[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: What Category Does Gomez Fit Into?]]
* It's obvious with the other members of the family what sort of unworldly "monster" they are meant to be - vampire, werewolf-thing, mad scientist, witch, evil unearthly child, etc. But Gomez. I've never been able to work him out. Whose culture and folklore is he a monster to, and what sort of monster? He just looks generically creepy but not in a way that evoked any particular trope. Is his being a lawyer enough on its own?
** Not sure about other depictions, but Raul Julia's swashbuckling antics seem to represent a Gomez who evokes the image of the dashing *slayer* of monsters. If that's the case, then the fact that he obviously has more in common with the "monsters" than with society at large is not terribly unsurprising.
** My take on it was that Gomez was a non-supernatural human, but had gone insane.
** Technically only Grandmama is actively supernatural. Morticia only dresses like a vampire, mad scientists and serial killers aren't magic, etc. The original comic Gomez does, however, look like some depictions of a werewolf's human form.
** The Addams family are not supposedly to be direct allusions to movie monsters like their counterparts, the Munsters. They're just supposed to be a supernaturally goth family that enjoys things "normal" people find horrifying (death, rotting, pain, the occult, darkness and nightmares, etc).
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Debbie's Romance (or Lack Thereof)]]
* So on ''America's Most Disgusting Unsolved Crimes'' early in ''Addams Family Values'', [[Film/{{Airplane}} Captain Oveur]] says that the Black Widow targets wealthy men, seduces them, marries them, and then kills them on the wedding night for the insurance/inheritance. But then later during her slideshow Debbie makes it pretty clear that she marries for love (or whatever) and stays with it for a couple years before killing her husband when he really ***es her off.
** The bigger question is, why does Debbie even bother killing her husbands anyway? She obviously could live the luxurious life she wants if they stay alive like she did with Fester.
** It's possible after the times she got ***ed off and killed her husband, Debbie decided "okay, no one seems to really love me so I'll just marry guys and kill them to take their money." Or something like that. Remember she did try to kill Fester on their wedding night. The ones on the slideshow were the ones she really cared about when she married them.
*** She also killed her parents before that. I think the idea is that nobody can live up to her insane demands, so after repeated disappointments she just starts killing them off, to begin with.
*** Debbie was a complete sociopath. They are selfish and arrogant even when they're not complete psychopaths. She believes that the world revolves around her, that she's always right, that she deserves to have everything she wants, and she's without any sense of empathy for others. She thinks nothing she does is wrong; all those people she killed? They deserved it.
** There are two possible answers to this, as far as I can see:
*** 1) Debbie is a true black widow like the news paints her out to be and she just uses the emotional stuff to justify her crimes to herself and her victims
*** 2) Debbie is a sociopath who does indeed get emotionally attached and then responds to the smallest slights with murder, but since she hasn't been caught by the police yet, the news is only reporting the current accepted theory about her motivations.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Fester's Love Life]]
* The idea in Addams Family Values is that Fester is desperate for a girlfriend, leading him to settle for Debbie. Yet in the first movie, didn't Gomez say in the past he was jealous of Fester's great love life? Remember, Fester was dating the twins Flora and Fauna Amore, and Gomez stole them away? Then suddenly Fester can't get anyone else because... why? This is a family that managed to marry off Cousin Itt, after all.
** Don't know what you're talking about. Cousin Itt is a catch.
** Possibly, after having been away so long, all his former cousins/girlfriends are married by now.
** Fester lost his skill with women as he got older, perhaps?
** Fester was also gone for 25 years, during which time he had amnesia and was living as "Gordon". He got his memories back at the end of the first film, but note that both Gordon and Fester have ManChild tendencies; it's possible that due to his unique situation, he never really "matured". Gomez has become a rather suave and capable adult; Fester basically stayed mentally as an adolescent and isn't as capable of handling an adult relationship.
** Note that Fester identifies himself as a virgin in "Values". Perhaps Gomez's memories of Fester's success with women aren't quite in sync with reality.
*** Gomez and reality are, at best, passing acquaintances anyhow.
*** Gomez isn't really on speaking terms with common sense either. Come to think of it, only Morticia and Lurch seem to consistently use it.
*** Maybe, young as he was, his success with women didn't lead to sex?
** He could be jealous of Gomez and Morticia’s stable relationship. One thing is to have a lot of love conquest and another is to have a solid marriage and a family.
** Two things to remember: first, women (in general) want different things at different ages. Fester's supposed success with women was mostly when he was a teenager or his young twenties, apparently. At that point his immaturity probably seemed "adorable" and "boyish", and that combined with his wealth and apparent eccentricity would have been very attractive... but not so much when he's a middle-aged man. Second, Fester is obviously socially awkward and rather oblivious, even by Addams standards... he could have been absolutely dripping with women throwing themselves at him and not even noticed it, but obviously Gomez would have.
** Isn't kind of implied, or at least left ambiguos, that he is Gordon Craven and he made-up the amnesia thing in order to stay with the Addams? He looks at the camera when Wednesday is telling the story like sarcastically and we see him shaving the head even as Fester is shown in the old family tapes to be naturally hairless. If that's the case that could explain the differences between what young Fester Addams and Fester!Gordon sexual experiences.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: People's Opinions]]
* One thing that seems baffling is the relation that the widely-contested Addams Family Reunion has with The New Addams Family. One, how did The New Addams Family get picked up for a series? It is true that Addams Family Reunion was the pilot for The New Addams Family, but it was a major flop. Where there just enough people who actually liked it that The New Addams Family became a full-fledged series? The other confusing matter is that if Addams Family Reunion failed, how come The New Addams Family gets a lot of praise, and without the classic Vic Mizzy theme?
** In truth, whether or not people ''liked'' ''Reunion'' wasn't what mattered. The point the producers were trying to get across was that the big-budgeted look of the Paramount movies could reproduce for the small screen. ''Reunion''... did that, I guess, to a sufficient enough extent for the go-ahead on ''The New Addams Family'' to be given. As far as the difference in reception goes, ''The New Addams Family'' simply tried to be more like the original 1960s series, which did -- and still does -- get a fair bit of praise. ''Reunion'', however, just suffered from bad writing, horrible jokes, and an overall misguided attempt to combine the madcap, cheesy '60s-type humor of the original series with the more sophisticated, laid-back tone of the Paramount movies.
** ''The New Addams Family'' is probably no one's favorite version, but it has the heart in the right place, charismatic actors doing their best and was as close to the 60s show as it can get. Is hard to hate it because probably for most fans is at least harmless. ''Reunion'' on the other hand is mean spiritted and lazy with an underuse cast that is clearly not invested and a failed effort to mimic the dark humor of the movies that missed the mark epically.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: I Need a Hand in Figuring This Out]]
* At the end of Family Values, whose hand was it that popped out of Debbie's grave, and what happened to the nerdy kid afterwards?
** It's Thing.
*** You sure about that? I clearly saw an arm, not just a hand.
*** It was Thing and his cousin, Another.
** Perhaps Debbie came back as a zombie, or Wednesday stuck the fake arm in herself. As for what happened to the nerdy kid, I had this thought that he died from being freaked out.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Who Are They Singing To, Anyway?]]
* Something I never noticed until my last viewing of the first film. During the intro, is it just me, or are the carollers standing in a circle singing to each other instead of to the residents?
** No, they're standing in a straight choral line up and the camera is panning over them. It just feels like it's moving in a circle because we're so zoomed in on their faces. They're standing in the front yard singing out toward the street, rather than sing at a closed door. I think this is normal for carolers but I could be wrong.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Sight on Thing]]
* This might be more of a general Addams Family question but how does Thing see? OK, maybe he feels his way along the ground (or whatever he's touching), but what about when he was spying on Fester in ''Addams Family Values''?
** ''This'' is your problem with a self-mobile disembodied hand?
** Well, Thing is a bit of a mystery. He got a crush on another living hand named "Lady Fingers" in one episode, got sad in "Uncle Fester's Illness", and got angry in "Mother Lurch Visits", so he clearly has emotions. It is unknown where they come from, though. And we also see a picture of his parents, who are just two hands holding hands and it's unknown how they "made" him or what "species" he is. And again, he can clearly see (and hear), but it is not revealed how. Not sure if this raises questions or answers or a bit of both.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Why did Wednesday Run Away?]]
* In the original movie, when Wednesday [[spoiler: learns someone is posing as Fester,]] she runs off. What does she do with this important, vital information? Bring it to one of her parents? No. Why does she run off and fall asleep in a small mausoleum?
** Maybe she was really heartbroken and cried herself to sleep. She may be an Addams, but she's still a little kid.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: You Don't Play Your Cards Right]]
* Why was there an Amy Fisher card in the "Schizos and Serial Killers" trading card collection? Technically she's neither; she never actually killed anybody.
** It's - uh... It's a rookie card.
** She's still insane, so she obviously falls under the "Schizo" section.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: The Mysteries of Fester]]
* Why does Fester have electrical superpowers and why can he eat everything?
** He's an Addams.
** The movie MILDLY explains part 1. He got struck by magical lightning from a book. It never...QUITE faded away. The latter? He's an Addams.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: On Blood Being Thicker than Water]]
* When Gomez says that blood is ThickerThanWater, Morticia replies "Thank heavens". What does that mean?
** Well, if blood was thinner than water, when you cut someone it would all just come gushing out way too fast, you wouldn't have time to enjoy it. Plus it would probably throw off the consistency of various cooking.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Moody Morticia]]
Isn't Morticia a little bit OutOfCharacter in "Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor"? She and Gomez were only pretending to fight but then she thought he was serious and didn't accept his apology. Even worse was when she wouldn't let him go to bed and he had to sleep on the couch. She even ''threw'' things at him. Isn't that a touch OOC?
** The way I see it, Gomez must have overcommited to the role. After all, Gomez is rather passionate on staying in a role. (remember Lurch's mother?) The first thought that came to Morticia's mind was that on some level, Gomez meant what he was saying. She's upset, not angry. And the next day, they manage to make up, with Gomez admitting he's been a cad, and Morticia admitting she's been a fool.
*** But the thing is, Gomez wasn't a cad. He was only ''pretending'' to be a cad (I hate that word). And why did Morticia say that she was a fool for "sending [Gomez] out into the cold without a thought to [his] sinuses"? He's an ''Addams''. He probably ''likes'' the cold. And CatchYourDeathOfCold is a myth and even if it wasn't, Gomez plays with ''dynamite''.
*** In the episode where Gomez and Morticia tell how they fell in love, Gomez is absolutely laid out by his sinuses. It's his passion for Mortica that fixes the problem. Maybe she was worried of a relapse?
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Morticia's Immunity]]
How come Morticia seems to be immune to cyanide?
* She's an Addams.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: I Need to Pee, But I'm All Tied Up]]
In one episode, Morticia states that once she tied up Gomez for a sport and it took three weeks for him to get untied. How did he go to the bathroom?
** Gomez is rather skilled in yoga. Getting tied to the chair wouldn't have left him completely immobile, just restrained.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Just How Old Are You Again, Wednesday?]]
How come Wednesday's the youngest, except for in ''Values'', when she's the oldest? And how come in the musical, she's gotten older but Pugsley hasn't?
** Not every Addams property is connected. The comics are different from the original TV show which is different from the original movies which are different from the third movie (ick) which is different from the cartoon which is different from the Broadway show.
** In the original TV show and comics, Wednesday is younger than Pugsley, but in the movies and Broadway show (separate universes) Wednesday is older and the age gap varies. It's just a matter of different creator interpretations.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: I Fail to Understand]]
In "The Day Gomez Failed", Gomez attempts to fail by knitting a sweater when he can't knit. But if he'd never failed before, how does he know he can't knit?
** Generally, if people have never tried to do something, never learned how to do something, practiced doing something, or had any remote contact with the thing, they assume they can't do it. Most people, for instance, are pretty certain they can't swim across the Pacific without actually attempting to swim across the Pacific first.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Extended Family Members]]
Whose uncle is Uncle Fester and who's Gomez's dad?
** According to the 60's TV series, Fester is Morticia's uncle. We never see Gomez's father, however. Anyone have an idea on that?
** Its different depending on the property you're watching. As stated by the troper above, in the original TV series, he's Morticia's uncle. In the movies, he's Wednesday and Pugsley's uncle (Gomez's brother).
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Why Does Death Visit the Addams Family?]]
In "Death Visits the Addams Family", the GrimReaper comes and wants to take Gomez away. Why?
** Why not?
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Can Addamses Catch Colds?]]
Okay, this might sound like a weird question, but I once dreamt that the Addams family all got colds and because I'm someone who hates sickness and is a little afraid of it, I didn't like that dream at ''all'', but it got me thinking...''can'' an Addams catch a cold?
** Fester did get rather sick at one point, but I wouldn't call that a cold. That's as close as you can get, given their ability to shrug off mortal wounds. So yes and no.
** In Addams Family Values, Pubert gets sick and it turns him into a golden-curled, rosy-cheeked angel, which Gomez and Morticia are extremely worried about. So I think it's safe to say they can get sick in their own way, depending on what's needed for the plot.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Humour]]
In "When You're an Addams", Gomez says that Addamses must have a sense of humour, however when they sing the "Keep your X" lyrics, where X is something the Addamses are known to dislike, one of them is "Keep your laughter". So do Addamses have humour or not? Not to mention that Gomez has laughed a few times in the series.
** This is a typical Addams Family joke. They are said to detest anything stereotypically happy and uplifting despite evidence to the contrary. They also have a tendency to take normal human things and flip them on their head. So the Addams idea of a joke might be shooting someone in the eye with a crossbow, whereas a normal human wouldn't find that funny at all. So perhaps humor is OK if it's Addams-style humor, but laughter (while participated in) is referred to as something negative (because to normal humans it's positive).
*** Basically everything positive is negative and everything negative is positive for the Addams, but it's played very loosely so they're still relatable to the audience.
[[/folder]]