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Revisiting: What Remedy Is Homer Simpson?

Elaine Lewis
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Elaine gives the answer to another in our “famous people” Quizzes!

I think it was Maria who asked if we could do a quiz on Homer Simpson…. Shana, find me a “Simpsons” episode! The one with Frank Grimes!


Here it is, Mom!

“Homer’s Enemy”–The Frank Grimes Episode   (You may have to click on “Close Advertisement” first)

Good for you, Shana; what would the Quiz ever do without you? Let’s summarize this cartoon for people who may not ever have seen “The Simpsons” before. It’s the longest running show on TV, right? 25 years? Anyway, Homer, basically, is an idiot!

And so is his son, Bart!

Yes, Bart is a complete moron, constantly in trouble and he’s not doing well in school as you can imagine! His sister Lisa, on the other hand, is getting straight-A’s, but, that’s neither here nor there; back to Homer…he’s a caricature of the All-American male “Joe 6-Pack”–unintellectual, insensitive, lazy, boorish, focused primarily on donuts, beer and nonsensical TV; he’s inconsiderate, a slob, rude, rageful, misses the point of most things, and is totally irresponsible; but yet, everybody seems to like him; I think it’s because he’s naive on top of everything else! Nothing stupid that he does is with malice. He’s a handful for his wife Marge! Maybe we’ll do Marge next time….


In this episode, the location is the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant where Homer works–owned by multi-millionaire, C. Montgomery Burns (who’s 104 years old and pretty much senile).

Mr. Burns is watching the news, he sees a human-interest story on how a man named Frank Grimes, after being blown up in a barn accident, fights his way back to health and eventually graduates from college with a degree in nuclear engineering! Mr. Burns says to his “toady”, Mr. Smithers, “Smithers, find me that man! I want to make him my executive vice president!” “Uh, yes sir,” drones Mr. Smithers. Two seconds later, Mr. Burns calls Smithers’ attention to another human-interest story, “Look at that, Smithers! A dog rescues a boy from an on-coming car and then throws a criminal in front of it! Find me that dog! I want to make him my executive vice president!”

Ultimately, we find Frank Grimes working next to Homer. He is horrified that Homer seems to know nothing about nuclear energy, plant safety, nor anything about professionalism nor even common courtesy! Poor Frank Grimes, he was under the impression that his hard work and devotion to his job would be rewarded! But everyone seems to be taken with Homer Simpson despite his gross negligence! Frank Grimes tries in vain to expose Homer as an idiot and a menace but no one will see it!

Good description, Mom!

So what remedy is Homer? Put the link up again, Shana!


“Homer’s Enemy”–The Frank Grimes Episode

Write to me at and tell me what remedy you come up with! Shana, do you have any of your famous announcements?

One week to go ’til the Barry Gibb concert!!!!

So soon?

There will be a full report in next month’s Quiz!

And now for this month’s Funny Thing–something funny Shana said as a baby!

All right, I’m outta here!

And here it is now, Shana Lewis, from 1996:


“Shana, never dial 911 unless it’s an emergency. Do you know what an emergency is?”

“It’s a song by The Whispers.”


That’s it, see you in June!



Baryta carb-3






Hello Elaine,

Hello, Peter!

Homer is for sure an intelligent person, because in one episode you see that he has put a pencil into his nose during his childhood and lost most of his intelligence. Then accidentally the doctor removed it and he became very smart. But because of problems he then got into with friends and family due his higher intelligence, he decided to put the pencil back into his nose….

Shana says it was a crayon.

Homer has a lot of the carbon-element, but also something from the gold-series, maybe Baryta carbonicum, because he is indeed intelligent, but restricted due to some internal/external factors.

He is still like a child, immature, and very naive.

Yes, I agree with everything you say.

(Kent Repertory)

CHILDISH behavior (See Foolish) : Aconite, alum., anac., apis., arg-n., Bar-c., bar-m., bufo., calad., carb-an., carb-s., carb-v., chlol., Cic., croc., crot-c., ign., kali-br., nux-m., par., puls., rhus-t., seneg., stram., viol-o.

FOOLISH behavior (See Childish) : Absin., acon., agar., all-c., anac., anan., ant-c., apis., arg-n., ars., bar-m., bell., calc., cann-i., canth., carb-an., carb-v., chin., cic., con., croc., cupr., der., Hyos., kali-c., lach., lact., lyc., merc., nux-m., nux-v., op., par., ph-ac., phos., phys., plb., sec., seneg., Stram., tanac., verat.

But why are you still using Kent’s Repertory? It’s outdated. For example, “childish behavior” in Kent lists 25 remedies. In Murphy’s Repertory, the same rubric lists 61 remedies. “Foolish behavior”: Kent’s–42, Murphy’s–77.

Jan Scholten wrote about Baryta that he is like Gold, but very timid and shy, not ready to take responsibility.
So Homer has one foot in Carbon and one in the Gold-Series.

All in all he is a caricature and this makes it difficult to analyze, because his behavior is an imagination of someone who observed a certain pattern in different people and fused them into one imaginative character.

Yes, you make a good point. I understand your vote for Baryta carb, but Homer’s lack of shyness leads me away from it.

Best regards
Peter Lusso

Thanks for voting, Peter; I hope to see you back again next time!

Is anybody else here?


Hi Elaine!

Well, Maria, it’s about time! I believe you’re the reason we had this quiz!

Wow, Homer is a really difficult to guess! He “smells” like a Phosphorus to me. You know, the “bad” Phosphorus as we have read in Mati’s articles?

Gee, I don’t know, Maria….I think the idea with Phosphorus people (according to Mati’s understanding) is that because their delusion is that they’re alone on a deserted island, this is their great fear in life–that their friends will desert them; so, they become experts at making friends to forestall what they expect is their fate–winding up alone; so, because it’s a delusion, it has to come true! So while they’re earnestly making many friends and being so charming that everyone wants to be their friend, they are simultaneously sabotaging their relationships to make the delusion real!

So therefore, the dark side of Phosphorus is… their unspoken demand that you must prove your friendship to them over and over again or you’re not a true friend! Hence, their neediness, their never-ending “emergencies”, their hour-long, unceasing phone calls where you have to commiserate with them, and then, inevitably, the breaking point… (“If you don’t mind, Miss Phosphorus, I can’t talk to you right now, I just need to take a little time for myself…”) Well! Now you’ve done it! You have proven to Phosphorus that what she suspected all along was true, you are not a good friend! This really sets Phosphorus off! Now you have to pay for not showing the love Phosphorus “deserved”, based on how nice she was to you in the beginning–and of course, Phosphorus’ need for love is never-ending, you can never show her enough love to assure her that she’s safe, Phosphorus never feels safe, they’re always looking for hints that you’re going to abandon them to a life of isolation! So, the person you originally thought was the nicest person in the world turns out to be your worst nightmare! So, phosphorus winds up alone, just like her delusion said she would, and SHE made it happen!

Phosphorus is the only remedy listed under “Delusion, island, is on a distant”. Good for Mati for ferreting this out!

I thought of other remedies too, but in “Naive” phos is a 3.
I am not a materia medica expert…


but I have to say this; Phos is definitely the remedy that can drive me crazy in real life, so does Homer.

So there you go, my vote is for Phosphorus! I am willing to try again if I am wrong.

There’s no right or wrong here, per se; all you have to do is make a case for your remedy. You could start by making a list of the elements of the case, for instance, I would pick:

1. idiocy

2. childishness

3. lazy

4. desires beer

5. rude

6. messy

7. naive

8. irresponsible

9. selfish

10. blaming

11. snoring

and whatever else you may think of, then try to turn these ideas into rubrics, and see if a single remedy keeps showing up. By the way, the rubric for messy is “Mind: untidy”, for irresponsible, look up “Mind: responsibility agg” or “Mind: lazy”. For blaming–“Mind: reproaches others”.

Oh boy, tough quiz! Great job Elaine!

Shana is so happy you liked it! She’s clapping!

Ok I repertorised… Guess what?

Uhh….don’t tell me, don’t tell me….Tell me!

Sulphur came up first, then lyc and third Phos (see my vote wasn’t soooo wrong 😛 )

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

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  • hello everyone, this is regarding the article abut homer simpson`s remedy… and even i thought of sulphur as i have taken the rubrics like untidy ,idiocy and naked wants to be we find him becoming like that in few episodes when he is excited. still the remedy pointed towards sulphur. thanks to the team as i have never got the guts to discuss about my favourite characters in this way. 🙂

  • Very Intelligent Elaine and Peter!

    This also highlights one very important aspect, sometimes we label medicines by seeing a persons position, achievements etc. and add rubrics from our side to suit that remedy. How a baryta carb looking personality could be Sulphur and how a Sulphur looking personality could be Arsenic guide us to be completely impartial while finding a remedy.

  • Great quiz. And I recall there being 2 sulphurs: an intellectual ragged philosopher, and a more down to earth practical type (my land lord is one). I had always pegged homer as LYC. But I see now that he just has some mentals. Of course LYC is veg. Sulphur…..

    Great way to explore…oh, and I discovered something about 4’s in Murphy’s rep )my only 21st century repertory….there are few fours because the good Dr. Did not convert the kentian (or knerr either I think) rubrics of 3 up to a four, as kent did to the grade 4 of boenninghuasen. One sees this not present in the clinical rubrics, the ones robin has treated a lot all have fours! So it is a composite rep that has not been fully equilibriated in terms of gradations. If u see a rubric that is only 1 and 2, but a lot of em, think boericke’S rep. The 2’s could easily be, preferably, I should say, as 3’s IMO. If one wants to see the same rubrics with gradations all (very) laboriously adjusted, roger VZ’s complete rep online is the one. But for an actual hard copy….only synthesis competes, and Murphy has far better clinical rubrics! Thanks again for quiz!