Morticia, the Writer
Series The Addams Family (TV Series)
Season 2
Original Airdate November 5, 1965
Written by Hannibal Coons and Harry Winkler
Director Sidney Lanfield


Morticia disapproves of the books the children are assigned from school, since they portray giants, goblins and ghouls as the bad guys. She sets up an office in the cave and starts writing better stories such as The Good Giant Slays Sir Lancelot and Cinderella, the Teenage Delinquent. Gomez is worried because she seems so obsessed and is afraid he'll lose her to her work. She asks him to send her story to Demon Press because she thinks it sounds perfect for children's stories. As Gomez is preparing the envelope, Uncle Fester slides down the fireman's pole. Gomez tells him his objections and Fester suggests he change it to make it unprintable. After he does, though, Boswell, the publisher, arrives, thinking Morticia is a genius. He asks for $5,000 to publish the book, convincing Gomez he's a con artist. Gomez gives him $10,000 to get rid of him. Morticia returns to work, on Goldilocks next; "Trust a blonde to bring on trouble." Gomez discovers that Boswell was for real, and Morticia's book is selling like crazy, becoming the standard work for schools. When she reads it, though, she's appalled: the witches are bad and all her other innovations are changed. Gomez confesses what he did, and Morticia thinks he was very wise, he's proved to her that publishers have no idea what good literature is!


Background Information

  • When Thing turns off the echo in the cave, and when he catches the typewriter platen, he is a left hand instead of his usual right.
  • There is a working sundial in the cave.
  • Cousin Cackle is mentioned and we hear his cackle.
  • Cousin Turncoat is also mentioned.

Ooky Food

  • Jimson Weed

Links and References

Guest Stars

  • Peter Bonerz as Boswell


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