Headscratchers / The Addams Family

     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.
     Debbie's Romance (or Lack Thereof) 
  • So on America's Most Disgusting Unsolved Crimes early in Addams Family Values, 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 pisses 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 pissed 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.
     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 Man Child 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.
     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.
     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.
     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?
     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.
     Why did Wednesday Run Away? 
  • In the original movie, when Wednesday 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.
     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.
     The Mysteries of Fester 
  • Why does Fester have electrical superpowers and why can he eat everything?
    • He's an Addams.
     On Blood Being Thicker than Water 
  • When Gomez says that blood is Thicker Than Water, 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.
     Moody Morticia 
Isn't Morticia a little bit Out of Character 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?
     Morticia's Immunity 
How come Morticia seems to be immune to cyanide?
     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?
     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?
     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.
     Extended Family Members 
Whose uncle is Uncle Fester and who's Gomez's dad?
     Why Does Death Visit the Addams Family? 
In "Death Visits the Addams Family", the Grim Reaper comes and wants to take Gomez away. Why?
     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?
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.