MY FAVORITE EPISODE!!!!
First of all it's very, very, very funny! Every single joke works and you don't see coming sow many of them it's unpredictable enough to enjoy multiply viewings. The ending made me almost cry from laughing the after the first time I saw it. I just enjoy this sort of black comedy.
Second of all – I actually find it to be very relatable. In fact I relate way more to Homer then I relate to Frank in this one. To me the reason Grimes hated Homer wasn’t because he had a better house ect. (those things didn’t came up until 2/3 of the episode) but because un-like Frank Homer never cared about his problem and while Grimes spent every second of his life hard-working, Homer spent his time enjoying life and yet he got just as much as Frank if not more. I actually know people who’s lives are reflected by this episode – I know plenty of people who hate somebody, just because that person has the same problems but is “Hakunna-Mattata” all the time. Sad to say there where some points in my life, when I found out somebody hated me just for having a bit better life and not worrying about the same problems that person had, so I know how Homer feels, and to be honest it is a very difficult thing to comprehend. I also knows how it is to try be friends with somebody, but that person spite you for reasons you can’t control. You can’t force your self and change the way you are, just because there is somebody out there for having a happy life. The best you can do is not to brag about your luck when you are among those people but if a person hate you out of envy it won’t help too much.
I don’t find his behavior annoying at all (or out-off character for that matter) since he just trying to be friends with Grimes and acts very sympathetic for most of the episode. I read some people seeing that Homer who is aware of having a great life isn’t Homer to them any more (like the article on blog abut so-called “Zombie Simpson”) but to be honest… I LOVE THIS HOMER A WAY MORE!
Ow, and the sub-plot was lot of fun as well.
By far most memorable and quoted episode for me! LOVE-IT!