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Morticia, the Writer is the eighth episode of the second season of the original series of The Addams Family, and the forty-second overall episode of the series. It first aired 5 November 1965 on ABC.


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!


  • 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.
  • Uncle Fester suggests to shoot Boswell in the back with Genevieve.
  • Despite Blossom Rock being credited, she only appears in the opening and closing credits.
  • It was remade for The New Addams Family episode "Morticia, the Playwright".

Ooky Food[]

  • Jimson Weed