‘The Simpsons’ resurrects Frank Grimes for milestone 600th episode
This year, “The Simpsons” enters its record-breaking 28th season and 600th episode, which just so happens to coincide with the highly anticipated “Treehouse of Horror XXVII.”
— Al Jean (@AlJean) September 9, 2016
The milestone installment features a character from Homer’s past returning to Springfield— Frank Grimes (or Grimey as he liked to be called). Grimey’s first —and only appearance — was in season 8’s “Homer’s Enemy.” Grimey was driven insane by Homer’s incompetence and everyone who overlooked his buffoonery. Executive producer Al Jean assured fans that Grimey’s appearance is just a cameo and he’s not coming back from the Great Beyond.
He seethed with rage when he met Homer’s “perfect” family, seeing photos of him with celebrities and past presidents and loses his chill when he smells lobsters for dinner. He is prematurely electrocuted at the Nuclear Power Plant while imitating Homer and as he’s lowered into the ground, Homer falls asleep. Grimey (voiced by Hank Azaria) has been referenced through the series and his illegimate son, Junior, repeatedly tried to bring about Homer’s demise in “The Great Louse Detective” in Season 14.
Grimey’s resurrection cameo will be an apparition who is even more hell bent on revenge. He teams with Sideshow Bob and two other characters to exact his vengeance on Homer.
Season 28 will premiere Sept. 25, with the Grimes-infused “Treehouse” airing on Oct. 16.