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"Let the Poe Cup begin!"
-Larissa Weems giving the start of Edgar Allan Poe Cup.

Chapter II: Woe Is the Loneliest Number is the second episode of the first season of the Wednesday series. It aired on the 23rd of November in 2022, on Netflix.


"The sheriff questions Wednesday about the night's strange happenings. Later, Wednesday faces off against a fierce rival in the cutthroat Poe Cup race." - Official summary from Netflix

Plot Summary[]

The police search the forest for Rowan’s body after the horrific attack, but they can’t see any signs of an altercation at all and no body. Wednesday feels as if she is going mad, having witnessed a murder that no one can prove actually happened. To make matters worse, Rowan then turns up, unharmed and smirking, in the principal’s office. Wednesday is first questioned by the police and then by her therapist. Nobody believes her crazy story except for Tyler. He passes Wednesday as she leaves her therapy session.

Back at school, Enid is practically beaming that Wednesday has decided to stick around for a little longer. The girls of Ophelia Hall (minus Wednesday) are preparing for the Poe Cup, which is part canoe race and part foot chase. Apparently, there are no rules during the race itself, and Bianca Barclay’s team wins every year. Enid asks Wednesday to join in and socialize, but the roommate wants answers about Rowan instead. All Enid knows is that he and Xavier were roommates and that he was an oddball in general. Wednesday is shocked to find out that Rowan has been expelled for unknown reasons, and she has Thing follow the suspicious student to the train station.

Principal Weems speaks with Wednesday about her emerging psychic visions. She was tipped off when Wednesday knew just how the farmer had died—from breaking his neck in a collision. Weems explains how Wednesday’s mother, Morticia, had similar visions at that age, but hers were unpredictable and dangerous. She pressures Wednesday into talking with her own mother about the issue, but senses the futility of this suggestion. Instead, they discuss Wednesday joining a mandatory club.

Wednesday tries out at each respective club, whilst questioning the students further. At Bianca’s choir practice, she asks what happened after Rowan died. Bianca passed on the information to Weems right away. For Wednesday’s audition, she is asked to sing. She opens her mouth, and suddenly glass starts to shatter all around her.

At archery, she interrogates Xavier about his ex-roommate Rowan. Xavier admits that Rowan has been acting erratically the last few weeks. He warns Wednesday to stay away from Tyler, and she then calls Xavier an elitist snob. She fires her arrow, hitting the bull’s eye and a falling apple with it.

Lastly is beekeeping, a solo pursuit of Eugene’s. She decides to join this solitary group but must leave early into their discussion because Thing has spotted Rowan.

Rowan lies about his whereabouts and then leaves with Marilyn. Thing grabs onto the back of the car and follows them to the station. Rowan walks into a toilet and exits as an older man. Thing loses him, but unbeknownst to him, the older man then miraculously turns into Principal Weems.

Back at Nevermore Academy, Wednesday wants to return to the crime scene for further inspection but needs Enid to cover for her in the meantime. The werewolf roommate will only attend the beekeeping club if she apologizes to Thing first. Wednesday enters her room to find Thing flicking through a magazine. Wednesday makes a poor attempt at an apology and is forced to open up to the sentient hand. In their heart-to-heart, Wednesday talks about the drawing, fearing that she is going to do something terrible. She needs to find out the truth before it’s too late. In the end, Thing delicately touches Wednesday’s hand in a forgiving manner and accepts her apology.

Wednesday heads into the woods, where she meets with Tyler once again. They hide from the sheriff, and Wednesday finds Rowan’s glasses on the floor. She picks them up and has a vision. This time she sees Rowan causing the gargoyle to fall with his mind, arguing with Xavier, and tearing out the drawing from a book. Wednesday needs to find that specific book right away. The mystery continues at the library, where a nosy Marilyn points out that the watermark on the drawing’s page is from the Nightshade Society.

Along with her trusty sidekick, Thing, Wednesday heads to Xavier’s room to hunt for the secretive book. They don’t find it, of course, but Wednesday uncovers a secret compartment and a mysterious mask instead. Then she overhears Xavier and Bianca chatting. Bianca is jealous of Xavier’s new fascination with Wednesday. He admits that he wants to protect her and even feared that Rowan would attack Wednesday. Bianca wants them to get back together though and warns her ex about the new girl.

As a result of her eavesdropping on how Bianca feels about her, Wednesday chooses to help out Enid in that moment and becomes her co-pilot in the race. She wants to humiliate Bianca and win the competition. Bianca’s team starts to sabotage the other canoes with a hidden merman (Kent) doing the heavy lifting, but Wednesday traps him in a net.

On dry land, Wednesday heads for the flags and has another vision. In this one, a doppelgänger with white hair tells Wednesday that she is the key. Wednesday wakes on the ground as the others run off with their own flags. The race continues, and the teams try to sabotage each other’s canoes. Thing lends a helping hand and punches the siren underwater, which causes Enid’s team to end victorious. Wednesday is happy to see Bianca defeated but can’t bring herself to celebrate.

In the final moments, Wednesday cracks the riddle. She finds the society’s symbol on an Edgar Allan Poe statue and figures out the puzzle. The clues spell out the words "snap twice." Wednesday snaps her fingers twice as instructed, and the statue reveals a hidden door. She then takes the stairs down into this secret room, where there is a photograph of her parents. Wednesday finds the secret society’s book in this mysterious lair, but she is quickly apprehended by an unknown figure.

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There were no guest cast in this episode.

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"Dendrophylax lindenii. Otherwise known as the ghost orchid. First discovered on the Isle of Wight in 1854."
-Wednesday Addams


  • As part of her costume, Wednesday also dressed like a cat; however, hers looks very similar to Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.
  • The ghost orchid described in the carnivorous plants classroom scene is said to be Dendrophylax lindenii, which was discovered in 1854 on the Isle of Wight. This is an error, as D. lindenii, or American ghost orchid, is native to Cuba and Florida. The British ghost orchid is a different species with the taxonomic designation of Epipogium aphyllum.
    • Additionally, neither ghost orchid is carnivorous. The only orchid that is currently suspected to be carnivorous is Aracamunia liesneri, found solely in nutrient-poor tepuis in Southern Venezuela.



  • When Wednesday snaps her fingers as part of the riddle, it pays homage to the original theme tune from the 1964 series The Addams Family.
  • Don't Worry Be Happy - unknown cover (original is by Bobby McFerrin)

Ooky Food[]

  • Pizza

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