Happy Birthday, Grandma Frump
Series The Addams Family (TV Series)
Season 2
Original Airdate February 11, 1966
Written by Elroy Schwartz
Director Sidney Lanfield


Annoyed by not being asked to contribute to the charity bazaar, Gomez Addams decides he'll build his own home for the aged. Meanwhile, Granny Frump's birthday is coming up and she's been invited over, while Grandmama vacations on Devil's Island. Gomez and Morticia plan to send her to a beauty spa, and swear the kids to secrecy. Pugsley spills the beans that they're planning to send her away, but doesn't say where. Granny goes down to the play room and grills Uncle Fester about it. Fester remembers they were talking about a home for the aged, and thinks that's a good idea, but reluctantly suggests that she should make herself too useful to be sent away. Granny tries hard, but she overdoes it and upsets Lurch by stealing his chores. Wednesday tries to cheer her up by suggesting she act young. Granny overdoes that, too, dressing and acting like a child. Gomez and Morticia think she's cracked up, and call in Dr. Jonley to examine her, then try to calm their nerves with a Trainwreck. When Jonley arrives, Fester slides down the fireman's pole so of course Jonley thinks he's the patient. As Gomez and Morticia straighten him out, Fester, who has discovered the truth, goes up to the Guest Room and explains it to Granny, who then mistakes Jonley for the beautician and insists on being taken away. She enjoys the mental hospital for a while, but leaves when they won't give her a perm.


Background Information

  • Wednesday recites a poem she wrote about her pet spider, Homer.

Ooky Food

  • Souffle of Aardvark
  • Sea Slug
  • Porcupine Cookies
  • Mongoose Broth

Links and References

Guest Stars

George Petrie played another psychiatrist in episode 2.


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