The Addams Family

Season 1 Episode 2

Morticia and the Psychiatrist

Aired Unknown Sep 25, 1964 on ABC
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Gomez and Morticia are shocked when Pugsley joins the Boy Scouts, begins playing baseball and even gets a puppy. Fearing something is wrong, they turn to a psychiatrist, who begins to analyze the boy and makes the suggestion to Gomez and Morticia that they should cater to his every whim.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Family Tree

        Cousin Eustace. Morticia is knitting a turtleneck sweater for her. She apparently has a long neck. She might be related to the giraffe-like gentleman in one of the wall photos or perhaps she is a turtle.

      • Thing's Things

        While Lurch is playing the harpsichord, it reaches out and changes the page on the music.

        As Morticia reaches for the table lamp, it reaches out and shuts it off for her.

        After Gomez wonders aloud who's been stealing the paper, it knocks on its lid, opens it and gestures for him to come closer. When Gomez does, it closes the lid and taps out in Morse Code the name of the guilty party (Uncle Fester).

        As Uncle Fester dictates, it pens his lonely hearts letter

        As Wednesday and Morticia are discussing gifts for Uncle Fester, it knocks on the lid. When Morticia opens the lid, it hands her a gift-wrapped box. When she asks what it is, it beckons her closer and then taps out the answer in Morse Code (a shrunken head).

        Hands Uncle Fester the mail.

        As Miss Carver gets ready to flee, it closes her cosmetic bag for her.

      • Goofs.

        Hints in the dialog indicate that Pugsley is only ten years old. However, he is shown in a Boy Scout uniform. Boy Scouts are normally reserved for kids 11-17. Cub scouts are for boys 7-10. Of course, Pugsley is big for his age so perhaps that is why he has been "promoted."

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (3)

      • The Boy Scout Handbook that Pugsley is seen reading when Dr. Black goes to his room was likely the 6th edition of the handbook. The handbook is now in its 11th Edition (since 1998). The first edition was published in 1910. The fifth edition (cited) was in circulation from 1959 to 1965.

      • The psychiatrist (George Petrie) would later become known as the Ewings' family lawyer, Harv Smithfield, on Dallas.

      • When the puppy is walking under the hat while on Pugsley's bed, you can see the puppy moving forward. Then the editors reversed the film to make the scene longer.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • At bedtime, Morticia is reading to Pugsley, "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary..." The passage is from "The Raven", which heretofore is Pugsley's favorite book.

      • Gomez and Morticia are appalled when the find Pugsley dressed up in a Boy Scouts uniform. Cub scouting is designed for boys ranging in age from 7 to 10. Boy Scouts range in age from 11 to 17.