Fridge: The Addams Family

Fridge Logic

  • In the first movie, Abigail and "Gordon" are supposed to be master con artists, the latter shown extremely competent at any number of illegal activities. But neither of them thought to put paint on their palms to mark the rungs they were grabbing so that they could eliminate them and eventually find the right one?
    • The trouble lies in that even if they did mark the rungs, they would have to use a different paint every time and remember which colour it was and so on. And there were a lot of chains. They may have tried several times before giving up for the night.
  • The way that "Gordon" took to dancing the Mamushka should have been a tip-off that he was Fester. After all, Gomez said that only the Addamses knew the dance.
    • I think it was a deliberate hint that "Gordon" really was Fester.
  • This troper always thought that Thing was some creature that you only saw the hand of, not just a hand.
    • This troper agrees: In the show, Thing has a lot more forearm and one time you see a second hand- one hand drew into the box and another one popped out to close it. This isn't to say I don't like Thing as he appears in the movie, of course.
  • Towards the end of the second movie Debby is electrocuted and turned to dust. Why does her hand pop out of the grave at the end?
    • This troper is pretty sure the hand was Thing.
      • No, the arm was too long.
    • Do you really think that a member of that family wouldn't be able to put a fake, or possibly real, hand in the terrain of a grave and set it up to spring up and grab someone else's hand on command? In fact, here how I think she did it: first she stole a female body from a morgue and cut off the arm, then she set it up with a spring and an electric battery to make it pop out from the grave and grab the arm of the intended victim (I wouldn't be able to connect the battery to the nerves of the arm, but Wednesday probably was. Or enlisted Fester's help), applied a remote control, buried it on the grave, and then waited the right moment to activate the remote and have the hand pop out and grab Joel's arm.
  • Why are the Addamses so sympathetic to Debbie's It's All About Me Motive Rant? She claims that her Start of Darkness was because she feels unloved (which in her case is mainly a delusion). In the huge and warm Addams clan, nobody ever feels unloved.
    • Just because a person had a better life doesn't mean they are incapable of feeling sympathy for the less fortunate. Also, it is occasionally implied that the Addamses are as naive as they are weird.
    • This troper always assumed it was precisely because nobody in the Addams clan is unloved. That's the one "negative" thing they consider truly negative.
  • In the second movie, Gomez tells Debbie that they 'of course they have cable'. This is because after being evicted from their house in the first movie, Gomez became addicted to daytime television shows.
    • It could be to get horror films and watch documentaries on serial killers. Just because they have cable doesn't mean they watch daytime television.
  • Why are the electric chairs treated like a legitimate threat in the second movie, when in the first it's something the family does for fun?
    • Either the chairs are set up on low power when they do it for fun, or they were just humouring Debby.
  • In the first film we are briefly introduced to Margaret's son, the little boy in the elf costume. What exactly happened to him after Margaret married Cousin Itt?

Fridge Brilliance

  • The reason the Addams act the way they do and seem to kill people with no guilt? The Addams as a whole all have Nigh-Invulnerability and other powers and assume that others do too.
  • Wednesday's blunt answer to the kid using the Delivery Stork tale: As the eldest, Wednesday has had a front-row seat to parents that cannot keep their hands off one another. She's probably glad she only has two brothers. Plus, Morticia and Gomez don't excessively shelter or fib to the kids, so they probably told Wednesday the blunt truth (albeit, with more tact) when Pugsley came into the picture.
  • In Addams Family Values, Pubert is born with a mustache like his father Gomez. An episode of the original television show had Gomez mention that he was born with his mustache. Remembering this helps make better sense of this if a mustache is intended to be a proud trait of the Addams Family.
  • Wednesday acts rather cold to Joel at the end of Addams Family Values. Perhaps it was making up for her rather emotional response to him before she left Chippewa? Someone like her might be a little ashamed of her minor Out-of-Character Moment.
    • I just figured that was her way of showing emotion (she's an Addams, after all).
  • There are several hints that "Gordon" really was Fester all along: Granny was able to sense his presence at dinner, he showed the children how to gut with a sword, and how well he danced the Mamushka.
  • Early in the first film, Morticia tells Margaret that the world needs more widows and orphans. By the end of the film, Margaret is a widow herself.
  • In Addams Family Values, Debbie has given Fester the present of a bomb. He guesses it as soon as he listens to it, and she gives a flat "What?", not realizing that, as an Addams, he'd actually WANT to get a bomb as a present!
  • Margaret joining the clan - it shows that the Addamses aren't just welcoming of freaks - they'll take in anybody. In the sequel she has completely adjusted to the family, has married and can interpret Cousin Itt, and has had his baby, and has hired a freak as a nanny. The Addams Clan is not exclusively for weirdos...
    • Of course it isn't for weirdos, it's for anyone who needs to be loved and to love, no matter how strange, freaky and weird they may be. That, incidentally, is the difference between Margaret and Debby: both needed love and someone to love, but where Margaret could accept the weirdness and see the loving person under Itt's strangeness, Debby couldn't see past it-hence Margaret finding happiness and Debby finding a messy death.
  • The Addamses family motto is "We Gladly Feast on Those who would Subdue Us". In Addams Family Values, the camp counselors who attempted to subdue Wednesday and Pugsley were shown being roasted alive.

Fridge Horror

  • 1977's Halloween With The New Addams Family introduced two new children, Wednesday Jr. and Pugsley Jr., who were never heard from again afterwards. Seen in the light of the Addams traditions from the second movie (i.e. when a new baby enters the household, one of the children has to die) - well, that's a nasty possibility, isn't it?
    • According to The New Addams Family, Pugsley ate one of the kids...
  • The children in the hospital are probably traumatized for life after hearing Wednesday's parents "had sex".
    • How is telling a child that two adults had sex horrifying? It's not like they pulled out some porn magazines. Then again, different people have different views on this.
      • Hell, given all that 'diamond patch stork' crap the kid was spewing, I doubt they even knew what sex was.
  • Just how much violence and property damage was involved in that summer camp uprising? Did Amanda get burned alive? Perhaps Wednesday and even the other Addams do not realize others are not as difficult to kill as they themselves are.
    • What did Pugsley do in order to be given probation?
    • Amanda survived unharmed - at least in body; after nearly being burned alive, who knows what her mental state is right now? Anyway, she's shown in a plane with her parents when Baby Pubert is propelled into the atmosphere.
    • Did the outcasts really eat the camp counselors?
      • Pugsley and Wednesday probably did. After all, it's their's family motto...
  • Is Cousin Itt naked under all that hair?
    • Are you naked under all those clothes?
    • Its been implied several times that It IS the hair.
    • Well, we do know that Itt at least wears gloves.