[S1E1] The Addams Family Goes To School
When Gomez and Morticia keep Wednesday and Pugsley home from school, truant officer Sam Hilliard pays a visit. After Gomez and Morticia are persuaded to let the kids go to school, they take action after a fairy tale book that depicts a violent action where a knight slaying a dragon saddens Wednesday.This episode includes examples of the following tropes: AM/FM Characterization: When Lurch is playing the harpsichord, he is playing an easy-going waltz. Morticia taps his head and he changes to a more upbeat rock music, only for Gomez to change it back.
Appropriate Animal Attire: One of the paintings in the Addams's living room is a non-anthropomorphic giraffe dressed in a suit and frill-collar. Wednesday says that it is a portrait of a friend of Gomez's.
Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Gomez perks up when the super-intendant mentions Hilliard as a "difficult, troublesome man."
When Fester and Grandmama are playing cards, she admonishes him for not cheating.
When the school calls and tells the Addamses that they'll be changing the curriculum like they wanted, Gomez thinks that Hilliard had a point and that they may have saved the world. Morticia wonders if they did the right thing because of it and Gomez's face hints that he isn't sure.
Bait-and-Switch: When Morticia shows a turtle-neck sweater she knitted for their Cousin Imar to Gomez, it features three sleeves. Gomez finds it odd... that Imar likes turtleneck sweaters.
The Cameo: Madge Blake guest-stars as the principal Miss Comstock, Nydia Westman as Miss Morrison, and Rolfe Sedan as the postman.
Cassandra Truth: When Mr. Hilliard tries to explain his experience with the Addamses, being stressed and hysterical by the experience, the Board thinks that he's drunk.
Censorship by Spelling: The school receptionist tells Gomez she suspects Hilliard's strange behavior is because he's drunk, but tries to censor it because Wednesday is there. Unfortunately for her, the six-year-old knows exactly what "B-O-O-Z-E" spells.
Comically Missing the Point: Gomez is opposed to the idea of public school because "why have children just to get rid of them?" When Hilliard brings up that someday Wednesday being able to read would be useful, he remarks "see you then."
When Hilliard brings up concerns about Pugsley being bitten by a live octopus that he wrestles with, Gomez assures him that Pugsley doesn't bite. Gomez: A little nip now and then, but it's all in good fun.
Deliberate Values Dissonance: Gomez is perplexed what the point of going to public school would be when they feel like Grandmama is enough. He's later proven right (from their perspective anyway) when he hears the kind of fairy-tales the class is reading (the ones where the dragons and witches are slain) and cries moral outrage over it.
Drives Like Crazy: Somehow Pugsley got behind the wheel of the bus on the way back from school, the sound of wheels screeching outside a sign that they're home.
Establishing Character Moment: Gomez is introduced playing with his train set, taking absurd glee out of blowing it up and acting cordial with Hilliard despite their inability to find common ground in their train of logic, showing that Gomez is a kid at heart (in a Perky Goth kind of way) who doesn't think the same way as other men.
Establishing Series Moment: The first half of the episode features Mr. Hilliard visiting the Addams Estate for business purposes where he acts as an Audience Surrogate, reacting to the home's many peculiar features and the family's even more peculiar behavior, running in terror while the family thinks of it as a normal reaction. A second one qualifies when a distraught Wednesday comes home from her first day, upset that in a story a dragon was slain by a knight, a sentiment the rest of the family shares.
Expert in Underwater Basket Weaving: Gomez makes a case that homeschooling works just fine when he shows Hilliard a box full of spiders that Wednesday learned to breed herself.
Failed Dramatic Exit: After explaining his harrowing experience in the Addams House, Hilliard tries leaving in a huff, only to accidentally go into a closet instead.
Giftedly Bad: Implied to be with Fester and dart-playing, Grandmama standing right in front of him when it's his turn because "it's the only safe place."
The Ghost: Cousin Imar, an Addams relative with three arms that Morticia knits a sweater for.
Hollywood Voodoo: When the super-intendant mentions how much trouble Hillaird can be, Gomez recommends his friend DuBois in Haiti, who could take his picture and make a voodoo doll out of it. Thinking he's joking, she humors the idea of a nice, old-fashioned horse-whipping or dipping him in boiling oil.
Not What It Looks Like: When they try introducing Hilliard to Fester and Grandmama, they happen upon them throwing knives at a statue at a red devil suit. One knife hits the door just a few inches from Hilliard's face and Gomez remarks that they should aim for the heart. Thinking they were trying to throw knives at him, Hilliard runs out the the house in terror.
Too Kinky to Torture: When Morticia notices how tense Hilliard is, Gomez recommends putting him on a rack. Gomez: That stretching, so relaxing.
[S1E1] The Addams Family Goes to School
When Gomez and Morticia keep Wednesday and Pugsley home from school, truant officer Sam Hilliard (Allyn Joslyn) pays a visit. After Hilliard sees the house and the children, he tells the principal they should stay home. However, Gomez and Morticia are persuaded to let the kids go to school. But they take action when a fairy tale book that depicts a violent action where a knight slaying a dragon saddens Wednesday. Gomez and Morticia wish to talk to Hilliard about it. When he refuses to come, Lurch goes and gets him. After some discussion, Hilliard says he agrees with them and will talk to the school board.
Morticia's favorite charitable organization, run by Arthur Henson (Parley Baer), is holding their annual charity bazaar. Morticia persuades her family to part with their most precious (and, of course, bizarre) items in order to donate them to the charity auction. But the giving goes too far when Gomez hands over Pugsley's beloved wolf's-head clock without first asking. The boy sulks up the chimney, threatening never to come down, so Gomez and Morticia independently head back to the bazaar to get his clock back. Gomez and Morticia wind up bidding against each other. When the price starts to climb, a Mr. Clayton (Donald Foster) bids as well and wins the clock. Lurch manages to get the clock back for Pugsley.
Pugsley begins to act strangely and Gomez and Mortica are concerned till he declares he has fallen in love. Discovering one of Gomez's love letters to Morticia, Pugsley rewrites the document and sends it to his true love, his teacher Miss Dunbar (Jill Andre). After complaining to the school principal Mr. Jennings (character actor Thomas Browne Henry, credited as "Tom Brown Henry"), Miss Dunbar visits the Addams family. A misunderstanding by the teacher leads her to think Gomez wrote the letter and she acts on the impulse. Morticia tells Gomez he must let her down easy and build up her ego. But things get even more out of hand. The arrival of Mr. Jennings actually saves the day.
The Addams family is puzzled when a photographer from Strife magazine calls but leaves no message. They suspect he wants to photograph Gomez for a "Man Of The Year" piece. Gomez is concerned that there's only been one man in the world who has ever captured his true self in a photograph. Morticia hires a private detective to find that photographer. Apparently the photographer takes drivers license pictures for the DMV now. Gomez doesn't really know how to drive, but goes to take the test anyway. He finds out that his favorite photographer was fired the same day he was hired. Morticia then paints a picture of Gomez for the magazine. The photographer from Strife shows up and explains that they want a picture of the house as they are running a story on haunted houses.
Morticia's school chum Trivia (Diane Jergens, in her last on-screen appearance) visits. Lurch is obviously smitten by her, but Trivia's interest is entirely in show business. Morticia decides to change Trivia's mind by making Lurch more exciting than show biz. She enlists others in the family to help. Grandmama uses her love potion on Trivia and she falls for Lurch, which actually frightens him off. She then falls for Gomez and then Fester. Fortunately, the love potion soon wears off.
Netflix used the Gara Regala, a train station in the city of Sinaia, Romania, to shoot the shots set near Nevermore school. Located in the Bucegi Mountains, Sinaia is a picturesque village, once home to the family of King Mihai I.
The Addams family is back with a new series coming to Netflix. Wednesday focuses on the misunderstood teen daughter of Gomez and Morticia at her new school, the Nevermore Academy. Release date: unknown, keeping things mysterious and spooky as always! Here are the Creepy & Kooky Addams Family Quotes From Wednesday Series On Netflix. 041b061a72