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Recap / The Addams Family S 1 E 25 Lurch And His Harpsichord

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A passerby, claiming to be from a museum, expresses such admiration for the Addamses' antique harpsichord that Gomez and Morticia offer to donate it. However, this proves difficult as Lurch, extremely fond of the harpsichord and of playing it, drops into a slump after the revelation.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Morticia elbows Fester and Gomez after Fester makes a comment that could have let Lurch know the harpsichord they just presented to him wasn't the original.
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  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Lurch plays the theme after being presented with the new harpsichord.
  • Heroic BSoD: Lurch falls into depression after hearing that his beloved harpsichord has been promised to a museum. He can't think of anything else, despite the others' attempts to help him find some new hobby.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Belmont talks the Addamses into giving up the harpsichord under false pretenses, with the idea of selling it to the museum himself and making a lot of money off it. He ends up getting the duplicate Gomez and Fester made for Lurch and being arrested for fraud when he tries to sell it to the museum.
  • Not So Stoic: The normally phlegmatic Lurch cries more than once over losing the harpsichord.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Morticia tells Lurch the whole family loves him when she's trying to convince him to stay. Of course, Uncle Fester has to butt in and say he more likes Lurch than loves him.
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  • Silence of Sadness: Inverted. Lurch usually only says sentences of one to three words, but when he feels sad due to the eponymous instrument being taken away, he says a full sentence:
    Lurch: No one cares about me.
  • Similar Item Confusion: After seeing that Lurch can't resign himself to the loss, Gomez and Fester make a duplicate of the harpsichord in the basement. After they have given the new harpsichord to Lurch (without telling him it's a replacement), the movers come by for the harpsichord and end up taking the new one.