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Mother Lurch Visits the Addams Family is the seventeenth episode of the first season of the original series of The Addams Family. It first aired 15 January 1965 on ABC.


Morticia and Gomez notice something is bothering Lurch. They find him relaxing on the rack in the play room and ask him about his problem. Mother Lurch is coming to visit, and he confesses that he fibbed about owning The Addams Family Mansion. Morticia sees no problem: he can pretend the house is his, and she'll be maid and Gomez the butler, while the others move out to the cottage. Gomez tries to coach Lurch to be the gentleman, but it's hard to teach Lurch to be the master. Mother Lurch arrives, a tiny hellion that drives Gomez and Morticia insane with her demands. She doesn't trust Gomez and is convinced that he and Morticia are out to take "Lurch's" money. She vows to protect her "Sonny boy" from the larcenous couple and whip Gomez and Morticia into shape. Matters worsen, and she has Lurch fire Gomez and Morticia.

Mother Lurch calls an agency to find new help. When Uncle Fester and Grandmama show up hoping to straighten things out, she thinks they're the replacements and hires them. Happy now that her son is in good hands, she goes home. The only problem left is that Lurch won't let Gomez or Morticia back in the house since they've been fired and Fester and Grandmama feel useful and now have some spending money.