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"Our psychic ability resides on the spectrum of who we are."
-Morticia Addams to Wednesday Addams[src]

Chapter V: You Reap What You Woe is the fifth episode of the first season of the Wednesday series. It aired on the 23rd of November in 2022, on Netflix.

Synopsis[]

"During Parents Weekend, Wednesday digs into her family's past and accidentally gets her dad arrested. Enid feels the pressure to "wolf out."" - Official summary from Netflix

Plot Summary[]

In 1990, during the annual Rave'N Dance, a teenage Larissa, dressed for the ball, leaves the ball. When she crossed the quad, she saw a boy fall from a great height and then told the police how she saw Gomez standing by the edge with a sword in his hand. The sheriff (deputy at the time of the boy's death) always believed Gomez was the killer, but he somehow avoided arrest.

In present day, Principal Weems opens parent's weekend by updating everyone on Eugene’s health, stating that he is on the mend. In reality, however, Eugene is actually in a coma in the ICU. Both Enid and Wednesday are dreading the arrival of their families and fear the worst for the weekend. Wednesday quickly informs her parents that she knows all about Thing’s covert mission. Whilst Enid’s family embarrasses her to no end. Xavier’s father is a no-show, but Bianca’s mother makes a surprise appearance.

Weems proposes a family therapy session for the Addams family with Dr Kinbott, which the parents gladly accept. Pugsley starts off the session by admitting that he has found it hard without Wednesday, and the parents agree that it has been torture. Wednesday, desperate to know how Gomez is linked to the murder of Garrett Gates, she takes the opportunity to confront her parents. Morticia pleads her husband’s innocence before storming off in a huff.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Galpin witnesses the odd family arriving in Jericho, but he is required at another crime scene. This time, the coroner has killed himself in the morgue. The sheriff is confused, having only seen the man happily talking of retirement a few days earlier. They cannot prove whether it was suicide or foul play, as the CCTV footage has been obscured by black bubble gum. However, the coroner has left a suicide note, which explains a possible motive. As it turns out, he felt guilty for covering up and faking the report on Garrett’s death. The sheriff has been waiting 30 years for a lead, and now he has proof that Gomez is the culprit.

Thus, Gomez is subsequently arrested, with the sheriff gleefully cuffing him at Nevermore Academy for all to see. Wednesday pays her father a visit in jail and asks for the whole truth. Gomez recounts the story in detail. It turns out that Garrett was obsessed with Morticia and broke into Nevermore to attack Gomez on the night of the dance. The jealous man picked up a sword and fought Gomez. This fight then led out onto the scaffolding, where Gomez valiantly defended himself. The sword was dropped, Gomez grabbed it, and he accidentally stabbed Garrett in the chest. He subsequently fell, and Larissa witnessed the death. Wednesday however isn't entirely convinced by her father but agrees that he is a good man and a great parent.

Wednesday then visits the Sheriff to fight in her father’s corner, although Galpin already has a signed confession from Gomez and adds that her father pointed out the sword accurately too. Wednesday queries the odd timing—the coroner’s death, the Parents’ weekend—it all seems a little too coincidental. She then asks about the DNA results, but the claw and the bloodied rag are inconclusive—no match. The sheriff brings up the black bubblegum, and Wednesday tries to deflect, saying that this is all just a distraction.

Meanwhile, Enid’s mother worries that her daughter hasn’t wolfed out yet and wants her to attend lycanthropy conversion camp. Whilst Bianca’s mother wants her to use her siren skills to bring in more followers and cash at her own little cult. Eugene’s mothers gather to care for their child and thank Wednesday for her pleasantness toward their son.

Fearing Gomez’s incarceration will only further tear the family apart, Wednesday meets with her brother and then her mother. Pugsley is found fishing with grenades, and Wednesday tells him to be strong for the family. Whereas Morticia gets nostalgic, hiding in the Nightshade Society's secret lair. Wednesday admits that she rejected the Nightshades and is tired of living in her mother’s shadow. They talk about Goody Addams, who happened to be the founder of the society. Morticia then reveals that Goody ended up killing Joseph Crackstone. She then confesses to the Garrett murder. As it turns out, she accidentally killed the man, and Gomez took the fall. She describes how Garrett was foaming at the mouth, practically feral that night, and Wednesday solves the crime.

The mother and daughter go for a late-night grave dig and uncover Garrett’s corpse. They are then arrested for this little jaunt, but Wednesday has enough evidence to get them all out of jail regardless. Garrett was poisoned with nightshade, which caused his animalistic behavior. A vision proves that Garrett and his father wanted to use that poison to kill all the Nevermore students. The vial of poison smashed while he was fighting Gomez and caused the self-inflicted poisoning. Wednesday and Morticia take this evidence to the Mayor, who was also in on the cover-up. They ask for Gomez to be freed and for the sheriff to apologize.

Gomez becomes a free man, and Wednesday has a heart-to-heart with her mother. They talk about her new powers. Wednesday shows real vulnerability and asks for advice. Morticia says that she had positive visions because she was a positive person, which she refers to as a dove. Wednesday has a darker temperament and is therefore a raven. She needs proper training from the undead to hone her powers. Wednesday asks if Goody Addams would be a good choice, but Morticia warns her daughter to be careful of that particular ancestor, as she let her thirst for vengeance consume her.

Elsewhere, Enid rejects the offer of going to conversion camp and succeeds in standing up against her mom's controlling behavior. Although Bianca accepts her own mother’s proposal in order to keep her true origins from her classmates.

The families then say goodbye to one another as the weekend comes to an end. Morticia’s parting gift to Wednesday is the simple advice for her to walk her own path. She passes her daughter her old yearbook, which she has been leafing through all weekend. Wednesday realizes the clues were right in front of her all along. Larissa is a shapeshifter, and she covered up Rowan Laslow’s death. She then confronts the principal, who denies it at first but then quickly accepts the accusations. Wednesday then tries to blackmail the headmistress, saying that the sheriff will be very interested. Before she can add anything, Larissa gets up from her chair and explains to Wednesday that this was all done with the father's consent. Apparently, Rowan had lost his mind because of his telekinesis. His father then agreed to have his death covered up so as not to implicate the authorities. This is how Larissa took on Rowan's appearance, pretending that he was alive and well and being escorted to the station by Marilyn, in order to protect the reputation of Rowan's family as well as that of Nevermore and its pupils. Their conversation is interrupted by a ruckus outside, though, and it turns out someone has written "Fire Will Rain" in flames on the grounds.

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Quotes[]

"I don’t know what to say, Gomez. Seeing you in handcuffs, accused of murder… I've never loved you more."
-Morticia Addams to Gomez Addams

Trivia[]

  • Wednesday tells Morticia that her visions began a few months ago. However, in Chapter III: Friend or Woe, she told Xavier that they started a year ago.
  • On Garrett Gates' tombstone and Dr. Anwar's note, his name is spelled 'Garrett' but in the credits, it is spelled 'Garett'.
  • In the 1991 yearbook, Gomez's favorite quote is "I loved her not for the way she danced with my angels, but for the way the sound of her name could silence my demons," which is a reference to the 1991 film The Addams Family.
  • Deputy Ritchie Santiago said, "Guess it's going to be an Addams family reunion in lockup tonight." This is in reference to the 1998 film Addams Family Reunion.
  • The dialogue between Morticia and Wednesday at Nightshade Society meeting place confirms Goody Addams is a Gomez mexican ancestor, making her related to Wednesday through paternal lineage.
  • Donovan Galpin's line "he [ Tyler] has his mom to thank for that" foreshadows Francoise status as outcast.

Artifacts Shown[]

  • Enid is given several pamphlets from Esther about lycanthropy conversion.
    • The first camp is called "The Happy Wolf," located in Houston, Hodoren Park. The phone number for the summer camp is 000-00-000.
    • The second camp is called "Lycanthropy Summer Camp," located in the Balkan countryside.
    • The third camp is called "Special Lycanthropy Summer Camp".
    • Camp Howl is later mentioned by Esther Sinclair.

Deaths[]

  • Reggie Anwar was killed by a bullet to the head.
  • Garrett Gates was killed by Nightshade poison.
  • Fish were killed by dynamite.

Music[]

  • La mamma morta - Maria Callas

Ooky Food[]

  • Black spaghetti

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