In just that one episode, the character of Frank Grimes came and went, but his plot and the ending of “Homer’s Enemy” made some fans feel, well, dirty. With the comedy obviously stemming from Homer, who is just Homer but rakes in rewards that should have gone to the hard-working Frank, the episode felt familiar. However, Frank believed that Homer was “what’s wrong with America” by not trying hard and still reaping the undeserved benefits. Twenty-five years after the episode aired, there are many people whose frustration totally aligns with Frank’s point of view.
Let’s be honest: Homer absolutely didn’t deserve all the praise he received while Frank did. On the other side of the coin, however, Frank’s handling of the situation was also an issue. Over on Reddit, u/longcoldark seemed to understand Frank’s frustration, writing, “Frank was unique in pointing out the insanity of Homer, but no one was listening.” Frank, however, shifted all of his energy from focusing on his own hard work to the destruction of a man he had just met. @kraziesinner22 disagreed with this on YouTube. “I’ve always despised Frank’s bitterness and jealousy. He hates Homer because Homer has what he wants, not what he needs,” they wrote.
Fans aren’t the only ones left with a reaction to this 1997 episode. In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Hank Azaria broke down the episode’s original premise by simply saying, “What if a real person had to deal with Homer Simpson?” Azaria, as a longtime “Simpsons” voice actor, saw in this episode a unique opportunity to play with this interesting dynamic. “It was fun playing someone who kind of responded to the character about how ridiculous he was and is,” he said. “Well, it was fun.”