The Winning of Morticia Addams
Series The Addams Family (TV Series)
Season 1
Original Airdate May 21, 1965
Teleplay by Charles Marion and Jameson Brewer
Story by Charles Marion
Director Sidney Lanfield


Uncle Fester reads an article that claims that apparently happy marriages are dangerous, because there is sickness hidden within. Since Gomez and Morticia are so happy, Fester discusses it with Grandmama, Lurch and Thing in the play room, and they all agree to make them have a few fights for their own good. Grand Guru Drasi Dumo, Gomez' yoga master calls for Gomez' dues but Fester says he quit and Morticia thinks he's a fraud. Fester's plan backfires because Gomez enjoys being with Morticia all that time he would have spent on yoga. Fester then visits the article's author, Dr. Francois Chalon, who comes to offer advice. He's very attracted to Morticia, and Fester stirs this up to cause trouble. Dr. Chalon is the best swordsman in France, and Gomez challenges him to a duel. Fester's getting worried, but Gomez would rather be dead than lose Morticia. She wants them to cancel the duel so she seeks Cousin Itt's advice in his bedroom, but he just tells her she looks good in black. Finally, Dr. Chalon calls off the fight, declaring that their marriage is perfect just the way it is.


Background Information

  • When Thing votes to support Fester's plan, he is a left hand instead of his usual right.
  • Dr. Livingston, Marie Antoinette and Cleopatra appear in this episode, and Zelda and the octopus mentioned.
  • Morticia tells Cousin Itt he has a good head on his shoulders, then asks if he does have shoulders, and Itt replies that he has three!

Ooky Food

  • Hemlock Cocktails

Links and References

Guest Stars

  • Lee Bergere as Dr. Francis Chalon
  • Jan Arvan as Drashi Dumo


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Lurch, the Teenage Idol
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My Fair Cousin Itt

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