I’m better than okay.  I’m Homer Simpson!” – Frank Grimes
“Heh, you wish.” – Homer Simpson

Happy birthday Hank Azaria!

20
Jan
14

Quote of the Day

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“I wonder where all the rats are gonna go?” – Bart Simpson
“Okay, everybody tuck your pants into your socks!” – Moe

04
Jul
13

Quote of the Day

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“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 decent, hardworking people, like me.  If you lived in any other country in the world, you’d have starved to death long ago.” – Frank Grimes
“He’s got you there, Dad.” – Bart Simpson

09
Mar
13

Quote of the Day

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“So, this is my life.  At least I’ve done better than Dad.” – Milhouse van Houten

18
Nov
12

Quote of the Day

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“Why don’t you invite him over for dinner?  Turn him from an enemy into a friend.  Then, when he’s not expecting it – bam! – the old fork in the eye.” – Moe
“Do you think it might work without the fork in the eye?” – Homer Simpson
“There’s always a first time.” – Moe

02
Apr
12

Quote of the Day

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“Abandoned by his parents at age four, Frank never got to go to school.  He spent his childhood years as a delivery boy, delivering toys to more fortunate children.” – Kent Brockman

02
Dec
11

Quote of the Day

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“I’ve never seen him do any work around here.  What is his job?” – Frank Grimes
“Safety inspector.” – Lenny

14
Sep
11

Hank Azaria Implies Zombie Simpsons Is Stale

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Hank Azaria is starring in a new sitcom called Free Agents.  He plays a depressed PR man who, if the poster image is anything to go by, sleeps with his partner.  Wackiness and sexy results no doubt ensue.  (It premiers tonight at 10:30 on NBC.)  More importantly, he did a promotional interview with Vulture, and said some interesting things:

How much of a drain on your career is The Simpsons at this point?
It’s about four hours a week.

Do you have any new characters in you?
Really, no. A few years ago, I kind of … ran out. I’ve done literally 100, 150 different characters. Some of them have only appeared for a line or three. But the point is, every sound I can make has been harvested for the show at this point. It used to be — like in year ten — there were a couple of new ones a week. Now, one or two or year. I have no new voices — they’ve all been used.

So, according to Hank Azaria, voice of Moe, Wiggum, and Comic Book Guy himself, the show has been less interesting since Season 10.  He’d be a fool to walk away from all that cash – for just four hours a week, no less – so he keeps doing the same old things over and over again, but he’s willing to admit in public that he has no new voices.  The kicker comes at the end though:

Are there parallels to any Simpsons character?
Do you remember the episode that has Frank Grimes in it? Remember that show? Kind of a one-off character. This guy comes to the Springfield the nuclear power plant, works for Homer and gets really jealous that everything works out for Homer even though Homer is an idiot. There’s a lot of Frank Grimes in Alex — nothing works out for him and he’s tremendously sad and yet somehow, hopefully, it’s funny.

Even one of the main voice actors has to reach all the way back to Season 8 to plug his new show.  Truly, nobody cares about Zombie Simpsons.  Sincere good luck with Free Agents, Hank. 

24
May
11

Quote of the Day

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“If you turn that security camera around, you can sleep and no one will ever know.” – Homer Simpson
“I don’t think we’re being paid to sleep.” – Frank Grimes
“Oh yeah, they’re always trying to screw you.” – Homer Simpson

26
Jul
10

DHS Editorial: Reply to Bill Oakley

Last Monday’s post about “Homer’s Enemy” attracted the notice of longtime Simpsons writer (Season 3 – Season 10) Bill Oakley, who sent us an e-mail.  That e-mail is reprinted here; our response is below.

“He’s right, you know.” – Moe
“About the ox?” – Principal Skinner
“About everything, damn it!” – Moe

First of all, thanks to Mr. Oakley for taking notice of us, and deeming us to have our heads far enough up our asses to deserve correction, but not so far as to make it unworthy of his time to offer that correction.  Furthermore, we hope he understands how much we and so many others appreciate all the work he did on The Simpsons.  It is a testament to the power of that work that we’re still talking about it all these years later.

To dispense with the smaller point first, Oakley is absolutely correct that Homer needed to be amped up a little from his usual self to provide a better contrast with the sober and staid Frank Grimes.  As he writes, having a character like Grimes cross paths with the Homer of “Lisa’s Pony” wouldn’t have worked.

He is further correct that we can’t reasonably hold the rest of the series against “Homer’s Enemy”.  Calling it a “turning point”, as the title of our post did, implies that this was somehow deliberate when, of course, the writers of “Homer’s Enemy” had no way to know that the show was going to go on for another three hundred episodes (so far), and that most of those episodes would feature Homer as an “Absurdly-Gluttonous World-Famous Idiot with No Recognizable Human Traits or Emotions”.  In the context of the show at the time, having Homer recite his accomplishments and produce his Grammy worked as “an intentional self-parody, a catalog of gleeful excesses past and present”.  It is only the subsequent descent of the series into unintentional self-parody that makes “Homer’s Enemy” seem like an early symptom of terrible things instead of the one-off it was intended to be.

We hope that Mr. Oakley can appreciate that from an audience point of view, privy only to the finished episodes and not the backstage goings on, “Homer’s Enemy” does seem to presage the decline of the show.  It is true that this episode did not seal the show’s fate, as it is true that the Homer of “Homer’s Enemy” is much more akin to Homer we love than the one we despise.  But for much of the wretched horde of remote wielding tube jockeys, letting Homer enjoy his life felt like opening a Pandora’s Box that had no hope at the bottom.

Sadly, those three hundred plus episodes after “Homer’s Enemy” must be acknowledged.  They happened; and they have cheapened The Simpsons.  Homer has become malicious, though not in “Homer’s Enemy”, nor even in much of Season 9.  While the writers of “Homer’s Enemy” – which is an excellent episode – are not to blame for the ongoing tragedy of later seasons, neither can we ignore this first gaze into the abyss.  The world is full of monstrous things that had grand and innocuous beginnings.  Had this one not escaped its cage, had the show wound to a conclusion a year or two later instead of staggering on like the undead, we would remember this as the aberration it was intended to be.




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