The Addams Family: Season 1, Episode 5

The Addams Family Tree (16 Oct. 1964)

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Pugsley and Wednesday attend a birthday party for neighbor Harold Pomeroy. Though Morticia instructs her children to be modest about their advantages, it's not an attitude reflected by the ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Frank Nelson ...
Cecil B. Pomeroy
Kim Tyler ...
Harold Pomeroy
Jonathan Hole ...
Prof. Simms


Pugsley and Wednesday attend a birthday party for neighbor Harold Pomeroy. Though Morticia instructs her children to be modest about their advantages, it's not an attitude reflected by the Pomeroys, who call them kooks and proclaim them inferior. Incensed, Gomez hires Mr. Pomeroy's genealogist, Professor Simms, to examine the Addams' family tree for ancestors to flaunt at them. In the interim, Mr. Pomeroy completely changes his manner due to oil he thinks he's found on land owned by Gomez. Before the two meet up to discuss business, Simms spills the beans on several unsavory characters in Pomeroy's family tree, which only serves to impress Gomez and Morticia. The Pomeroys really ARE better than the Addams. It later influences the discussion of the land purchase, prompting Gomez to gush over Pomeroy's blood-thirty ancestors while Pomeroy, mortified, drives up his own price to keep Gomez from talking further. Written by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family | Horror


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16 October 1964 (USA)  »

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When the mailman arrives, Thing takes two letters from him. He only passes one letter on to Wednesday. (This is due to the mailman's scene being reused footage from the pilot episode.) See more »


Cecil B. Pomeroy: Merciful Heavens! What was that?
Gomez Addams: [matter-of-factly] Pugsley's jaguar.
Cecil B. Pomeroy: Pugsley's jag...? You mean that your child is having my son ride a wild animal?
Morticia Frump Addams: Don't worry. When Fang makes THAT noise, nobody rides him.
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Imagination - the key to humour of The Addams Family
2 March 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This episode proves that by engaging the imagination rather than using special effects, the TV Addams Family was so much funnier than film version. Wednesday has punched Harold Pomeroy in the eye for calling her family kooks. Mr. Pomeroy claims that it must have been when Harold's back was turned. Gomez questions how this could happen when Morticia reminds him of Cousin Curdle and Gomez nods his understanding of the possibility. Aunt Blemish is mistaken for a barn and Grandpa Slurp for two people when the Addams goes through their family's photo album. Gomez comments on Slurp's buckteeth and receding chin, "He always was a handsome devil!" We don't need to see the images; it would ruin the effect. Thing appears mysteriously from his trapdoor and we can only wonder at what if anything lies beneath. In the film version, thing is a disembodied hand and scuttles across floors. There is nothing left to the imagination and the humour is lost.Lastly, humour is in the delivery of a line. When Cecil Pomeroy hears the angry snarl from above and wonders what it is, Morticia informs him that it is Fang, Pugsley's jaguar who Pugsley has taken Harold to ride. Cecil cannot believe his ears having thought that Pugsley had taken Harold to have a ride in a model car toy Jag.

"Pugsley's jag...?" he gets it and imagines what might be happening upstairs. "You mean that your child is having my son ride a wild animal?" Morticia reassures him,"Don't worry. When Fang makes that noise, nobody rides him." Morticia emphasises the THAT with a delicious sense of malevolence.

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