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"I'd rather know Gorgo. I've got lots of people-friends, but I don't know one gorilla."
-Pugsley about Gorgo

Morticia Joins the Ladies League is the sixth episode of the first season of the original series of The Addams Family. It first aired 23 October 1964 on ABC.


An escaped gorilla becomes part of the family, much to the surprise of Morticia's ladies group.

Plot Summary[]

Gomez visits his old friend Oscar Webber at his circus, which has gone downhill. Pugsley plays with Gorgo 'The Killer Gorilla', and the two become friends. Meanwhile, Morticia has invited the Ladies League to tea. The league is hesitant, but on a membership drive, so they agree to come.

Gorgo breaks out of the circus to visit his pal Pugsley, to Lurch's disapproval. Gomez isn't worried: 'Any boy who loves cobras, toads, and apes can't be all bad.' Lurch feels even worse when Gorgo does a better job of the laundry than he's ever done. 'Lurch', Gomez tells him, 'there's some things you can do and some things an ape can do.' It doesn't cheer Lurch up.

The Ladies League arrives for tea, but they aren't prepared to see a gorilla serve it, so they flee. Oscar Webber arrives to retrieve Gorgo but is appalled to find him doing the laundry. But Gomez has an idea: Oscar could bill Gorgo as 'The World's Most Domesticated Gorilla' and exhibit him doing housework in an apron. Oscar takes his advice and makes a fortune.

Cast and Characters[]



There is no guest cast.

Additional Cast[]


There is no uncredited cast.

Other Characters[]




"Funniest thing happened to me in Springfield. Wish I could remember what it was."


  • When Mrs. Magruder and Mrs. Page visit, they comment on the Napoleonic-era clock and take a short tour of Morticia's conservatory.
  • Despite Lisa Loring being credited, she only appears in the opening and the credits.

Ooky Food[]

  • Eye of Newt - baked

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