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'The Lottery' recap: Stolen embryo

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Rules of the Game” | Aired July 27, 2014

This episode begins right where the last one left off. Alison is carried into a black van by three mysterious men in black suits. They put a white sack over her head and take her to an intimidating underground interrogation room.

“You’re under arrest, Dr. Lenon,” Hayes tells her. The reason? She stole an embryo.

Hayes reminds Alison that the embrytl_12012013_jd_0312os are “the most valuable asset on the planet.”   He demands to know where they are, even asking if she is working with another country. Alison clears up his questions with one line: “I am a scientist, not a criminal.” Really, Hayes is the criminal.

Plus, Alison is smart enough to know that if she tells him, she’ll be killed, “or you’ll help me commit suicide, like Brooke,” she boldly states from her chair that sits mid-interrogation room." THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse

That is when two suited men drag her to a table to the side of the room and strap her down. “This is your last chance,” Hayes threatens, as they put a sheet over her mouth and begin to pour water from a big jug.

Road Trip

Meanwhile, Elvis and Kyle are still on the run toward Canada after escaping from the hospital. There are phone alerts all over to find the boy and his father, and we know they are in danger. Then, Elvis complains that his arm itches because of the “thing they put in it.” He pulls up his sleeve to reveal a red laser dot, a tracker, in his arm. His father quickly makes the decision to take out his knife and cut the tracking device from his six-year-old’s flesh. This brutally painful act must be performed to save their lives.

Building My Brand

We see into Vanessa’s personal life—or, I should say, lack of a personal life—when she is shown talking in a bedroom with her coworker/secret love interest, Nathan. Nathan is a diplomat who is dealing with the issues other nations have with the lottery. The two argue because Vanessa has difficulty separating work and leisure, with her focus on the embryos and the lottery. As much as they fight, they still must show up to work and see each other, making their tensions even more complicated.

News reports show just how skeptical the public is of the President’s lottery plan, which is making his approval rating drop. The President tells Vanessa she must make her idea for the lottery appeal to" THE LOTTERY " Photo by Philippe Bosse the public in time for his press conference the next day. The pressure is on Vanessa, and it shows.

Vanessa visits Hayes and demands to know where Alison is. She quickly figures out where she is being held and acts on behalf of the President to get her out of the interrogation room.

Then Vanessa apologizes to a bruised and battered Alison for “the confusion.” She tells Alison that the President needs her to be the “scientific face of the lottery” and that she must return the embryo in exchange for the charges being dropped and her job being restored.

Alison agrees, and Hayes is not happy about it.

We’re Here

Meanwhile, Elvis and Kyle arrive at Kyle’s friend Camille’s house. Camille has an adorable six-year-old girl. In a really sweet moment, the children, who have never seen anyone their own age before, embrace in a hug.

Talking Logistics

In a White House meeting, a medical professional consults with the President, Vanessa and Hayes on how exactly the lottery will work. The main question is about who the surrogates/mothers should be and how much control the government should have in the “ownership of the 100 children.”" THE LOTTERY "Photo by Philippe Bosse

Again, Vanessa is the lady with the plan. She decides that they should take 200 women and interview them to see who will be the best fits for motherhood. She calls it “supervised democracy.”

Back in the Lab

Alison gets back to the lab, trying to fertilize more eggs, with zero success. To add to her mountain of stress, James discovers that the files on all 1" THE LOTTERY "Photo by Philippe Bosse00 donors have been deleted from the Search Module.

Alison meets Vanessa in a park and tells her about the deleted information. Vanessa promises she will “look into it,” and she seems sincere.

“What good are 100 embryos is we don’t have 500 or a thousand more behind them?” The President tells Vanessa why they need her to get more embryos produced in an effort to establish hope. Now the pressure is really on her.

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When Elvis has one too many cupcakes, his diabetes makes him fall ill. Kyle must get insulin for Elvis without being seen, so he shuts down the pharmacy’s cameras, sets a Dumpster on fire, and sneaks behind the pharmacist’s desk while the pharmacist is distracted by the fire. This man will clearly do anything for his son. And with his strong will and smarts, he can.

On his way home, Kyle gets stuck in a roadblock, as Elvis’ condition worsens. Again, Kyle does the unthinkable. He calls the police on himself, saying he saw “Kyle Walker heading south,” and watches the police cars fly away down the road, so he can get back home to Elvis. 

Express Optimism

Vanessa sends Alison a speech that states they are on the verge of finding a cure. Alison tells her she will not disregard her integrity. Vanessa reminds her of the agreement she has been held to and the legal trouble she can get into if she doesn’t make the fraudulent speech.

James reads over her contract and insists that it does not state she has to lie in her speech; she simply has to speak as a scientist. When Alison tells Vanessa how she will not lie because it is not in the contract, Vanessa threatens to involve James.lottery_darius_12022013_zd_0387

“Before long, these playgrounds and schools will again be filled with children laughing and playing.” Clearly, Alison is in love with James, because she disregards her integrity and lies to the country to protect him. James doesn’t know this and looks disgusted with Alison, whom he clearly thinks highly of.

Presidents Come and Go

Hayes gets an “off-the-grid place” to house the surrogates, and when the chairman of the Joint Chiefs reminds him that the President wants this to be a more democratic process, Hayes coldly reminds him, “Presidents come and go.”

Then the President calls Vanessa to break the news that Nathan and four diplomats have been taken hostage in Shanghai.  The terrorists want five embryos in exchange for them.

The Lottery, rated TV-14, airs Sundays at 10/9C on Lifetime.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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