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Wednesday Episode 1 begins with Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) making the shift from regular public school to Nevermore Academy. The first episode of Tim Burton’s Netflix series ties in members of the Addams Family fans will know and love while introducing a new cast of characters who will play a major role in the mystery that becomes Wednesday’s first year at Nevermore.

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers regarding Wednesday Episode 1 “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe ahead.]

Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) plays her cello in episode 1 of 'Wednesday' from Netflix
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams playing the cello | Vlad Cioplea/Netflix

Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday Addams is unlike any other iteration of the character

Out of the seven actors who have played the Addams Family daughter over the years, Ortega’s portrayal has the most personality. And that’s saying something considering Wednesday is essentially an emotionless child. 

In the first episode of Wednesday, we learn about willingness to do anything to protect her family. Within the first three minutes of the Netflix series, there’s bloodshed. Wednesday gets expelled from her traditional high school and sent to Nevermore Academy, a boarding school for outcasts, freaks, and monsters. 

Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) unleashing piranhas in the school pool in 'Wednesday' Episode 1
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams | Netflix

Wednesday is more than just a freak, though. As episode 1 reveals, Wednesday is an aspiring novelist with three books in her portfolio about a teen detective named Viper De la Muerte. Like Wednesday, Viper has an estranged relationship with her mother Dominica.

Outside of being an aspiring novelist, Wednesday also has special powers —she can see the future through visions. In episode 1, that’s how she figures out who attacked Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez) and, later, how two violent deaths occur. 

The Addams Family members appear in the first episode of ‘Wednesday’ 

From the beginning, it’s clear Wednesday has a strained relationship with her parents, Gomez (Luis Guzmán) and Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Even her relationship with her brother Pugsley is lacking, despite her unrelenting willingness to protect him. 

After Lurch (George Burcea) pulls in to Nevermore Academy, Morticia and Wednesday share a painfully awkward goodbye. She’s left with a crystal ball and, unbeknownst to Wednesday for a portion of episode 1, Thing, the Addams Family mascot. 

‘Wednesday’ Episode 1 introduces new characters 

We also meet a new cast of characters in the first episode of Wednesday. There’s Wednesday’s over-the-top werewolf roommate, Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers), who hasn’t fully embodied her powers yet. Then there’s the “Queen Bee” of Nevermore, Bianca Barclay (Joy Sunday), who faces off in a fencing spar that Wednesday starts in defense of another classmate, Rowan (Calum Ross).

Later in Wednesday Episode 1, Wednesday gets reacquainted with Xavier Thorpe (Percy Hynes White), who saves her life before a gargoyle statue crushes her. It turns out they’ve known each other since childhood. 

“It was my godmother’s funeral,” Xaiver tells Wednesday. “Apparently she was friends with your grandmother … we were 10 and we were bored; decided to play hide and seek. I had the inspired idea to hide in her casket.” Realizing it wasn’t his godmother trying to claw her way out, Wednesday saved Xavier’s life. “Now we’re even,” he coyly reminds her. 

Tyler Galpin (Hunter Doohan), who befriends Wednesday Addams in the first episode of the Netflix series
Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin | Vlad Cioplea/Netflix

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Wednesday also befriends Tyler Galpin (Hunter Doohan), Sheriff Donovan Galpin’s (Jamie McShane) son and the local coffeeshop barista. He agrees to help Wednesday “escape” from Nevermore, a plan that changes when she learns of her classmate’s destiny to destroy her.

‘Wednesday’ Episode 1 reveals Wednesday Addams’ fate 

By the end of episode 1, Wednesday has found a place and a purpose at Nevermore. Her goal: find out who — or what — is plaguing the town of Jericho with death and why her classmate Rowan seeks to destroy her.

At the end of episode 1, Rowan confronts Wednesday with a page ripped from a mysterious Nevermore text. “I have to kill you,” he tells her in the woods, believing Wednesday is the girl in a picture his mother drew 25 years ago. 

A powerful seer, Rowan’s mother urged him about his destiny to stop Wednesday. If unstopped, Wednesday will destroy the school and everyone in it. But before Rowan can kill Wednesday, a mysterious monster with the body of a werewolf and the head of a fly that has been dismembering Jericho residents attacks him. 

Watch Wednesday exclusively on Netflix.